Stitzel-Weller Distillery announces opening of Garden & Gun Club

Stitzel-Weller Garden & Gun Club Bar

The home of Blade and Bow Whiskey adds a destination cocktail bar experience to its offering

The Stitzel-Weller Distillery is beginning a new chapter, after 86 years, with the opening of the Garden & Gun Club.

The new destination cocktail bar is inspired by Garden & Gun Magazine’s hospitality franchise, and is located on the second floor of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery where it offers a unique food and drink experience along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Both intimate and inviting, the Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery has been made as a natural extension of the Garden & Gun brand, bringing its distinct voice to Louisville and paying homage to the modern lifestyle long synonymous with the magazine. 

“There is no better place for this club – with its distinctively southern atmosphere that mixes old with new – than on the grounds of this historically significant distillery that also welcomes a new generation to the art of Bourbon making,” said Steve Rust, president at Diageo. “In fact, the Blade and Bow keys have grown to symbolize the southern traditions of hospitality, warmth, and enjoying the finer things in life – exactly what the Garden & Gun Club experience will provide.  We’re proud to offer this one-of-a-kind experience to our guests.” 

This licensing partnership between Stitzel-Weller and Garden & Gun Magazine is an evolution of its longstanding relationship with Blade and Bow Whiskey. The opening of the Garden & Gun Club at the distillery embraces the whiskey created there, while also bringing to life the essence of Garden & Gun’s defining Southern brand.

Garden & Gun Club behind the bar

“The historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery holds a special place in the hearts of G&G readers and Bourbon aficionados around the world,” said Christian Bryant, Garden & Gun vice president and publisher. “We know this new and unique G&G Club experience will be a must-stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” 

The space inside the historic distillery offers an elevated experience featuring thoughtful décor, a curated drink list including a Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old tasting experience, and a unique bar menu that is a modern-day take on classic southern favorites developed by executive chef Ann Kim.  The Garden & Gun Club space features a custom-designed bar along its back wall and offers a combination of bistro tables, banquette seating, and a comfortable lounge area with a total capacity of 60 people.  The Stitzel-Weller Distillery shop will also feature Garden & Gun Club branded merchandise alongside a selection of vintage barware.

The Garden & Gun Club is open to the public starting on Thursday, August 5, no membership required, and is independent of distillery tours. The club will initially be open with limited hours: Thursday – Saturdays, 12 pm to 5 pm, Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm and closed on major holidays.  Additional hours and special events will be added over time. 

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