Bristol Bar & Grille 40th Anniversary

Bristol Anniversary

Bristol Bar & Grille turns 40 this September!

In honor of four decades serving the Louisville area, Bristol Bar & Grille will host a free, family-friendly party Saturday, Sept. 9 at Bristol Highlands, 1321 Bardstown Rd. The event will feature a celebrity green chili wonton eating contest, live music from Heidi Howe, Rusty Dimes and the Good Times, the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and DJ Mark Simons. Local breweries, Goodwood and New Albanian Brewing Company will serve beer while the Frazier Museum and Squallis puppeteers will provide entertainment. A cooking demonstration is also on the party agenda. In addition, the winner of the free green chili wontons for a year will be announced. Guests are still able to enter for their chance to win by eating at any Bristol location until Thursday, Sept. 8. For more information and a full schedule of events visit Bristol’s Facebook.

“After 40 years of serving the community, it is our pleasure to invite the entire city of Louisville to celebrate with us,” says Bristol Bar & Grille owner Doug Gossman. “When we opened our doors Sept. 27, 1977, it was our intent to create a restaurant that would become a part of the neighborhood and with the help of our loyal customers, we have achieved that goal.”

Since its opening on Bardstown Rd. in the late 1970s, Bristol has been a staple in the Louisville food scene. While in the beginning the restaurant was known as a trendsetter, mainly for assisting in the rebirth of the Highlands neighborhood with its contemporary food and building, the restaurant quickly became a tradition and the go-to place for delicious yet reasonably priced food, like the classic green chili wontons, pork dijonnaise and award-winning brunch, friendly service and gathering family and friends together. It is also known as a leader in sourcing locally from area farmers. Bristol has continued to thrive, now with four locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana and a catering service, and will remain the area’s dining tradition.

Bristol Bar & Grille first opened on Bardstown Road in 1977. By the late 1980s, the Bristol was credited with starting Louisville’s contemporary food scene according to The Courier-Journal:

“The beginning of contemporary food in Louisville is sometimes pegged to the opening of the Bristol Bar & Grille on Bardstown Road on Sept. 27, 1977. I wasn’t around then, but the theory goes that the Bristol’s innovations fairly revolutionized the town’s restaurant scene. The management put artichoke hearts in the salad and cracked peppercorns on the steak. It was one of the first restaurants to give atmosphere to a hamburger.”

Now with four booming locations, there’s always a place to enjoy the Bristol Bar & Grille’s award winning Sunday brunch, famous green chili wontons or a nice meal out with the entire family no matter what part of town you live, work or play.

Check back soon to learn more about exclusive events and specials the Bristol Bar & Grille will be offering leading up to the big day.

Learn how to enter to win free green chili wontons for a year.

Learn more about our 40th anniversary Highlands throwback beer pricing.

Learn more about our history.

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