Kentucky Bourbon Affair™

JUNE 5-10, 2018 / LOUISVILLE, KY

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There's no better host than Louisville for the fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™. The city has gained international attention for its culinary excellence, Bourbon innovation, and first-class tourism experiences. The stylish and hospitable urban atmosphere is the perfect ending to your day’s journey. Read below for more information on transportation, attractions, and host hotel information.

Omni Louisville

You won’t be sorry you stayed at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ host hotel – the Omni in Downtown Louisville.

Opening on March 6, 2018, this new and luxurious property located in the heart of Downtown Louisville transforms one of the city’s most significant urban blocks into a unique and vibrant mixed-use environment - offering hotel guests, residents and locals a chance to connect and enjoy the best of a great city.

The essence of Louisville is woven throughout with interior design blending elements of the city’s heritage, culture and character, felt everywhere from the hotel restaurants to a featured bourbon bar to the hotel’s Speakeasy and bowling alley. Really feel like a local as you wake up to the smell of the city’s favorite Heine Brothers’ coffee.

The hotel pool and rooftop bar, designed for seamless indoor and outdoor integration, will allow guests to rest, relax or socialize with spectacular views of the city from above when they’re not busy enjoying the world’s best Bourbon.

Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ guests will be able to walk directly downstairs to board the bus for the week’s events and experience Saturday’s Higher Proof Expo and closing event, all without making a trip!

For our partner rate of $179, amenities include:

  • Falls City Market – 20,000 square foot urban lifestyle market and grocer with a flower shop, beer/wine shop, Falls City craft beer, local sushi bar, pizza & growler, local Heine Brothers’ coffee shop with gelato bar, bakery, butcher, pastries, and crepes
  • Speakeasy with 4 bowling lanes
  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Bourbon retail store
  • Neighborhood services (3 meal restaurant)
  • Bob’s Steak & Chop House


Book your room online now! Or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and reference the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair.

Travel & Transportation

Prepare yourself for a city that’s easy to get to, and hard to leave.

Louisville is within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population, and Louisville International Airport offers nearly 100 daily flights from major airline carriers - including Allegiant, American, Delta Airlines, One Jet, Southwest, and United.

Grab an on-demand ride from Lyft to get you from the airport to the hotel, because you won’t need a car once you arrive.

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ provides free round-trip transportation to all events from its host location, the Omni Hotel. You’ll ride in style with our transportation sponsors to make sure absolutely no one drinks and drives.

If you’re still game to explore after all your Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ events, you’ll find the Omni is located within walking distance to Louisville’s best downtown attractions.

Read on to learn more about what those are.


Downtown Louisville is full of unique visitor experiences that will complement your time at Kentucky Bourbon Affair™.

Visit Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby has been held on the first Saturday in May for the past 143 years. You can relive much of that history at the adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum. A visit to the museum includes a tour of Churchill Downs and a showing of The Greatest Race, a one-of-a-kind 360-degree, high definition film.

Take an Ohio River dinner cruise on the 100-year-old Belle of Louisville, America’s last true Mississippi River steamboat still in operation.

Explore some of America’s most interesting museums. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is where bats for baseball legends such as Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench and Hank Aaron have been made for more than a century. At the Muhammad Ali Center, you can take an interactive look at the life and career of the man many know as simply “The Greatest” - Louisville boxing legend Cassius Clay. Your museum-going experience wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Frazier Museum, which houses Kentucky’s history and one of the best local gift shops around.

Feeling adventurous? Delve into Louisville Mega Cavern – the world’s only location for underground zip-lining and mountain biking – or leave downtown and explore Louisville’s vibrant neighborhoods.

Whatever you do, we promise you won’t be bored.

Contact Us

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ is operated by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which promotes, protects and elevates Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

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Organizers - Phone

(502) 727-0008

Organizers - Email


(866) 577-3722

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Additional Questions?

Click on the FAQ button for help with general questions about the event.