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Magic Dinner Bourbon – The Story

Since 2010, Ray Smerlin has been both producing shows for the public and providing entertainment for private events. In 2014, he was on a mission to find a venue for one of Louisville’s most popular magical entertainers, world traveled and award winning Richard Darshwood. It was by chance that Ray came upon the Down One Bourbon Bar, which had the ideal space for an intimate dinner show.

Ray Smerlin has always focused on having entertainment be a heartfelt experience where everyone feels appreciated and special. Magic Dinner Bourbon was born from that philosophy.


Louisville has become the Bourbon Capitol of the world. Every week, you’ll find dinners with pairings, dinners with tastings. As we have heard time and time again, it’s the same thing, different day, different bourbon. We wanted something different. Something that would appeal to the ‘bourbon curious” who wanted an evening of fine dining and to be entertained.


The very first Magic Dinner Bourbon’s bourbon component was simply no more than the fact it was held at a bourbon bar. As the show was refined, Four Roses Bourbon joined in to add a very special and unique part to the evening. Many of Kentucky’s finest distilleries now take part in Magic Dinner Bourbon.

Guests now experience a complete, well rounded night where something is always happening to keep their attention. Magic Dinner Bourbon showcases Kentucky Bourbon, local cuisine and entertainment. The public showings sell out quickly, and we now offer this experience for private groups.

Magic Dinner Bourbon on the Urban Bourbon Trail August 2015

Each and every guest leaves this experience feeling as though they have been catered to and entertained on a very personal, intimate level.

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