From SkyBar's penthouse-level perches, rooftop revelers can fix their eyes on the panoramas of Lexington's lovely skyline and the manicured toes of soaring birds. Anchored by chic signatures such as the beef and lamb carpaccio ($10.00), SkyBar's menu features upscale American fare and Spanish-style small plates. Whet wetter appetites with a tipple from the exhaustive drink list. Selections of wine, scotch, and cognac (glasses starting at $7.50) keep quaffs classic, and cocktails such as the absinthe-infused Mint Muse ($10) leave imbibers wondering if new green-fairy dance partners are real, imaginary, or ferns.
Blue Agave Cantina and Tequila Bar serves a menu specializing in marinated meats and margaritas. Guests unable to domesticate their fire hydrant can cool off with a bowl of guacamole, prepared to order from fresh avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime ($6). Entrust hands to tacos, served with salsa, lime, cilantro, and onions on corn tortillas, with your choice of steak, shredded or marinated pork, or chicken ($4 for two). Diners licensed to operate silverware can take a test run with the red-chili and shredded-pork carnitas platter ($11) or the alambres, marinated steak topped with cheese, peppers, and onions, served on a hot skillet ($16).
Friends Again Grill & Tavern slings classic American pub fare, frosty brews, and entertaining diversions seven days a week. The menu showcases appetizers such as handmade potato skins ($5.99) and fried pickle spears ($5.49) to stir languid taste buds from their slumber as gently as a wake-up call from Enya. Pound down protein with the beer-cheese burger ($7.99), an angus chuck patty topped with beer cheese, or show reverence for poultry with the homemade chicken-salad sandwich ($5.99). Serious sit-down diners can peruse the tavern’s triumphant platters, such as the classic Hot Brown, a slice of bread topped with ham, turkey, cheese, bacon, and a special sauce ($7.99). Friends Again's staff also pours a full bar’s worth of cocktails and brewskis for game night, date night, and discovering your inner Herbert Hoover night.
Named one of Lexington's 10 Best nightlife destinations, Austin City Saloon's honky tonk swagger is bred deep in its bones. Drop in for live music three nights a week, when country crooners including James Otto, Craig Morgan, and Montgomery-Gentry have all graced the stage with sincerity and heartbreak. Sip libations beginning at 7 p.m., tipping back bottles of Ale 8 One ($1.50) or 16-ounce house margaritas ($7), or belly up to a tap table and draft your own glasses of Bud Light ($0.15/ounce) and Natural Light ($0.10/ounce). After flexing your dorsal muscles over a round of Jäger bombs ($6 each), pair fleeting fermented goodness with gooey arrays of chili cheese nachos ($2), pizzas ($5), and mozzarella sticks ($4). Those looking to sweeten up after a tumultuous twirl on the dance floor can nab a moon pie ($1).
The cuisine experts at Lynagh's Irish Pub heel click their way through pub fare and a pub’s share of more than 100 domestic and imported beers. Avoid straining a tongue by warming up with a beer cheese platter appetizer ($5.75) or o'nacho dip and chips ($5.25). Then buckle down for a main plate such as the barbecue-slathered round-up o'round, accoutered with bacon, sautéed onions, and cheddar cheese ($7.50). The seasoned honey-mustard chicken sandwich vivifies dull gullets ($7.25), while the vegwich satiates the buds of both vegetarians and people who like edible stacks ($6.95).