Marian Murphy | Southern Foodways Alliance arrow left envelope headphones search facebook instagram twitter flickr menu rss play circle itunes calendar

Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to

< Back to Oral History project: Louisville Barroom Culture


Marian Murphy

Marian Murphy has been tending bar at the Bristol Bar & Grille since 1989. The original location on Bardstown Road has been welcoming area regulars since it opened in 1977.  A Kentucky native, Marian began bartending when she was in college to earn some extra money. After getting a degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky, she committed herself to the industry full time. In the years that she’s been behind the bar at the Bristol, she’s seen drinking trends come and go, but her commitment to personal attention has never waned (and her psychology degree has come in pretty handy). She greets dozens of regulars daily, placing their drinks on the bar before they even have a chance to sit down. Marian has friends, not customers. And such is the nature of the Bristol Bar & Grille. It’s where locals go for a casual meal, their favorite drink, and a familiar face.

Date of interview:
2008-01-14 00:00

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

Download Transcript



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


Alex Raij Txikito

Let’s Stay in Touch

Sign up for the SFA newsletter to have the latest content
delivered directly to your inbox.