OUR STORY

Our Story

The Hall on Washington Street is located at the intersection of First Street and Washington Street on the backside of Whiskey Row, one of Louisville’s most historic landmarks, and is brought to you through our love of Steins, Sausages & Spirits!

In Germany the beer hall is a communal gathering place where people can enjoy the company of friends and family. It is the marriage of two things that will forever be harmonious: beer and sausage! The Hall on Washington pays homage to the German population who once lived and worked in Louisville in the early days. The space creates a unique spirit of an open-air German bier Hall, with an urban twist. We invite our guests to sit at our spacious 65-foot bar, communal tables and comfortable lounge chairs; maybe even partake in a game of shuffleboard!

Food & Drink

German and American beers flow by the half and full liter, all of which can be found pouring from two different taps. Our German inspired food and drink menu features fresh ingredients, both locally and internationally. We also offer a full liquor bar, and a variety of wines.  Our food menu offers sharable appetizers, charcuterie, sausages, salads, and sandwiches. Entrees include a variety of grilled meats and seafood items.  Try one of our “two-fisted” eats: sausages, burgers and warm Bavarian pretzels. And, of course, you’ll have your choice of traditional German fare such as: Wursts, Schnitzel, Currywurst, Potato Pancakes, Kraut, Red Cabbage and Spätzle. We traveled the country in search of slow-crafted local and ethnic sausages from Wisconsin to Texas. We tasted, cooked and sampled numerous sausages, before we settled on manufacturers using only the finest cuts of meats and the freshest spices. These are not your ordinary sausages!

History of the Building

Originally built in the 1870’s, this building housed McFerran, Shallcross & Company; one of Louisville’s largest pork packers, provisions dealers and maker of Magnolia Hams. The space was also home to Eclipse Woolen Mills; manufacturers of “Kentucky jeans,” made from coarse, durable, cheap fabric for the working man. Also housed here was the Old Kentucky Distillery.  Owned by Dietrich Meschendorf, known as “Dick” among his friends and colleagues, probably never heard of whiskey until he left his native Germany in his youth.  Later, as a Kentucky bourbon-maker he was recognized as an authority and provided advice to two of our American Presidents about whiskey. Early immigration of Germans took place as they slowly followed the Ohio River after arriving in the United States at New Orleans. They settled along the various river towns, which included not only Louisville, but also Cincinnati and St. Louis.

For outstanding service, great food and drink, and an atmosphere that makes you feel like a guest, we thank you for choosing THE HALL ON WASHINGTON, where looks and smells are free, but tastes are even better.

Come See Us

108 West Washington St,
Louisville, KY 40202