Guidebook for Lexington

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Guidebook for Lexington

Drinks & Nightlife

Very popular beer and the adjacent restaurant has good fish that you can eat in the Brewery. The building is a renovated bread factory. In the back is an Artist's group called the Breadbox Artists.
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West Sixth Brewing
501 West 6th Street
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Very popular beer and the adjacent restaurant has good fish that you can eat in the Brewery. The building is a renovated bread factory. In the back is an Artist's group called the Breadbox Artists.
Funky hipster bar in one of Lexington's oldest bars. Good little burgers! And music late night.
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Al's Bar
601 North Limestone
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Funky hipster bar in one of Lexington's oldest bars. Good little burgers! And music late night.
The Chase Tap Room & Brewing Co.
266 Jefferson Street
Late night drinks.
Funky old bar that has a tendency to get a bit rowdy late at night. They often have bands.
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The Green Lantern
497 West 3rd Street
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Funky old bar that has a tendency to get a bit rowdy late at night. They often have bands.
Lexington's oldest Gay Bar
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The Bar Complex
224 E Main St
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Lexington's oldest Gay Bar
Thursday Night Live, every Thursday in warm months, with Music and open bars and festival food.
Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park
251 W Main St
Thursday Night Live, every Thursday in warm months, with Music and open bars and festival food.

Food Scene

Great BBQ and a fantastic salad of the day! The building is a good example of an upcycled commercial building
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County Club Restaurant
555 Jefferson Street
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Great BBQ and a fantastic salad of the day! The building is a good example of an upcycled commercial building
One of our favorite restaurants serving locally sourced food in a casual atmosphere. The building is a bright yellow old Victorian that has been a tradition for years.
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Stella's Kentucky Deli
143 Jefferson St
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One of our favorite restaurants serving locally sourced food in a casual atmosphere. The building is a bright yellow old Victorian that has been a tradition for years.
Pizza and a great patio.
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Grey Goose
170 Jefferson Street
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Pizza and a great patio.
One of my favorite restaurants, in a renovated old house.
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The Blue Heron Steakhouse
185 Jefferson Street
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One of my favorite restaurants, in a renovated old house.
One of the best coffee houses in the country, with cute, arty, funky decor. There are goodies to eat too!
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Third Street Stuff
257 N Limestone # 1
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One of the best coffee houses in the country, with cute, arty, funky decor. There are goodies to eat too!
French restaurant with urban outdoor dining.
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Le Deauville
199 North Limestone
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French restaurant with urban outdoor dining.
Coffee!
Starbucks
325 W Main St
Coffee!
THE best restaurant in Lexington!
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Dudley's On Short
259 West Short Street
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THE best restaurant in Lexington!
Restaurant and Bar
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Parlay Social
249 West Short Street
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Restaurant and Bar
A tradition, especially for late night.
Columbia Steak House
201 N Limestone
A tradition, especially for late night.
Great NY style pizza.
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Goodfellas Mill St
110 North Mill Street
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Great NY style pizza.
Great Breakfast
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doodles breakfast and lunch
262 N Limestone
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Great Breakfast
Excellent Sunday Brunch. The line starts early!
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Alfalfa
141 E Main St
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Excellent Sunday Brunch. The line starts early!
Great donuts just about in the Greyline Station at the corner of Limestone and Loudon. There are several interesting businesses and start-ups there.
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North Lime Coffee & Donuts
575 North Limestone
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Great donuts just about in the Greyline Station at the corner of Limestone and Loudon. There are several interesting businesses and start-ups there.
The Distillery District is THE place to go for gourmet food and drinks (BOURBON) AND bands. The old Pepper Distillery makes bourbon. The Burl and Manchester Music Hall have great bands. Crank and Boom has ice cream to die for--add your favorite spirit to your "sundae." Goodfellas Pizza is my favorite in Lex. "Middle Fork Kitchen Bar (mfkb), offers a comfortably bold take on the traditional dining experience. Inspired by the dynamics of the season, the context of the district, and the enthusiasm of his team, jensen combines ingredients, cuisines, and a appreciation for the craft for a fun and delicious result." It is expensive but worth it. The area is gritty and hip and cutting edge.
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Pepper Distillery
1200 Manchester St
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The Distillery District is THE place to go for gourmet food and drinks (BOURBON) AND bands. The old Pepper Distillery makes bourbon. The Burl and Manchester Music Hall have great bands. Crank and Boom has ice cream to die for--add your favorite spirit to your "sundae." Goodfellas Pizza is my favorite in Lex. "Middle Fork Kitchen Bar (mfkb), offers a comfortably bold take on the traditional dining experience. Inspired by the dynamics of the season, the context of the district, and the enthusiasm of his team, jensen combines ingredients, cuisines, and a appreciation for the craft for a fun and delicious result." It is expensive but worth it. The area is gritty and hip and cutting edge.
Funky and delicious. Great Bar. Built in an old Bread Shop with garage doors, near the RR tracks. Founded by the "notorious" Lucie Slone who collected the fabulous eclectic decorations. She was a fabulous chef and well known restauranteur. Open Wednesday thru Saturday (bar) 4PM to 11PM, (kitchen) 5PM to 10PM! Sunday Brunch 11AM to 2PM.
Red Light Kitchen & Lounge
780 N Limestone
Funky and delicious. Great Bar. Built in an old Bread Shop with garage doors, near the RR tracks. Founded by the "notorious" Lucie Slone who collected the fabulous eclectic decorations. She was a fabulous chef and well known restauranteur. Open Wednesday thru Saturday (bar) 4PM to 11PM, (kitchen) 5PM to 10PM! Sunday Brunch 11AM to 2PM.

