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Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1034 Bardstown Rd
phone: (502) 459-9939
(Place added by: johnking82 on 01-06-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have mixed feelings about this place. Its a great spot to find really hard to find beers a lot from other countries. They usually have a steady flow of Mikkeller beers which is one of my favortes. The problem with this place is the service. Its horrible the people are work there a not friendly at all. Multiple people I talk to say the same thing. They usually have an attitude no matter what you try to talk to them about and they always seem to rush you even when there not busy. If you can put up with the snobbyness of the staff, its a great place to try beers youve probably never even new existed.
01-05-2013 17:48:09 |
More by craftbrew502
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a great beer hang out. It is owned by the proprietors from the highly popular Louisville Store.
The variety is always impressive though a little pricey. Good selection of Belgians and American crafts.
Well noted for special events like Dogfish Head, Founder's tap takeovers which feature hard to find, rare beers.
The Choir Loft upstairs is now open which offers a cozier atmosphere than the downstairs area. The place tends to fill up quickly on the weekends. A definite must for the beer fan!
03-18-2012 22:12:26 |
More by scrizo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A: The Holy Grale is a unique experience to say the least. It's hard to spot from the street, since it looks like a house or small church. The interior is cozy and clean, with a decidedly upscale Belgian pub meets Midwestern hipster joint kind of vibe. The choir loft, which is open weekends, is really nice.
Q: Overall, this is a great place to spend an evening. The selection is limited, but thoughtful, and the quality of the offerings is top notch.
S: The service tends to be discreet and courteous, if not overly attentive. Wait times are much shorter than one would expect.
S: The selection is a bit limited, but what is offered is of the highest possible quality for the area. The taps are rotated frequently and the lines are always clean. The Grale always seems to have several beers that local stores and bars never have.
F: The food is good, though portions are small. The poutine and kim chi dog are both particularly yummy. I am especially impressed with the creative, yet unpretentious presentation of the dishes and the dedication to using local ingredients displayed by this place.
V: The Grale is a bit pricey, but when one takes the atmosphere, quality of selections, and food into account, the slightly elevated prices are entirely excusable. After all, you're paying for an experience, one that is likely to be very enjoyable and rewarding. The Holy Grale is by far the best new bar in Louisville and is a must try for anyone passing through the area.
11-21-2011 20:15:51 |
More by mrfrancis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Made the 7 hour voyage one-way for Zwanze Day 2011 and 7 hours back to visit this establishment and to drink the beer. Holy Grale is located directly next to a KFC where the road splits into a shopping area of town. Parking can be interesting as the lot for The Grale is quite small and shared with the KFC. I opted to park at the CVS across the street and walk over myself. Park at your own risk though. The Holy Grale as I'm sure you know is a small brick church that was actually quite hard for me to spot as I drove right by it and didn't even realize it. Upon walking in the interior of this place completely shocked me at how nice it was. They kept a lot of the decor and structural parts from the original church so that you know what this building was before it became a bar. The bar was basically directly in front of you as you walked in and ran to the back of the building. The first thing you will notice is the massively large chalkboard with the tap list posted. Pretty nice selection from all different styles to choose from here. Another thing you will notice is the MASSIVE selection of glassware on the shelves surrounding the chalkboard. At the back there was a sign that pointed you to go up to the Choir Loft which was another bar upstairs. Up here there was a lot of bench seating running along the wall with small tables. Also the ceiling fans were really cool as they were mechanically driven by a belt, which was neat to watch while waiting in line. There were two bartenders upstairs, and two downstairs that actually did a decent job getting people through despite the massive crowd that showed up for this event. The beer selection was pretty nice here, but it wasn't other-worldly. Definitely respectable with the space they have to work with though. This location is a definite must try if you are in the area without a doubt. I will be going back when I am in Louisville again for sure (whenever that might be).
