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with a Kentucky sports theme — and a gallery of bigscreen televisions to keep the sports action flowing as freely as the libations and upscale pub grub. $$ L D hp DIAMOND PUB & BILLIARDS 3814 Frankfort Ave., 895-7513, 630 Barret Ave., 690-7040. $ L D hpfe DIAMOND STATION 2280 Bardstown Rd., 409-4332. A classic bar and grill in the Upper Highlands has plenty of TVs, wings, burgers, wraps and salads, eight beers on tap and about 50 in bottles. Several ciders too. $ L D

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DRAKE’S 3939 Shelbyville Rd., 614-7327, 3921 Summit Plaza Dr., 384-3921. Lexington-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group has two local outlets that offer twenty-four craft beers on tap to wash down the traditional pub grub of tacos, ribs and — these days — sushi. Familyfriendly by day and a hoppin’ spot at night, with music videos and a DJ. $$ L D hpf DUNDEE TAVERN 2224 Dundee Rd., 458-6637. The newish owners of Dundee Gastropub have sold the business to Alan Hincks, a long-time regular at the old Dundee Tavern, who has returned the business to being a family-friendly restaurant with a neighborhood sports bar pub feel. Gastropub fare is gone; the menu is back to the one that pleased so many regulars over the years. $$ L D hp FLANAGAN’S ALE HOUSE 934 Baxter Ave., 585-3700. Gourmet pizzas, hoagies, and an enormous beer selection draw Highlands folks to this cozy neighborhood pub. For a late night pizza (the kitchen’s open until 2 a.m.), it’s one of the best options in the city. $$ L D hpf GERSTLE’S PLACE 3801 Frankfort Ave., 742-8616. A popular St. Matthews neighborhood tavern since 1924. Although dining is secondary to booze and sports here, the food goes well beyond mere pub grub. $ L D

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GRANVILLE INN 1601 S. Third St., 637-9128. A longtime gathering place for U of L students, faculty and fans, this sturdy redbrick tavern just north of the university campus offers a good variety of bar munchies, sandwiches and simple grilled fare plus pizza. It’s perhaps best known, though, for the signature Granville Burger, widely reputed as one of the best burgers in town. $ L D hp GREAT AMERICAN GRILL 2735 Crittenden Dr. (Hilton Garden Inn), 637-2424. Salads, burgers, pastas and sandwiches are available for the casual diner; main entrées include New York strip, filet of salmon and more. $ Br D pf GRIFF’S 323 W. Cardinal Blvd., 939-3535. This sports bar in the Cardinal Towne restaurant row is named for U of L and NBA basketball legend Darrell Griffith. There is plenty of Dr. Dunkenstein’s basketball memorabilia scattered around, and its location contiguous to campus makes it a prime viewing spot for U of L games. $$ L D

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GYPSY’S SPORTS GRILLE 7207 Fegenbush Ln., 9090922. “Gypsy” is the name of the owner’s rescued Boston terrier. The husband-wife team who own this Fern Creek hangout offer all that a sports fan could want: wings and ribs, nachos, potato skins, fried pickles, sandwiches, pork chops and steaks. $$ L D

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HIGHLANDS TAPROOM GRILL 1058 Bardstown Rd., 584-5222. Another nice choice for beer and bar food along the B’town Rd. corridor, but with former Lilly’s chef Tommy Clemons at the helm the menu includes, but extends beyond, the usual beer cheese, chili and burgers. Look for the crabby patty, smoked shrimp scampi, or French toast sausage, house made with egg and maple syrup. The pulled pork spring rolls are on their way to becoming legendary. $$ L D

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HILLTOP TAVERN 1800 Frankfort Ave., 742-2908. The Skelton brothers (John is an alum of Seviche) have settled in at this prime Clifton location. Their tavern fare is focused on barbecue, with pulled pork and beer68 Winter 2016 www.foodanddine.com

butt chicken specialties, along with hefty sandwiches (their meatloaf is a standout). $ D hp HITCHING POST INN 7314 Fegenbush Ln., 239-4724. In addition to its full bar and beer garden, and lively conversation, the Hitching Post Inn offers an array of pub grub, including burgers, chicken tenders, and sandwiches. $ L D hpf HOOPS GRILL AND SPORTS BAR 6733 Strawberry Ln., 375-4667. The name says it all: sports, casual dining and good things to drink all find their natural meeting place at this friendly neighborhood spot where hot wings and hoops reign supreme. $ L D hpf HOPCAT 1064 Bardstown Rd., 890-8676. This new Highlands attraction seats 300 or so in the dining room, three private party rooms and a covered second floor patio. HopCat is touting its 132 craft beers on tap, at least 30 of which are locally made, as the largest selection in Kentucky, along with 201 varieties of whiskey, many of them Bourbon. Lunch and dinner will offer homemade pub grub: burgers, mac & cheese, Detroit-style square pizza with cheesy crust, and signature “crack fries.” Expect Saturday and Sunday brunch as well. $$ Br L D hpf JB’S PUB 307 Central Ave., 618-1843. Two veterans of the Troll Pub Under the Bridge, Ben Barker and Johnny Morgan, have taken over the space near Churchill Downs recently vacated by OverTime Sports Bar & Grill. Some considerable renovating has been done, and the menu will be “pub fare with flair.” Look for several artisan burgers, 30 beers on tap and many styles of pizza — Sicilian, Chicago-style, New York and Detroitstyle, and even their own Louisville-style pie. $$ L D

