Econo Lodge Downtown
401 South 2nd St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 583-2841
Fax: (502) 583-2629
This is a popular venue in the city, where regular concerts and activities are held. The events held here include sporting events, music concerts and theatrical performances. The Van-Dells, the Roots and Bombshel are among the artists that have performed here. Children are not allowed to attend these events as the venue happens to be a nightclub. Also, the tickets generally get sold out faster than you can imagine, so make sure you book your tickets in time. On the days of the event the box office opens up once more from 6p onwards. Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 6pm and Thursday to Saturday from 7 pm.
When the glossy hubbub of Fourth Street Live becomes overwhelming, head for Third Street Dive. It's dark and gritty, the drinks are inexpensive, and the frills are decidedly few. There's a pool table in the back, a juke box full of heavy rock'n'roll, and live music on select evenings. The regulars are full of colorful stories, and the barkeeps have their share as well. If your one-drink Happy Hour plan turns into an beer-fueled, punk-rock all nighter, you're more than welcome to order out for pizza or bring in a bag of White Castles from around the corner. See MySpace page for concert schedule and more.
Size does matter and especially so at the Kentucky International Convention Center, that spreads across 300,000 square feet. The type of events held here vary from trade fairs to meetings and others. Besides a ball room that provides for an expanse of unending space there 52 meeting rooms covering the whole area and a conference theater besides other facilities . For your caffeine cravings there is a Star bucks on the premises and a lunch joint. Catering facilities are also available at the convention center. Call ahead for more details.
Fourth Street Live is one of the main attractions for nightlife and dinner in downtown Louisville. Its a mega-entertainment area that primarily features restaurants and bars all under one roof. The dining options run the gamut, from Brazilian BBQ at Brazeiros to American fare at Gordon Biersch Brewery, there is usually something for everyone. Club options are also varied, from the hip Marquee Bar to Country Western camaraderie at PBR Louisville, all crowds are welcome.
Bowling just became a whole new game. First opened in Hollywood, California, Lucky Strike Lanes' management envisioned a bowling alley celebrities would want to patronize - with top shelf food and ever-changing artwork showcased at the end of each lane. The idea proved popular, and Lucky Strike Lanes now has alleys across the country. The menu is surprisingly gourmet for a bowling alley; revitalized from the typical beer and nachos that may spring to mind at the mention of bowling alley food. The mouth-watering menu includes appetizers, salads, gourmet pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, and even all-day breakfast. Please note that guests are expected to adhere to a dress code.
Built for an estimated $238 million dollars, the KFC Yum! Center is one of the most expensive properties in the entire state. It's a multi-purpose venue that primarily hosts University of Louisville athletics such as men and women's basketball, but it consistently holds other comedy, performance art, dance, drama, etc. The arena holds more than 20,000 spectators and it's a great spot to catch a show, whether it's hoops, music or anything in-between.
Since it was established in 1964, the Actors Theatre of Louisville has received numerous accolades and awards as an outstanding non-profit resident theater. The stage hosts performances throughout the year and in addition to these creative theatrics, the troupes offer apprentice and internships programs, workshops and tours to the general public. The productions range from lighthearted themes and subjects to more avant-garde and political ones. Productions here definitely offer something for everyone.
Situated right beside Residence Inn Louisville Downtown, this whiskey bar plies Kentucky bourbon as well as other potent libations in a building that dates from 1885. If you love whiskey, this unpretentious downtown bar with its fantastic selection of more than 100 varieties, is one you absolutely must visit. If whiskey isn't really your thing, don't despair because the bar also has craft and tap beers for you to enjoy as well. During the week, this popular watering hole has live bands in action, from traditional bluegrass trios to punk rock ones, each night is different.
The Bomhard Theater is named after the founder of the Kentucky Opera. Bomhard is a classy events venue, seating 619, featuring a M1D Meyer Sound system for sound reinforcement.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts showcases some of the biggest names in theater, dance, and music. Home of the Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One, and the Louisville Orchestra, the center's season also includes the hottest touring Broadway shows. Comprised of four theaters, from the 2,406-seat Robert S. Whitney Hall to the far more intimate 319-seat MeX (black box) Theater, the center's venues are as diverse as its artistic lineup. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' outreach programs work year-round to bring a wealth of arts programs to the community.
This multi-media exhibit features the history of America's 15th state. From its entrance in 1792 to the present-day, native born Ashley Judd narrates the history of this interesting region. KentuckyShow! is the brainchild of Sharon Potter, a Kentucky transplant who became fascinated with the people, customs, cities, towns and everything else here. After some fundraising and years of work, she and her team produced this 30-minute show as an homage to the state. It plays every day at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, just ask the information desk for directions to the screening room.
The historic Louisville Palace from 1928 is a remnant of yesteryear, where once there stood several theaters along 4th Street, this extant one still stands. After its initial opening as a vaudeville palace, the theater converted itself over the years as a spot for films. It was only in the late 1994 when the theater reconverted itself back into a full-fledged performance venue. With acts as varied as ballet and bluegrass to comedy and touring Broadway shows, it's Louisville's classic hub for performing arts once again.