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The B Line Buzz
October 1, 2020

We’ve Got 6 of the Best Bourbon Bars in America, Plus One

Written by: Dot Crane

All 6 B-Line Bourbon Trail bars named to the Best Bourbon Bars 2020 photos of each on a grid: Prohibition bourbon bar, The Globe, Rich's Proper, Wiseguy Lounge, Bourbon Haus 1841, and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Woohoo! We’re thrilled to announce that all six bourbon bars here on The B-Line were named 2020’s Best Bourbon Bars in America on this year’s list from the Bourbon Review! That means every year since we created The B-Line bourbon trail, all of our bars made the list of America’s best bourbon bars. We know we’ve got something special to offer bourbon connoisseurs and the bourbon curious here in Northern Kentucky, but it’s wonderful to see the word getting out.

In order to qualify for The B-Line, each bar must keep in stock at least 100 labels of bourbon, preferably Kentucky Bourbon. Some of our bars are huge overachievers. At last count, Prohibition Bourbon Bar stocked more than 2600 and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (OKBB) had more than 600.

Each B-Line bourbon bar also keeps in stock all available labels from every B-Line Distillery: New Riff Distilling, Boone County Distilling Co., the Old Pogue Distillery, Neeley Family Distilling, and Second Sight Spirits. And, of course, they all offer bourbon flights and a variety of bourbon cocktails. Those bourbon pours and mixed drinks are served by very knowledgeable staff—each establishment has to complete Stave and Thief Establishment Level Certification through Moonshine University.

Congrats to all of our Bourbon Bars!

Bourbon Haus 1841

More than 600 bourbons lining the walls behind the bar at OKBB in Covington, KY

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros. Coffee

Exterior of Rich's Proper Food & Drink with the sign visible over their paito and a bottle of Old Grandad in the foreground

Rich’s Proper Food & Drink

A golden bourbon cocktail called Pass the Buck next to the menu at The Globe bourbon bar in Covington, KY

The Globe Covington

Bourbon Cocktail at Wiseguy Lounge in Mainstrasse with lots of fire and sparks coming out of the glass

Wiseguy Lounge in Mainstrasse Village

In addition to all of our bars making the list, congratulations to B-Line restaurant, Tousey House Tavern! Their excellent bourbon selection garnered them a spot as one of the Best Bourbon Bars 2020.

sign in front of tousey house tavern, a historic, southern restaurant with bourbon in burlington ky

Since we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, please check the hours of each place before heading there for a pour. As of this writing, Prohibition Bourbon Bar has very limited hours, but the other five bars are open as usual. All of them have safety and hygiene protocols in place. You will need to wear your facemask until you’re seated and drinking.

Category: B-Line Stops