10-20-2011 18:53:23 |
More by thagr81us
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
The vibe - my God - the vibe! An old church converted to a beer shrine. We were visiting, on vacation from Charlotte, NC, and stopped by on consecutive days. The place simply couldn't be cooler. We had excellent service one day - the next we were pretty much soundly ignored. I'd defer to locals as to which of our experiences was the more accurate. The beers were varied and well chosen. We didn't have any food but we did see plates covered in stuff that looked very good; we were told by the folks next to us that the food was fantastic. Recently voted one of the top 100 beer bars in the United States. Give it a shot - you'll be glad you did.
05-16-2013 20:49:29 |
More by Mantooth
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Exceptional quality and vibe. Servers are well versed in their products and provide the right recommendations based on your palate. My go-to dining destination in Louisville. Food is superb. Always looking for a place that compares...
Love the variety of high quality, hard to find, beers. Great events, also. Beer garden out back is a huge plus.
03-19-2013 21:32:32 |
More by TVail
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Went to the Grale for Zwanze Day 2013 on September 14th. The old brick building lends itself well to a comfortable and unique place to enjoy some incredible beers. The staff was amazing at the Holy Grale, even though it was extremely busy. The management anticipated this well and had the needed personnel on staff to handle the crowd. The line up of beers was stellar, and the food was also excellent. I highly recommend a visit the this fine establishment anytime you are in Louisville.
09-19-2013 04:08:00 |
More by Vegasbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by this place on a business trip in November 2012.
Once you walk in (winter) you notice a great wood burning log cabin VT aroma...so inviting.
Its quaint, dark, lively, and warm. Smallish bar wraps around their 20 taps. Just amazing selection. Geuze, flanders (styles), local ish (3floyds), bells, DFH, BFM, Mikkeller, just to name a few + 2 cask. All served in meticulously clean appropriate glassware. The beertenders (beer only here..awesome) are very knowledgeable about what is poured. They live it and love it. Super friendly and love to talk beer. - just dont be an Ass...(do I have to write that?)
The food (vegetarian) was good...pricey but good. But it is locally grown and fresh/local. So its worth it. I had the falafel sliders and they were great, but I was still hungry afterwards.
I parked in the KFC parking lot next door - not sure if thats ok, but I made it out ok.
Overall...this is an amazing amazing amazing place. Do not pass this place up at any cost...go here!
11-28-2012 04:12:58 |
More by DrinkSlurm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
My favorite "upper tier" bar in Louisville. They are frequently having beer related events and have recently hosted a Dogfish Head night and the Bell's Eccentric Cafe.
This place becomes crowded fast after 5pm. Its not a tiny place, but it is small. They recently opened up a new area upstairs that helps out and they are also working on an outdoor garden area that im excited about for the spring and summer months.
The food is OUTSTANDING. The chef is top notch here. I cant tell you how wonderful everything is. They really made the menu to complement the beer amazingly well. You honeslty need to try at least everything on the menu once.
Its not the cheapest bar in Louisville. If you plan to eat and have a few drinks, its probably going to run you about $50-$60 per couple depending on what you get of course.
The beer selection varies week to week with a few things staying or popping up more frequently than others. I happened to stop in a few months back and they had SharkPants on tap. That was an amazing drink. They often get some really rare stuff on tap so needless to say, I stop by frequently.
This is a bar that is in a class of its own. My favotire gastropub in town for dinner and drinks!
12-03-2011 08:42:32 |
More by HopsMatt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Cool atmosphere. Old church setup was neat. Sweet drink rail when you first walk inside. Great patio outside.
Quality was great. Great beer, great food.
Service was excellent. Everyone was on their A game despite the fact that it was Zwanze Day 2013.
Selection was one of the best I have ever seen. Again it was Zwanze Day, but I hear that this place usually has a phenominal beer list.
Food was fantastic. Froie Gras & Duck liver pate wrapped in bacon. Holy cow. Nice portions, inside kitchen and outdoor grill.
Overall value was very good. Nicely priced for the quality of beer on tap. Food was very good quality so yes it will not cost the same price as a corn dog or a basket of fries. Prices were very reasonable.
09-25-2013 23:47:16 |
More by tsauce2
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