Porchlight's Guide to Lexington

Kelly
Porchlight's Guide to Lexington

Casual Food

Bourbon n' Toulouse serves authentic Cajun and Creole foods. Fan favorites include Crawfish etouffe, gumbo, and jumbalaya. Visiting during a Florida game? You may be able to find Alligator Etouffe!
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Bourbon n' Toulouse
829 Euclid Avenue
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Bourbon n' Toulouse serves authentic Cajun and Creole foods. Fan favorites include Crawfish etouffe, gumbo, and jumbalaya. Visiting during a Florida game? You may be able to find Alligator Etouffe!
A unique fusion of tex-mex and southern food. The Local Taco serves tacos (pro tip: try the Korean BBQ taco!), salads, quesadillas, and sides. Come in on a Saturday or Sunday morning for brunch tacos!
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The Local Taco
315 South Limestone
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A unique fusion of tex-mex and southern food. The Local Taco serves tacos (pro tip: try the Korean BBQ taco!), salads, quesadillas, and sides. Come in on a Saturday or Sunday morning for brunch tacos!
Lexington's local diner serving authentic country diner favorites. Also serves Missy's pies, which are amazing!
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Ramsey's Diner
4391 Old Harrodsburg Road
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Lexington's local diner serving authentic country diner favorites. Also serves Missy's pies, which are amazing!
Stella's Kentucky Deli is a great place for lunch or brunch. They serve a variety of Kentucky favorites, including the Hot Brown! Great, homey feel for a southern food fix.
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Stella's Kentucky Deli
143 Jefferson St
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Stella's Kentucky Deli is a great place for lunch or brunch. They serve a variety of Kentucky favorites, including the Hot Brown! Great, homey feel for a southern food fix.
Fried fish, fried right. Enjoy a basket of your favorite seafood or chicken in house or bring it over to West Sixth Brewery next door!
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Smithtown Seafood
501 West 6th Street
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Fried fish, fried right. Enjoy a basket of your favorite seafood or chicken in house or bring it over to West Sixth Brewery next door!

Lexington Distilleries

Take a tour of one of Kentucky's newest distilleries, located in the old James E. Pepper Distillery. Tours and tastings are available Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm. They are popular, so pre-book!
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Barrel House Distilling Co
1200 Manchester Street
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Take a tour of one of Kentucky's newest distilleries, located in the old James E. Pepper Distillery. Tours and tastings are available Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm. They are popular, so pre-book!
A small, micro-distillery with tastings and tours. Tours highlight the art of tasting and the history of distilling in Lexington. Reserve tours online, which are available 7 days a week.
Bluegrass Distillers
501 West 6th Street
A small, micro-distillery with tastings and tours. Tours highlight the art of tasting and the history of distilling in Lexington. Reserve tours online, which are available 7 days a week.
After sitting abandoned for 50 years, James E Pepper distilling re-opened and started distilling again in 2017. The distillery district soon saw a boom of revitalization and is now the coolest area of town! Take a tour, taste the bourbon, and browse their shop! Pre-book tours, available Wed-Sun.
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Pepper Distillery
1200 Manchester St
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After sitting abandoned for 50 years, James E Pepper distilling re-opened and started distilling again in 2017. The distillery district soon saw a boom of revitalization and is now the coolest area of town! Take a tour, taste the bourbon, and browse their shop! Pre-book tours, available Wed-Sun.
Town Branch is the cornerstone of Lexington distilling, being the first opened in over 100 years! Their facility is a stunning mixture of modernity and tradition. Tours available Monday - Saturday. Book online
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Town Branch Distillery
401 Cross Street
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Town Branch is the cornerstone of Lexington distilling, being the first opened in over 100 years! Their facility is a stunning mixture of modernity and tradition. Tours available Monday - Saturday. Book online

