Local restaurants, bars and places of interest

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Local restaurants, bars and places of interest

Food scene
Arguably THE Lexington restaurant! Mixture of southern cuisine and the chef’s original dishes. Fancy “date night” dining plus a more casual bar area. —Not inexpensive.
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Merrick Inn Restaurant
1074 Merrick Drive
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Arguably THE Lexington restaurant! Mixture of southern cuisine and the chef’s original dishes. Fancy “date night” dining plus a more casual bar area. —Not inexpensive.
One of my favorites. Casual, relaxed -nice selection of beers. Good subs! Good bread & pretzels. Great atmosphere.
Mellow Mushroom
503 S Upper St
One of my favorites. Casual, relaxed -nice selection of beers. Good subs! Good bread & pretzels. Great atmosphere.
Best authentic Italian food in town. Large menu. Never crowded. In a very unassuming location and it’s decor hasn’t been updated since the 1980’s, which adds to its charm (IMO)! Always playing Frank Sinatra songs.—Hidden gem.—You didn’t hear this from me...wink, wink but no one knows where they get their financing?!
Paisano's Italian Restaurant & Lounge
2417 Nicholasville Road
Best authentic Italian food in town. Large menu. Never crowded. In a very unassuming location and it’s decor hasn’t been updated since the 1980’s, which adds to its charm (IMO)! Always playing Frank Sinatra songs.—Hidden gem.—You didn’t hear this from me...wink, wink but no one knows where they get their financing?!
For coffee people.
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High on Art & Coffee
523 E High St
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For coffee people.
Brewery & food
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West Sixth Brewing
501 West 6th Street
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Brewery & food
Non-chain coffee & tea
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Coffee Times Coffee House
2571 Regency Road
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Non-chain coffee & tea
Excellent Italian cuisine. Nice atmosphere. Close to my place.
Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano
4456 Nicholasville Rd
Excellent Italian cuisine. Nice atmosphere. Close to my place.
Good, reasonably priced seafood. Very casual.
The Ketch Seafood Grill
2012 Regency Road
Good, reasonably priced seafood. Very casual.
Nice Italian restaurants that is decorated well. Great atmosphere.
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Bella Notte
3715 Nicholasville Road
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Nice Italian restaurants that is decorated well. Great atmosphere.
Quality steakhouse. Nationally recognized.
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Malone's Lansdowne
3347 Tates Creek Rd
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Quality steakhouse. Nationally recognized.
Local comfort food. Homemade pies. Lots of locally grown vegetables. 3 or 4 other Lexington locations. Popular with locals.
Ramsey's Diner
151 W Zandale Dr
Local comfort food. Homemade pies. Lots of locally grown vegetables. 3 or 4 other Lexington locations. Popular with locals.
Popular roadside local bbq. Nothing fancy, but great ribs and brisket! A bit of a drive from south Lexington, but many would say it’s worth it.
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Red State BBQ
4020 Georgetown Road
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Popular roadside local bbq. Nothing fancy, but great ribs and brisket! A bit of a drive from south Lexington, but many would say it’s worth it.
Nice restaurant. Seafood and more. Lakeside view.
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Palmers Fresh Grill
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Nice restaurant. Seafood and more. Lakeside view.
Close, local, seafood. Nothing fancy but very good. Located in the “barn” at the Summit. Kind of an upper class food court.
Smithtown at The Summit
119 Marion
Close, local, seafood. Nothing fancy but very good. Located in the “barn” at the Summit. Kind of an upper class food court.
Across the street from my place. An upscale food court. Whiskey Bear, in the Barn, is open until, at least, 11 or 12(midnight). Other eateries close around....9pm. Maybe later? Worth visiting if you have the munchies & want quick food that isn’t the usual fast food fare.
The Barn at Fritz Farm
119 Marion
Across the street from my place. An upscale food court. Whiskey Bear, in the Barn, is open until, at least, 11 or 12(midnight). Other eateries close around....9pm. Maybe later? Worth visiting if you have the munchies & want quick food that isn’t the usual fast food fare.
Classy, fine food
J. Alexander's Restaurant
4081 Finn Way
Classy, fine food
The Cheesecake Factory
3545 Nicholasville Rd
Good bbq restaurant. Just across the street.
