Sunday, March 28, 2010

Al J's at the Galt House

Pally, one of my all-time favorite places to imbibe is Al J's, a swanky bar situated in the giant pedway that connects the twin towers of the Galt House in Louisville.

The design motifs were modeled after the original Crystal Palace in London, and it has a giant - and I mean giant - bird cage filled with live exotic songbirds.

The bar itself is a glass aquarium stocked with fish, which gives tipsy patrons something to look at if they get tired of looking out at the river, or at the ubiquitous ESPN on the hi-def televisions.

Bowls of goldfish - you know, the cheesy snack-cracker kind - are kept in bowls at the bar for our own face-stuffing use. Every drink I've ever had here has been right on, from martinis to cocktails to whiskey drinks. Now that Jockey Silks (the Galt House's bourbon bar) has cut back on its hours, I find myself drinking bourbon here, which had previously been unthinkable. They mix mighty fine Manhattans and Old Fashioneds though.

- - JSH

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