groceries and sundries

Very nice selection of wine, beer and spirits as well as a good selection of cheeses and gourmet food items.
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Wine + Market
486 West 2nd Street
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Very nice selection of wine, beer and spirits as well as a good selection of cheeses and gourmet food items.
Full service groceries
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Kroger
1600 Leestown Road
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Full service groceries
This is the closest place to get groceries and general merchandise.
Walmart Supercenter
500 New Circle Rd
This is the closest place to get groceries and general merchandise.

Lexington Farmer's Market

Located in 5th 3rd Pavillion at Cheapside.
The Plantory
501 West 6th Street
Yoga!
Bars, shops and restaurants housed in what was originally a block of furniture stores. The block was gutted and retail and restaurants were built inside.
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The Square
401 West Main Street
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Bars, shops and restaurants housed in what was originally a block of furniture stores. The block was gutted and retail and restaurants were built inside.
Not only a library, but also a theatre!
Lexington Public Library, Central Library
140 East Main Street
Not only a library, but also a theatre!
One of Lexington's oldest greenhouses and it now has dining among the plants!
Michler's Florist, Greenhouses & Garden Design
417 East Maxwell Street
One of Lexington's oldest greenhouses and it now has dining among the plants!
Pretty old inn with a restaurant and nice bar with a fireplace.
Gratz Park Inn
120 W 2nd St
Pretty old inn with a restaurant and nice bar with a fireplace.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
500 Newtown Pike
UK Community College
Private School with historic buildings
Sayre School
194 North Limestone
Private School with historic buildings
Transy is a well respected private college.
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Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
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Transy is a well respected private college.

Sightseeing

Pretty historic district about two blocks from here.
Elsmere Park
Pretty historic district about two blocks from here.
Beautiful old mansions one street over down Von Alley.
Fayette Park
Beautiful old mansions one street over down Von Alley.
Gratz Park has a variety of beautiful architecture. It has a park, and interestingly, was the headquarters of both the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Confederacy was in the Hunt Morgan House, and the Union was in the Bodley Bullock House. Hunt Morgan is open for tours. Bodley Bullock rents out for events. Both have lovely gardens.
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Gratz Park
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Gratz Park has a variety of beautiful architecture. It has a park, and interestingly, was the headquarters of both the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. The Confederacy was in the Hunt Morgan House, and the Union was in the Bodley Bullock House. Hunt Morgan is open for tours. Bodley Bullock rents out for events. Both have lovely gardens.
Where William "King" Solomon laid to rest dozens of bodies during the 1833 cholera epidemic, when no one else would, thus elevating him to the status of a hero.
Old Episcopal Burying Grounds
259 E Third St
Where William "King" Solomon laid to rest dozens of bodies during the 1833 cholera epidemic, when no one else would, thus elevating him to the status of a hero.
Home of John Hunt Morgan, Confederate general. Before he went to war he rode his horse thru the door to tell his mother goodbye.
Hopemont, The Hunt-Morgan House
201 North Mill Street
Home of John Hunt Morgan, Confederate general. Before he went to war he rode his horse thru the door to tell his mother goodbye.
Lovely Historic district featuring period apartment buildings in a charming court.
Hampton Court
Lovely Historic district featuring period apartment buildings in a charming court.
Lexington Livery Co Inc
171 Saunier St
Carriage rides
A nice distillery tour that is right in town.
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Town Branch Distillery
401 Cross Street
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A nice distillery tour that is right in town.
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Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 West Main Street
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Gorgeous and peaceful day in the country. Good food. The historic buildings are beautiful and the history of the Shakers is fascinating. Nice drive down the Kentucky Palisaides, a natural rock formation kind of like a small gorge. You can also take a ride on the Dixie Belle down the Ky river. It is a fun outing and one of my favorite places to take friends from out of town.
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
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Gorgeous and peaceful day in the country. Good food. The historic buildings are beautiful and the history of the Shakers is fascinating. Nice drive down the Kentucky Palisaides, a natural rock formation kind of like a small gorge. You can also take a ride on the Dixie Belle down the Ky river. It is a fun outing and one of my favorite places to take friends from out of town.
A trip to Lexington would not be complete without seeing Keeneland Race Track. One of the most beautiful tracks in the world. Even if the horses aren't running it is still a nice place to see. You can book a tour on line or there is a self guided tour. The Keeneland Track Kitchen is a morning highlight, and you don’t have to be a horseman to enjoy the home-style food. In fact, you might find yourself sitting near a notable trainer, jockey or owner when you do.
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Keeneland Race Track
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A trip to Lexington would not be complete without seeing Keeneland Race Track. One of the most beautiful tracks in the world. Even if the horses aren't running it is still a nice place to see. You can book a tour on line or there is a self guided tour. The Keeneland Track Kitchen is a morning highlight, and you don’t have to be a horseman to enjoy the home-style food. In fact, you might find yourself sitting near a notable trainer, jockey or owner when you do.