Edley's Bar-B-Que
Good bbq restaurant. Just across the street.
vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Tasty, healthy food.
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Alfalfa
141 E Main St
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vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Tasty, healthy food.
Restaurant in boutique, Origin Hotel. Across the street from my place.
33 Staves
4174 Rowan
Restaurant in boutique, Origin Hotel. Across the street from my place.
Movies and food served while you watch.
Movie Tavern Brannon Crossing
150 Langley Dr
Movies and food served while you watch.
Good local Asian fusion quick food. Close
Atomic Ramen
119 ⛉ Marion
Good local Asian fusion quick food. Close
Pizza place in the Summit shopping center.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
118 Marion
Pizza place in the Summit shopping center.
Nice restaurant! Good food! Well run by professional restauranteur Rob Perez.—Two other locations in Lexington.
Saul Good
3801 Mall Road
Nice restaurant! Good food! Well run by professional restauranteur Rob Perez.—Two other locations in Lexington.
Excellent pizza & Italian in an old church. Been around for 35+ years. Near campus & downtown. A Lexington tradition!
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Joe Bologna's
120 West Maxwell Street
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Excellent pizza & Italian in an old church. Been around for 35+ years. Near campus & downtown. A Lexington tradition!
Authentic Thai food. Best Thai in Lex.
Planet Thai
2417 Nicholasville Road
Authentic Thai food. Best Thai in Lex.
Nice, classy restaurant. One of Lexington’s favorites.
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Dudley's On Short
259 West Short Street
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Nice, classy restaurant. One of Lexington’s favorites.
Comfort food, drinks, lots of tv’s to watch sporting events.
Drake's
390 East Brannon Road
Comfort food, drinks, lots of tv’s to watch sporting events.
Interesting menu choices. Award winning chef. A little pricey. Sometimes live jazz at night.
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AZUR restaurant and patio
3070 Lakecrest Circle
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Interesting menu choices. Award winning chef. A little pricey. Sometimes live jazz at night.
Popular. Casual. Comfort food. Good place to watch ball games.
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Winchell's Restaurant & Bar
348 Southland Drive
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Popular. Casual. Comfort food. Good place to watch ball games.
Authentic Cajun dishes. Casual. Served quickly.
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Bourbon n' Toulouse
829 Euclid Avenue
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Authentic Cajun dishes. Casual. Served quickly.
Quick, good New Orleans cajun fair.
Gumbo Ya Ya Brannon
294 East Brannon Road
Quick, good New Orleans cajun fair.
Locally sourced good food.
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Coles 735 Main
735 East Main Street
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Locally sourced good food.
Popular German restaurant & bar. Lots of beers. Volleyball courts
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Marikka's Restaurant & Bier Stube
411 Southland Drive
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Popular German restaurant & bar. Lots of beers. Volleyball courts
Panera Bread
2230 Nicholasville Road
Good pizza & selection of beers. Nice atmosphere. Main st.
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Pies & Pints - Lexington, KY
401 West Main Street
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Good pizza & selection of beers. Nice atmosphere. Main st.
Great pizza near UK’s campus. Seating & bar upstairs, downstairs & outdoors during good weather
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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
385 South Limestone
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Great pizza near UK’s campus. Seating & bar upstairs, downstairs & outdoors during good weather
Good Mexican food.
Mi Pequena Hacienda
3501 Lansdowne Dr
Good Mexican food.
Creative Mexican dishes. Good mixed drinks. More fancy than most Mexican places. But not TOO fancy.
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Corto Lima
101 W Short St
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Creative Mexican dishes. Good mixed drinks. More fancy than most Mexican places. But not TOO fancy.
Historic restaurant & hotel in Berea, Ky. Excellent, fancy restaurant. A 45 minute drive from Lexington.
Historic Boone Tavern
100 N Main St
Historic restaurant & hotel in Berea, Ky. Excellent, fancy restaurant. A 45 minute drive from Lexington.
Good food. Near the Fayette Mall
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
3297 Nicholasville Road
Good food. Near the Fayette Mall
Unique dishes!
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Honeywood Restaurant
110 Summit at Fritz Farm
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Unique dishes!
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Sunrise Bakery
111 West Main Street
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Sightseeing
Horse racing, betting, people watching, eating, tailgating, drinking, meeting people....
