The Barrel Room: Shelbyville, Kentucky

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There’s plenty to do in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World — from the world-renowned horse farms, to the wonderful southern food, to its bustling Main Street, a trip to Shelby County, Kentucky is sure to be chock-full of adventure. While downtown, there’s the perfect place to relax with a drink: The Barrel Room Shelbyville Kentucky!

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The Barrel Room Shelbyville, Kentucky

The Barrel Room is the brainchild and second location of the Old Louisville Brewery. With very few options like the Barrel Room in Shelby County, the Barrel Room is setting the stage for even more growth and expansion for the county. Owner Wade Mattingly understood that there weren’t many pub options in Shelby County, which serves as a meeting point between Lexington and Louisville. Thus, he decided to fill the void!


The Barrel Room offers roughly 20 craft beers on tap; that said, if you are not a beer drinker, they have a full bar + wonderful bourbon options.

About Shelby County, KY

Shelby County, a community of small-town charm and world-class equestrian events, is the American Saddlebred Capital of the World. Home to 90-plus Saddlebred horse farms and breeding and training facilities, ShelbyKY gives visitors a rare peek into the world of the Saddlebred show horse. Attractions include Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass; the antique, home accessory and furniture shops comprising “Design Destination”; Jeptha Creed Distillery; Bulleit Distillery; Talon Winery; and the Shelby County Community Theatre. ShelbyKY’s dining landscape includes culinary icons Science Hill Inn and Claudia Sanders Dinner House; overnight choices range from brand-name chain hotels to downtown lofts; and there are ample outdoor adventures to enjoy.

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JC Phelps is a Kentucky-based food + southern lifestyle writer.

Louisville, KY

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