T-shirt wall at Why Louisville Two: "Louisville: the next Louisville"

T-shirt wall at Why Louisville Two: “Louisville: the next Louisville”

Just this week, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau released their “list of lists” for 2013, a roundup of the many national media “best of” lists that praised Louisville and Louisville institutions.

It was a very good year for Louisville in the national spotlight.

And only nine days into the new year, we’re already racking up accolades for 2014.

CNN Money/Fortune Magazine listed (and put odds on) three “breakout” and three “breakdown” towns for 2014 — otherwise known as “The next Brooklyn” and “The Next Detroit.”

Louisville came out on top with 91 percent odds of being “The next Brooklyn.”

CNN Money writes:

A thriving indie music scene, food trucks galore, and a monthly flea market (that seems “like Etsy came to life,” according to Yelp) now fill this blue dot in a red state.

budget citiesRight on.

And speaking of money, HuffPo reports that the Apartment Guide lists Louisville as No. 8 on its list of “Top Ten Most Budget-Friendly Metros,” in other words, cities with the lowest rents and lowest costs of living.

This determination was made by comparing Apartment Guide’s internal listing data and the Cost of Living Index by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

The Midwest was well-represented on the list with Columbus (4), Dayton (6), Indianapolis (7), Cincinnati (10) all making the top 10.

So what about the CVB’s list of lists? Here’s what the folks at the Visitors’ Bureau had to say about Eat, Play and Stay in River City.

Recently Louisville was featured in National Geographic Traveler  magazine as a “Best of the World” destination, but it is not the only attention the city received in the past year. Louisville made many lists in print and online giving praise to great places to eat, play and stay. Here is a quick look at a few.


  1. Garage Bar’s pizza  named on Food & Wine’s list of  Best Pizza in Unexpected Places.
  2. Holy Grale and Sergio’s World of Beers made Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars list.
  3. Sunergos made Zagat’s United States of Coffee: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops list.
  4. Zagat named Louisville one of 7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities in the US.
  5. Food & Wine named East Market Street as one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets in America.
  6. Silver Dollar named one of the 10 Best Whiskey Bars by GQ magazine.
  7. Milkwood, 610 Magnolia, Proof on Main and Seviche were named on Southern Living’s Daily South: 100 Places to Eat Now list.
  8. NuLu’s one of Zagat’s 20 Hot Food Neighborhoods in 12 U.S. Cities.
  9. Proof on Main named #3 in the top 10 list of America’s Best Hotel Bars by USA Today.
  10. Hot Brown named one of America’s Best Sandwiches by Travel and Leisure magazine.


  1. Mega Zips at Mega Cavern named one of  “The World’s Craziest Zip Lines” by The Active Times.
  2. The KFC Yum! Center was ranked as one of the country’s top 10 arenas by Rolling Stone magazine.
  3. Rodes menswear boutique was again named in Esquire Magazine’s “Best of Class” on “The Gold Standard” list.
  4. Louisville’s Crescent Hill neighborhood named as one of the Best Halloween Neighborhoods in America by AOL Travel.
  5. Louisville is the 9th Most “Hipster” City in America, according to Thrillist.com.


  1. 21c Museum Hotel’s Spa named #44 in the Top 75 U.S. Hotel Spas by Conde Naste Traveler
  2. Priceline.com’s top 10 list for America’s best cities for people traveling with pets
  3. Louisville landed on ConventionSouth’s 2013 Editors’ Hot Picks For South’s Smartest Medical Cities For Groups.
  4. Louisville selected as Kentucky’s “Southern Hospitality City” By ConventionSouth magazine.
  5. Louisville named to top 10 best places to retire in AARP The Magazine.