If you’re looking for a bite after hours that doesn’t require a drive-thru window, then this one’s for you. We’ve put our best hand forward to grab the best late-night bites to sate your hunger in Derby City.
Vernon Lanes, 1575 Story Ave.
Open daily, 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
This vintage bowling alley and bar in Butchertown serves its late-night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring munchies like buffalo dip, sloppy joe wontons, burgers, and more. Plus, Monday-Thursday, Vernon doubles down on the fun with a Late-Night Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. that has $10 bowling and daily drink specials.
Our pick: Fried pickles with Cajun aioli
Hauck’s Corner, 1000 Goss Ave.
Open daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Located in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Hauck’s Corner Store in Germantown, this revamped dive bar runs a menu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and has 15+ options to choose from — like pimento cheese poppers, tacos, wings, and tendies.
Our pick: Hot chicken tacos with 3 cheese queso
Canary Club, 1247 S. Shelby St.
Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Breeze’s latest natural wine concept recently opened in Shelby Park and serves Spanish-style tapas until 1:30 a.m. every night.
Our pick: Patatas bravas — little potatoes in a spicy sauce eaten with a toothpick
Spring Street Bar & Grill, 300 S. Spring St.
Daily, 11 a.m.-4 a.m.
This neighborhood sports bar dishes out classic bar food like chili cheese fries, and serves its menu until 4 a.m.
Our pick: Mini corn dog basket with hot and yellow mustard
New Wave Burritos, 3311 Preston Hwy.
Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. + Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
This pink burrito joint is rolling up seven different kinds of burritos. The best part? There’s late-night delivery — but you can always dine-in and play pinball, too.
Our pick: The Vacation made with chorizo, scrambled eggs, tater tots, and queso
The Back Door Bar & Grille, 1250 Bardstown Rd.
Monday-Friday, 2 p.m.-4 a.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 a.m.
A Bardstown Road staple for over 35 years, this bar and grill not only prides itself on “serving bikers to brain surgeons,” but also has wings with 10 different sauces. Its entire menu is available until 2 a.m. daily.
Our pick: Boneless Buffalo wings and bombers, which are hand-rolled wontons stuffed with chicken, jalapenos, and cheese served with sweet chili sauce