• UO Guide: Lexington

    Welcome to Lexington, KY: the Bluegrass State's "little, big city" known for horses, bourbon, and "bleeding blue" during the UK basketball season. It's also the location of our newest UO store, opening October 16 in a converted downtown row house. 

    To celebrate the launch of the store, we put together a guide to Lexington, specially-curated for UO by two locals who know it best: stylist Maggie Lanham and photographer/painter Sarah Hart Landolt, two creative girls who dug deep into the eccentricities and underbelly of their city to share its hidden gems that, as they explain, "have lured us in and kept us here." Read on for the places to go, things to do, and idiosyncrasies to discover in Lexington. 
    Photos by Heath Stiltner and Sarah Hart Landolt

    To Eat:
    County Club: Our favorite — brunch, local smoked meats, amazing salads, poutine!, affordable drinks, and a bocci court

    Bourbon and Toulouse: cheap, quick Cajun food

    National Provisions: a boulangerie, beer hall, and restaurant in one, with the most aesthetically-pleasing interior design in Lexington. 

    Limestone Blue: amazing sandwiches and daily daytime specials at this locally-driven cafe and hangout spot. The Mac of the Day is a must.  

    Local Breweries:

    West Sixth (a community-driven institution in Lexington, with incredibly-brewed standard ales), Country Boy (crazy, experimental ales and personalities), and Blue Stallion(German lagers/pilsners, Scottish ales). Also check out Beer Trappe, a beer bar run by expert Kevin Patterson with over 500 beers in stock. 

    To explore:

    Red River Gorge: #1 destination in the US for rock climbing, only an hour from Lexington. Great Hiking, camping overnight, and waterfalls.

    Legacy Trail: about 20 miles and growing, runs through beautiful horse farms: A perfect weekend excursion.

    Keeneland: Thoroughbred horse racing in a gorgeous stadium. Races each fall and spring. Horse bets, bourbon, seersucker, pastel clothing. Excellent people watching.

    Farmer’s Market: every Saturday morning at the 5/3rd Pavillion downtown. Check out Le Petit Creperie, Bellaire Blooms, Magic Beans Coffee. 

    To See and Do:

    Institute 193: small, experimental art space, with unique installations ranging from paintings and photography to small-scale concerts

    Night Market: first Friday of every month, featuring booths of small businesses, with lots of excellent food, West Sixth beer, and full concerts

    Al’s Bar: dive bar with cheap drinks and delicious food, hosts a monthly block party and regularly amazing DJ Night Market after parties. They also just opened a great craft beer taproom in the back beer garden. 

    Green Lantern: another dive bar that's also a favorite show venue, hosting rock shows almost every night. 

    Kentucky Theatre: a landmark for 92 years, still with its original outside marquee. THe Theatre plays independent and art house films, and hosts an excellent international film festival each fall. 

    If you're in town, be sure to come by our store opening October 23, featuring a performance by DIIV!