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Lexington Welcomes You

As Horse Capital of the World and the heart of Bourbon Country, Lexington, Kentucky is full of unique experiences. While you’re here, you can visit any of nine bourbon distilleries within thirty-five minutes of downtown. Or you can indulge in the local delicacies, like Burgoo, Hot Brown or Beer Cheese. Take a look at what the folks who spend time in Lexington year-after-year think you should do.

Recommendations From

Mark Taylor

"Must Go" Dinner Spot in Lexington: OBC

Favorite Place to Celebrate in Lexington: Thoroughbred Club

Favorite Casual Dining Spot: Drake's

Hidden Gem - Some Place to Dine That People May Not Hear About: Giuseppe's

Favorite Way to Relax in Lexington: Hand & Stone Massage

Best Entertainment Destination: Distillery District

Mark Taylor and friend sit outside on a bench smiling and talking.
Outdoor seating at the Elkhorn Tavern at the Distillery District
Burger with tator tots and a beer in the background from Drake's.
Recommendations From

Allaire Ryan

"Must Go" Dinner Spot in Lexington: Cole’s for the Basil Jane and filet

Favorite Place to Celebrate in Lexington: Dudley’s rooftop feels festive but intimate

Favorite Casual Dining Spot: Jalapeños. The chiles toreados aren’t on the menu but you’ll be hooked.

Hidden Gem - Some Place to Dine That People May Not Hear About: Giuseppe’s or Stella’s Deli

Favorite Way to Relax in Lexington: For anyone who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine on a patio… Griffin Gate Marriott Spa has great offerings from massages to pedicures. For those who thrive on exercise The Legacy Trail is a great place to decompress and get some fresh air. For anyone in the downtown area Ashland the Henry Clay Estate is a peaceful place to unwind.

Best Entertainment Destination: Jeff Ruby’s lounge from 5-7pm when pianist is playing. Fantastic playlists.

Allaire Ryan smiles for the camera. She is wearing a brightly colored neckerchief.
Seating at Dudley's rooftop dining
Fancy dinner from Cole's
Recommendations From

David Anderson

"Must Go" Dinner Spot in Lexington: Le Deauville

Favorite Place to Celebrate in Lexington: Le Deauville or Jeff Ruby's

Favorite Casual Dining Spot: Eppings or Carson's

Hidden Gem - Some Place to Dine That People May Not Hear About: Heirloom or School Sushi

Favorite Way to Relax in Lexington: Take a drive to look at horse farms and countryside.

Best Entertainment Destination: Bourbon on Rye or Amsden Bourbon Bar

David Anderson smiles for the camera.
Recommendations from

Conrad Bandoroff

"Must Go" Dinner Spot in Lexington: Cole's: great ambiance, cocktails and food

Favorite Place to Celebrate in Lexington: Dudley's where Debbie Long always takes such good care of us!

Favorite Casual Dining Spot: Corto Lima for the best margs!

Hidden Gem - Some Place to Dine That People May Not Hear About: Zen Sushi: highest quality sushi in Lexington

Favorite Way to Relax in Lexington: Going for a walk at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Best Entertainment Destination: Chevy Chase Inn: oldest bar in Lexington

Conrad Bandoroff smiles while standing inside the Keeneland Sales building.
Shrimp, tortilla chips, and a bright pink margarita from Corto Lima.
Ashland Henry Clay Estate Sign
Recommendations From

Phil Hager

"Must Go" Dinner Spot in Lexington: Bella Cafe or Cole's

Favorite Place to Celebrate in Lexington: Dudley's (more formal), Chevy Chase Inn (less formal)

Favorite Casual Dining Spot: Rolling Oven at Mirror Twin Brewery

Hidden Gem - Some Place to Dine That People May Not Hear About: Archa Nine Thai Kitchen

Favorite Way to Relax in Lexington: Somewhere outdoors if the weather is nice (walk, golf, fish, etc.) and if not, maybe grab a beer with friends at the Beer Trappe or one of Lexington's many breweries

Best Entertainment Destination: Distillery District

Phil Hager writes in a notebook while standing outside. Horses are being lead somewhere behind him.