The Best Venues For Live Music In Lexington

Photo of Nina Ariana
11 December 2015

Lexington, Kentucky, has a rich history of music and culture. In order for you to fully discover the wonders of that history, here is a list of five great places to catch live music in this bluegrass region city of Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Fair | © Anthony/Flickr

Willie’s Locally Known

This delicious BBQ restaurant, located in the heart of Lexington, is the ideal place to catch amazing live music. Featuring an eclectic range of shows each night of the week, Willie’s Locally Known is dedicated to showcasing unique and upcoming talent. Order a couple of pints at the bar, or feast on Willie’s deliciously stuffed BBQ potatoes, and check out the amazing music.

Opening hours: 11am-2.30am

805 N Broadway, Lexington, KY, USA, +1 859 281 1116

Al’s Bar

Al’s Bar and Beer Garden is a local favorite for its dedication to serving locally sourced food and drinks. A charming, characteristic, little dive, Al’s offers live music most nights of the week, showcasing a variety of bands and gigs. Grab one of their delicious sandwiches, and hang out at the bar for the show, whether it’s for slam poetry or southern tunes.

Opening hours: 12pm-2.30am

601 North Limestone, Lexington, KY, USA, +1 859 309 2901

Tin Roof

Bar, Pub, Nightclub, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Tin Roof, Lexington
Tin Roof, Lexington | © Turner Burns/Flickr
Tin Roof is a festive and lively bar and music venue, loved by the locals for its friendly atmosphere and kind staff. Tin Roof features great gigs every night of the week, as well as other social activities, such as a beer pong tournaments and a screenings for sports games. The big selling point of this local bar, however, is their live music gigs, ranging from country artists, to rising pop music groups. Opening hours: 11am-3am 303 N Limestone, Lexington, KY, USA

Cheapside Bar and Grill

Cheapside Bar and Grill has everything that you would expect from your neighborhood hangout – great food, delicious drinks, and amazing live music. The interior is gorgeous and modern, and the restaurant features a great patio and several areas to lounge while catching live performances. The themed cocktail nights attract a big crowd and every week, there is a new featured artist plucking out new tunes.

Opening hours: 11.30am-2am

131 Cheapside, Lexington, KY, USA, +1 859 254 0046

Rupp Arena

The Rupp Arena in Lexington is the ideal place to catch live music. Since its opening in 1976, the Arena has hosted a variety of live music, and provides ample and impressive space for patrons to enjoy great music, featuring artists from Billy Joel and Elton John to Taylor Swift. As the biggest stadium in Kentucky, the Rupp Arena cannot be missed if you’re searching for great live music in Lexington.

Opening hours: varies depending on shows

Taylor Swift | © GabboT/Flickr

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