7 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Louisville, Kentucky

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Kentucky’s largest city is highly urbanized - towering buildings and long highways are familiar sights. You can just imagine how glamorous its nightlife could be with all the establishments around. Either daytime or nighttime, it is a good idea to dine in a rooftop restaurant. Since these places open mostly late morning to midnight, you can have these delightful places as a chillout zone after a busy day. Feel relaxed in a casual setting, indulge in scrumptious food, feel refreshed by the yummy drinks, and check out the fantastic city views of Louisville. Read on to get to know the best rooftop restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky.

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1. 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen

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Get picturesque views of Louisville’s gorgeous urban life by dining at 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen. Not only do you get amazing views, but also delicious local food. Featuring food that showcases the fun and exciting lifestyle of the city, this restaurant with a view in Louisville has flavored chicken wings, club sandwiches, unique pizzas, and a la carte meals. Of course, the drink selections won’t disappoint. After a normal busy day at the city, invite your friends or family for an unforgettable dinner and make sure to reserve a seat through their site.

8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen

Address: 350 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202, United States

Website: 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen

Opening hours: Sun: 7am - 11am, 3pm - 10pm; Mon - Thu: 6am - 10am, 3pm - 12am; Fri: 6am - 10pm, 3pm - 2am; Sat: 7am - 11am, 3pm - 2am

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2. HopCat

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This is the kind of restaurant to go to if you are looking for classic American comfort food. It is also a go-to place for those who want to chill out with their friends or family due to its open and inviting atmosphere and various shareable meals. There is both an indoor dining and rooftop dining that overlooks the busy Bardstown Road. The menu items are tried-and-tested flavorful snacks like sandwiches, friends, beef sliders, fried chicken, wings, pizza rolls, and much more. The beer variants are proudly local and made available in HopCat. Keep in mind that certain types of beer are sold out due to high demand.


Address: 064 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204, United States

Website: HopCat

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 12am; Mon - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am

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3. Roof Top Grill - Oak St.

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Roof Top Grill by Oak St. is a rooftop restaurant that’s easy to access thanks to its strategic location. It’s also one of the restaurants with the best views of the city. It showcases the bold Jamaican cuisine with dishes like the Jamaican beef patties, homemade jerk chicken, plus vegetarian dishes, among many others. The restaurant’s atmosphere promotes fun and excitement - live reggae music is played seasonally. The owners and staff are noted to be easy-going and accommodating as well. It would be a nice night out with your friends to eat unique cuisine as you indulge in the funky music at Roof Top Grill. With everything made fresh and made-to-order, expect delicious, flavorful food at this rooftop restaurant while enjoying great city views.

Roof Top Grill - Oak St.

Address: 414 W Oak St, Louisville, KY 40203, United States

Website: Roof Top Grill - Oak St.

Opening hours: Sun: 1pm - 8pm; Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm

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4. The Goat

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If you are looking for a posh and sophisticated location for your dinner at Louisville, Kentucky, consider dining in The Goat. Because the restaurant promotes socialization as seen from the seating arrangements and open spaces, having this as a lively venue for gatherings is ideal. At the same time, there are lots of meals for sharing such as pizzas, chicken tenders, nachos, and chips. More are available on their menu. Try their seasonal creations made with fresh local ingredients. The made-to-order burgers featured here are also premium aged Angus ground Best to also order refreshing fruit juices to finish off your delightful meals. Have all that while immersing in both nature and city views around the city of Louisville.

The Goat

Address: 700 Landis Ridge Dr, Louisville, KY 40245, United States

Website: The Goat

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 12pm; Mon - Wed: 11am - 12pm; Thu - Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat: 10am - 2am

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5. Dudley's On Short

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Care for some casual rooftop dining near Louisville? Located conveniently at the heart of Lexington’s business center, Dudley’s On Short brings you flavorful dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients. For dinner, start off with buttermilk fried chicken skins or pimento cheese crab puffs. Lots of entrees like short rib and roasted garlic risotto are also available on the menu. The after-dinner drinks are also worth checking out. If you want light snacks, there are food items such as the house fries, fritters, salads, and soups. Brunch specials are also featured in the restaurant’s menu. Besides these picture-perfect delectable foods, guests dining in Dudley’s On Short will immerse in the electrifying view of the busy city.

Dudley's On Short

Address: 259 W Short St #125, Lexington, KY 40507, United States

Website: Dudley’s On Short

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

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6. Locals' Craft Food & Drink

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The rooftop restaurant is well-designed in modern fashion. It also promotes fresh local ingredients and local cuisine through the presented dishes. Besides the usual food items on the menu, seasonal specials like ancho glazed pork tenderloin are available as well. Find dishes like pasta, chicken, salmon, fries, and of course, burgers. At the rooftop, it is an open area with lots of seating, ideal for small or large gatherings. You should also see the refreshing drink concoctions composed of fresh fruits or concentrates. Because of the scrumptious go-to American snacks offered here, it quickly became one of the local favorites as well.

Locals' Craft Food & Drink

Address: 701 National Ave, Lexington, KY 40502, United States

Website: Locals’ Craft Food & Drink

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 11am - 10pm; Mon - Fri: 11am - 10:30pm

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7. Bear & The Butcher

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Casual dining meets local from-the-farm ingredients at Bear & The Butcher restaurant. Here, bringing a car is not a problem thanks to the available all-day parking. To go along with your beverage, there are bar snacks like the smoked chicken wings, hand-cut Belgian fries, house-smoked pulled-pork nachos, and flatbreads. More ideal meals for shares include tacos with various fillings such as grilled chicken and pork. If you’re fond of dining at vegan restaurants, there are vegan options like house salad and superfood salad added to the menu too. For stomach-filling dining, entrees are available daily by 4pm. Choose from the loaded mac ‘n’ cheese, smoked chicken, beef tenderloins, and much more. A different menu is given for brunch hours. Feel the delightful, rustic ambience of this rooftop bar near Louisville while digging in the local cuisine.

Bear & The Butcher

Address: 815 Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY 40502, United States

Website: Bear & The Butcher

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 11pm; Tue - Thu: 4pm - 11pm; Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat: 10am - 12am (closed on Mon)

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Exhilarating city views of Louisville Kentucky

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Imagine having a delectable meal while enjoying the glimmering city lights all around. Check out the specialties of each of the rooftop restaurants and try out their takes on the classics. Set a date with your significant other, spend quality time with your family or friends, or simply spend some “me” time in a glamorous casual set-up. Wait until the sun goes down to watch colorful city lights open one by one. The goal is to savor these simple yet special moments in a charming setting. An unforgettable experience is waiting for you in Louisville, Kentucky’s remarkable rooftop restaurants. Nearby are also Asian restaurants and farm-to-table restaurants with remarkable dining scenes.

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