Welcome to Lexington, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. If you’re heading to town to catch a game at UK, here’s what you need to know about where to stay, eat, drink, and tailgate. First, a few stats:

  • SEC team: Kentucky Wildcats
  • Coach: Mark Stoops
  • Stadium: Kroger Field
  • Fun fact: Kroger Field and the surrounding parking areas are located on what was once part of UK’s Experimental Station Farm Grounds.

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Where to Stay in Lexington

From contemporary digs lined with modern art to more traditional, locally-inspired accommodations, Lexington has a little something for everyone.

Suite at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Get your fix of art and luxury by booking a stay at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington. Image: Facebook

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

167 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507 • (859) 899-6800

21c Museum Hotel Lexington is a stunning place to rest your head during a football weekend. A small luxury chain known for offering an art-immersive stay, this boutique hotel has only 88 rooms, so you’ll want to book early for home game weekends.

The Campbell House Lexington

1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 • (859) 255-4281

With a stay at The Campbell House Lexington, you know you are in the “Horse Capital.” The overall theme of Southern luxury features equestrian-themed decor. Plus, the hotel is within walking distance of the UK campus.

Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast

507 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508 • (859) 420-2683

If you’re looking for a cozier experience, opt to stay at Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast, a historic home-turned-hotel in downtown Lexington. Do note, it’s not right on campus, but it is worth the drive.


Where to Eat & Drink in Lexington

If you’re looking for a bite to eat ahead of the game, or perhaps items to pick up for your tailgate (including adult beverages), here are some of your best bets located near campus.

Carson’s Food & Drink

362 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507 • (859) 309-3039

Carson’s Food & Drink serves dinner, but it also has an over-the-top Sunday brunch. Try to choose just one order from their selection of Benedicts and chicken and waffles — no easy feat, trust us!

Drake’s Lexington

3347 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40502 • (859) 977-2488

If you’re looking for a late-night bite, Drake’s is a great place to stop. Serving up what sounds like an odd combo of beer, burgers, and fresh sushi — people love it.

Liquor Barn Express

866 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40502 • (859) 269-3003

When it’s time to stock up for your tailgating activities, head to Liquor Barn Express. At this Kentucky spirits shop, you can buy both your alcohol for the tailgate and an assortment of deli foods and decorations.

Local Taco

315 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508 • (859) 523-3700

If you’re looking for some fast, casual, good Tex-Mex, look no further. Swing by Local Taco for some quality tacos and fajitas.


3735 Palomar Centre Drive, Lexington, KY 40513 • (859) 977-2620

Malone’s is Lexington’s traditional steakhouse. With a few locations throughout the city, there’s bound to be one nearby. They also offer to-go ordering if you need extra goodies for your tailgate.

Merrick Inn

1074 Merrick Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 • (859) 269-5417

If you get the chance for an extended stay, dining at Merrick Inn — a historic manor-turned-top-rated restaurant — is a must! They’re known for doing traditional Southern dishes very, very well.


Bars in Lexington

If you’re in the market for a pre- or post-game drink, here are a few hotspots to check out — equally well-suited to celebrating or drowning your sorrows.

Patio at Centro in downtown Lexington

Take in sweeping views of downtown Lexington as you enjoy a drink on Centro‘s patio. Image: Facebook


113 Cheapside Park, Lexington, KY 40507 • (859) 368-7972

If craft cocktails and draft beer are your drinks of choice, consider a visit to Centro. The bar is located in a renovated historic 1819 building. They also offer a beautiful patio space that overlooks downtown Lexington.

Henry Clay’s Public House

112 North Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507 • (859) 300-0017

Located in a historic 1805 home, Henry Clay’s Public House makes for a unique experience. In addition to its extensive list of premium bourbons and craft beers, the bar also offers live music.

Paddock Bar & Patio

319 South Limestone, Ste. B, Lexington, KY 40508 • (859) 213-6449

What’s a trip to Kentucky without a little bourbon? Paddock Bar & Patio handpicks each liquor they pour, so you’re sure to be sipping on the best of the best!

Tin Roof

303 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508 • (859) 317-9111

Looking to catch some live music while you’re in Lexington? Tin Roof is the spot to be! Be sure to stop in on weekends as they offer bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Where to Tailgate in Lexington

When it comes to UK tailgating, you have options — and who doesn’t love options?

  1. Tailgate Guys: The University of Kentucky is partnered with Tailgate Guys, who offer a number of packages, and they’ll set up tailgates just a short walk from the stadium.
  2. Tailgating on your own: If you wish to tailgate on your own, you can set up tents in parking lots, or try out one of these three solid choices:
  • The Bowl, located between the tennis courts and Cooper Drive
  • Gluck Equine Center at the stadium entrance on Nicholasville Road
  • Wildcat Refuge on the southwest corner of the stadium


You can help pick the songs played during pregame by downloading the Rockbot app and selecting from a pre-selected list. Also, when in Lexington, look for some Burgoo, a Kentucky special!

Go Cats!



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