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113 S. 7th St. (W. Main St.) Send to Phone
A pre-Prohibition ambience complete with classic cocktails and an elegant bar provides the backdrop for a contemporary menu.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED St. Charles Exchange, Louisville, KY

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED St. Charles Exchange Restaurant Review

: Nestled just around the corner from Main Street's historic Whiskey Row, site of 19th-century distilleries and a bourbon warehouse, St. Charles Exchange occupies one of those former facilities. But it has been restored to resemble an elegant hotel bar and restaurant from the Jazz Age. A beautiful carved wood bar dominates one long wall where bartenders work magic with whiskey, bitters and essential oils to create cocktails such as the "Devotion and Doubt" (sort of an herbal Manhattan) and the "FVK Swizzle" (gin, absinthe, grapefruit syrup and more). Servers wear white shirts and black aprons and they are adept at explaining the ins and outs of the menu that features savory treats such as "Elvis on Horseback" (bacon-wrapped, peanut butter-stuffed dates with bourbon-banana vinaigrette) and pork fritters (flavored with pear chutney.) A sophisticated take on a little-seen Southern classic, the unusual cornbread panzanella salad is made with Stilton, Brussels sprouts and balsamic vinegar. Meat lovers will gravitate to the steak Diane with brandy-mustard sauce or even the Verlasso salmon accented with crispy pork belly. Beet risotto is on hand for vegetarians. The wine list is not as extensive as the cocktails selection, but there are a couple dozen food-friendly bottles. Tuck into the espresso crème brûlée at the end to get your sugar and caffeine fix in one dose.


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