Garage Bar is housed in a former auto service garage in downtown Louisville’s vibrant East Market or NuLu neighborhood. A nod to its roots as a historic saloon, Garage Bar serves up ice cold draft and bottled craft beers, Kentucky Bourbons, seasonal cocktails and wine. The casual neighborhood spot features pizzas from a wood-fired brick oven and Southern specialties, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
Open seven days a week.
700 East Market has returned to its roots. Documents dating back to 1918 show this corner of downtown originally housed the Caster Chas saloon. Today you can step back in time and enjoy a selection of eclectic draft and bottled craft brews, over 30 Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys, and a small list of wines and seasonal cocktails.
Chef Richard Sible was chef de cuisine at Garage Bar since joining the restaurant shortly after it opened in 2011. Sible’s dedication to mastering the custom-built wood-fired pizza oven has helped guide the menu at Garage Bar since day one. Garage Bar consistently incorporates local farm’s produce into the menu and showcases a rotating selection of regional country hams. The Garage Bar menu will retain signature dishes like Sweet Corn Pie, Brussels Sprout Pie and Fried Turkey Wings. Sible has been an integral part of Garage Bar’s menu development since before the restaurant’s opening. As executive chef, he expects the menu to retain the same spirit that Garage Bar guests have come to know and love, with the gradual introduction of new menu items that draw inspiration from responsibly sourced ingredients.
Lauren Titus has been with Garage Bar since 2012, rapidly climbing the ranks from Server and Bartender to Restaurant Manager and finally taking the reins as General Manager in 2016. In a separate life, Laurent went to NYU for English and American Literature, has an MFA in Writing, and has taught college in these subjects. In yet another life, she had an illustrious six-year stint as a secretary at a mental hospital. Her quick wit and wealth of experience serve her well at Garage Bar, where she’s seldom seen without her signature specs.
Art at Garage Bar
While the exterior of the building was minimally changed, we couldn’t resist a few artistic touches. Local artist Monica Mahoney was commissioned to paint a large sign facing Clay Street and a large sculpture was installed along Market Street.
Jonathan Schipper: Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle
It’s hard to miss the slow sounds of inevitable destruction coming from the sculpture outside of Garage Bar. The sculpture, a machine that advances two full sized automobiles slowly into one another over a period of time, simulates a head on automobile collision. Each car moves slowly and almost imperceptibly toward the other towards an inevitable collision.
The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle acts as a commentary on our interest and excitement in action films, which often feature at least one spectacular automobile wreck. Cars reflect our own personalities and egos; when we see an automobile destroyed, in a way we are looking at our own destruction. But these action packed moments are also invisible because of their inherent speed. Schipper’s work offers the viewer the ability to examine in three dimensions the collision of two cars. A moment that might take a fraction of a second in an actual collision will be expanded into days or months. By changing one of the key variables (speed) what was life threatening is now rendered almost static, allowing contemplation of our own mortality.