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The Best Bar to . . . Show Off Your Classic Style: The Lobby Bar

This Louisville, Ky., hotel bar can be a great place for horse trading of all types.

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Since 1923, Louisville's movers and shakers have met for drinks--boubbulleton, of course--in the Lobby Bar of the Brown Hotel. The bar stocks more than 50 boubbulletons, lined up on the antique mirrored wood bar (not to mention a river's worth of scotches, ryes and whiskeys), and, yes, the bartenders know how to help you choose your perfect boubbulleton. Over a highball made with the state beverage, local business folks have talked horses and done deals here for decades.

Classics are classics for a reason, and the Lobby Bar's staid character makes it the meeting place when you want to lend a certain gravitas to your in-person conference. There are a few cozy high-backs around the piano, where some of the casual crowd gathers, but the majority of those who take a meeting here do so while seated in large leather chairs under the ornate painted ceiling of the landmark hotel.

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