Old Owl Tavern

Old Owl Tavern

The Tavern is open!

We are so excited to have the Old Owl Tavern and Nest reopened.  We have missed sharing our food with every one of you.  The Tavern and Nest currently are open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Tavern is also open for lunch on Saturday from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Dinner and lunch reservations can be made by calling our Front Desk at 859-734-3381. The Tavern Bar is open seating, no reservation needed and we are now accepting walk-ins for tables but reservations are preferred. Guests without reservations for a table or wanting to sit at the bar should park and call 859-734-0559. Not wanting to dine in? Carryout details are below.

With COVID-19 there are however certain restrictions and new ways that we will be serving our delicious food to our guests to comply with current regulations.

For Our Dine in Guests:

  • The Old Owl Tavern and Nest will be open Tuesday through Saturday nights for dinner and the Tavern will also be open on Saturday for lunch.
  • For the Old Owl Tavern lunch menu click here – Saturday Tavern Lunch Menu.
  • For the Old Owl Tavern and Nest dinner menu click here – Tavern and Nest Dinner Menu.
  • Reservations are preferred but walk-ins for tables and the bar are now accepted. To make your reservation please call our front desk at 859-734-3381. Walk-in guests and bar guests need to park and call 859-734-0559.
  • Your seating options for dinner include the Tavern, Tavern patio, and Nest and for lunch the Tavern and Tavern patio.  Reservations for dinner will be between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm and for lunch at the Tavern on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
  • All reservations will be held up to 15 minutes, after that your table will be given to another guest. Reservations are for 1.5-hour increments.
  • Upon arriving for dinner, please call 859-734-0559 to ensure your table is ready. If your table is ready, please head to the front door where you will be greeted and taken to your table. Please do not wait outside the Tavern for your table.
  • All our staff for your safety will be wearing masks and gloves. Due to the Governor’s order, guests must also arrive with masks that they may take off while dining. Tables will also have appropriate social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use as well.

For Our Carryout Guests:

  • For Dinner Carryout: Please call 859-734-0559, Tuesday through Saturday after 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm to order your carryout dinner. Though you may order your carryout before 5:00 pm, food will not be ready for carryout till 5:00 pm. You will pick up your order from the Tavern bar.
  • For Saturday Lunch Carryout: Please call 859-734-0559 on Saturday between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to order your carryout lunch. You will pick up your order from the Tavern bar.

August and September Country Ham Specials for Tavern Dine In and Carryout Guests:

More Details about the Tavern:

Did you know that we have 70+ different bourbons for you to choose from?

MENUS: Tavern Lunch Menu and Tavern Dinner Menu 
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We are an official sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Since we are located in the middle of bourbon country, stop by the Old Owl TAVERN after a day of touring the distilleries. Or arrange a grand tour of bourbons without moving from your seat with our Innkeeper’s Bourbon Tasting with Dixon.

Did you know that one of the very BEST Bourbon collections in all of Kentucky is right here at The Old Owl Tavern? In fact The Old Owl Tavern was just named one of the best bourbon bars by the Bourbon Review.  If you’re into Bourbon, you need to get in to The Tavern! Order a bourbon flight with tasting notes.

Old Owl Tavern

The Old Owl TAVERN is named for the Dedman family’s Kentucky Owl Bourbon Whiskey distilled along the Kentucky River prior to Prohibition. This southern wing, ground floor area originally provided housing for the horse carriages transporting the young ladies to this prestigious girls’ school. Dirt floors and “Kentucky marble” stone walls have been transformed into a popular casual bar and restaurant complete with porch dining cooled by ceiling fans and century old shade trees. The original hand-hewn beams, fireplace mantel, hand-cut stone walls and splendid old photographs depicting many of Mercer County’s pre-Prohibition distilleries provide a glimpse back into Harrodsburg’s colorful past. The TAVERN boasts casual fare, great wine and spirits available from the Kentucky-crafted twenty-three foot mahogany bar. It merrily beckons the weary traveler, as did the early Harrodsburg taverns of the 18th and 19th century. Read about our Kentucky Country Ham!

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