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Keeneland Race Track
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Horse racing, betting, people watching, eating, tailgating, drinking, meeting people....
If interested in finding out about the campus
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University of Kentucky
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If interested in finding out about the campus
Concerts, sporting events, UK’s basketball home since 1976. Shopping. Convention center. Food. Hotel.
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Rupp Arena
430 West Vine Street
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Concerts, sporting events, UK’s basketball home since 1976. Shopping. Convention center. Food. Hotel.
Historically significant and tour is very interesting!
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Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 West Main Street
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Historically significant and tour is very interesting!
Interesting museum & hotel
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21c Museum Hotel Lexington
167 W Main St
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Interesting museum & hotel
Architecturally unique home to one of the most important and influential national political figures in this country’s history! Guided tours. Pretty grounds. Garden and gift shop. Very interesting!
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Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Road
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Architecturally unique home to one of the most important and influential national political figures in this country’s history! Guided tours. Pretty grounds. Garden and gift shop. Very interesting!
State historic site. Guided tours.
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Waveland State Historic Site
225 Waveland Museum Ln
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State historic site. Guided tours.
UK’s football stadium
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Kroger Field
1540 University Drive
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UK’s football stadium
For horse lovers.
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Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Pkwy
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For horse lovers.
Historic Shaker village about 30 minutes from Lexington. You can tour several of the refurbished Shaker buildings, eat at the wonderful restaurant, stay overnight in an actual Shaker dwelling (with modern amenities), walk around the village and there are often art fairs & special events. Boat rides on the river. A beautiful drive along the Kentucky river palisades.
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
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Historic Shaker village about 30 minutes from Lexington. You can tour several of the refurbished Shaker buildings, eat at the wonderful restaurant, stay overnight in an actual Shaker dwelling (with modern amenities), walk around the village and there are often art fairs & special events. Boat rides on the river. A beautiful drive along the Kentucky river palisades.
Nice minor league stadium. Lexington Legends are associated with the KC Royals(I think?). Used to be with the Astros. Several future major league stars have played here. Roger Clemons was a Lexington Legend very briefly. Jose Altuve started here.
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Whitaker Bank Ballpark
207 Legends Ln
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Nice minor league stadium. Lexington Legends are associated with the KC Royals(I think?). Used to be with the Astros. Several future major league stars have played here. Roger Clemons was a Lexington Legend very briefly. Jose Altuve started here.
Plays, ballet. music etc. Historic, refurbished old vaudeville and movie theater. Beautiful!
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Lexington Opera House
401 West Short Street
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Plays, ballet. music etc. Historic, refurbished old vaudeville and movie theater. Beautiful!
Restaurant & bar on a train trip. Take a romantic trip back in time when rail travel was king. In Bardstown, Ky. 3 or 4 hours long. Also has mystery theater trips.
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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
602 North 3rd Street
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Restaurant & bar on a train trip. Take a romantic trip back in time when rail travel was king. In Bardstown, Ky. 3 or 4 hours long. Also has mystery theater trips.
Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours
1900 Clays Mill Rd
Tour of bourbon distilleries in central Kentucky. Tastings, touring where famous bourbons are made and stored—gift shopping
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour
614 Shelby Street
Tour of bourbon distilleries in central Kentucky. Tastings, touring where famous bourbons are made and stored—gift shopping
Classic movie theater
Beautiful art deco movie house. Started out as a vaudeville theater in the 1920’s. Shows many great independent and art house movies. As well as classic movies, foreign gems, quality mainstream flicks and cult classics. Midnight movies on the weekend. Main st. Two screens. Occasionally live bands perform.—Has been the site for the premiere showing of several movies filmed in the region. A Lexington classic!!
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Kentucky Theatre
214 East Main Street
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Beautiful art deco movie house. Started out as a vaudeville theater in the 1920’s. Shows many great independent and art house movies. As well as classic movies, foreign gems, quality mainstream flicks and cult classics. Midnight movies on the weekend. Main st. Two screens. Occasionally live bands perform.—Has been the site for the premiere showing of several movies filmed in the region. A Lexington classic!!
Pubs & sports bars
Bar & grilles, sports bars, pubs
Several interesting pubs and restaurants in one area.
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Distillery Square
905 Manchester St
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Several interesting pubs and restaurants in one area.
