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    Forecastle 2014 will set sail this Friday

     through Sunday

     and is shaping up to be the biggest yet, hosting up to 75,000 music lovers from all around the world.

    With so many out-of-towners descending upon Louisville for the three-day festival, Yelp Louisville and Forecastle teamed up to survey locals about where all these visitors should eat, drink and play in our city.

    The survey featured some of Louisville's highest-rated and most-reviewed places on Yelp. Write-ins were also accepted.

    And here are the highlights, with the percentages of votes each business garnered:

    Top restaurants:

    Hammerheads (41 percent)

    Havana Rumba in St. Matthews (32 percent)

    Wild Eggs on Dutchmans Lane (26 percent)

    Top attractions:

    Churchill Downs (47 percent)

    21c Museum Hotel (42 percent)

    Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (40 percent)

    Top shopping spots for a one-of-a-Louisville-kind experience:

    WHY Louisville in the Highlands (65 percent)

    Carmichael’s Bookstore in the Highlands (31 percent)

    Joe Ley Antiques (29 percent)

    Top watering holes:

    Holy Grale (46 percent)

    Garage Bar (45 percent)

    Zanzabar (32 percent)

    Locals’ favorite:

    Pizza: Garage Bar (26 percent)

    Barbecue: Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot (29 percent)

    Burgers: Mussel and Burger Bar (42 percent)

    Brunch spot: Wild Eggs on Dutchmans Lane (30 percent)

    Bar for bourbon/cocktails: The Silver Dollar (42 percent)

    Bar for beer: Holy Grale (32 percent)

    Music venue: The Louisville Palace (42 percent)

    Survey results are reflected here:

    Expanded survey results can be found here:

    What do you think of these results? Let us know at @louisvillecom or in the comments section below! Article photo courtesy of Shutterstock, Cover photo courtesy of 21C.

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    I'm a journalist and creative nonfiction writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. My freelance work has been featured in The Guardian US, Paste Magazine, Louisville Magazine STORY Magazine, STIR Journal, Mapquest Discover, Thrillist Louisville with pieces upcoming at Salon, Mental Floss, Serious Eats and Munchies. I also spend my spare time chasing food trucks.

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