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The B-Line: On the Edge of Bourbon Country

Published Jan 25, 2020
Updated Jan 30, 2020

The Cincinnati region was once home to one of the most robust collection of bourbon distilleries, whiskey warehouses and spirit infrastructure in the country. The unfortunate events of Prohibition put most of the industry out of business, but bourbon has come roaring back into the region.

Northern Kentucky, the gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, has once again risen to take its rightful place as the Edge of Bourbon Country. Once crossing the Ohio River, you can visit the region’s new stars in the spirit industry like New Riff Distilling in Newport, Boone CountymDistilling or any of the new up and coming distilleries in
the region.

The B-Line, a special bourbon experience takes advantage of these distilleries and partners them with select bourbon centric bars and restaurants to provide you with a first sip of America’s Native Spirit.

There is so much more to enjoy in the Edge of Bourbon Country like breweries aging their beer in bourbon barrels or wineries doing the same. An abundant array of amazing bourbon bars on both sides of the river as well as culinary gems focusing on the spirit.

The options for bourbon in the Queen City are as diverse as the spirit itself. Experience as much of our region’s unique bourbon culture for yourself and make sure to visit one of the many retailers focusing on bourbon to bring Kentucky’s finest home with you.

The B-Line™ is a customizable experience centered around four Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® distilleries. The distilleries, along with five bourboncentric bars and five restaurants cultivating the freshest tastes in the bourbon culinary scene, make up The B-Line. Participants can download a Line Guide and collect stamps to redeem for bourbon swag. Look for the symbol for B-Line participating stops.

Below is a complete list of participating B-Line destinations that include Distilleries, Sipping Points and Restaurants. Each stop mentioned is happy to share their bourbon heritage and knowledge with you!


Six Northern Kentucky venues have banded together to do a special collection of barrel picks exclusively available at any of the participating stops. Look for the symbol at right to identify Select Six members.


Boone County Distilling Co.

With the tagline “Made by Ghosts,” the history and the storytelling at this distillery is top-notch. The brand and its authentic bourbon whiskey products are a living tribute to those who came before and the stories infuse the brand with truth and determination. 10601 Toebben Dr., Independence, KY 859.282.6545

Neeley Family Distillery

Located in Sparta, Ky., Neeley Family Distillery borders the Kentucky Speedway and boasts 11 generations of illegal distilling history. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Papaw while you’re there! 4360 Ky. 1130, Sparta, KY 859.394.3258

New Riff Distilling

New Riff ’s sleek, state-of-the-art distillery and event center houses a three-story copper column still producing Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, a copper pot still for Malt Whiskeys & special projects, and an event space complete with rooftop deck. East Newport Distillery, 24 Distillery Way, Newport, KY 859.261.7433

The Old Pogue Distillery

Dating back to the years following the Civil War, the original Pogue Distillery isKentucky registered distillery No. 3. Today, the bourbon-making tradition is continued by fifth and sixth generation Pogues using original recipes. When visiting the distillery, also be sure to check out the Old Pogue Experience at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. 715 Germantown Rd., Maysville, KY

Second Sight Spirits

Featuring a unique fortune-telling pot still, Second Sight Spirits in Ludlow, Ky., is sure to amaze and astound.
Interactive elements of the tour and tasting room make this stop a unique element of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. 301 Elm St., Ludlow, KY


Brass Ring Bourbon Bar

It’s bourbon and only bourbon at this charming bar in Burlington, Ky. Make sure to try their own bourbon expression, Saddler Bourbon, and admire their refurbished bar from an old Cincinnati hotel. 5991 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, KY 859.586.0587,

Braxton Brewing Co. Taproom & Rooftop

At Braxton, the idea that the garage is where hopes and dreams are built make this local hangout a testament to dreams coming to life. The brewery celebrates determination, knowledge, and humble pride. 27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 859.261.5600,

Bourbon Haus 184

Serving a unique experience in Covington’s historic Mainstrasse Village, Bourbon Haus 1841 features a great
atmosphere and specialty bourbon flights, bourboninfused cocktails, locally crafted beers, and fine wines. 522 Main St., Covington, KY 859.888.7038,

The Globe

The space that now houses The Globe was for many years a gentleman’s club. In 2016, owners Tony & Amy Milburn decided to turn the space into something more inclusive and community-based, so it became a true neighborhood bar with a real sense of history. 12 E. 5th St.., Covington, KY 859.261.1267,

The Hannaford

Known as the living room bar, The Hannaford features leather couches and chairs, industrial pipe ceilings, and tile flooring original to the 100-year-old building. 619 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.261.2178,

Highlander Bourbon & Wine Bar

Located inside the Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center, the Highlander is truly a unique place to visit. Some even call it a 24,000 square-foot bourbon & wine bar surrounded by really cool stuff. 90 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, KY 859.441.2015,

Mainstrasse Village Pub

In addition to a fully stocked bar, Mainstrasse Village Pub lives up to their motto, “Drink better beer,” by offering more than 200 different bottled brews from around the world. 619 Main St., Covington, KY 859.431.5552,

NEAT Bourbon Bar

With more than 150 bottles of bourbon, local craft beers, and a southern-inspired menu including shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles, and fried green tomatoes, what’s not to love? 10 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, KY 859.655.4444,

