Walking down Main Street, it’s easy to identify the restaurants, bars and stores, but there is one spot that can can be easily missed. Adjacent to Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen and across the street from Duluth, there is a building that doesn’t seem to be anything.
There are no neon signs in the windows. The windows are covered with blankets. The only signage are the sticker letters on the green door. So many times have we just walked by going to and from work, not knowing this green door opened up to a bar!
We actually stumbled into Expo one day, when many businesses were still shut down due to COVID. We intended to visit Merles Whiskey Kitchen but they were closed. We continued walking down the street and saw the door to Expo was open.
Expo offers creatively crafted cocktails and some beer selections. On a previous visit, we did have some of the cocktails, the La Quincenera and the Slim Fizz. I remember the cocktails being good. In this recent visit, we stopped in while waiting for our dinner reservations. We had the Narragansett Lager and the Rhinegeist Truth IPA. The lager was just $3!
There’s even a cocktail with secret ingredients, the Acid Cat Spirit Guide. Based on Google reviews, people say to order the drink. Guess one of us will have to try it upon our next visit.
Expo offers a cool vibe. From the Mexican blankets on the window, the Skeleton by the door, to the cowboy hats in the wall and the Asian food to our beers served in Derby glasses, we aren’t too sure what the theme is here, but that’s ok. It’s a place for everyone.
Located in the vibrant Nulu neighborhood, at the corner of Main & Clay, is International Tap House (ITap).
We’ve been here many times after work to have a drink while waiting for the downtown rush hour traffic to dissipate. We also like stopping in during the summers since ITap has the coldest AC in the Ville!
Fortunately for us, the place hasn’t been too busy and we are comfortable staying for a while. We enjoyed part of our Derby Day here, watching the races on their TVs.
With nearly 40 beers on tap and 3 draft cocktails, you are bound to find something you will enjoy. Don’t know what to try? Ask for a sample. There is also a selection of bottles to choose from. Enjoy here or order to take home. There is also a curated selection of Kentucky bourbons to try.
There aren’t any snacks sold here but you are allowed to bring in your own food! There are several food places around the area available on your favorite food delivery app.
If you’re visiting during the summer, make sure to stop in, get a drink & cool off. Your pup is also welcome and able to cool off also, and may also get some extra pets from us.
Unlike the former restaurant tenant at this prime Jeffersonville location, Upland has not disappointed! Craft beers, good appetizers, and even brunch!
We’ve been to Upland a few times now. Our first visit was their opening weekend and we dropped in for a quick drink and snack to finish watching The Masters. We asked to sit with a view of the TV, which also offered a Louisville skyline cand river view. For drinks, we had the classic Champagne Velvet and the Campside IPA. For a snack, we tried the whipped feta and honey. After eating this, I realized that feta cheese may be my favorite cheese.
Our second visit was for a happy hour drink after work. We sat at the bar and ordered the Patio Cat the Juiced in Time Hazy IPA. We also decided to have a snack and ordered the cornbread muffins. Patio Cat reminded me of a shandy and is certainly a drink that would be perfect for summer weather.
Our most recent visit was probably my favorite! We visited on a Saturday, sat at the bar and brunch was being served! We ordered the Egg Sandwich and B&G (biscuits and gravy). For drinks, we had the Upland Lily and the Campside IPA, again. The Upland Lily is Upland’s take on the Oak’s Lily. It was a great brunch beer. The fruity and tart flavors of the beer went amazing with the savory egg sandwich and fried potatoes!
The locations offers plenty of space and seating. There is an outdoor bar that will be opened in warmer weather, bar seating indoors, plenty of tables inside and patio seating outside. I’m certainly glad to have Upland Brewing Co in Jeffersonville, IN!
Recessed between The Red Yeti and The Springs Salon is an eclectic neighborhood dive called The Alcove.
I don’t remember how we came across The Alcove, but it has been one of our favorite spots to drop in over the past couple of years.
Serving crafted seasonal cocktails, rotating craft beers on draft, along with bottles and cans, The Alcovealways has something to quench your thirst and after a couple of years of me wishing they had snacks, my wish has come true!
The Alcove offers cozy indoor seating and has a newly remodeled outdoor space that offers seating, a beer shack and a food truck! The smash burger from the food truck is delicious! P.S. the food truck offers vegetarian options, including a veggie burger option for the smash burger!
In addition to good drinks, The Alcove offers patrons a welcoming environment, great bartenders, and sometimes an interesting choice of music.
Several local businesses have been forced to close during the covid pandemic. We want to make sure The Alcove remains in Jeffersonville, so make sure to support local and tip your bartenders!