Out of Town Distilleries

Everyone knows Woodford Bourbon, now come see where it all started. This distillery in on a National Historic Landmark, and once you step on the property you'll understand why. Tours MUST be booked online, no walk-ins allowed.
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Woodford Reserve Distillery
7855 McCracken Pike
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Everyone knows Woodford Bourbon, now come see where it all started. This distillery in on a National Historic Landmark, and once you step on the property you'll understand why. Tours MUST be booked online, no walk-ins allowed.
Castle and Key is easily the most stunning grounds with an even better history. Originally the Old Taylor Distillery built in 1887, the distilery laid abanoned for nearly 50 years until 2014 when two locals restored it to it's original glory. Book tours online.
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Castle & Key Distillery
4445 McCracken Pike
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Castle and Key is easily the most stunning grounds with an even better history. Originally the Old Taylor Distillery built in 1887, the distilery laid abanoned for nearly 50 years until 2014 when two locals restored it to it's original glory. Book tours online.
Buffalo trace holds the record for oldest continuously operating distilleries, having managed to stay open during Prohibition. They are the largest producer of bourbon and make some of your favorites - including Blantons, original Buffalo Trace, Sazerac Rye, Van Winkle, Eagle Rare.
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Buffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
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Buffalo trace holds the record for oldest continuously operating distilleries, having managed to stay open during Prohibition. They are the largest producer of bourbon and make some of your favorites - including Blantons, original Buffalo Trace, Sazerac Rye, Van Winkle, Eagle Rare.
Four Roses Distillery is known for their unique California Spanish Mission-style building built in 1910. They offer tours Wednesday - Saturday, which must be booked online.
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Four Roses Distillery
1224 Bonds Mill Road
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Four Roses Distillery is known for their unique California Spanish Mission-style building built in 1910. They offer tours Wednesday - Saturday, which must be booked online.
A fan favorite, dip your own bottle of makers mark in wax! Taste the different ages of bourbon on this stunning tour. Must see! Book tours online.
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Maker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Road
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A fan favorite, dip your own bottle of makers mark in wax! Taste the different ages of bourbon on this stunning tour. Must see! Book tours online.

Breweries

The first craft brewery in Lexington, West Sixth was founded in 2012. The taproom and beer garden is a great to hang with friends while you eat Smithtown Seafood and sip the original West Sixth IPA. Pro tip - it is dog friendly! Tours available!
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West Sixth Brewing
501 West 6th Street
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The first craft brewery in Lexington, West Sixth was founded in 2012. The taproom and beer garden is a great to hang with friends while you eat Smithtown Seafood and sip the original West Sixth IPA. Pro tip - it is dog friendly! Tours available!
Blue Stallion offers high-quality German and European style lagers and ales, as well as other unique beers (including some candy-bar inspired stouts! Hang out with friends (and your dog!) while playing pool, shuffleboard, or darts.
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Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
610 West 3rd Street
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Blue Stallion offers high-quality German and European style lagers and ales, as well as other unique beers (including some candy-bar inspired stouts! Hang out with friends (and your dog!) while playing pool, shuffleboard, or darts.
Country Boy was NEARLY the first craft brewery in Lex, missing out on the title by a few months. Country Boy Brewing boasts fine ingredients, minimal processing and even occasionally makes their beer with local produce. The taproom is unassuming with a great patio. Not dog friendly, unless in the parking lot.
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Country Boy Brewing
436 Chair Avenue
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Country Boy was NEARLY the first craft brewery in Lex, missing out on the title by a few months. Country Boy Brewing boasts fine ingredients, minimal processing and even occasionally makes their beer with local produce. The taproom is unassuming with a great patio. Not dog friendly, unless in the parking lot.
Ethereal is the the historical Distillery district, focusing on Belgian farmhouse, sours, and American craft beers. Feeling like craft breweries haven't been innovating or introducing new aspects? Ethereal is your place!
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Ethereal Brewing
1224 Manchester Street
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Ethereal is the the historical Distillery district, focusing on Belgian farmhouse, sours, and American craft beers. Feeling like craft breweries haven't been innovating or introducing new aspects? Ethereal is your place!
Founded by a twin, Mirror Twin Brewing likes to take their visitors on a ride by always having twin drafts on tap that are identical in grain recipes but with one small variation. Get one of each and see if you can taste the difference! Also has pizza to cover all of your basis. Enjoy Rolling Oven as you sit and sup with friends!
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Mirror Twin Brewing
725 National Ave
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Founded by a twin, Mirror Twin Brewing likes to take their visitors on a ride by always having twin drafts on tap that are identical in grain recipes but with one small variation. Get one of each and see if you can taste the difference! Also has pizza to cover all of your basis. Enjoy Rolling Oven as you sit and sup with friends!
Not a fan of craft beers, but enjoy a good cider? Then join at Pivot Brewing! They press apples on site for their ciders.
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Pivot Brewing
1400 Delaware Ave
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Not a fan of craft beers, but enjoy a good cider? Then join at Pivot Brewing! They press apples on site for their ciders.

