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The Bard?s Town in the Highlands: Food, Drink and Live Shows Under One Roof

If William Shakespeare lived in Louisville in the 21st century, he might be tracked down at a tattoo parlor or a rowdy pub along Bardstown Road, but more likely he would be found at the Bard's Town in the Highlands. The Bard's Town is a relatively new dining and entertainment venue, having opened its doors in the summer of 2010 on Bardstown Road at the edge of the Highlands neighborhood.

The Bard's Town is a combination restaurant and lounge hosting live music, readings and theatrical performances, mostly by local performers. The emphasis on local is what gives this venue an edge.

Not only are most of the acts local, but so is much of the food served. The restaurant boasts that 75 percent of its menu incorporates Kentucky Proud ingredients. Kentucky Proud is the state's official farm marketing program, which is designed to promote locally-produced foods.

At the Bard's Town, the logo of which includes a likeness of Shakespeare, customers will find fresh, local fare, an assortment of craft beers and a variety of Kentucky products, from bourbon to vodka to wine. The casual atmosphere is suitable for families with children, couples and groups of all sizes.

The menu features moderately priced items with clever names that play on the Shakespearean theme. The Duke of Bourbon Brisket and Falstaff's Famous Falafel both cost under $12 each, and The Taming of the Stew and Two Noble Crab Cakes are each priced under $20. Filet-dy Macbeth, an 8-ounce cut of filet mignon, is the priciest option at $21.99.

The Bard's Town offers several tasty salads, as well as soups and other appetizers, all under $8. The "Little Bards" menu includes several options, all served with complementary fresh fruit. There are also several $5 desserts to choose from.

The heart of the venue, however, is its stage, which welcomes comedians, musicians, actors and readers of all stripes — from the fledgling poet to the professional jazz artist. The Bard's Town seems to operate on the philosophy that all the world’s a stage.

The Bard's Town is the site of the monthly InKY reading series. For upcoming performances, visit the website.

Yes, Shakespeare would be delighted to enter the likes of an establishment as classy and warm as The Bard's Town. And so will you.

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Bobbi Buchanan
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The Bard's Town
1801 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY



moderate, most entrees $10-15

Front and back lots available

Sun., Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri.- Sat. 4 p.m.- 4 a.m.
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