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Top Choice Microbrewery in Lexington

Country Boy Brewing

True to its name, Country Boy – all trucker hats, taxidermy and camo – delivers the best beer in the most authentically Kentuckian climate. Up to 24 taps are devoted to their own experimental concoctions, brewed wit…
Top Choice Barbecue in Lexington

County Club

This smoked-meat sanctuary occupies the former storage garage of a Sunbeam bread factory. Though the service is best described as hipster aloof, the wares – a burger, brisket on rye, sriracha-lime smoked chicken win…
Modern American in Lexington

Middle Fork

From worshiped food truck to the culinary anchor of Lexington's hottest epicurean district, the Old Pepper Distillery campus, Chef Mark Jensen calls on a custom-built Argentinean-styled wood-fire grill for much of h…
Historic Building in Lexington


Just 1.5 miles east of downtown, part historic home of one of Kentucky's favorite sons, part public park, this was the Italianate estate of famed statesman and great compromiser Henry Clay (1777–1852).
Gallery in Lexington

Lexington Art League at Loudoun House

Art and architecture buffs won't want to miss this edgy, contemporary visual arts gallery housed in a freestanding American Gothic Revival mansion in NoLi, one of only five such structures left in the USA. The cutti…
Deli in Lexington

Stella's Kentucky Deli

This don't-miss deli has 30 years under its apron, but the latest owners refocused a few years back, upping the cool quotient and concentrating on invaluable provisions from local farmers. Great sandwiches, soups an…
Horse Racing in Lexington


Second only to Churchill Downs in terms of quality of competition, races run in April and October, when you can also glimpse champions train from sunrise to 10am. Frequent horse auctions lure sheiks, sultans, hedge-…
Food & Drink in Lexington

Night Market

Foodies will want to check out this open-air pop-up market held on the first Friday of the month from April to December in the NoLi neighborhood. A mix of food trucks, beer stalls, vendor booths and temporary art in…
Farm in Lexington

Thoroughbred Center

Most farms are closed to the public, but you can see working racehorses up close here, with tours of the stables, practice tracks and paddocks.
Stadium in Lexington

Rupp Arena

If it's basketball season, catch a UK game here, one of the most storied programs in college basketball.