In Bardstown, KY, National Bourbon Day is more than a date on the calendar: it’s an all-out four-day celebration of the delectable brown liquor that put our charming small town on the map. The Bardstown bourbon distilleries plan for this day all year long, and you’ll love being here to join in on the festivities. Considering we have 11 unique distillery experiences within a 16-mile radius of our downtown core, there’s no shortage of crafted bourbons to enjoy.
First thing’s first, you’ll need to get your lodging on the books! With National Bourbon Day falling on June 14th, you don’t have a ton of time to start planning. For those who can’t make it this year, it’s never too early to set your itinerary for next year’s festivities. Thankfully, we celebrate bourbon all year long in Bardstown! Our Kentucky Bed and Breakfast is in the ideal location for exploring the bounty of bourbon distilleries nearby.
National Bourbon Day in Bardstown Kentucky
From the two-day distillery invitational and BBQ challenge to bourbon-themed parties, brunches, and live music, National Bourbon Day is a full-out party in Bardstown. The local distilleries and restaurants will be offering special menus and tastings. Here’s the itinerary for the four-day National Bourbon Day events:
Thursday, June 9th
The Bardstown Bourbon Mixer, located in the Preservation Distillery event space, is one of the best parties every year! You’ll dance the night away to live music from Howl the Moon while sipping on craft bourbon cocktails from our local distilleries. Food options will be plentiful from talented local chefs.
Friday, June 10th
Partake and cheer for these local distillery teams and professional pitmasters in a two-day cook-off at Dant Crossing. The Bourbon Capital BBQ Challenge and Distillery Invitational is such a blast. There will be multiple competition formats to experience, live music, and bourbon tastings with our favorite area distilleries. You’ll be delighted by the BBQ options and tasty dessert food trucks!
Saturday, June 11th
Day two of the Bourbon Capital BBQ Challenge and Distillery Invitational offers much of the same festivities. But Saturday is also the Bourbon City Street Concert in downtown Bardstown. The headliner this year is Country Wide, lighting up the stage with some southern country rock. The concert is free, and visitors can bring chairs and blankets to layout on the lawns.
Sunday, June 12th
The last day of the National Bourbon Day festival is all about brunch. While you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast as a guest at our Bardstown Inn, that doesn’t mean you can head out to partake in the bourbon brunch cocktails around town. Check out Bardstown Bourbon Company, Scout and Scholar Brewing, Mammy’s Kitchen, and Old Talbott Tavern for special menus and cocktails.
The Best B&B Lodging in Bardstown
Why not celebrate National Bourbon Day with the ultimate elegance and style at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast? There’s no other lodging accommodation in Bardstown with a dedication to hospitality, history, and housemade cocktails than our Inn. For example, our guest rooms are named after a favorite bourbon-based craft drink, like the Manhattan Honeymoon Hideaway, pictured above.
As our largest and most private suite with its own entrance, four-poster canopy king bed, cozy fireplace, and beautiful antiques, this room serves as the ideal honeymoon or romantic getaway choice. The private bath features a jacuzzi tub and a shower with Turkish Towels and Gilchrist & Soames custom spa toiletries. You’ll find a beverage station with a coffee maker, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave oven. We can’t wait to host you for National Bourbon Day and beyond. Book your next stay today!