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Lexington, KY

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Lexington, KY

We are on a road trip and will be stopping in Lexington KY for one night in early July. We plan to get there about 2 in the afternoon and will leave the next morning. We are looking for suggestions on what to do in that short time. Is there an historical walking tour or pub crawl that we can get? Ideas on sites for free walking tours? Bourbon tour? Suggestions? Also, any restaurant suggestions from the locals would be greatly appreciated!

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Go to Keeneland in the afternoon. Although there will be no live racing, it is a beautiful place. You can take a formal tour (check in at the gift shop) or just wander around on your own. At night just go downtown and mull around. Lots of bars, restaurants, and people.

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That really isn't enough time to do justice to the Kentucky Horse Park, but if you like horses and want to see a large collection of retired race horses, you could go to Old Friends farm in Georgetown, which is only a few miles north of Lexington:


Their most famous current retiree might be Sarava, the biggest longshot winner in the history of the Belmont.

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If you want to visit a bourbon factory, you will have to go at least a few miles outside of Lexington to find one, and some of them are really too far away given your time constraints:


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Bluegrass Trust (a historic preservation group) has some great free walking tours. You can find them here:


There's also a smartphone app called LexWalk that, while I haven't used it yet, sounds really cool. I would definitely try that.

We currently have three breweries in town - 2 microbreweries (Country Boy and West 6th Brewing)



And another GREAT local beer directory:


And one macrobrewery that is also a distillery (Kentucky Ale - they make Kentucky Ale Beer as well as Town Branch Bourbon). They do great tours so you could kill two birds with one stone in taking the tour of their brewery as well as their distillery.


And we have a second distillery within Lexington city limits (Barrel House). CALL them before you go - they are tucked away and ask them for specific directions because there's another place called Barrel House on that street that is not it). They make moonshine, rum, vodka and are aging bourbon.


As for restaurants and nightlife - we have two particularly emerging areas within downtown - Short Street (between Broadway and Limestone Street) and Jefferson Street (between Short and 6th Streets).

Short Street has more concentration of restaurants/bars. Suggestions:

Village Idiot - they're a gastropub so they're supposed to specialize in bar food, but what shines there are their entrees, not their bar food/appetizers. From incredible burgers to duck and waffles to high end entrees. Consistently good. Casual atmosphere, can be loud at times, 18 craft beers on tap, take reservations. My new favorite. http://www.lexingtonvillageidiot.com/

Dudley's on Short - upscale, fine dining, modern American. Best wine list in town, too. http://www.dudleysrestaurant.com/

The Jax - a new place that is shareable plates as well as small plates. Very comfortable, upscale casual. Natalie (from the TV show Hell's Kitchen) is the chef. http://jaxlex.com/

Table 310 - upscale, excellent small plates as well as entrees. A bit of a European flair. The pastry chef there is acclaimed by Food and Wine Magazine so plan on dessert, too (they will not let you come just for dessert during peak meal times, though). This is my favorite place for brunch, so that would be my suggestion (open at 11 am). They take reservations, too http://www.table-three-ten.com/

Parlay Social - great place for a cocktail. They dub themselves as a 'depression-era speakeasy' and that's a true feel. Music nightly. They'll also let you reserve a table. I would go here for cocktails after dinner. The food is not bad, but I think the atmosphere and artisan cocktails are what shine here (and they have Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel and Kentucky Ale Stout Bourbon Ale on tap - a MUST to try on tap). http://parlaysocial.com/

Jefferson Street:

Grey Goose: Fabulous thin crust pizza, even better atmosphere on back patio,. greygooserestaurants.com/locations/…

Nick Ryans: Upscale casual. Food is pretty good, atmosphere outside is nice. http://nickryans.com/

W+M - Jefferson Street at 2nd Street. Great place for a sandwich, chacutterie plate, craft beer, hard to find wines, artisan meats/cheeses. It is like a small market/grocery but with tables to eat at. http://wineandmarket.com/

County Club: Very new, very good and very interesting. Smoked meats. Small menu but the chef is fabulous. It's in an old garage and has great atmosphere. Across from West 6th Brewing.

Stella's Kentucky Deli - not really a deli - more eclectic comfort food. Very quaint and charming. Good food. Excellent choice for brunch (open at 10 am). http://www.stellaskentuckydeli.com/

NOTE: I would not walk between 2nd and 6th Street. Take the trolley or drive.

Two other suggestions not in those two areas (but still downtown) are Jonathan's at Gratz Park Inn (upscale but they have a pub area and a patio that are casual). He keeps a very strong focus on southern/regional foods/ingredients. And Ramsey's for a very casual, southern comfort food experience. A dinerish-place with great food.



I hope this is not TMI! Enjoy your time in Lexington and come back a little longer next time!

Edited: 5:34 pm, June 24, 2013
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