Downtown Paducah entrepreneurs & restoration enthusiasts Paul Gourieux & Jorge Martinez purchased the leaning building on the corner of 3rd & Kentucky that was thought to be all but lost to the hands of time. With a lot of love and patience, the couple was able to resurrect the beautiful structure and they soon began dreaming of opening a bar in the lower portion.
From there - a meeting was called with their soon to be General Manager - Whitney Ravellette Wallace and together they began to share in a vision that would soon become The Johnson Bar. With the help of Ashley Anderson, Sara Stephens Waddell, and Taryn Thurston - Whitney Ravellette Wallace & her team were given creative freedom to shape and mold The Johnson Bar and downtown Paducah's premier cocktail lounge & dessert bar was born in June of 2019!
As new opportunities & restoration projects awaited owners Paul & Jorge - they made a bold move and afforded Whitney & her husband Tyler the opportunity to purchase the business and continue growing the bar as their own in March of 2021 - and grow it has!
From local musicians, to singer/songwriters from all over the country - from Drag Queens to Burlesque Girls - from live trivia & family fun retro board/card game nights to brunch & bingo and adult coloring contests. The Johnson Bar has became a haven for a wide range of activities for all walks of life!
And let's not forget about the cocktails - from uniquely crafted signature cocktails with homemade ingredients to sweet & decadent dessert libations, from alcoholic ice cream blitzers & sinister fruit smoothies to boozy hot chocolates & other hot concoctions- the options are endless! The Johnson Bar strives to provide excellent customer service, a beautiful space for humans to gather and connect with one another, and a diverse selection of adult beverages to match the diverse clientele we serve! Cheers!
Whitney Ravellette Wallace
I have an entrepreneurial spirit, am passionate about downtown Paducah, and any form of civil engagement. I love crafting cocktails, the mountains, art, traveling, being a foodie, sports, my friends, family, and the TJB team.
Favorite Drink: Eden's Garden
(Rotating Cocktails - Summer Menu)
I love sunshine, music, being outdoors, collecting plants, and horror movies.
Favorite Drink: The Grapes of Wrath
(Rotating Cocktails, Spring Menu)
I have been bartending for 12 years. When not behind the bar, I'm running my business, Happy Little Homes, or working with local non-profit Beautiful Paducah. I love renovating my 100 year old home.
Favorite Drink: Raspberry White Chocolatini
(Espresso & Coffee Menu)
I like playing classic video games, am a night owl, and love breakfast foods. I'm a sucker for Prosecco and you'll be my favorite person if you bring me bacon.
Favorite Drink: L.E. Girardey
(Signature Cocktail Menu)
I enjoy being outdoors, sweat tea, rainy days, traveling with friends and family, and my sweet nephew!
Favorite Drink: The Custom Q
My favorite things in life are sewing, reading, hiking, plants, traveling, and anything that sparkles!
Favorite Drink: 133 Tini