Two Louisville bars are on Food & Wine magazine’s ballot for “best new American bars.” Down One Bourbon Bar and El Camino are two of only 20 bars nominated in the Southeast region. The field of competition features 100 nominees nationwide.
Here’s how Food & Wine describes El Camino:
This eclectic, surf-punk-meets-Mexican-street-food-cart-and-tiki-bar melting pot offers a variety of tropical drinks, such as daiquiris and mai tais, and—for more ambitious groups of drinkers—a handful of four- to six-person punch bowls, like the Luau Scorpion, a throwback to a classic 1950s recipe made with rum, gin, Cognac and orgeat. elfreakingcamino.com
And Down One Bourbon Bar:
Located on what locals call “Whiskey Row,” this spot boasts a collection of 120 bourbons, including rare bottles. Customers can indulge in a bourbon flight or order a specialty cocktail, like the 7 Across the Board, made with Angel’s Envy bourbon, blackberries and raspberry-sage syrup. downonebourbonbar.com.
El Camino opened in the fall of 2013 and Down One opened in the spring of 2013.
Voting begins now and ends Sept. 30