Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Lexington nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Lexington Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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 inviting place. Be sure to stick around long enough to enjoy the Siren Special; all drinks are half-price.

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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 regulars sing along, gathered around the stage and the bar, drinks in hand. Southern rock and country are the tunes of choice, and the clientele is a mix of college students and young professionals. Between sets, folks joke, chat, socialize, and mingle good-naturedly. Sitting down usually isn't much of an option; having a good time is.

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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 everyone, gay or straight, is accommodated. Pool tables and darts are available, and karaoke performances take place mid-week. Thursday is amateur drag night, and Friday and Saturday are given over to professional performers. IDs are checked stringently, and only those 21 and over are admitted.

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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 tournaments, and drink specials. The pace never slows down, and crowds of patrons make it easy to mingle, hang out, and just enjoy the time away from work and responsibility. The house band, Saddletramp, performs Wednesday to Saturday, and bikini-top bull riding takes place each Thursday.

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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 brass plaques (inscribed with the names of local horse farms) attest. Cozy and dark, the pub is a self-proclaimed locals' place, the sort of well-loved destination that folks come to when they need to kick back and get away from it all. An outdoor patio is available, as is a TV over the bar. No food is served, but you can order food in from a nearby restaurant.

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Dim, atmospheric, and trendy, Pazzo's definitely adds to the cool quotient along South Limestone. The multi-leveled pizzeria is a favorite of college students and makes for a great hang-out any time of day. Constantly busy, the casual place serves up tempting pies in three sizes. Build your own, or choose from one of the standards. Hoagies, salads, and calzones lend some depth to the menu. Three dozen brews are on tap, and a full bar offers other options, should your inclinations alter. Happy hour and daily suds specials also score big with regulars.

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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. Known for huge sandwiches (try the turkey and avocado!) and enormous O'Rounds (thin-pounded burgers), the place attracts a large contingent of college folks, who drink, fraternize, and kick back in the dim surroundings, grateful for the time away from books. Full of character and plenty of good food and drink to back it up!

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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 for relaxed drinking, good food, and an abundance of cocktails and beers makes regulars of first-timers. Bourbon samplers let you taste low and high-end offerings, and the place's growing profile gives it added attention from local professionals and visiting business folks. On weekends, live bands often make a showing.

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