Lexington, Kentucky

The Buckeye’s Guide to Lexington

Come horse around…we have lots of bourbon. Note: The COVID-19 pandemic means that travel is discouraged right now--and for good reason. So stay home, stay safe, and we’ll save some bourbon for you once this is all over.

Horses grazing in the pasture.

Get this…there are twice as many bourbon barrels than people in Kentucky. With 14 bourbon distilleries within 45 miles of downtown Lexington and some of the best bourbon bars in the country (and over a dozen craft breweries), it’s easy to see why we’re known as The Best Place in America to Grab a Drink.

We’re also the Horse Capital of the World, surrounded by 400+ horse farms. We were recently named one of Zagat’s 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America. And we’re within a short drive of The Red River Gorge, one of Southern Living’s Seven Wonders of the South.

To make it easy, here are the top 10 ways to explore, eat, drink and horse around in Lexington.

Woodford Reserve Barrels
Barrels at Woodford Reserve.

1. Visit a bourbon distillery, such as Buffalo Trace Distillery or Woodford Reserve.

Bluegrass Tavern
Bluegrass Tavern

2. Grab a drink at Bluegrass Tavern, featuring Kentucky’s largest selection of bourbon (over 800 individual bottles!).

Horse Tours
Enjoying a Horse Country Tour.

3. Take a selfie with Triple Crown winner on a Horse Country Tour.

Keeneland Racing
Keeneland Racecourse

4.Experience the tradition of Thoroughbred racing at the world-renowned Keeneland racecourse. Race meets run in April and October.

A local favorite

5. Dine at Epping’s On Eastside, named one of “OpenTable’s 20 Best New Restaurants of 2019”

Distillery District
Patio dining at the Distillery District.

6. Spend an evening at the Distillery District–dine at Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, then get ice cream for dessert at Crank & Boom.

Red River Gorge
Hiking at the Red River Gorge.

7. Get outside and explore the Red River Gorge or Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

Street Murals
One of over 30 street murals.

8. Hunt for some of our 30+ murals around the city.

Brewgrass Trails
The Brewgrass Trail

9. Drink a pint at a craft brewery on the Brewgrass Trail.

Driving through the countryside.

10. Get lost on a drive through the rolling hills of the Bluegrass countryside.

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