Raise a glass to International Whiskey Day!
By Intern Sarah McLeod
It’s a day near and dear to any Kentuckian's heart...International Whiskey Day. This day was established in 2009 and it marks the March 27th birthday of a famous English writer on the subject of whiskey and beer, Michael Jackson. Kentucky is known for two things, horses, and whiskey – well, also Kentucky basketball, but that’s a sore subject right now. We are the world's bourbon capital and have some of the best of the best when it comes to American whiskey. This day is your free pass to have a little extra whiskey to celebrate.
If you’re looking for some local places to go and sip some of your favorite whiskeys, here are a few to choose from:
Carson’s Food & Drink – Carson’s is a very popular restaurant in Lexington located downtown on E. Main St. You can join them for an outstanding brunch or dinner and get one of their signature cocktails. They have happy hour Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6 pm which includes $8 off all bottles of wine, $2 off appetizers, and $8 old-fashioneds for the whiskey lovers. Carson’s has a wide variety of private barrel selections, cocktails, beer, wine, and of course, any of your favorite whiskeys made to your liking.
Bourbon n’ Toulouse – If you’re looking for a more laid back, local, hole-in-the-wall environment for the evening, this is your place. It's located on Euclid Ave in the Chevy Chase area, not too far from downtown. Bourbon n’ Toulouse specializes in Cajun & Creole foods and most importantly, bourbon. In addition to serving up a glass of bourbon, you will also find bourbon-infused dishes on their menu including bourbon bread pudding and the sweet bourbon chicken sandwich.
OBC Kitchen – OBC Kitchen or also known as, Old Bourbon County, is located in the Lansdowne shoppes in Lexington. It’s known for their rare bourbon collection amongst many other signature cocktails, beer selection and wine list. They are a locally owned restaurant with a rustic, enjoyable vibe Kentuckians love. They also offer brunch and dinner for all, serving traditional southern meals and their famous warm, buttermilk donuts for dessert.