The place everyone knows is called many things, the Derby City, the Possibility City, the River city, but there's only one name. The only problem is, there's at least five different ways to say it.
Obviously people are conflicted even if they've lived in Louisville for a long time. To get the right answers, you may not need to look any further for the correct one than the King Louis statue at the corner of 6th and Jefferson.
"It would be 'Looeyville' because they named themselves,after King Louis the 16th. He helped during the American Revolutionary War, and that's why you see the fleur-de-lis around town.
Do you want to sound like an insider or an outside?.
Below are each of the ways Louisville is pronounced:
• LOOEYVILLE: "No."
• LOUIS-VILLE: "Oh definitely wrong."
• LOO-A-VUL: "Yes."
• LOO-A-VILLE: "Yes."
But, why do people say it differently? It all has to do with who they are, and often where they're from.
Louisville is changing the way people think about Southern destinations. A city that is truly unique and different. A city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality and quirkiness with friendliness. A city full sights, sounds and sips all its own—including its official cocktail, the Old Fashioned, and the one-and-only Urban Bourbon Experience, a citywide adventure that includes distilleries, endless craft cocktail bars and Bourbon attractions and exhibits.
Louisville’s also gained fame for its nationally acclaimed culinary scene that features hundreds of locally-owned restaurants with a focus on locally sourced ingredients, which is one of the reasons why it was recently named one of the “Nation’s Best Local Food Scenes” by USA Today.
Louisville has become one of the most exciting cities to eat, drink, explore and meet in. This is due in large part to development boom which has brought an influx of new meeting spaces and hotel rooms -– including our 612-room Omni Louisville Hotel that just opened in March 2018.
Add the 10 distilleries that will comprise an Urban Bourbon Experience, and Louisville is an entirely new destination by summer of 2018. Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s supply of bourbon. Louisville proudly lays claim in being the “Gateway to Bourbon Country.”
Louisville is easy to get to and hard to leave. It is located within a day's drive of over half the U.S. population via major interstates I-71, I-64, and I-65. Louisville International Airport, located 6 miles from downtown, offers nearly 100 daily flights and services all major airlines.
The Omni Louisville Hotel's location allows you to easily make your way to Main Street and indulge in Louisville's bourbon culture at many popular distilleries. They’re also near the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Churchill Downs horse racing track, and Louisville International Airport is about 7 miles away.