As the sun descends over downtown Lexington and gives way to the city’s own twinkling lights, guests take the Chase Building elevator 15 stories up to gaze out the windows of the aptly named Vue Restaurant. Executive chef Ray Cameron can hardly take a moment to enjoy the view, as he presides over a bustling kitchen that churns out creative American fusions alongside traditional steak and seafood dishes.
As Chef Cameron’s creations arrive at their oversized booths, guests shift their eyes from the downtown landscape to artful plates of Kentucky Alltech Angus steaks, bacon-wrapped scallops, and pan-seared pork tenderloin medallions. A wood-burning stove—used for baking the restaurant’s signature pizzas—adds a warm, crackling soundtrack to meals illuminated by hanging lights above. Behind the trapezoidal, granite-top bar, mixologists craft drinks such as the bourbon-based Bluegrass Sundown and Absolut Vanilla–based Godiva Chocolate Kiss. Aside from these and other cocktails, guests may order wines and craft beers to enjoy with views of Lexington’s most famous landmarks and Spiderman impersonators.
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.