Shopping

Great store with antiques, art, home goods, and whatever Mary happens to like.
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Mulberry & Lime
216 North Limestone
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Great store with antiques, art, home goods, and whatever Mary happens to like.
L.V. Harkness & Company
531 West Short Street
Upscale gifts
Beautiful Dresses and clothing.
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Bella Rose
126 West Maxwell Street
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Beautiful Dresses and clothing.
Gorgeous jewelry made of silver and native stones.
Savané Silver
130 N Broadway
Gorgeous jewelry made of silver and native stones.
We have a great Farmer's Market on Cheapside, which is next to the Old Courthouse which is being renovated for restaurants, bars and shops. It will be open soon. Cheapside has a sordid history. It was the old slave market. The statue of John Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan were recently removed, and a memorial to the slaves stands there. The statues were placed in the Confederate cemetery at the Lexington Cemetery.
Lexington Farmers' Market
249 W Main St
We have a great Farmer's Market on Cheapside, which is next to the Old Courthouse which is being renovated for restaurants, bars and shops. It will be open soon. Cheapside has a sordid history. It was the old slave market. The statue of John Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan were recently removed, and a memorial to the slaves stands there. The statues were placed in the Confederate cemetery at the Lexington Cemetery.

Arts & Culture

Lexington's arts council gallery. Ann Tower Gallery is upstairs. Both have interesting shows.
LexArts
161 N Mill St
Lexington's arts council gallery. Ann Tower Gallery is upstairs. Both have interesting shows.
It's Rupp Arena, home of the KY Wildcats. Need I say more?
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Rupp Arena
430 West Vine Street
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It's Rupp Arena, home of the KY Wildcats. Need I say more?
Urban Hipster shops, artists studios, restaurants and bars. See The Coop if it is open. One of my favorite pair of artist who create whimsical sculptures and paintings.
Manchester Street
Urban Hipster shops, artists studios, restaurants and bars. See The Coop if it is open. One of my favorite pair of artist who create whimsical sculptures and paintings.
Very nice Art shows, as well as jewelry
New Editions Gallery
500 W Short St
Very nice Art shows, as well as jewelry
A beautiful pair of restored theatres showing excellent films including independent films, mainstream films and art films. You can get an alcoholic beverage to sip with your movie!
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Kentucky Theatre
214 East Main Street
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A beautiful pair of restored theatres showing excellent films including independent films, mainstream films and art films. You can get an alcoholic beverage to sip with your movie!
Arts and entertainment including plays, concerts, films, and the home Woodsongs Oldtime Radio hour in a renovated theatre that catered to African Americans during segregation.
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Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
300 East Third Street
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Arts and entertainment including plays, concerts, films, and the home Woodsongs Oldtime Radio hour in a renovated theatre that catered to African Americans during segregation.
Beer!
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Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
610 West 3rd Street
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Beer!
Beautiful restored opera house with concerts, plays and shows.
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Lexington Opera House
401 West Short Street
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Beautiful restored opera house with concerts, plays and shows.
Our baseball team.
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Lexington Legends
207 Legends Lane
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Our baseball team.
A lovely park with fountains and tables for eating out. In the winter there is ice skating. Sometimes there are outdoor movies or concerts. There is a really good BBQ place there.
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Triangle Park
400 West Main Street
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A lovely park with fountains and tables for eating out. In the winter there is ice skating. Sometimes there are outdoor movies or concerts. There is a really good BBQ place there.
Great place to see international art, and the restaurant/bar is fabulous. You never know what you will see in the museum. It is a Museum Hotel in an old Bank Building.
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21c Museum Hotel Lexington
167 W Main St
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Great place to see international art, and the restaurant/bar is fabulous. You never know what you will see in the museum. It is a Museum Hotel in an old Bank Building.
Local art mixed in with High End international art. You can see a Picasso and modern local art as well as art about horses.
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
190 Jefferson St
Local art mixed in with High End international art. You can see a Picasso and modern local art as well as art about horses.