Old Owl Tavern

Old Owl Tavern

The Old Owl Tavern has become Harrodsburg’s favorite “bar and grill” restaurant, serving fine wines, spirits & draft beer.

Join us for lunch Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for dinner Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 p.m., Friday 4:30-10 p.m., and Saturday we are open from 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Don’t forget the Tavern and Nest do not take reservations. Our kitchen closes at 9 p.m.

Music event! Mike Archer will be playing live acoustic music on December 27th in the Tavern from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Please join us for this free live music event!

December Holiday Hours and January Closing Dates – The Old Owl Tavern will be closed for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays in December, but will continue to be open for lunch on Saturdays. (Still want to lunch with us during the week? the Main Dining Room is open Wednesdays and Thursdays in December through the 20th (reservations required)).  The Tavern will be closed for the holidays December 23-26 and will reopen for dinner December 27 and lunch and dinner December 28.  The Tavern will be closed for the Inn’s annual cleaning starting December 30 and will reopen January 10, 2020 for dinner.

Did you know that we have 70+ different bourbons for you to choose from? Take-out available… call 859-734-0559.

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.

Before or after dinner, drop by the Owl’s Nest upstairs.

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Old Owl Tavern

More about the 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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