Holy Grale | Louisville, Kentucky
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Holy Grale
World Class based on 44 ratings
Type: Bar

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


Hours: Sun 1pm-12am; Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 1pm-2am

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

Holy Grale

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Beer Available At Holy Grale (arranged by most recent)
EKU Pilsner 34, Naparbier Pumpkin Tzar 96, Kapuziner Weissbier 81, Toccalmatto Salty Angel 74, Country Boy Ghost Gose 68, Hofbršu MŁnchner Sommer NaturtrŁb 48, Koutskż 10į Světlť VżčepnŪ 92, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 88, Elgoods Coolship Lambic 85, Trois Dames ForÍt Noire 96, Siren / Evil Twin The Flying Dutchman 93, GŲller Rauchbier 79, HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk 98, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 95, Beer Here Autumnic Fallout 95, Amager Rugporter 99, Hof Ten Dormaal BA Project 2013 (Blond Ale) No. 8 Port Charlotte 48, West Sixth My Cherry Amour Tart Cherry Quad Ale , Three Floyds Blakkr 99, Country Boy Stampiní Ground Stout 68
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44 reviews for Holy Grale
 Ambiance  93%
 Service  82%
 Selection  90%
 Food  84%
 Value  74%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

theisti  (551) Leawood, Kansas | September 19, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
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.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (426) 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. Thereís a íchoir loftí upstairs, accessible through inside or outside stairs. Thereís 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 Iím 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 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85  (238) 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 donít have to guess what they have going in. A great place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34  (443) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2013
The coolest atmosphere Iíve 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 wouldnít come for a full dinner if youíre 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
JCW  (113) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 19, 2013| Updated November 14, 2013
Stopped in here with a date, we both really enjoyed it. Outside dining with a fantastic tap list. While I enjoyed a Petrus Oak Aged Pale, my date had a 3F Behemoth(she wanted hoppy). We had already eaten so we didnít try the food, but other people we shared a table with(for what its worth) liked it a great deal. My second beer was a Bellís Expedition, again on tap, herís a Two Hearted. All priced about ~$7.per. Well worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
salvaticas  (20) , | April 30, 2013
Iíve heard there is some bad blood between these guys and Sergios. And while sergios has the rep and the bottle service to qualify as a truly unique beer destination, I still maintain that as of the day I visited Holy Grale until today, it is and has been far and away the best tap list I have ever seen. Anywhere. That alone should set it apart. Plus the vibe/ambiance and food are all top notch.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68  (65) Louisville, Kentucky | March 26, 2013
Love this bar. The selection is not that of Sergioís, but the quality is there. One of the most knowledgeble bartenders Iíve ever had. She obviously studied her beers. What little food I had was great. I will be back to taste the rest of the draft line. Should take a few visits....
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (615) 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!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
thorine  (11) Indiana | February 3, 2013
Ambiance is wonderful, playing well with the Trappist motif. A little small, but the new Gralegarten and not-so-new Choir Loft have helped immensely. The service is very good, with knowledgeable staff. However, it is often busy, but even then the staff is generally quick with a suggestion. The selection is wonderful, with /very few/ dull options on tap. (20 taps + 6 upstairs) A concerted effort is made to have a broad variety of brews available at all times, and this shows. The bottle selection has grown nicely, with particular attention to sours and lambics. One of the nicest surprises, for first timers, is the sinful food awaiting them, for reasonable prices. The fritjes with poutine are NOT to be missed at any cost. Special events are done with precision and attention to detail. Really impressive execution (and they have gotten rather lucky with the weather!). Draft prices can be high, with some 10oz pours running as high as 7-7.50, but considering the very special brews offered, this is neither outrageous nor noncompetitive. In fact, Iíd say the best deals are often the harder-to-find brews. An overall wonderful experience, and it makes me sad to see a bad faith review on this page.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine  (273) Indiana | January 5, 2013
Stopped in with my wife while in Louisville. I canít say enough good about this place! A little small, but the staff and selection were both great, and the value was good too. We didnít eat, but we really enjoyed ourselves. Do yourself a favor and go here.

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