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JERSEY’S CAFÉ 1515 Lynch Ln., Clarksville IN, 2882100. Quality, affordable fare that goes well beyond pub grub to include an awesome smokehouse burger and barbecued ribs so tender, they say, that you can just tap the end of the bone on your plate, and the meat falls off. $ L D hpf JOHN O’BRYAN’S TAVERN 4123 Flintlock Dr., 4494940. $ B L D KERN’S KORNER 2600 Bardstown Rd., 456-9726. This family-owned tavern, a popular neighborhood pit stop since 1978, offers freshly made ham, chicken salad sandwiches and soups. The hamburgers, though, might be the best unpretentious burgers in town: freshly ground daily, always cooked perfectly, and served on a toasted bun. $ L D pf KHALIL’S 10966 Dixie Hwy., 632-2227. A family sports bar in Valley Station boasts plenty of TVs, including some tabletop TVs in booths. Menu presents the usual bar food suspects — salads, wings, burgers — but the burgers are on pretzel buns. $ L D hp LONE WOLF FAMILY SPORTS BAR 5501 Valley Station Rd., 653-7671. This family-run sports bar, named after its patriarch, called “Lone Wolf,” has undergone a major renovation. You will find the expected sports pub fare of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wings, hot dogs and dessert. Lunch, dinner and an allday Saturday Happy Hour. $$ L D pfe LOUIS’S “THE TON” 1601 Story Ave., 409-4977. Oldtimers know the Butchertown space as Johnson’s Beer & Bait, but new owners have renovated it to capture the atmosphere of a European “public house” focusing on moderately priced drinks, cold plate appetizers and tapas such as cheeses, meats and sausages and olives. $$ D he MIKE’S TAVERN 3521 Paoli Pike, Floyds Knobs IN, 9458915. A friendly tavern up in the Knobs above New Albany. $ L D p THE MONKEY WRENCH 1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433. The music program here is eclectic and nonjudgmental, and you could say the same for the food service, which is now called The Monkey’s Uncle Grill, run by Matt Davis (Lil Cheezers) and Bret Donaldson (Stellar Craft Catering). The initial focus is on interesting grilled cheese and other pub fare. $ L D hpfe

NEIL & PATTY’S FIRESIDE BAR & GRILL 7611 IN 311, Sellersburg IN, 246-5456. A family owned and operated outpost up the road a piece, long known for their warm and welcoming, down-home atmosphere, has expanded their craft beer selection. The local cognoscenti know they can also find excellent pastas, steaks, seafood, and salads. Homemade soups are created daily. Breakfast served until 2 p.m. $$ Br L D p NEW DIRECTION BAR & GRILL 2630 Chamberlain Ln., 243-8429. $ L D hpfe OLD HICKORY INN 1038 Lydia St., 634-3011. The Schnitzelburg building has been around forever, has suffered indignities, like a fire that gutted it, but has always bounced back. Now it has expanded its presence with a new kitchen, outdoor deck and a food menu aimed to be competitive with other Germantown hangouts. $ L D hp OLD LOUISVILLE TAVERN 1532 S. Fourth St., 6374200. It’s risen from the ashes, the interior gutted and redone, a new kitchen installed, but the menu will be the same as before: top-flight bar grub made from scratch. An expanded beer program with 16 new taps will include a selection of local and craft beers. $$ L D

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O-LINE SPORTS GRILL 2813 N Hurstbourne Pkwy., 384-6171. You can watch every game, every sport all year long, they claim. While you do, you can chow down a variety of bar food, such as the juicy Lucy cheese burger or nacho burger. The kids might like the mini-footballs, franks encased in pastry dough, fried and served with dipping sauces. $ L D hp PEARL STREET TAPHOUSE 407 Pearl Street, Jeffersonville IN, 468-5868. In an historic home that was saved through a preservation grant, this pub has 24 taps with a heavy focus on local breweries, with regional and national choices as well. Food choices are limited to bites like oysters on the half-shell, wings and sliders, but everything is fresh and nothing is deepfried. $ L D p PEPPERS BAR & GRILL 320 W. Jefferson St. (Hyatt Regency), 587-3434. This casual-dining facility in the Hyatt Regency offers a full dinner menu for hotel guests and outside visitors as well. $$ D h p PLANET BAR & BISTRO 1565 Bardstown Rd., 654-7866. This sassy and stylish bar at the hot corner of Bardstown Rd. and Alta serves a menu full of double entendres: a plate of “mouth openers” (antipasti, more or less); aspharos (an appetizer made with asparagus, prosciutto and cantaloupe) is described as “as long as one’s throat”; and the Menage a Trois dessert is “something everyone should have at least one” of. An eclectic range of adult music sets the mood. $$ D hpe RAILS CRAFT BREW & EATERY 318 W. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., Clarksville IN, 945-3496. Located in the former Sam’s at the Montrose, Rails, which has another location in Seymour, IN, offers two dozen or so craft beers on tap and more by the bottle. The menu features steaks, chicken and burgers. The family friendly atmosphere makes good use of the historic property. $$ L D pfe RECBAR 10301 Taylorsville Rd., 509-3033. Family fun is the object here, with games galore: pool and ping-pong, skeeball, arcade games (for Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super NES) and card and board games. A full bar and pub-style food, too. $$ L D hp RIVER CITY DRAFTHOUSE 1574-1/2 Bardstown Rd., 690-5111. Another beer joint along the Bardstown Road corridor boasts more than 20 taps focused on independent, American, craft beer (in sample, half-pint and pint sizes) and several bottled options. Its limited (for now) bar menu has garnered early praise for its wings. $$ L D hf ROOTIE’S SPORTS BAR & GRILLE 12205 Westport Rd., 365-4681. The first entry of the Buffalo-based chain to open in the area. Rootie’s angle is charcoalgrilled wings with a thick, hickory-smoked spicy sauce. $ L D hpf

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