Just outside of downtown, you’ll find Lexington’s Distillery District—a revitalized, historic district, and crucial part of our city’s bourbon heritage. It’s home to popular attractions like the recently-renovated James E. Pepper Distillery, a piece of Lexington history famous for its small-batch bourbon and craft spirits.
Since its revitalization, the Distillery District has grown into an entertainment hub with live music venues, art galleries, unique shopping venues, bourbon tastings, craft breweries, and the stylish new Manchester Hotel. With so many exciting things to do, it’s no wonder that it’s quickly become one of Lexington’s most exciting hotspots.
Grab A Bite & A Drink
The Distillery District is home to one of Lexington’s most legendary pizza spots, Goodfellas. They’re known for their huge breadsticks, hand-tossed, New York style pizza, craft cocktails, and ambient outdoor seating. Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge is the perfect place to grab a treat after. Their seasonal and unique ice cream flavors are made completely from scratch, using local ingredients and 100% Kentucky dairy. Their ingredients may be local, but the flavor is out of this world. The Burl is another iconic Lexington staple found 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. Granddam, located within the Manchester Hotel, serves up Bluegrass-fare in their expansive Appalachian dining hall. After getting your fix, head up to the roof for a drink at Lost Palms—a 60s, South Florida-inspired rooftop bar. If you’re looking for something light and casual, stop by Brevede Coffee for hand-crafted coffee and fresh-baked goods.
You can find three stops on the The Brewgrass Trail in the Distillery District!
Ethereal Brewing is the only local craft brewery with a dedicated yeast lab, so it’s no surprise they’ve perfected their Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers. Their taproom has a wide selection ranging from staples like IPAs to ambitious artisanal beers.
Wise Bird Cider is a family-run business specializing in crafting small-batch traditional-style ciders. They mostly use apples from Kentucky but also seek out harder to find apples from Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to help create their delicious ciders.
Elkhorn Tavern also calls the Distillery District home. This intimate lodge-style pub and grill whips up inventive craft cocktails from spirits distilled in-house and serves delicious charcuterie boards, which can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio. Be sure to try the burgoo, a classic Kentucky dish!