BRU BURGER BAR
BRU Burger Bar’s approach to burgers and beers is a thoughtful one; thoughtful both in its burger flavor combinations and its craft beer selection (particularly Belgian style), proving once again that a menu need not be expansive if well considered. With a laid back atmosphere and plenty of TVs, BRU Burger Bar is a welcome additon to the local restaurant scene.
Hamburg • 1920 Pleasant Ridge Dr
Bluegrass Hospitality Group serves up not only a relaxing atmosphere with good service, but prime burgers can be found on Malone’s, Drake’s and Harry’s menus. Malone’s offers a Kobe beef burger, which is a rare find in Lexington. Drake’s offers topping-focused burger varieties. Harry’s rounds it out with the ever popular mini-burgers. On the brew side, Harry’s and Malone’s feature domestics, but Drake’s steals the show with more than 20 brews on tap.
Downtown • 325 W Main
Sawyer’s knows burgers, and serves up fresh, never frozen patties. Sawyer’s also knows bars—they have an expansive condiment bar so you can dress your burger (salad, chili, or even baked potato) any way you want. Plus, pony up to a barstool for a classic domestic brew or a variety of cocktails. This eatery, owned by the personable Jim Sawyer, is a fun staple downtown, particularly on game days.
Downtown • 147 N Limestone
Sidebar is a hip, eclectic little pub and grill where you’ll need multiple visits to take in all the cheeky miscellany adorning the walls. Though it may have a small space as well as a small menu, its following looms large. In addition to this unique atmosphere, Sidebar serves up real deal classic, thick burgers—made and dressed to order, famed sweet potato fries, and a variety of enduringly favorite brews.
Patchen Village • 154 Patchen Dr # 87
Shamrock’s, a casual pub and grill with a neighborhood feel, is famous for it’s O’Round burgers. Toppings are key to the O’Round, and Shamrock’s shines with selections like bacon with beer cheese, bourbon glaze with onion ring, and fried egg with bacon. It’s not hard to find a favorite burger, nor is it hard to find a favorite brew—you’ll find the typical domestics, plus seasonals, IPAs, and ambers. (Beer selection varies by location.)
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