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The Bars Are Back, Baby!

Article written by Jamison Cooper


Summer is the perfect season for sitting on a patio with friends, drink in hand, while watching the sun set over the Lexington skyline. Whether you prefer your libations fruity or bold, the bars in town have just what you want. Check out some of our favs, just be sure to wear a mask and keep social distancing in mind.


If you're in the mood for cheap margs and a good time, Tin Roof is a staple choice and is located right on S. Limestone. The bar not only has great drinks and a lively atmosphere, but the food is pretty amazing too! While you’re there you’ll definitely need to grab yourself a burger and don’t miss out on the loaded tots either! This is one of the first bars I heard of when I first came to Lex, and it has yet to disappoint, although it does get crowded, especially when UK is in session.

Photos courtesy of Tin Roof


Now, if you want something with a little less of a wait, Centro at the 5/3 Pavilion has a wide variety of specialty craft cocktails, classics, and more. Their weekend brunch specialties include Bloody Mary's, sangrias, and of course, mimosas. The bar itself has such a free-flowing atmosphere with connected indoor and patio seating giving it an open feel. The building is the coolest part and has been renovated to showcase its historic features.

Photos courtesy of Centro


Another great choice with a relaxed atmosphere is Minglewood on N. Limestone. The bar is a recent discovery of mine and one I wish I would have found earlier! This hidden gem has such a unique ambiance, which I adore. The bar has a lounge feel to it with tiled ceilings, cute seating options that creates such a cozy environment. The food is absolutely phenomenal, but what really takes the cake are the drinks. I highly recommend heading over and ordering yourself an Olfactory Hues. The drink is one of a kind champagne cocktail with raspberry lemonade, lavender, and topped with a sprig of rosemary.

Photos courtesy of Centro


If you’re with a group of people that wants to hit a lot of different places all in one night, I'd recommend the Distillery District. This area is the home of the historic James E. Pepper Distillery and dates to 1879. The property became neglected until some local folks decided to bring it back to its former glory. The 25 acres is now hugely popular with a variety of venues sure to please everyone, from upscale to casual. Some spots l've enjoyed are Middle Fork, Ethereal Brewing, Elkhorn Tavern, The Burl Arcade, Wise Bird Cider Co. and Crank and Boom Ice Cream. It really is such a fun place to enjoy with friends, sitting at tables along the Town Branch Creek, while enjoying a slice of Goodfellas Pizza.


Jamison and friend at Tin Roof (pre-COVID)


Whatever you’re looking for, whatever mood you happen to be in, Lexington has so many options! We encourage you to get out and visit some of these places now that they are opening back up after being closed due to COVID-19. They need our support now more than ever, and we know you will love them just as much as we do.