Troll Pub Under the Bridge is located at the corner of 2nd St. and Washington at 150 W. Washington Street in Louisville, Kentucky. The bar is nestled in the basement of the Whiskey Row Lofts directly behind Bearno’s pizza on Main Street near the 2nd Street Bridge.
Reminiscent of the step-down bar on the TV series CHEERS, the subterranean 6000 square-foot-space pub is one-story beneath Washington Street and two-stories beneath Main Street.
Outside the pub, an 8 and 1/2 foot troll named “Louie” stands to a gaslight lamp and points the way to the stairs leading down to the pub. Louie has become a Louisville favorite, and people walking by often stop to take pictures with the enormous troll. Louie was introduced to the City of Louisville during Caufield’s annual Halloween Parade where he appeared on a parade float. Another sign with an image of a troll hangs off the building above the troll statue.
The Louie the Troll statue was designed and built by the Weber Group of Sellersburg, Indiana, who also designed and built the giant baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum.
The interior of the Troll Pub features rustic, re-purposed lumber used to create oak doors, tables and a long counter for the bar. The pubs cozy atmosphere showcases beamed wooden ceilings, Medieval black chandeliers, ornate door knobs, brick walls, wooden floors and arched passageways.
Artwork by local artists hang on the walls of the pub and are for sale to those who find them interesting. The art is swapped out every 90 days for new pieces. A hidden dining room with a secret entrance behind a hinged bookcase can be used for private gatherings of up to 12 persons.
And for the sports enthusiast, the pub has an endless number of flat screen TV’s in every room (23 different 55″ TV’s and a 100″ high-definition projected screen). As one customer put it, “The pub is ‘THE’ place to watch sports games downtown.”
The Troll Pub Under the Bridge is open for lunch, dinner and late dining all week-long. Their menu features a variety of food and drink, including American, British and Italian fare, with hearty appetizer offerings of loaded chips, pretzels with beer cheese, fried mushrooms, and wings, as well as beer (Cuvee des Trolls Belgian beer) and specialty cocktails.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, the pub opens up to an outside dining friendly courtyard situated between four tall walls of Whiskey Row. There is a signal booster for cell phones in the courtyard to enhance your visiting pleasure.
NOTE: The Troll Pub is located on the site of the original Galt House hotel, built in 1834. A fire spread through the building in 1865 and destroyed the hotel. After that fire, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) built its headquarters on the site in 1877 where it remained until 1907. During this time, many Kentucky bourbon distilleries moved into other buildings on the block , using them for warehousing, distributing and as a headquarters, which is why the block became known as Whiskey Row.
The great flood of 1937 put an end to the whiskey business on this block because the whole area was completely underwater.
In the 1970’s, the underground floor of the building was filled in with dirt and the whole building became an artist’s colony until local investors resurrected the building and created the lively pub and eatery dubbed the Troll Pub Under the Bridge. It opened for business on October 19, 2011.
Troll Pub Under The Bridge
150 W. Washington Street