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New cocktail tour revisits Prohibition history

Visit speakeasies and local ghosts.

Rocks glass with brown cocktail full of ice on a white marble table.

Phantoms of Prohibition features 5+ drinks and small bites.

Photo by LOUtoday

Louisville Food Tours’ latest edition is a cocktail tour revisiting the Prohibition era and its ghosts one drink at a time.

Phantoms of Prohibition: Ghosts, Cocktails, & Bites Tour reveals hidden speakeasies and local ghost stories, and makes stops at historical landmarks — like The Seelbach Hilton Hotel where Al Capone once had secret tunnels to escape police.

The three-hour tour makes five stops along its 1.5-mile route starting at Whiskey Row with two bourbon cocktails, one of which was created specifically for the tour, and weaves its way through downtown with other drinks and small bites along the way.

Here are a few highlights from the tour:

  • Lavender gin cocktail from Pin + Proof
  • Sitting in a booth at O’shea’s where a 19th-century ghost is said to be seen
  • Kentucky pineapple upside-down cake from 8UP and its ties to the 1930s

Tours are $139 for 21+ drinkers and $89 for those who just want to hear the history. Haunts run weekly Wednesday-Friday at 5 p.m.

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