Local Spots: ELIXIR

Jayme Jackson


Finding that perfect place to go to on a fun night out after age 28 can be a bit challenging in Lexington. My old haunt was Parlay Social; I didn’t feel like I could be everyone in the room’s mother, they served good drinks and they had fun live music... even though the food was somewhat lacking. 

I was pretty bummed earlier this year to learn that Parlay had closed, leaving my crew without an occasional “girls’ night out” go-to. Thankfully, Stephen Scaldaferri stepped up to the plate and breathed new life into the old Parlay location, transforming it into the new ELIXIR

Over the past few months, I have watched several of my friends celebrating birthdays (and just any-days) at ELIXIR over brunch.  But it’s just not any ol’ brunch! There were bottomless mimosas and a locally sourced, season-driven menu. Add to this the fact that ELIXIR made a great backdrop for celebrations and pretty pictures, and I know exactly why it’s been so popular.  

There are two ways to think about ELIXIR: the current COVID world and the aspirations of the days when we can all go out in a group again.  

In “normal times,” ELIXIR is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, then for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a limited menu on Monday nights.  They have live music and a DJ on weekends, including Sundays during brunch, starting at noon. 

As of press time, things are a little different. Scaldaferri is looking forward to the day when he can light up the dance floor once again.

I asked Stephen what he wants Lexington to know about ELIXIR, and he said, “Parlay was one of the top 50 Bourbon bars in the country and although we plan on keeping that same reputation, we have taken it up a notch. We want to be a food destination and a high-end craft cocktail establishment with the best live entertainment on the weekends.”

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