Celebrating the Track, Off the Beaten Track

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Whether preparing for a big day at the races or celebrating the win (or loss) with dinner and drinks, locals and visitors alike are invited to make Norton Commons their one-stop destination for Derby festivities. Located in northeast Louisville, the walkable new urbanist neighborhood is pulling out all the stops to make this Derby one to remember.

With several independent clothing boutiques, including The Hat Girls, official hat designers of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Norton Commons’ shops have everything you need to look the part at the track from head to toe. Derby dresses, custom headwear, accessories, jewelry and even men’s wear can all be found at the neighborhood’s unique retailers. And independent ownership means that the service is just as pleasant as the selection. What other reason could you need to skip the mall crowds and shop local? For a full rundown of spring fashion options in the community, check out this video.

Derby attire aside, one can’t celebrate the world’s most famous horse race without a good bourbon in hand. Accordingly, Commonwealth Tap, voted the city’s best wine and bourbon bar, is a must-see for every race reveler. The Tap’s co-founder Kenny Andreozzi is not only a certified sommelier but is an expert bourbon aficionado to boot. Tap’s selection includes over 250 bottles of bourbon including tried-and-true favorites as well as hard-to-find and rare labels. Kenny and his knowledgeable staff will be pouring cocktails from their vast selection and making recommendations about Kentucky’s drink of choice throughout Derby season.

If eats are what you’re after, Norton Commons has 10 locally-owned restaurants offering everything from Southern staples to Asian fusion to Italian cuisine and beyond. Several of its award-winning spots have ample patios for dining al fresco, and all are within easy walking distance of one another. With plans for specialty menus, live music, and unique crafted cocktails, each restaurant will offer something special for Derby. And don’t forget about boxed lunches for the track, available at Bluegrass Exchange May 3-5.

No matter if you’re a Louisville local or just stopping through for the big race, Derby is the perfect opportunity to visit Louisville’s most unique walkable community, Norton Commons.

For a list of our 60+ businesses, click here.

Need directions? Situated in northeast Louisville just 13 miles from downtown, getting here is easy peasy. Check out directions here. Or enter 9418 Norton Commons Blvd., Prospect, KY 40059 into your GPS.

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