The secret is out of the bag. | File Photo

Did you know Louisville was named in the “Top 15 Bucket List Destinations for Baseball Fans” or ranked as one of “America’s Most Underrated Cities”?

Louisville made it on 27 national best-of lists this year, and although we here at Insider try to keep up with the accolades as best we can, the fine folks over at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau rounded up all our city’s nods in 2017 in one tidy list.

Let’s face it, we know we’ve been cool for years. But the secret is out of the bag apparently. Some of these lists were curated by esteemed publications like Travel + Leisure and Huffington Post, and some come from, well, Thrillist. Whatever the source, we’re happy for the recognition.

Here is the roundup, thanks to the LCVB.


  • “America’s Favorite Cities Overall” – Travel + Leisure
  • “America’s Most Underrated Cities” – Travel + Leisure
  • “America’s Friendliest Cities” – Travel + Leisure
  • “The Hottest Hipster Markets in America” – Yelp
  • “7 U.S. Cities That are Hipper Than You Think” – Jetsetter
  • 13th most affordable city among cities with populations over 600,000 – Forbes
We are a top whiskey destination — duh. | Courtesy of Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Eat & Drink

  • “12 Cities You Must Visit in 2017 if You Love Food” – Citi Io
  • “The Best Cities for Whiskey Lovers” – Redfin
  • “Under-the-Radar Culinary Gems” – Tasting Table
  •  “Four Cocktail Markets Worth Watching” – Foodable Network
  • “18 Best Grilled Cheeses in the U.S.” (Blue Dog Bakery & Café) – Food & Wine
  • “The Best Bread Bakeries in the South” (Blue Dog Bakery & Café) – USA Today
  • “The South’s 38 Essential Restaurants” (610 Magnolia) – Eater
  • “31 Best Burger Joints in America” (Grind Burger Kitchen) – Thrillist


  • “11 U.S. Cities Perfect for a Weekend Getaway” – Conde Nast Traveler
  • “18 Best Cities for Solo Travelers” – Travel + Leisure
  • “12 Sizzling Summer Places to Visit” – Expedia
  •  “Top 8 Spiritual Sites in America” (Festival of Faiths) – Huffington Post
  •  “15 Bucket List Destinations for Baseball Fans” – Travel + Leisure
  • “9 Southern Festivals Well Worth Adding to the Calendar (Forecastle Festival) – Garden & Gun
  • “Best Half Marathon in America” (Urban Bourbon Half Marathon) – BibRave


  • “Best Hotel in Kentucky” (21c) – Food & Wine
  •  “The South’s Best New Hotels” (Aloft Downtown) – Southern Living
  • “Best Hotel Bars in America” (Proof on Main) – Tasting Table
  • “20 Stunning Hotel Bars Around the Country” (The Brown Hotel Lobby Bar) – Food Network
  • “Best Hotel in Kentucky” (The Brown Hotel) – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards
  • “Top Hotels in the South” (The Brown Hotel & 21c) – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards

Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."