Nice, downtown bar and food.
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Parlay Social
249 West Short Street
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Nice, downtown bar and food.
Good mixed drink bar. Located in the Summit at Fritz farm.
Whiskey Bear
119 Marion
Good mixed drink bar. Located in the Summit at Fritz farm.
Good Selection of beers. At the Summit.
World of Beer
122 Marion
Good Selection of beers. At the Summit.
Nice bar & restaurant in the Origin boutique hotel.
33 Staves
4174 Rowan
Nice bar & restaurant in the Origin boutique hotel.
Local Irish bar. Soccer is usually on the TVs. Near campus. Sometimes music. Large burgers.
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Lynagh's Irish Pub
384 Woodland Ave
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Local Irish bar. Soccer is usually on the TVs. Near campus. Sometimes music. Large burgers.
Lexington’s oldest working bar. A dive bar in the best sense. Bourbon & Tolouse cajun food next door.
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Chevy Chase Inn
833 Euclid Avenue
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Lexington’s oldest working bar. A dive bar in the best sense. Bourbon & Tolouse cajun food next door.
Authentic Irish style pub. Food available too.
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McCarthy's Irish Bar
117 South Upper Street
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Authentic Irish style pub. Food available too.
popular local brew pub
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Country Boy Brewing
436 Chair Avenue
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popular local brew pub
Hip(?) dive bar & sometime music venue
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Al's Bar
601 North Limestone
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Hip(?) dive bar & sometime music venue
good Irish bar in old building. downtown area
Molly Brooke's Irish Bar
109 North Limestone
good Irish bar in old building. downtown area
Remodeled old building in downtown area. Nice place. Live music occasionally. Good drinks.
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Henry Clay's Public House
112 North Upper Street
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Remodeled old building in downtown area. Nice place. Live music occasionally. Good drinks.
local favorite—-selection of their own beers—good bartenders—-attached to a casual seafood joint
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West Sixth Brewing
501 West 6th Street
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local favorite—-selection of their own beers—good bartenders—-attached to a casual seafood joint
huge selection of bourbons—-good atmosphere
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Bluegrass Tavern
115 Cheapside
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huge selection of bourbons—-good atmosphere
gay bar—good drinks—drag shows
Crossings Lexington
117 N Limestone
gay bar—good drinks—drag shows
U.K. themed sports bar. Started by popular local UK sports radio personality & political commentator Matt Jones. A place to watch all things UK sports with like minded fans.
KSBar & Grille
1030 South Broadway
U.K. themed sports bar. Started by popular local UK sports radio personality & political commentator Matt Jones. A place to watch all things UK sports with like minded fans.
Comfort food, sports bar, local favorite
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Winchell's Restaurant & Bar
348 Southland Drive
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Comfort food, sports bar, local favorite
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery Lexington, KY
1030 South Broadway
Shopping
Largest mall in Kentucky. LeRoys Jewelry, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, Dillard’s, food court, Disney store, Hot Topic, Lids, Vans, Finish line, Foot Locker, Journeys, Apple store, Gap, Coach, J. Jill, Aeropostale, Michael Kors, AnnTaylor, Lane Bryant, J.Crew, American Eagle, Williams Sonoma. Sephora etc etc.
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Fayette Mall
3401 Nicholasville Road
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Largest mall in Kentucky. LeRoys Jewelry, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, Dillard’s, food court, Disney store, Hot Topic, Lids, Vans, Finish line, Foot Locker, Journeys, Apple store, Gap, Coach, J. Jill, Aeropostale, Michael Kors, AnnTaylor, Lane Bryant, J.Crew, American Eagle, Williams Sonoma. Sephora etc etc.
Chic women’s clothing.
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Bella Rose
126 West Maxwell Street
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Chic women’s clothing.
Eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Lush, Whole Foods, Fabletics, lululemon, Brooks Bros., Anthropologie, Arhaus, Cru wine bar, Shake Shack, Madewell, Pottery Barn, Crank & Boom ice cream, Bath & Body works, Draper James, Free People, Scout & Molly’s boutique, vineyard vines, Warby Parker eyewear, the Frye Company shoe store, Williams Sonoma, etc etc
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The Summit at Fritz Farm
120 Summit At Fritz Farm
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Eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Lush, Whole Foods, Fabletics, lululemon, Brooks Bros., Anthropologie, Arhaus, Cru wine bar, Shake Shack, Madewell, Pottery Barn, Crank & Boom ice cream, Bath & Body works, Draper James, Free People, Scout & Molly’s boutique, vineyard vines, Warby Parker eyewear, the Frye Company shoe store, Williams Sonoma, etc etc
Great vintage store. Some new items also. Clothes, curios, small furniture.
