Nightlife

Location
Lexington, KY
Undergrads
19,178
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Nightlife: Have not been to clubs or bars, no rating applicable.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I enjoy going out on the weekends and exploring Lexington a little bit more. Parties are pretty fun.

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: Im a minor i do not ay attention to bars although there are numerous ones.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unless you are in a sorority or fraternity, it is kind of difficult to find parties, but this year should be better because campus is becoming wet.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: there is always something to do and there is always security officers so that nothing happens

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 122nd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 317th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1249th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Hometown
Cold Spring, KY
Major
English
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If you are an underage student at Kentucky, prepare to get funny looks from bouncers at bars when they eye your fake ID like a UK professor eyes a plagiarized term paper. There will be plenty of house parties around campus to go to, but be prepared for anything. Most students go to apartments first and hit the house parties around 10 or 11 p.m. Staying out until 2 or 3 a.m. isn’t unusual, unless the police show up to clear house. If you are of age, Lexington has a wide variety of clubs of various sizes and styles for everyone.

If all else fails, you can always drive to Cincinnati or Louisville to experience the bars and clubs in larger cities. Bar hours in Lexington have been extended from 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., so you will actually get the chance to stay out a bit longer than generations of Kentucky students before you.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Around campus
  • Downtown
Student Favorites
  • Cheapside Bar and Grill
  • Kitty O'Shea's
  • Two Keys Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Austin City Saloon
  • Buster's
  • The Dame
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Categories
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Closing Time
2:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Any bar that’s having a specials night, they vary constantly
Did You Know?
A ban on smoking has been placed on bars in Lexington, but the city extended bar hours until 2:30 a.m.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Redmons'

This bar is smaller and more downtown than near campus, but definitely worth it if you're not looking for an overcrowded night out. Watch for live music performances from the owner, Larry Redmon.

269 W. Main St.

(859) 252-5802

Rosebud Bar and Scarlet Lounge

Rosebud Bar and Scarlet Lounge are actually two bars that operate adjacent to one another. Rosebud is usually filled with college students on the weekends, while Scarlet Lounge is a little swankier and tends to cater to a more yuppie crowd (as well as the occasional celebrity). They're both stylish places, though, and the walls are covered with interesting artwork. Cover is usually $5 at the door.

121 N. Mill St.

(859) 254-1907

Two Keys Tavern

One of the most popular places for UK students, as it has a mix of dancing and just drinking. The cost is average, and there are pool tables and a dance floor, as well as an outside drinking area. There's a bar outside and one inside. The tavern also opens up for a comedy night once a week. Two Keys is nearly a guarantee for a good time. Make sure to get there early as it gets crowded the later it gets.

333 S. Limestone

859-254-5000

McCarthy's Irish Bar

This popular Irish bar has an atmosphere as laid-back and Irish as Dublin itself. It's owned by an Irishman, employees have the accent . . . overall, the bar has an authentic and eclectic feel. Make sure to get to McCarthy's for a quieter, cozy, Guinness-filled scene.

117 S. Upper St.

(859) 258-2181

Banana Joe's

Every night, after the drinks stop flowing, this dance party opens up to everyone ages 18 and up.

509 W. Main St.

(859) 255-8863

Cheapside Bar and Grill

Cheapside features live music almost every night of the week, as well as affordable eats. Almost every night of the week, Cheapside's has a drink special. Check their Web site for updates and upcoming events!

131 Cheapside

(859) 254-0046

www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com

Kitty O'Shea's

This little bit o'Ireland features live Irish music every Tuesday night.

381 S. Limestone

(859) 255-3078

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

House parties, campus activities, bowling, movies. Banana Joe's is 18 and up after-hours when the alcohol is no longer served. In Richmond, there are bars and clubs where students only have to be 18 to party.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 88 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 39% Use a designated driver.
  • 14% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 12% Taxis.
  • 31% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 10% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 41% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 37% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 32 responses

  • 64% State Street/Fraternities parties on the weekends.
  • 31% Tailgates
  • 2% They send out emails as well
  • 2% Tangos or art bar

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 39 responses

  • 41% March Madness on State Street
  • 26% Fraternity rush week.
  • 21% March Madness at BDubs
  • 13% Football season

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