Bourbon, Brews, & Barbecue: Eat Like a Local in Campbellsville

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From cigar lounges to finger-licking-good barbecue, this guide is for you if you’re looking for some of the best local spots to rustle up some grub and grab a drink in Campbellsville, Kentucky!

Bourbon Boutique

Don’t let the name fool you—this casual bar has more than just bourbon! Located on Campbellsville’s historic Main Street, this pub-style hangout is a great spot for live music, tasty cocktails and some good ‘ole Kentucky whiskey. Sip on a BB Sidecar or Melon Ball, rock out to local music acts on most weekends, or grab a bite from one of the pop-up restaurants or food trucks.

East First Brewery

If you’re in the mood for a fun trivia or karaoke night, head to East First Brewery in historic downtown Campbellsville. Locally owned and operated, this microbrewery serves craft beers on tap, as well as local wine and spirits. Relax at the bar with a pint of Caturhaze—a hazy brew with notes of mango, pineapple and tangerine. Step up to the mic and belt out your favorite tunes. On weekends, grab dinner at one of the food trucks (the brewery also hosts brunch).

Oak & Match

A throwback to the 1920s, Oak & Match is a captivating bar featuring handcrafted cocktails by talented mixologists and a private speakeasy cigar lounge. Relax in a leather booth or at the bar and sip expertly crafted cocktails like a Whiskey Sour or Cosmo (made with house-made syrups and freshly squeezed juices). Enjoy a hand-rolled cigar in the lounge and listen to live music acts on the weekends. Need a bite? The bar often hosts food trucks serving everything from burgers to lobster rolls!

Tucker’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There’s no need to book a tropical vacation; you can go to Tucker’s Tiki Bar instead. Just one mile from Green River Lake, this lively joint is not just a tiki bar but a restaurant and RV Park. Chill out on the covered patio with an island-inspired cocktail and listen to live bands or DJs. Enjoy yard games with friends – cornhole, anyone? Or, stop by for one of their weekly themed nights, such as Bike Night on Wednesdays or Italian Thursdays (try the toasted ravioli).

The Alley

Aim for a strike at The Alley, a family-friendly bowling alley with an arcade and a restaurant. Play on one of the 12 lanes, horse around in the game room (think you can master The Claw?) and chow down on delicious grub, like pizza and wings at Ponzi’s Pizza. Throw back an ice-cold beer and indulge in a piping hot calzone before heading back to the lanes!

Brothers

When it comes to mouthwatering West Kentucky barbecue, Brothers in Campbellsville is where it’s at. Known for its smoked chicken, ribs, brisket, and tender pulled pork (which is incorporated into many of its dishes), Brothers offers an elevated twist to traditional barbecue. Try the Soul Fries – crispy French fries piled high with pulled pork, beer cheese and slaw. Or, dig into The Bronco, a hearty sandwich made with smoked brisket and melted gouda cheese.

Druther’s Restaurant

It’s all about simple Southern cooking like grandma used to make at Druther’s, a local favorite where the food is served cafeteria-style on paper plates! Stop in for the all-day breakfast; the biscuits and gravy are out of this world. For classic comfort food, indulge in crispy fried chicken with coleslaw or traditional fish and chips – don’t skip trying the pinto beans! Craving something sweet? You can’t go wrong with a butterscotch milkshake!

Knobby’s Deli

The perfect spot for a quick breakfast or lunch, Knobby’s Deli serves up an impressive menu of grab-and-go breakfast items, salads, homemade soups and sandwiches. Enjoy a breakfast burrito, dig into a classic Reuben, or try one of the daily specials like grilled cheese and tomato soup. Don’t forget to take a sweet treat home for dessert – Knobby’s serves up fresh-baked pastries and decadent treats, such as cheesecake and blueberry coffee cake.

Creekside Family Restaurant

You haven’t had chicken tenders until you’ve tried the ones at Creekside Restaurant. In fact, these crispy tenders are so good folks drive for miles just to get their hands on them. Pile up your plate with chicken goodness and more from the country-style buffet, which features all the fixings like salad, mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. The restaurant also has a full-service menu with seafood, juicy steaks, seafood and homemade desserts –order the banana pudding!

Mi Herradero

Craving some tacos and a margarita? Head to Mi Herradero in Campbellsville! Serving authentic Mexican cuisine with a kick, this restaurant is a must-visit for spice lovers. Relax in a high-top booth, sip on a mojito and indulge in menu items such as birria street tacos, chips with herradero sauce, and bowls of tasty pozole. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the Muy Rica La Mojarrita (a whole fried fish).

Cakes by Camille

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cakes by Camille! This boutique bakery is known for its cupcakes, fresh pastries, cookies, macarons, and wedding cakes. Featured on the Food Network’s “Winner Cakes All” competition, this popular spot features delicious on-the-go treats like Crumble Cups (cake crumbles layered with buttercream frosting) and cake pops. Love cookies? Try one of their cookie sandwiches – two fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies with thick vanilla buttercream in the center.

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