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 Chef Michael Paley’s 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.
Michael Paley, Chef/Owner
Chef Michael Paley has had a love affair with pizza for most of his life. Having an Italian family and hailing from New Jersey this was inevitable. Garage Bar represents a labor of love and a fascination with the craft of pizza making. In addition to being part owner of Garage Bar, Paley is also the Executive Chef at Metropole restaurant, opening soon in downtown Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel. He also served as Executive Chef of Proof on Main for over 6 years. Under Paley’s leadership, Proof on Main became a showcase for the bounty of the Ohio River Valley with exciting, accessible menus that paid homage to organic gardening, local farmers, artisanal producers and sustainable agriculture.
Greater Cincinnati area transplant Maggie Smith puts her Queen City savvy to good use reigning as General Manager at Garage Bar. Before beginning her role as GM, Maggie spent almost 2 action-packed years dishing up good service at Metropole restaurant located at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati. With a passion for hospitality, friendly service and memories of growing up in pizza restaurants – not to mention love of an ice cold beer – Maggie is a stupendous addition to the Garage Bar team.
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.