Explore All That Lexington Has to Offer
Downtown Lexington is a place with a wide variety of things to do, and there’s even more fun to be had just outside of the city. No matter your preference, there’s something you’ll love.
Wild Turkey Distillery
It’s no secret that Lexington is known for its bourbon, and that’s for good reason. There’s more than 16 distilleries in and around Lexington, most of which have spent decades (sometimes centuries) perfecting the perfect bourbon recipe. Explore the rich flavors of Kentucky on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which takes you to distilleries throughout the region. Just make sure to pace yourself, as bourbon is at minimum 80 proof.
The Distillery District
There’s also the Distillery District located just outside of downtown Lexington. Home to the historic James E. Pepper Distillery which began making bourbon in 1879, before being abandoned for almost 50 years. It was revitalized in 2008 by a group of local entrepreneurs, and now a one-of-a-kind experience. The district is also home to a wide variety of other businesses, including the cheesy goodness of Goodfellas Pizzeria, and then creamy flavors of Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge. You’ll also find Ethereal Brewing, which is the only brewery in town with a dedicated yeast lab. They’re known for their Belgian farmhouse and American craft beer, but their selection also includes IPAs, Witbiers, and some out-of-the-norm brews.
Across the street you can find The Burl. Once a train depot, it is now home to some of the best local live music acts. Outside you can find fire pits to sit around, and oftentimes food trucks will be there if you work up an appetite. If you’re not hungry after a show, you definitely will be after the arcade. That’s right, The Burl is also home to an arcade filled with nostalgic 80’s arcade games, and a bar that serves a rotating menu of specialty cocktails.
Keep the good times rolling (and soak up the drinks) with some good food, and thankfully Lexington is also known for its good eating. Corto Lima, located downtown, is famous for its latin-inspired dishes and housemade cocktails. Downtown Lexington is also home to Carson’s, a local favorite eatery known for its delicious meals and speakeasy feel. If you need a little pick me up, bike on over to Broomwagon Bikes + Coffee for a little extra pep in your step.
The Mural Challenge
Of course, there’s more to do in Lexington than eat and drink. Explore Lexington’s thriving art scene when you visit The Bolivar Art Gallery. Admire local talents at The Downtown Arts Center, which is home to high-quality theater, dance, music, and new visual arts. Or go on a scavenger hunt to the more than 30 gorgeous murals that decorate the walls of this city when you follow The Street Art Guide.
The other thing Lexington is best known for is horses. Keeneland is the perfect place to enjoy the races, a Keeneland Breeze cocktail, and maybe even make a little money while betting. For an up-close look at these beautiful creatures there’s the Kentucky Horse Park and Horse Country Tours, both of which are unforgettable experiences.
Lexington is also a great destination for shopping, with locations such as Greyline Station. Greyline Station is a historic bus stop that has been renovated, and is now home to a variety of shops, cafes, and even a public market. If you prefer something open-air there’s The Summit at Fritz Farm which features a variety of shops and restaurants. There’s also the Lexington Farmer’s Market, which features local goods and produce, and can be found downtown every Saturday morning.
Thursday Night Live
Lexington is also home to a thriving nightlife scene. Thursday Night Live is held every Thursday from 5:00-8:00PM, and features beverages, great food, and live music from local bands. For late night fun there’s The Bar Complex, which was once a 1940s speakeasy. Now The Bar Complex is the perfect place to socialize, dance, and enjoy professional drag shows. Make sure to bring some dollars, the queens don’t put on all that drag for nothing. However if you’re looking for something a little more refined, then Elixir is the place for you. Elixir is a new downtown venue with fabulous live entertainment, specialty cuisine, and elevated cuisine.