The Dragon Pub preps the edibles found in traditional English drinking and eating establishments, plus its own house specialties and health- and animal-friendly options. Thirsty diners munch on bangers and mash—thick sausages steamed in Guinness beer served with hearty mashed potatoes submerged in red-onion gravy ($7.95)—which couples well with a pint of Guinness ($4) or Woodchuck draft cider ($3.50). Fiery Dragon's Breath wings heat up taste buds in broods of six ($4.50) or 12 ($7.50), with buffalo, bourbon barbecue, and Cajun-style options. Herbivorous beasts may mash molars against the portobello and organic baby-spinach quesadilla ($7.95) or the portobello burger topped with baby spinach, tomato, provolone cheese, and pesto mayonnaise ($7.95). A variety of bottled domestic, craft, and import beers and local hard liquors usher solids down gullets.
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.
Winchell's Restaurant & Bar sates hungry sports fans with an array of southern-inspired meaty entrees, breakfasts, and a fleet of TVs. The breakfast menu entices customers with a three-egg, bacon, and cheddar omelet ($7.99) and the breakfast sampler, piled high with three eggs, biscuits, and gravy, accompanied by fries and a choice of meat ($8.99). The dinner menu, rife with hearty options such as open-face beef brisket ($8.99) and Maker's-Mark-marinated pork chops ($14.99) respects the fact that a meal should include a sizable mound of goodness and offer several plates, like a baseball field made of tasty beef. Broadcasting Wildcats games and participating in Kentucky Proud, Winchell's supports the community by cheering on local teams and sourcing fresh, local ingredients. A healthy drink menu slakes thirst for domestic and imported brews and wines.
A nationally acclaimed comedy club, Comedy Off Broadway serves up live laughs every Friday and Saturday and many weeknights thanks to a plethora of nationally recognized comedians. Upcoming joke jockeys include comedic melodeer Tim Wilson (December 1–11) and Boston Comedy Festival winner Dwight Slade (December 29–January 1). Choose from the following rib-tickling options, each of which requires a one-drink minimum (alcoholic or non-alcoholic):
J.D. Legends nourishes entertainment-hungry families with a massive facility stocked with bowling, a restaurant offering Southern-style fare, a bar, and an arcade. The 24-lane bowling alley features a new-and-improved scoring system to better capture lane-skipping curveballs and light-speed strikes. During open-play hours, shoes gently cradle the feet of their temporary masters as lanes brace themselves for the hurtling of bowling balls down their slender midsections. The lanes frequently host themed parties and events, including cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday night.
The facility’s art-deco carpeting and citrus-colored decorations invigorate bowlers with game-enhancing visions of early 20th-century French heydays and afternoons spent lazing about under yellowed skies.
At Yesterdays Billiards Bar and Grille, the clack of pool balls reverberates across rust-hued walls and tasty plates of burgers, sandwiches, and hearty pub fare. Towering patty melts, well-dressed Reubens, and overstuffed cheesesteaks send their toothsome smells wafting across the softly lit billiard-room, whose hardwood accents acres of inviting green felt conjure images of timeless sportsmanship free from hustling pool sharks and eels masquerading as cue sticks. A knickknack-framed bar keeps mouths well-watered with high-spirited cocktails and frosty draft brews.
Bigg Blue Martini pleases palates with more than 20 specialty martinis, beers from Lexington Brewing Company, and a menu of regional and seasonal favorites served daily until midnight. The extensive list of liquid libations boasts original martinis such as the Old Bigg Blue, made with Kentucky’s Pure Blue vodka, blue island pucker, blue curaçao, and orange juice ($9); and the Bourbon Ball, a sweet blend of Marker’s 46, Godiva dark chocolate, and Frangelico ($9). Start ingestion sessions with Chef Winslow’s four-cheese pimento dip, a creamy blend of smoked gouda, white and sharp cheddar, and parmesan cheeses ($7), before moving onto a state specialty, the Kentucky Hot Brown, a sandwich piled high with turkey, ham, bacon, and tomatoes and blanketed with a creamy cheese sauce ($14). The masterful culinarians rely on fresh, local ingredients to bolster meals, steaming the Bigg Blue mussels in Kentucky Pale Ale ($8), slathering Kentucky-bourbon barbecue sauce on the beef-brisket sandwich ($10), or sprinkling deep-fried bluegrass on everything.