I was in the Maker's Mark Bar this week and things have changed quite a bit. When I was there three years ago, the bourbons were front and center behind the bar with with a large presence on the shelf. Tuesday they were regulated to one side and the majority of of the shelf space dedicated to scotch, vodka, tequila and Canadian. It is still quite loud, so the people who equate fun to loudness will be happy, but the bourbon bar seems to be not very important to the management anymore. The server was quite good and he seemed to know bourbon fairly well. We were in a side room, but it still was very loud. I guess that meant we were having fun. The food was good. They do still have a good bourbon menu and I enjoyed a Russells Reserve and a Four Roses Single Barrel. I also opened the Henry Watterson after dinner and poured some into the Glencairn glass that I brought with me. They used to use the Riedel glasses at Maker's Mark but now they are using a more common style of old fashioned glass for their pours. Not as good for tasting neat, but probably cheaper to replace and they will not break as easily as the Reidel glasses.
It is worth visiting when in Louisville, but there are better places for the Bourbon experience for those who want to try something special. But it is loud so it must be fun.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873