An Open Letter to Bar Louie.

Dear Bar Louie:

Thank you for being open and serving food past 11 PM. It amazes me, that, in Newport, Kentucky, there is no place to get both drinks and food after 11 PM. Considering there is a movie theater, a comedy club, and a cabaret, not to mention several local theaters within walking distance of the Levee, it surprises me that you are the only establishment with the good sense to not close their kitchen at 11 PM. Well, that’s not true, but Claddagh essentially turns into a Karaoke bar around 10 PM on the weekends, so a group of people can’t really head there to socialize, say, after a performance of Hamlet.

Thank you, also, for having drink specials. Your Summer Breezes ($5) and draft beers (all $3) quench our desire for alcohol without breaking our banks. And your half price appetizers are great, too (I love the sliders and the hummus/tzatziki/tabbouleh platter; Terry loves the tater tots). Your burgers and sandwiches and salads are all pretty good too (and I know you get crowded with your Wednesday burger deal, which is a good deal too, if you combine it with a drink special: last time I did it, I got out of there spending less than $12).

I very rarely praise a national chain, but you’ve won my heart by your mere choice to stay open. Isn’t that sad? Local restaurants, I’m talking to you! Stay open for those of us that have the munchies and want an alcoholic beverage after 11– we will visit you often and tell others about you. If not, we’ll be forced to go elsewhere.

Love,
Julie (and about 16 cast members who are thrilled to be able to finally eat dinner at 11:30 PM…)

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  • Ted K

    I agree the Bar Louie Guys have it right! Great food cool spaces! Been to one in Columbus and in Foxboro I am not ashamed to say that I Love Louie!

  • Ed Kimball

    I agree, but it is often much more convenient to go to the Skyline on Ludlow, which is open till 4 on the weekends.

  • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

    Though I love Skyline on Ludlow, they don’t have alcohol. Nor does Dixie Chili or most any other diner/chili parlor.

  • Tom

    I have stopped trying to go to Bar Louie after a string of frustrating experiences. These generally center on their marquee specialty drinks, specifically that they simply do not bother to stock ingredients printed on their menu. When we were presented drinks missing ingredients, server after server has told us (some more dismissively than others), “Oh, we never have that. I don’t know why it’s on the menu.” If people think that’s service, fine, but they won’t benefit from my custom.

  • eroslane

    I agree. As a life-long late nighter, it gets harder and harder and harder to find a place in this city.

    You should see my friends & I trying to find a coffee shop that is convienient to use and open late as well.

    It’s such an irony: people with the time and money to burn and you can’t find any where to chill and spend it.

  • http://gourmetorgourmand.blogspot.com Lesley

    I find myself in a constant state of “What the hell” when I’m at Newport on the LEvee. Great cinema, decent (but chain) restaurants, and shopping for 13 YEAR OLDS. They had the opportunity to really shine and they blew it. And don’t even get me started about the parking garage.

    So it comes as no surprise that there is nowhere to get a drink late at night, even when they have all of those BARS there…insane.