photo-booth2The Bar Belle has been staking out popular watering holes, neighborhood dives and trendy taverns for more than 20 years in Louisville, Ky. The nightlife scene reached out to her like a drunk text at midnight, asking her for some company and maybe a ride home.

Her award-winning column ran in LEO Weekly from 2006-2014, but like last call at The Back Door, all good things must come to an end. She created this website to pick up where she left off — as Queen Jester of Louisville’s Nightlife.

Currently, you can find The Bar Belle column in Food & Dining Magazine, which comes out quarterly.

Fingers crossed her tabs continue to be paid and she can handle her liquor like a professional. Remember: There’s no crying in bars, liquor before beer, and practice sobriety in moderation.


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And professionally speaking, Sara Havens is a spirits writer for various publications, including Alcohol Professor, The Bourbon Review, Bourbon+ Magazine and Food & Dining Magazine. Below are some of her recent articles.

The Bourbon Review:

Baker’s Mark: Baker Beam Reflects on His Past, His Industry, and His Newly Rebranded Bourbon

• Bullitt County’s Wine & Whiskey Trail Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Bourbon+ Magazine:

Behind the Scenes of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s World’s Top Whiskey Taster Competition

Alcohol Professor:

 Kentucky’s Hive & Barrel Meadery Puts the Buzz in the Barrel

Cider Review: Sweden’s Rekorderlig Makes a Stateside Splash

 Craft Beer For All: J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, aka Dr. J, leads an initiative for bringing inclusivity to the beer industry

Buried Bourbon: From Beam to Pappy to Weller, many bourbon legends can be found in this Louisville cemetery

Food & Dining (Bar Belle column):

License to chill: An ode to the beach drink floater (Summer 2021)

It’s our civic duty to drink local (Spring 2021)

Last Call 2020: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here (Fall 2020)

Back in the saddle: The return of The Bar Belle (Spring 2020)

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