It began with one Springfield restaurateur who believed that our best conversations and ideas come over a glass of bourbon. Whether it was straight, on the rocks, mixed, or smoked, he sampled bourbons and ryes, and read and researched its history. What started as a hobby turned into a passion and he began engaging with other local business owners.

That’s how the Capital City Bourbon Journey was created — a place of eleven destinations for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Now you are part of this journey and can choose your own adventure. Whether you are a bourbon connoisseur or never tried a sip, you are in the right place! You can choose any of these doors to walk through and let them know you are part of the Capital City Bourbon Journey.

All participants are local restaurateurs who call Central Illinois their home. Now you can experience what makes our community a great place to live, work, visit, and enjoy bourbon.


Our rich history and the legacy of our community brings tens of thousands of individuals to our city each year. But what built Springfield — and made it what it is today — are the individuals and families who have come to call Springfield home. That’s why we say local businesses are the backbone of our community. Springfield is unique because while others may look at competing forces, our local businesses look for opportunities of synergy. The creation of the Capital City Bourbon Journey is one example, and the City of Springfield is a proud supporter of the inaugural journey. This effort celebrates how businesses with the same passion can build on one another, expand their services, and grow our community. We look forward to see where this journey takes us. Thank you for taking the first step to making your own history here.

While experiencing the Capital City Bourbon Journey, ask your destination about the EXCLUSIVE BOURBON BARREL PICK. This is only available at these select locations.

The City of Springfield’s Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to make your journey even more memorable. Don’t forget to tag your posts with your Bourbon Journey stop and #VisitSpringfield.




3136 W. Iles Avenue, Springfield

The Brickhouse Grill and Pub is one of Springfield’s leading grill and pubs for 12+ years. Their chefs are constantly updating the menu to maintain an eclectic variety of entrée specials including its Chipotle Chicken Power Bowl, Ahi Tuna, Sunrise Burger, along with a weekend only brunch menu including a loaded Bloody Mary! The bar not only offers a large collection of Bourbon, also seasonal cocktails, rotating draft beers and imports. Brickhouse prides itself as being one of Springfield’s favorite places to enjoy your favorite sporting events, gather with friends, or come enjoy a wonderful meal.

Old Fashioned

What to drink: OLD FASHIONED. While Brickhouse has an extensive cocktail and beer list, this cocktail is made with Bohemian cherry bitters and blood orange bitters, amaretto-soaked cherries (not muddled), a demerara sugar cube, Buffalo Trace over a big cube. It won’t disappoint!

Brickhouse Grill & Pub's Bar

Curate's Bar

2930 Plaza Drive, Springfield

Curate…to hand-select unique, flavorful food, wine and liquor combinations from the vast array of (possibilities/variations) available from around the world. Curate believes in sharing and experiencing new and different tastes. Enjoy a multitude of small plates meant for sampling, sharing, and pairing with their great bourbons and wines. All fresh, unique, and very deep in flavor. Eat a little or eat a lot, there is something for everyone. Experience over 50 bourbons and ryes including highly sought after allocated bottles. Want to taste various unique bourbons? Request a bourbon flight and sample many exclusive bottles.

What to drink: GOLDEN OLDEN. Made with rye, port, bitters, and Luxardo cherry with an orange twist.

Golden Olden

210 S. Fifth Street, Springfield

Just off of the Old State Capitol square, this large two-story bar is a mixture of downtown’s rich history and serves as a collection of it’s community. Not only does Floyd’s offer great bourbons, it has a collection of bar games for you to enjoy including pool, darts, and ski ball. If you prefer dancing, their juke box highlights all the genres and eras of music + plenty of floor space to dance. From the main bar to its space upstairs, this bar has you covered on entertainment, drinks, and bourbon!

Old Hat

What to drink: OLD HAT. Made with Old Forester 86 proof, Peychaud’s, ginger beer, topped with a lemon twist.

Floyd's Thirst Parlor's Bar

Home Plate Bar and Grill's Bar

2571 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield

Located on the west side of Springfield, this local, family-owned spot brings out the fans from all sides. This family friendly sports bar and restaurant has something for everyone including 20 televisions and a double decker outdoor patio where you can enjoy your choice of more than 100 bourbons and whiskeys, 24 beers on tap, and a wide selection of other drink options. When should you stop in? Their weekly specials include half price pizza on Monday nights, Taco Tuesday, kids eat free on Wednesday evening, and Thursday is half price house wine. Come in anytime and enjoy a game at Springfield’s favorite sports bar!

What to drink: THE LUMBERJACK. Home Plate swung for the fences with its rendition of an Old Fashioned. The starter is Maker’s Mark, adding a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, throwing in some black walnut bitters, and the closer is a Luxardo cherry. This will make your starting lineup for sure!

The Lumberjack

3013 Lindbergh Boulevard, Springfield

Indigo Restaurant is Central Illinois’ premier fine dining establishment and event space, specializing in French, Contemporary, American, and Asian cuisine. Indigo strives to create food experiences that are honest, inclusive, and memorable. They take pride in its World to Table concept, and are dedicated to bringing the best products from around the world right to your table. With an ever-changing menu including filet mignon, Canadian lobster, sea bass, chops, and many more entrees — Indigo guarantees that you will taste the difference. They look forward to serving you very soon.

