The Seelbach Hotel


This Louisville treasure opened its doors 108 years ago, just in time to take in 1905’s influx of Kentucky Derby fans. In the century since, it’s gained a reputation not only for its old-world grandeur, but also for its amazing watering hole, the Old Seelbach Bar. Jerry Slater did two stints behind that bar before coming to Atlanta.

Until you can plan your own visit, we offer a gallery of vintage Seelbach postcards and, most importantly, the recipe for the Seelbach Cocktail, the hotel’s elegant signature drink.


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Seelbach Cocktail

Louisville, KY  \ website


  • 1 oz. bourbon  (Keep it in the city. Use Old Forester Signature, distilled at Brown-Forman in downtown Louisville, just a stone’s throw from Churchill Downs)

  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau

  • 7 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

  • Champagne

  • Ice cubes

Stir ingredients briefly over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.


Header image available in print from Shorpy

Vintage postcards from  and stampcommunity

Seelbach cocktail photo from 



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