Holy Grale | Louisville, Kentucky
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Holy Grale
Excellent based on 39 ratings
Type: Bar

1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky United States 40204 [ print map ]
502 569 2337


Hours: Open at 4p Tues-Friday; 1p Sat-Sun

Mayor: Brigadier (5) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~20

Holy Grale

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Beer Available At Holy Grale (arranged by most recent)
Three Floyds Blakkr 99, Country Boy Stampin’ Ground Stout 73, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 87, Boon Framboise 95, Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter 92, Ommegang Glimmerglass Saison 95, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top 98, Prairie Artisan Ales Birra 95, De la Senne Taras Boulba 94, Mahrs Bräu Kellerbier Ungespundet Hefetrüb 81, Hanssens Oude Gueuze 99, Heather Ales Fraoch (Bottle) 61, 13th Century Grut Bier 83, De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Wild Turkey) 100, The Monarchy Happy XMas in Nürnberg , The Monarchy Happy XMas from Dresden , Weißenoher Bonifatius Dunkel 77, Mikkeller SpontanGooseberry 97, Mikkeller SpontanPeach 83, Brewfist Spaceman 97
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39 reviews for Holy Grale
 Ambiance  94%
 Service  84%
 Selection  90%
 Food  85%
 Value  73%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  95%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (1374) Washington, Washington DC | November 19, 2012
Came here for Saint Sours Day Sunday, a well organized event with a shocking selection of sours. The outdoor space was great, and the amazing weather din’t hurt. The choir loft is terrific, downstairs is cozy, although space is a bit tight. Food was amazing. Staff were all very friendly and engaging, quick and efficient. Definitely have to come back to check out their normal beer line up. Prices are high for the area, but still cheaper than anything we’ve got in Washington DC! A must-visit while in Louisville.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (550) Denver, Colorado | March 12, 2013
Holy Grale is in what apparently was a church. The decor takes full advantage of that, making this a very spiritual beer experience. Service was on the slow side, but very knowledgeable and personable. The beer selection is prime. A few Belgian and American rarities among a well thought out balance of desirables. The prices, like many places in Louisville are pretty good. Most of the stuff is about $6 to $7 a pour, but most of the stuff are imports that I rarely ever see on tap and easily run in the $8+ range when I do stumble across them. There are more bargain priced local microbrews for the connoiseur on a budget. Upstairs in the choir loft is a small draft selection featuring even more rare stuff, DFH 2010 World Wide Stout for instance, and it was only $5 for a pour. Not bad. The bottle selection is small, but well thought out and includes stuff from Cantillon so gets my approval. Everything is served in appropriate glassware. I ate the pickle plate which was a variety of artisan pickled foods served with whole grain mustard and sriracha: really tasty stuff. I loved this place!
theisti  (464) Leawood, Kansas | September 19, 2013
Visited on a Wednesday evening. As others have stated, Holy Grale is located in a former church, and it makes great use of the space with a bar area, the choir loft, and a great outdoor beer garden. The beer selection is great, when I visited the 5 of the 6 taps in the choir loft were Three Floyds. Service was attentive, though not terribly friendly. I had the Scotch egg appetizer, and it was tasty enough. Neat design, great beer selections, certainly a top place I have visited in Louisville. This place had hosted Zwanze Day 2013 the previous weekend, which speaks to the quality.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (385) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 16, 2013| Updated March 11, 2014
I came down for Zwanze Day 2013 at Holy Grale, my first one ever. The place is an old, small church building on Bardstown Road. The inside is an awesome renovation with a nice bar and some high tables. There’s a ’choir loft’ upstairs, accessible through inside or outside stairs. There’s a bier garten out back with Euro-style long tables, a patio bar, and vines surrounding it to wrap up the vibe. The place was well-staffed for the event. The tap list was excellent, and the food was very good. I need to visit on a normal day to get a better idea of how it usually is here but I’m definitely coming back. Update: Came back on a low-key afternoon. The food is awesome. Nothing to contradict from before, just reiterating how nice and high-quality this place is. Best place in Louisville.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34  (377) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2013
The coolest atmosphere I’ve been to, especially outside which reminds me of a Euro beer garden. Stained glass windows, herbs, hops. The inside was nice as well but the ac was broke and it was hot as balls. The service was very nice and helpful, knew a ton about beer and gave good suggestions for other places in the city. The food was really good and came quick, fun small bites but I wouldn’t come for a full dinner if you’re starving. The draft selection was pretty good, but not mind blowing. Nothing from Kentucky or crushable, lots of international ticks. The bottle list was pretty good and very inexpensive. I really enjoyed this place, one of the top bars in the US.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier  (250) Clevelandish, Ohio | December 15, 2013
If I had to find weaknesses with the Holy Grale there would be only two. Firstly parking can be tricky unless you are willing to go up and down the side streets. The other option would be to park once on Bardstown Road and then just walk to it.

The second are the prices and this is very minor. Much in line with a world class bar experience you get what you pay for. There is no gouging and the selection is so great you will not be disappointed at all in whatever you order. The hardest part might be narrowing it down to a few choices.

If you’ve only got one day in Louisville be sure to stop by for at least one drink here, a flight at Against the Grain, and a trip across the river to keg Liqours for all your take home needs.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine  (233) Cincinnati, Ohio | January 5, 2013
Stopped in with my wife while in Louisville. I can’t say enough good about this place! A little small, but the staff and selection were both great, and the value was good too. We didn’t eat, but we really enjoyed ourselves. Do yourself a favor and go here.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85  (204) Greenville, Indiana | September 3, 2013| Updated February 28, 2014
Very interesting location - in old church (right next to the KFC). Incredible tap list that is constantly changing with a nice bottle list (many that are unavailable elsewhere in Louisville). They keep their list updated so you don’t have to guess what they have going in. A great place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | June 6, 2011
Monastery theme throughout --- which is very well done. Not the largest beer bar, so I imagine it gets rather crowded at times. The draft selection is moderate in size, but very well chosen. A number of hard to find regional offerings (e.g. 3 Floyds seasonals) as well as (of course) a solid Belgian draft selection. There is really nothing below "great beer" available on draft. Servers are very friendly and beer knowledgeable. A must see in Louisville.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
drowland  (172) Valdosta, Georgia | March 2, 2014
Visited on 2/28/14. Had a really hard time finding the place on a busy Friday night. I never did find the place while driving, so I just parked (at least a 10 minute walk away) and hoped my GPS was right. Finally found the place and it was slammed. I stood at the bar for a long time and finally got told the beer I reordered on tap was upstairs. He definitely had a tone of "Hey stupid, just go up there and order." Upstairs was also packed, only one bartender. Waited and waited again. Ordered two beers so as not have to go through it all again and was told one had kicked. Had my one beer standing awkwardly next to the bathroom and left. It was honestly a cool place with great beer but with the parking and crowd I can’t see why people would bother. I did not try the food.

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