Big O Fashioned

What to drink: BIG O FASHIONED. Besides Indigo’s wide array of bourbon and ryes, this signature drink is made with muddled orange and Luxardo cherries, Makers Mark, simple syrup, Big O ginger liqueur, and a splash of soda water.

Indigo's Bar

Lake Pointe Grille's Bar

1386 Toronto Road, Springfield

Established in 2009, this neighborhood gathering spot offers wood-fired pizzas and ridiculously good food through and through. A wonderful place to enjoy a business lunch or casual dinner and drinks. It showcases an extensive spirits menu with an unbridled bourbon collection from a courteous staff. The south side’s best kept secret is located near the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College campuses.

What to drink: BROWN BUTTER MANHATTAN. A toasty, aromatic brown butter old fashioned made with your choice of bourbon with barrel-aged bitters, garnished with an orange twist and black cherry.

Brown Butter Manhattan

1277 Toronto Road, Springfield

The regulars at Mowie’s dubbed the short stretch of businesses along Springfield’s south end of town as “The Toronto Road Corridor.” That’s where Mowie’s has served patrons for the last 30 years. Whether you are a neighbor or an out-of-towner looking for a relaxing cocktail and friendly conversation, Cody and his crew have a way of making everyone feel welcomed. Serving over 80 brands of bourbons, 18 beers on tap, a private gaming room, two pool tables, darts, and a recently remodeled bar including four 75” TVs, Mowie’s has a little of everything and is the perfect place to leave your troubles at the door and unwind.

Maple Old Fashioned

What to drink: MOWIE’S MAPLE OLD FASHIONED. Aged Kentucky Bourbon paired with real Vermont Grade A Fancy maple syrup, barrel-aged bitters, and a lemon twist garnish.

Mowie's Cue Bar

Public House 29's Bar

312 Sattley Street, Rochester

Established in 2014, Public House 29 in Rochester lives up to its namesake. This is a gathering place not only for locals but numerous communities as well. A busy kitchen features a wood-fired pizza oven, amazing smoked wings, and other elevated pub fare. Complimenting this is a 21-seat bar with a 70 bottle bourbon selection (over 150 whiskies altogether), 24 beers on tap, and numerous hand crafted cocktails. This bar staff features 45+ years of combined knowledge and will be delighted to guide you through this stop on the Bourbon Journey.

What to drink: BARDSTOWN MULE. Muddled fresh peaches and mint, simple syrup, aged Kentucky bourbon, topped with white peach and ginger sparkling water. Garnished with fresh mint sprig.

Bardstown Mule

321 W. Madison Street, Auburn

The folks at Slauterhouse Brewing Company take their whiskey as seriously as they take their beer. Whether you enjoy a pour in the taproom or on their expansive patio, they will be sure to have a drink for everyone to enjoy. They are especially proud of their Old Fashioned and Manhattan, so if mixed drinks are your thing, they’ve got you covered. Don’t forget to ask about their latest private barrel pick too. Cheers!

Blackberry Old Fashioned

What to drink: BLACKBERRY OLD FASHIONED. Made with Starlight Blackberry whiskey, a blend of orange and aromatic bitters, and simple syrup.

Slauterhouse Brewing Company's Bar

Vele's Bar

3241 West Iles Avenue, Springfield

VELE (pronounced “vay lay”) is Italian for “blank canvas,” and a blank canvas of possibilities is exactly what Chef Justin Richardson envisions as he develops an ever-changing menu drawn from his Italian heritage and culinary studies in Italy, as well as his classical French training. With a focus on unique, flavorful Modern Coastal Italian dishes, VELE offers a multitude of small plates that are meant to be shared and paired with great bourbons and wines. VELE showcases close to 100 bottles of bourbon and rye, including monthly bourbon tastings and a wide range of rare, hard-to-find allocated bottles for you to try.

What to drink: SEA & SMOKE. High West bourbon, Luxardo syrup, black walnut bitters, and orange peel presented to you in a smoke box.

Sea & Smoke

2406 W. Jefferson Street, Springfield

Do you want to escape to the backwoods without leaving the city? Then Westwoods Lodge is your next destination. The eclectic menu offers everything from gator and duck to campfire favorites like burgers and chili. But it’s the 100+ bourbon and rye selections that gets everyone’s mouths watering. Westwoods Lodge showcases several allocated bottles and offers tasting flights if you’re not sure where to begin. Its casual, friendly atmosphere allows everyone to feel welcomed, whether you’re testing the trail on your first bourbon experience or always on the hunt as a bourbon connoisseur. You can gather at the solid pine bar, sit in the dining room, or slip away to the Colorado Room for video gaming, but no matter what, Westwoods will always have a chair at its lodge for you.

The Woodsman

What to drink: THE WOODSMAN. When a Kentucky Mule meets its wild side. Enjoy two shots of Woodford Reserve Bourbon in a copper mug with a splash of agave syrup, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. Topped with a dash of a seasonal bitters, it’s stirred and served over ice.

Westwoods Lodge's Bar