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Holy Grale

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Holy GraleHoly Grale

31 Reviews
Reviews: 31
Visits: 81
Avg: 4.64
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky, 40204-1318
United States
phone: (502) 459-9939

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Place added by: johnking82 on 01-06-2011

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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 81
Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
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4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by this place on a business trip in November 2012.
Once you walk in (winter) you notice a great wood burning log cabin VT aroma...so inviting.
Its quaint, dark, lively, and warm. Smallish bar wraps around their 20 taps. Just amazing selection. Geuze, flanders (styles), local ish (3floyds), bells, DFH, BFM, Mikkeller, just to name a few + 2 cask. All served in meticulously clean appropriate glassware. The beertenders (beer only here..awesome) are very knowledgeable about what is poured. They live it and love it. Super friendly and love to talk beer. - just dont be an Ass...(do I have to write that?)
The food (vegetarian) was good...pricey but good. But it is locally grown and fresh/local. So its worth it. I had the falafel sliders and they were great, but I was still hungry afterwards.
I parked in the KFC parking lot next door - not sure if thats ok, but I made it out ok.

Overall...this is an amazing amazing amazing place. Do not pass this place up at any cost...go here!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TaylorBishop21
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Definitely on my top 3 bar list in Louisville, probably my favorite. Always have great beer, a killer burger, and friendly and knowledgeable people.

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Photo of brbrocc
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I had lived in Kentucky for nearly 6 years before we made the trip up to Louisville and this was a must stop.

This is place has a very classic and vintage vibe without feeling old or dated. This place can get a bit cramped on a Friday or Saturday night but there is room upstairs in a well hidden choir loft as well as a nice patio in the back. Selection is solid with something for every beer lover. Standouts available on our visit were Zombie Dust and Wekken sour. Glassware is always appropriate as well. Service was solid for such a chaotic Saturday night. Be warned this is a place being swarmed with hipsters who are found throughout the city frequenting the places most timely in fashion. This place has been cool for a very long time and shows no sign of letting up. Food was solid as we tried the Cheese plate and pretzel with beer cheese. In a city with many options in a growing beer scene, this one stands out as a star.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Delicious beer from all over the world. I recommend the English Nth Cloud and the Hitochino Ginger Ale.

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of montybugg
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of lkwebb02
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MSandahl23
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Keene
4.16/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 2Bstout
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of neckbracesub
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of khawthor
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely, hands down, the best place anywhere within a 100 mile radius (if not more). Everything about it is awesome. Took .25 off Vibe for anyone who needs to check out a sporting event on TV (as there aren't any) - doesn't deter from the good times in my opinion, but also don't feel comfortable giving 5's across the board for some reason

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Photo of Brewshound
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of macher0
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is the sh!t. I don't give usually give 5s but this place deserves the score.

A super cool environment, created from a renovated old church with loft and spacey patio. A cool draft board hand-drawn with chalk.

Attention to detail is the best way to sum up this place.

The quality and selection of beer is where this place really shines. Let's be honest, three kegs of Fune in 2014 - what more can you say. Well, several other kegs and tons of bottles of Cantillon, KBS for the 4th of July, Zwanze Day, and CBS for New Years.

My only complaint, it gets very busy for big days and lines are common, but that goes with the territory. The staff are great folks and give good recommendations for those that don't know what to go for. I visit regularly and they always are super friendly.

The food - equal quality as the beer. The truly professional chef always has great specials, but the burger and frites are my favorite. Not cheap but worth every penny. Once again, their attention to detail is noticeable.

I selfishly wish this place would remain a secret but that's too late.

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Quite simply the greatest beer bar I've ever been to. Service lacked a little due to it being around zwanze but this is a VERY special place with the upmost respect for wild ales.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

There is no room for criticism, they are too perfect. I have been going to this place since the week it opened, and they have never disappointed me. I have never had anything less than a great time at the Grale.

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Photo of Magery
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev -3%

A rather small bar area downstairs with an even smaller bar area upstairs. They must do a good business because while it was quieter on Monday Tuesday the place was almost full. I liked that this place was a little quieter, no TVs. Bartenders were very nice and knowledgeable. Their tap list was very nicely mixed you could find something for everyone on it, although the real star of the show was their bottle list. The list had some very nice sours and they had the Bourbon County 12 oz bottles available which is just nice to see on a bottle list. Well thought out draft and bottle list. Place is a tad hipster, but you'll have that in most craft bars.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of themind
4.5/5  rDev -3%

What a neat place, great atmosphere and some serious hidden gems. If you are in the Louisville area, swing by and have a brew. On the way out grab a bottle of some limited brew surprising you behind the counter. Its a small former church, but packs a big punch. Keep in mind I am a Jersey boy, this place is worth a look.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
4/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Holy Grale in Louisville, KY
99 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.