TOP 5 DINING: PUB & GRUB

By Madison Rexroat

 

The Cellar
Get your pub & grub fix at The Cellar, located in the lower level of the Signature Club. Besides a large selection of draft or bottled beer and bourbon whiskey, The Cellar provides excellent bar food, burgers, soups and sandwiches – basically anything you could ask for. If you’re craving something savory, you can try the bourbon glazed salmon or the lobster bisque soup. If you want southern comfort food, the fried catfish sandwich or the Kentucky hot brown will satisfy any ailment. You can opt for either the outdoor patio or the main dining area complete with 30 flat screen TVs, but either way, the experience will be one-of-a-kind. 
3256 Lansdowne Drive • (859) 317-8301 • cellargrille.com
Shamrock Bar & Grill
As the self-proclaimed melting pot of Lexington, Shamrock Bar and Grille attracts college kids, business folk, and families alike. This mom and pop pub is a place to watch sports, hear local musicians, and enjoy delicious food. Shamrock offers a variety of classics from our backyard and across the lake – shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips, and the fried green tomato BLT are just a few examples. And for your sweet tooth, the cookie dough egg roll has great potential – chocolate chip cookie dough wrapped in a won ton, deep fried, and topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Yum!
4750 Hartland Parkway • (859) 245-9504
154 Patchen Drive, #87 • (859) 269-7621
shamrocksky.com
Cocktails Bar & Grill
Dubbed the “original Hamburg hangout,” Cocktails Bar and Grill is the place to be if you want great food and great music. Cocktails lives up to its name by offering a wide array of domestic and draft beers, as well as imports and other spirits – but don’t think this isn’t a food joint, too. With burgers, chicken, sandwiches and pizza – not to mention the live performances by local musicians – Cocktails creates an atmosphere that welcomes people from across the Commonwealth. 
3090 Todds Road • (859) 264-7652 • cocktailsbarandgrill.com
JDI Grille & Tavern
Originally Jefferson Davis’ living space while attending Transylvania University, JDI (Jefferson Davis Inn) is now a hotspot for all Lexingtonians to gather. The venue has three stories – the main bar and outdoor patio, a 2nd floor with a large fireplace and leather couches, and a 3rd floor perfect for private parties. Think: full bar, pool table, fireplace, and a video projector. Besides the hoppin’ atmosphere, JDI serves southern food such as smoked on-site pulled pork, funnel cake fries and banana foster waffles. And of course, JDI has plenty of beers, bourbons, whiskies, and ryes to satisfy a variety of tastes. 
319 Cedar Street • (859) 246-0202 • jeffersondavisinn.com
Village Idiot
When you first hear the term “gastropub,” you may be a little hesitant, as it’s not a term that is familiar to most. However, The Village Idiot, Lexington’s first gastropub, quickly dispels any misconceptions. Located in Lexington’s oldest surviving post office building (circa 1825), The Village Idiot offers a broad range of cuisine and spirits, many made from locally sourced ingredients. With options like duck and waffles (an interesting spin on chicken and waffles), pulled pork mac and cheese, and the “Seoul food” Korean-inspired burger, you’d have to be an idiot not to try it. 
307 West Short Street • (859) 252-0099 • lexingtonvillageidiot.com

 

 

 



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