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Holy Grale

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Holy GraleHoly Grale
BA SCORE
100
world-class

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 5.57%
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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 by HopsMatt:
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4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My favorite "upper tier" bar in Louisville. They are frequently having beer related events and have recently hosted a Dogfish Head night and the Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

This place becomes crowded fast after 5pm. Its not a tiny place, but it is small. They recently opened up a new area upstairs that helps out and they are also working on an outdoor garden area that im excited about for the spring and summer months.

The food is OUTSTANDING. The chef is top notch here. I cant tell you how wonderful everything is. They really made the menu to complement the beer amazingly well. You honeslty need to try at least everything on the menu once.

Its not the cheapest bar in Louisville. If you plan to eat and have a few drinks, its probably going to run you about $50-$60 per couple depending on what you get of course.

The beer selection varies week to week with a few things staying or popping up more frequently than others. I happened to stop in a few months back and they had SharkPants on tap. That was an amazing drink. They often get some really rare stuff on tap so needless to say, I stop by frequently.

This is a bar that is in a class of its own. My favotire gastropub in town for dinner and drinks!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Magery
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of themind
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KYGunner
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

This is, so far, the best beer bar I've ever visited. It's an incredible experience from the beer alone; 20 taps of true craft beer, served by people who know the product and know craft beer. The food is quite stellar and reasonable in price. The architecture and atmosphere really sells this place as the space of the old church is utilised well. The beer garden, which has hop plants growing around it, is a wonderful outdoor space. The help was friendly and the crowd was fun. I plan to hit this up every time I'm in Louisville.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tonafernandez
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Nice location, small place with really good decoartion and a nice bar area, hamburgers were gone by the time i got there, what i got for food was really good for pub fare, the tap list its pretty good, a bit of everything from Saison's, Mikkeller, 3 Floys, etc.
if you are ever in the area its a pretty great place to try out

Photo of MaseFace
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Absolutely, definitely, must-try beer cathedral - literally... the building is an old church in the Highlands district of Louisville. The place to go in Louisville to find the best - and usually rarest - tap and bottle offerings the city has to offer.

The atmosphere inside is pleasant - it's relatively dimly lit, but still quite inviting with a long rectangular bar running down 3/4 the length of the interior. There are a row of high-top tables that will seat 2 along the windows on the side of the building, three or four good sized tables that can accommodate parties of 4-5 along the front, and a small bar with a couple of bar stools near the front door. On the weekends, seating may be tight, but that's when you head out back to the biergarten that has nice log-style bench seats and a nice open-air presence. The best times to go are week nights, around 7-8 pm - never had an issue getting a table at that time. Weekends, as I said, are a bit more hectic. Sometimes you'll get lucky and walk in at 9pm on a Friday or Saturday night and catch an empty table or a seat at the bar, but more often than not the place will be to capacity. That being said, it has never felt over-crowded in my experience, although there can sometimes be a small line as there is only one cash register where most customers order their beers and pay/close out their tabs.

Which brings me nicely to my next two points - price and selection. It's a focused beer bar serving a pretty diverse selection of beer on tap, and it typically has at least two or three rare offerings on tap any given night. Could be something from Europe. Could be something from one of the many new local breweries that have sprung up across Louisville. Could be something barrel-aged and completely bonkers. There is always something new to try and always something intriguing on the tap list. If you leave disappointed because you couldn't find something on the tap or bottle list that tickled your fancy, well then quite frankly you probably had no business being there in the first place! Given the selection of beers on offer expect to pay anywhere between $5-$9 for a 12 oz glass of your choosing while the bottle list can run upwards of $15-$20 for select 22oz bombers and 750mL magnums. I think that's reasonable - and in some cases a steal - given the fact that they often have beers on tap that are either A) not currently distributed in Kentucky; or B) limited-release/brewed-once that you won't be able to find in even the best bottle shops in Louisville. Put it this way - I had a 12oz glass of Prairie/Brewfist's Spaghetti Western a couple of weeks back. I paid $8 for it, including the tip. I'm not going to be able to find a bottle of that beer for $8 anywhere in the state of Kentucky, so that's a steal in my book. In any case, price is relative, and I think for the offerings that Holy Grale typically has on tap, it more often than not justifies the price point. The same can be said of the bottle list, which also features a healthy selection of harder-to-find beers that don't have much local distribution, as well as a regularly rotation of vintage bottles.

I can't think of a time I've been to Holy Grale where I didn't have a great experience - and I've been probably close to 30 times to date. The staff is friendly, and quite knowledgeable, and often eager to talk beer styles or give a little extra insight behind some of the more unique offerings on the tap list. They also have a very refined food menu - the focus being more on bistro-style food than "pub grub" - and the few times I have ordered food to pair with my beers I have always been impressed. Two words - samurai sauce. Try it on the frijtes. You will not be disappointed.

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Holy Grale in Louisville, KY
100 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.