Our Story

​The Back Door Bar & Grille is located at 1250 Bardstown Road, adjacent 
to the Mid City Mall in the heart of the picturesque Highlands neighborhood 
in Louisville.

As a reviewer in LEO noted, the Back Door is "one of Louisville’s favorite 
after-work, meet–my-friends, meet-strangers, game-of-pool, bag-of-wings, 
one-more-stop-before-home watering holes."

The Back Door is owned and operated by John Dant, who purchased 
the building from Tom and Linda Clemons in 1987. The 5,000-square-foot 
bar and lounge previously served as a warehousing and storage facility 
for the nearby A&P Grocery.  The patio area was a loading and unloading 
dock for the store. Our establishment is open seven days a week from 
4 p.m. until 4 a.m., 1pm till 4am on Saturday and Sunday and is strictly a "21 and over" bar. ID's are checked.


The owners and employees take great pride in the Back Door's reputation 
of being one of the friendliest bars in Louisville. Long-time customers, 
newcomers and out-of-town visitors can relax and  mingle in a casual 
and cordial atmosphere.

Happy Hour runs daily from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

With 10 high definition television monitors, the Back Door is a favorite 
of local fans of the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. 

 A spacious arcade room includes some of the most popular contemporary 
games, including Golden Tee Video Golf, Foosball, Darts, skeeball and other favorites, 
as well as ample seating.  Other offerings include counter video games 
in the main bar area.

The Back Door has a separate pool room with high quality pool tables 
that are carefully maintained and well lighted.  A total of 8 tables are 
available for individual play, competition or for special parties. We also 
operate the Metro Pool League.  Competition is held on Monday evenings, 
starting at 7:30. 

You're cordially invited to drop by and enjoy our hospitality. We enjoy 
meeting people and making new friends.