Bars

Goodfellas is one of the first businesses opened in the Distillery District. Enjoy craft cocktails, local beers, and pizza in an old warehouse!
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Goodfellas Pizzeria - Distillery
1228 Manchester St
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Goodfellas is one of the first businesses opened in the Distillery District. Enjoy craft cocktails, local beers, and pizza in an old warehouse!
Like old aracade games and hole-in-the-way vibes? Then you'll enjoy Arcadium!
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Arcadium Bar
574 North Limestone
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Like old aracade games and hole-in-the-way vibes? Then you'll enjoy Arcadium!

Outdoors and Hiking

Red River Gorge is about an hour outside of Lexington. As part of Appalachia and Daniel Boone National Forest, it has stunning hills, ravines, hiking trails, and sights. Go for a day (pack water!) or go for the night - its definitely worth the trip. Things to check out while you're there: - Miguel's Pizza - a well-known campers and rock climbers pizza shop that sells handmade pizzas and Ale 8. - Red River Gorge Zipline. Enjoy 5 ziplines 300 feet above the ground. - The Gorge Underground. Kayak through an underground river! Typically takes 1 hour.
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Red River Gorge
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Red River Gorge is about an hour outside of Lexington. As part of Appalachia and Daniel Boone National Forest, it has stunning hills, ravines, hiking trails, and sights. Go for a day (pack water!) or go for the night - its definitely worth the trip. Things to check out while you're there: - Miguel's Pizza - a well-known campers and rock climbers pizza shop that sells handmade pizzas and Ale 8. - Red River Gorge Zipline. Enjoy 5 ziplines 300 feet above the ground. - The Gorge Underground. Kayak through an underground river! Typically takes 1 hour.
Raven's run is a 730-acre preservation with hiking and running trails. Great way to spend a day, only 30 minutes outside of the city!
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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
3885 Raven Run Way
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Raven's run is a 730-acre preservation with hiking and running trails. Great way to spend a day, only 30 minutes outside of the city!
Located two hours south of Lexington, Lake Cumberland is the destination for boaters and floaters alike. There are several marinas and docks, but the most popular include Jamestown and State Dock.
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Lake Cumberland
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Located two hours south of Lexington, Lake Cumberland is the destination for boaters and floaters alike. There are several marinas and docks, but the most popular include Jamestown and State Dock.
Great for biking! The Legacy Trail is a shared-use greenway trail that connects downtown Lexington with area neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites. The 12-mile trail begins at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Garden and winds north to the Kentucky Horse Park.
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Legacy Trail
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Great for biking! The Legacy Trail is a shared-use greenway trail that connects downtown Lexington with area neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites. The 12-mile trail begins at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Garden and winds north to the Kentucky Horse Park.
The largest restored Shaker community, with 3,000 acres of farmland and 34 restored 19th-century buildings. Shaker Village hosts a wide variety of hands-on classes, music performances and special events and has 33 miles of trails for hiking.
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
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The largest restored Shaker community, with 3,000 acres of farmland and 34 restored 19th-century buildings. Shaker Village hosts a wide variety of hands-on classes, music performances and special events and has 33 miles of trails for hiking.
Beautiful winery just outside the city! Enjoy a wine tasting 7 days a week or free live music on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer!
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Talon Winery & Vineyards
7086 Tates Creek Rd
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Beautiful winery just outside the city! Enjoy a wine tasting 7 days a week or free live music on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer!
Located west in Midway, Equus Run offer tours, tastings, and catered picnics! Meander along the vineyard with a glass of wine as long as your hearts desire
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Equus Run Vineyards
1280 Moores Mill Road
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Located west in Midway, Equus Run offer tours, tastings, and catered picnics! Meander along the vineyard with a glass of wine as long as your hearts desire

City/town information

Versailles (pronounced only the way Kentucky could - Ver-Sail-s) in Woodford County is just southwest of Lexington, close to the Lexington airport and Keeneland. Browse the quaint downtown, enjoy some pizza, and do some shopping!
Versailles
Versailles (pronounced only the way Kentucky could - Ver-Sail-s) in Woodford County is just southwest of Lexington, close to the Lexington airport and Keeneland. Browse the quaint downtown, enjoy some pizza, and do some shopping!