Best Lexington, KY Nightlife

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    9. The Chase Tap Room

    Located just one block from Rupp Arena, The Chase Tap Room is a popular spot where young professionals with connoisseur-like taste for beer and wine gather. Great Happy Hour specials and live music make this an...

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    8. Cheapside Bar & Grill

    Thanks to its great, two-level patio — which has its own bar, outdoor heaters, and plenty of greenery — Cheapside attracts frequent downtown crowds. Folks also pour into the interior, which boasts a...

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    7. Redmon's

    Owned by and named after local musician Larry Redmon, this below-street-level club is constantly packed, and it's no wonder, given the energy and spirit of its namesake. Redmon rocks the crowd with his music, and...

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    6. Bar Complex

    Occupying space once devoted to a 1940s speakeasy, this alternative club is one of the area's most established. A showroom, a lounge, and an upstairs dance floor offer a variety of venues, and three bars make sure...

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    5. Cadillac Ranch

    If your style is more Wranglers than Range Rover, Cadillac Ranch is sure to guarantee a good time. Folks come in looking for fun and find it in line dancing, two-stepping, mechanical bull-riding, live bands, pool...

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    4. McCarthy's Irish Bar

    A green exterior gives ready notice of McCarthy's Irish tendencies, and inside, Emerald Isle memorabilia and Jameson's prove the point. Lexington's heritage also plays in, as racing photographs and the bar's small...

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    2. Lynagh's Irish Pub

    As if it didn't serve terrific brews and some of the region's most celebrated burgers, Lynagh's is also a visual feast, thanks to tons of memorabilia and suspended bikes, boats, and other gravity-defying objects....

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    1. Horse & Barrel

    Offering a dash of British style and a wealth of Kentucky bourbons, this oft-frequented establishment draws a wide range of patrons. Its affiliation with deSha's offers a built-in clientele, and the pub's reputation...

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About Lexington, KY Nightlife

Home to both a thriving business climate and a university community, Lexington enjoys a special brand of nightlife. While it does take advantage of demographics by offering a variety of venues favored by the undergrad population – especially places like Two Keys Tavern, Pazzo's Pizza Pub, and Charlie Brown's – the city is more than just a college town, replete with that attendant culture and youthfulness. Restaurant bars also prove popular, and residents can often be found enjoying drinks before or after dinner, making the transition from mealtime to nightlife an effortless one. Establishments like Horse & Barrel (convenient to deSha's) and Oscar's deliver upscale ambience while promising well-crafted menus, and Cheapside Bar & Grill is an all-around good bet with a fantastic patio to boot. Pubs are also a Lexington mainstay, and Lynagh's and McCarthy's are two of the best-known and most frequented. No matter what you're seeking, though, you're likely to discover it in Kentucky's second-largest city. Country music, dancing, live bands? Done. Karaoke, trivia, sports on the telly? Got 'em. Hotel bars, comedy clubs, relaxed hangouts? Of course they're here, like all the rest – just waiting and ready for you to make them your own.

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