From Hot Chicken to a New Gay-Owned Hotel, 3 New Things to Make Your Next Louisville, Kentucky Trip Extra Lit

From Hot Chicken to a New Gay-Owned Hotel, 3 New Things to Make Your Next Louisville, Kentucky Trip Extra Lit

Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood is seeing revitalization with the recent opening of the gay-owned Vu Guesthouse (822 South Floyd St. Tel: 502-785-0815. www.vuguesthouselouisville.com) in a former tobacco warehouse. The 34-room boutique hotel could serve as the setting for the next Liberace biopic with deeply saturated accent colors of hot pink and tangerine, studded wingback chairs, ornate headboards, polished chrome fixtures, and an array of quirkily configured rooms and suites with walkthrough showers and other flashy floor plans. The venture is the latest by Ed Lewis and George Stinson, who have been gay nightlife entrepreneurs for nearly three decades.

Speed Museum

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Beyond Bourbon, booze, and boys, Louisville has plenty of culture to offer, anchored by the newly expanded Speed Art Museum (2035 South Third St. Tel: 502-634-2700. www.speedmuseum.org). The vast collection includes a wide breadth of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and installations, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Royals Hot Chicken

The newly opened Royals Hot Chicken (736 East Market St. Tel: 502-919-7068. www.royalshotchicken.com), that’s found a loyal following thanks to local restaurateur Ryan Rogers (the meat man also behind Feast BBQ). Crispy chicken tenders are doused in hot sauce of varying degrees of spiciness, with optional dipping sauces like Kentucky honey mustard or Alabama white BBQ on the side. What to drink? A frozen rum slushie, of course.

Find out oh-so-much more over at Passport magazine online…

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