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

With an expanding selection of Kentucky’s native spirit, there are more than 600 bottles of bourbon and whiskey to choose from at OKBB. Relax on the intimate patio or hang out with the bartender inside. 629 Main St.,  Covington, KY 859.581.1777,

Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros. Coffee

With the look and feel of a small prohibition-era speakeasy, Prohibition features the largest collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys anywhere in the world with more than 2500 and counting. 530 Washington Ave., Newport, KY

Sapphire Room

Beautiful venue in downtown Covington that’s part-time dance club and full-time bourbon. Enjoy an amazing list of bourbons including an impressive offering of antique bourbons and check their event calendar for entertainment offerings. 611 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.261.0298,

Sugar Whiskey Sis Moonshine Room

Featuring the epic tacos of next-door Agave & Rye, Sugar Whiskey Sis features four specialty moonshines on tap, more than 50 moonshine offerings, craft cocktails & local beers, plus card games, in-house piano, chess, and bingo! 633 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.415.1323,

Union 42 Bourbon & Brew

Local bar featuring a relaxed atmosphere and extensive bourbon and craft beer selections. 9900 Old Union 42, Union, KY 859.384.0222,

Wiseguy Lounge

Wiseguy Lounge doesn’t require a password to enter, but it embodies the energy and ambiance of the 1920s with a modern twist. Located above Goodfella’s Pizzeria, the lounge features low lighting, reclaimed wood, rich leather sofas, and elite bourbons & craft cocktails. 603 Main St., Covington, KY 859.916.5209,


Agave & Rye

Nineteen tacos, 87 tequilas, and 85 bourbons equals Agave & Rye. Featuring a chef-inspired take on the standard taco, street fare, salads, and more. Don’t miss their Taco Tuesday deals! 635 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.360.1060,

BB Riverboats

You haven’t experienced Cincinnati until you’ve stepped on a BB Riverboats cruise. Good news is, BB Riverboats is now offering specialty bourbon cruises in addition to their traditional dinner and sightseeing options. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 859.261.8500,

Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar

An upscale farm-to-table bistro, Bouquet was one of the first restaurants in the region to embrace local and sustainable farming as a cornerstone of its mission. In addition to an eclectic offering of small plates, entrees, and desserts, Bouquet is known for their extensive bourbon collection. 519 Main St., Covington, KY 859.491.7777,

Commonwealth Bistro & Yonder

Commonwealth Bistro is proud to create things from scratch, serving experiences they’d want for themselves and making fast and furious friends with their guests. Yonder is Commonwealth’s unique rooftop bar inspired by Kentucky State Parks as a relaxing oasis featuring small plates and hand-crafted cocktails. 621 Main St., Covington, KY 859.916.6719

Coppin’s Restaurant

Coppin’s is driven by hyper-local sourcing and energized by the original Coppin’s Department Store building. Food & beverage menus are designed to encourage camaraderie, while showcasing influences from Covington’s
northern and southern neighbors. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.501.1700

FIRE at RiverCenter

An elegant take on American fare with a diverse list of bourbons, finely crafted cocktails, and patio seating. 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd. Suite 20, Covington, KY 859.392.2850,

Kitchen 1883

A can’t-miss experience at a Kroger concept restaurant. This American comfort food gastropub is an ideal place
to enjoy a Kentucky specialty dish paired with a handcrafted bourbon cocktail. Check out the whiskey and steak night on Wednesdays! 9003 U.S. 42, Union, KY 859.334.9450,

Libby’s Southern Comfort

With a mouth-watering menu featuring southern cuisine including fried chicken, oysters, fried green tomatoes, and goetta hush puppies, Libby’s boasts a comfortable place for friends and families to gather and eat & drink well. Don’t forget the oatmeal cream pies or Cheerwine Bourbon Slush! 35 W. 8th St., Covington, KY 859.261.3106,

Midway Cafe

A modern menu implementing a difference in opinion as to what most consider bar food, Midway Cafe features a drink selection so broad, it will make your head spin. 1017 South Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY 859.781.7666,


Serving local families Italian classics since 1933, Pompilios was featured in the 1988 award-winning movie Rainman. In 2011, a large selection of Kentucky bourbons was added to the shelves of the original back bar. The patio features Bocce courts and music can be heard a few nights a week at this Italian restaurant with Kentucky flavor. 600 Washington Ave., Newport, KY 859.581.3065,

The Purple Poulet

A Southern bourbon bistro inspired by cuisines of Charleston & New Orleans with an infusion of Kentucky. You can’t go wrong with the fried chicken! 603 6th Ave., Dayton, KY 859.916.5602,

Rich’s Proper Food & Drink

Bringing a “proper” touch of service to a casual, cozy atmosphere, Rich’s features American pub fare with southern and creole influences as well as an array of cocktails, craft beer, wines, and an expansive bourbon collection. 701 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 859.415.0069,

Smoke Justis

An urban sports bar named after the 1913 opening day pitcher for the short-lived Covington Blue Sox baseball team, Smoke Justis is the perfect spot to grab a drink, eat some smoked wings (or brisket, or ribs, or pulled pork, etc.) and watch the game. They also feature an arcade full of old-school video games and a pour-yourown beer wall. 302 Court St., Covington, KY 859.814.8858,

Tousey House Tavern

Tousey House offers delicious Kentucky foods, southern hospitality, and a restful escape from the hustle and
bustle of the city. 9596 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, KY 859.586.9900,

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