Country Western songs are a lot like weddings: they make people dance, clap, and inevitably deal with a break-up. Raise a glass to country music with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of snacks and spirits at Austin City Saloon on Woodhill Drive. The saloon is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
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).
Weave libations, light snacks, and bar neon into your Wednesday nights, when scores of Lexington locals vox trot their way to the top of a weekly karaoke contest. Nightly winners receive $100, and finals held every four weeks net the grand prizewinner $300 and two-timing guilt. Ask about Austin City Saloon's courtesy shuttle that protects the safety of its patrons. Certain nights may charge an entry cover charge, so check Austin City Saloon's website to determine the most opportune time to attend.
- Boot-sporting patrons take to the dance floor to show off their practiced skills, while more adventurous cowboys mount the mechanical bull for a rambunctious ride. Karaoke events also find plenty of takers, and nightly drink specials keep the gears of sociability moving smoothly. – 10 Best