The Hub is a stylish, industrial, rustic venue with an expansive patio for Southern eats & full bar service. The most comprehensive bar and lounge experience under one roof. The Hub is the local bar’s tool belt: if you need it, it’s there. Food: a relaxed menu of enhanced Southern favorites. Beverages include a locally tailored beer list as well as specialty cocktails. Relaxation areas include a spacious terrace and a weekly dance party. Saturday nights at The Pit have a late-night happy hour and a big communal table in their private dining section. On Wednesdays, half-priced bottles of wine and $5 sangrias help you transition from fall to winter. Because parking is scarce and you’re likely to remain for more than one drink, coming by Uber or Lyft is excellent. Bring your well-mannered canines to their dog-friendly patio!
The Hub Louisville is an upmarket bar and restaurant on Frankfort Avenue that serves handmade cocktails, craft beers, small plates, and bar cuisine influenced by the South. The Hub has a game room with pool tables, shuffleboard, and other diversions, an outdoor terrace with stadium-style seating, a performance space, and a private dining room and bar area. It serves $5 happy hour, supper, live music, and late-night entertainment. The Hub, with its vast bar, formal dining room, pool tables, and soon-to-be-opened terrace, provides a dining experience beyond the food. The food isn’t bad either: southern-inspired small meals like pimento cheese with bacon pudding are the savory shareable options of the day, while beverages include ingeniously and beautifully crafted cocktails like a pastel pink gin Flame Dame created with egg white.
After the night meal, the lights are dimmed, and the music is turned up a notch, giving the restaurant a club-like feel (it’s open until 2 a.m.) without sacrificing its informal environment. During the first big snowstorm of 2016, The Hub Louisville debuted at 2235 Frankfort Ave. in January. Talmage Collins and Eric Wentworth, the owners, are first-time restaurateurs, but you’d never think it from looking inside the room that used to house River City Tire. Begin the evening with a drink. Wentworth’s beverage menu at The Hub Louisville, which he hopes to be “refined but approachable,” includes the Butchertown Swizzle ($10). The drink is stunning: Matcha-infused Copper & Kings un-aged apple brandy is topped with lemongrass syrup, basil, and Peychaud’s bitters, designed to swizzle organically down into the cocktail and vary the flavor as you drink.