Street Scene
2575 Regency Rd
Great vintage store. Some new items also. Clothes, curios, small furniture.
Traditional men’s wear. Women’s clothing too.
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Logan's of Lexington
4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive
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Traditional men’s wear. Women’s clothing too.
Best Goodwill in Hartland shopping center for quality clothing finds. Also, close locations on Boston Rd. & Brannon Crossing.
Goodwill
4740 Hartland Parkway
Best Goodwill in Hartland shopping center for quality clothing finds. Also, close locations on Boston Rd. & Brannon Crossing.
UK fan gear
Wildcat Wearhouse
415 South Broadway
UK fan gear
UK merchandise, clothing, gifts
Fan Outfitters
3735 Palomar Centre Drive
UK merchandise, clothing, gifts
Kentucky Branded
3801 Mall Road
Alumni Hall
3615 Nicholasville Road
Sports gear and apparel galore
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DICK'S Sporting Goods
3645 Nicholasville Road
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Sports gear and apparel galore
running shoe experts—New Balance, Adidas etc. Been around since the 70’s.
John's Run/Walk Shop
317 South Ashland Avenue
running shoe experts—New Balance, Adidas etc. Been around since the 70’s.
Nice mix of clothing stores, restaurants and the large, independent Joseph Beth Booksellers. Also,..White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Comedy Off Broadway(comedy club), Palmer’s Seafood restaurant, Logan’s men’s clothing store, Evereve, Francesca’s, Total Wine, Avante travel, the Woodhouse day spa etc.
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Lexington Green
161 Lexington Green Circle
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Nice mix of clothing stores, restaurants and the large, independent Joseph Beth Booksellers. Also,..White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Comedy Off Broadway(comedy club), Palmer’s Seafood restaurant, Logan’s men’s clothing store, Evereve, Francesca’s, Total Wine, Avante travel, the Woodhouse day spa etc.
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Hamburg Pavilion
2308 Sir Barton Way
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Antiques
Quality antiques and vintage.
Scout Antique & Modern
935 Liberty Road
Quality antiques and vintage.
High quality antique store! Things from all over the world. Very nearby.
Clairebourne Antiques
4648 Nicholasville Road
High quality antique store! Things from all over the world. Very nearby.
Large selection of antiques. Large store! Also has a nice restaurant serving lunch.
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Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques
4205 Fords Mill Rd
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Large selection of antiques. Large store! Also has a nice restaurant serving lunch.
Nice antique & modern
Liberty Hill Antiques & Fine Furnishings
925 Liberty Road
Nice antique & modern
Live music
Sometimes good local bands. Sometimes, big or up and coming touring acts.
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Cosmic Charlie's
388 Woodland Ave
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Sometimes good local bands. Sometimes, big or up and coming touring acts.
Local and national touring acts.
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The Burl
375 Thompson Rd
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Local and national touring acts.
Good pub and music venue. Small. Dive bar coolness.
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The Green Lantern
497 West 3rd Street
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Good pub and music venue. Small. Dive bar coolness.
Big name artists, indie music, good local shows
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Manchester Music Hall
899 Manchester St
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Big name artists, indie music, good local shows
Historic movie theater that is now more of a music venue for the Woodsongs old time radio hour and a sight for cultural events. Some music legends and some local musicians play Woodsongs. —Until the early 1960’s the Lyric was one of Lexington’s “black” movie houses as segregation was STILL widespread.—Theater was refurbished somewhat recently.
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Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
300 East Third Street
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Historic movie theater that is now more of a music venue for the Woodsongs old time radio hour and a sight for cultural events. Some music legends and some local musicians play Woodsongs. —Until the early 1960’s the Lyric was one of Lexington’s “black” movie houses as segregation was STILL widespread.—Theater was refurbished somewhat recently.
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Tin Roof
303 South Limestone
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