Here’s where to go eat, drink, and enjoy Lexington, KY
***Keeneland Race Track is in Lexington, Kentucky and is quite an experience. Folks dress up a little more here and put on their hats at the meets here in April and early October races the 3 weeks before Churchill’s Spring and Fall meets
Tony’s – 401 Main St – This upscale steakhouse is out of Cincinnati, which is like Lexington’s back yard for the Big Blue Nation (#BBN) of Wildcat fans in Northern Kentucky area. LIVE JAZZ some nights. This place has been great for downtown, so when ya want to treat yourself to something cool, stop by.
21c Museum Hotel – 167 W. Main – Great cocktails and fun restaurant with exotic flair here at this boutique hotel. 21c is a museum hotel which as has exhibits from contemporary artists of the 21st Century (21c…get it?). Probably the best cocktails in town, along with Bourbon on Rye and Bluegrass Tavern.
Bourbon on Rye – 115 Main St. – Another great cocktail bar, with a great bourbon selection. Chris runs the place, and it’s my favorite place to drink whiskey and talk to folks about whiskey. Stop on by, you won’t be disappointed.
**Bluegrass Tavern – 115 Cheapside – Larry Redmon opened this place a dozen years ago or so, and this is a Certified Bonded Premises; C.B.P. KY-115. Hundreds and hundreds of whiskey bottles on the beautiful back bar, and a staff that’s well educated, and you can get a dang good drink or pour from a bartender in a white button down shirt and black tie.
Parlay Social – 249 Short St – nice restaurant with a good bourbon selection and cocktails. LIVE MUSIC here some nights.
Belle’s – 156 Market St – This is more of a younger college bar mostly open and busy on the weekend. Nice rooftop bar too.
Justin’s House Of Bourbon – 601 W Main St – Kentucky passed the vintage spirits law, so that means Justin and his crew can hunt out and find old vintage dusties and other old whiskies distilled pre-prohibition, and from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s 60’s and 70’s. If you want to buy a piece of true bourbon history, stop in and look around.
Arcadium – 574 N Limestone – Beer, games, and spirits and old video arcade machines from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Great neighborhood tavern. Dog friendly
Goodfella’s Distillery – 1228 Manchester St; Distillery District in the old James Pepper Distillery. Probably the 2nd biggest whiskey collection behind Bluegrass Tavern here in town. Great pizza by the slice like a New York Slice (thus Goodfella’s) and good cocktails. This place is big, and you order slices up at the counter, so it’s good for large groups, or just a couple of ya.
The Break Room – 1178 Manchester Rd – This was the original Break Room for the James Pepper Distillery which this whole distillery area once was a part of back in the day. Today it’s a casual dive bar atmosphere, and good place to hang out in this hot distillery area.
***Malone’s Steakhouse – 3347 Tates Creek – a great tradition after the races at Keeneland, or anytime, Malones is a great steak place and it’s a must for me when I visit.
OBC Kitchen – 3373 Tates Creek – Stylish place with Southern Fare, craft beer, and an extensive bourbon list. The bar isn’t big, so not the best for more than 2 or 3 people. But a great experience.