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Mar24

2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

Championship games will be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY for the second time... more
Jan21

Keeneland Guided Tours

Let an experienced guide take you on a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course. Explore the... more
Mar25

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage

CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community... more
Mar23

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda

Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Road To The Horse in 2017. Sarah Dawson,... more
Mar26

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Mar31

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.... more
Apr1

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy

Spend a full day with Master Distiller Chris Morris or Master Taster Elizabeth O'Neill... more
Apr2

Byrne and Kelly Echoes

Come enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Irish duo Byrne and Kelly live at the Farish... more
Apr2

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Apr5

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands!... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Apr7

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr9

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr9

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr15

Cinderella

The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that... more
Apr17

Lexington Legends vs Greenville Drive

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr19

Magic Moments

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of... more
Apr21

Kentucky Crafted the Market

Experience 200 exhibitors of high quality art, literature, food, bluegrass and world... more
Apr22

Willy Wonka and The Lexington Dream Factory

Join Lexington Dream Factory for an evening of fun and Wonka-inspired mischief during... more
Apr23

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Apr28

A Garden Affair

Exhibitors from around the globe will feature the finest plants and garden accessories in... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering!... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Sanctioned races over brush and timber.... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
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Bourbon Country/Lexington

Explore the birthplace of Bourbon with Lexington as your home base!

Within 35 miles of Lexington, Kentucky, you can enjoy tours and tastings at nine working distilleries.  Stay in Lexington and explore the origins of the United States' only native spirit 

While we don't claim that Bourbon was invented in Lexington, we do claim the first registered distillery in Central Kentucky, the Ashland Distillery (R.D. #1) later known as "Old Tarr." Built in the mid-1800s on Manchester Street, one of its warehouses still stands and is home to Manchester Music Hall.

In the 19th century, this area at the west end of Lexington was a major hub for Kentucky's Bourbon industry. Exciting initiatives are underway in the Distillery District utilizing historic buildings for shopping, craft beer breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, housing and entertainment venues. And of course, for distilling!

Stay tuned. Another craft distillery is coming on line soon: Three Boys Farm Distillery in Frankfort.

Historic Distilleries

Buffalo Trace Distillery
(502) 696-5926
25 miles west of Lexington.
Free.
Tours on the hour. Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with the last tour at 4 p.m. Open Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5.
Tours given on the hour Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
The distillery stops Bourbon production in the summer months. Tour ticket also gives guests access to tour the Cox's Creek Warehouse and Bottling Facility on the same day, or within 60 days of ticket purchase.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
$10
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours on Sundays March through October, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open year-round, except for major holidays.

Woodford Reserve Distillery
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
$14
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tours on the hour from 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only. Reservations suggested.  Reservations can be made online. By reservation only ($30): "Corn to Cork" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New Craft Distilleries

Barrell House Distilling Company
(859) 259-0159
Downtown Lexington
Free
Tour/Tastings Wednesday through Friday noon to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours and tastings available at 15 minutes past the hour. Their Bourbon, RockCastle, was released on July 24, 2015.

Hartfield & Co.
(formerly "The Gentlemen Distillery"
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
Brief tours offered Tuesday through Friday with advance appointment. One hour tours offered on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. by appointment. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. Their first Bourbon went on sale September 18, 2015. You can also taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka.

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$10 (free under 18)
Alltech's $9.2 million distillery downtown on the edge of the Distillery District was the first to be built in Lexington in nearly 100 years. This new Kentucky Bourbon is called Town Branch Bourbon. Tour includes the bourbon distillery plus the brewery on site, and tasting tickets to sample four products.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays in January and February.

Wilderness Trail Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
$7
Tours offered Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours start on the hour. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Bluegrass Distillers
(502) 551-3670
Downtown Lexington
$10
Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve online. Hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery which opened in November of 2015. Tours include a tasting and a cocktail glass.

Bourbon Country Lexington Map

Read more about Bourbon in the Bluegrass Region.
Learn about the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Read an article on the secret to Kentucky Bourbon.
Check out this suggested Bourbon Tour Itinerary.

The National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

bluegrass-tavern Bluegrass Tavern was recently named by Southern Living as one of the Best Bars in the South.