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Distillery District

Chill at the Distill’


The Distillery District is a revitalized piece of Lexington history. It is home to the recently renovated James E. Pepper Distillery, as well as two modern bourbon distilleries, bars, breweries, restaurants, music venues, independent retailers and more. With so many options in such a lively and walkable destination, it’s no wonder that the Distillery District has quickly become one of Lexington’s most exciting hotspots. 

Distillery district group chattingGrab A Bite & A Drink

The Distillery District is home to one of Lexington’s most legendary pizza spots, Goodfellas. This pizzeria is known for their huge breadsticks and New York style pizza, as well as their delicious craft cocktails. Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge is the perfect place to grab a treat after. Their inventive seasonal flavors are made completely from scratch, and using 100% Kentucky dairy. Their ingredients may be local, but the flavor is out of this world. The Burl is another iconic Lexington staple found here in the Distillery District. It’s a live music venue and retro arcade, but it’s also got some tasty eats. The Burl Food presented by Kismet is a crowd favorite with its outdoor seating and walk-up window.

Ethereal Brewing is the only brewery in town with a dedicated yeast lab, so it’s no surprise they’ve perfected their Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers in the process. They have a wide election ranging from staples like IPAs to ambitious out-of-the-norm brews. Elkhorn Tavern also calls the Distillery District home. This intimate lodge-style bar and restaurant whips up inventive craft cocktails from spirits distilled in-house, and serves delicious charcuterie boards. Be sure to try the burgoo, a classic Kentucky dish! Another brewery is Wise Bird Cider, which specializes in crafting small-batch traditional-style ciders. They mostly use apples from Kentucky but we also seek out harder to find apples from Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to help create their delicious ciders. One of the more unique breweries is Fusion Brewing, which fuses flavor, and science to create great craft beer. They have a variety of beers, flavors, and unique names, so you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable and memorable time.

Distillery District Map

This interactive map makes it easy to find and enjoy all of our favorite Distillery District spots!

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