April 19, 2016. Louisville, KY. – Just in time for the 2016 Derby Festival, Drake’s will open a new temporary bar at the Waterfront. “Drake’s By the River,” will be introduced at Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 23rd, and located inside the Thunder Chow Wagon. The “pop-up” bar will also return for the 9-day run of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The 30’ x 40’ full service bar is being built by The Event Company in Louisville. In addition to the full bar, they will also serve a special Festival themed drink: Drake’s Thunder Punch. The Punch features Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Gran Gala, pineapple juice and grenadine.
Drake’s market partner, Mark Thornburg shared, “Our bar combines very different vibes from a laidback lunch spot to an all-out nightclub. When you come into Drake’s, you can expect exceptional food, a great selection of over 20 craft beers on tap and refreshing cocktails in an atmosphere that invites people to have a lot of fun. We wanted to bring that atmosphere to the river.”
Festival guests at Drake’s By The River bar can enjoy cornhole and giant Jenga games set up at the bar. They will also have the opportunity to enter to win the Ultimate Buffalo Trace Bourbon Experience. For more information visit www.drakescomeplay.com/thunder.
Falls City Brewery is the Official Craft Beer for Thunder Over Louisville. Fans will be able to find it at any of the three full-service bars, or any of the Beer Garden locations: Thunder Chow Wagon, West Belvedere, North Great Lawn and East River Road. Admission to all Beer Gardens is a 2016 Pegasus Pin.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Kentucky Derby Festival to help patrons find a safe ride to and from Thunder Over Louisville. As the Official Drive Safely Sponsor, the KOHS Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign and Uber will have transportation available at two locations on Thunder Day: 1) On Main Street between Preston and Floyd Streets; and 2) the south lane of Main between 4th and 5th Streets.