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Old 12-10-2010, 03:08 PM
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I am planning a quick road trip to Lexington to revisit the place is more detail.

I already know the general lay of the land, but would like some recommendations and have some questions on food/drink/entertainment.

First, nostalgia: Is High on Rose still a bar, or is it something else now. Back in my day it was sort of an old counterculture hangout that later had a room upstairs for live music. What's it like now?

Second: Coffeeshops. Could you recommend me some good coffee shops (local ones not Starbucks), preferably in the older parts of town.

Third: Restuarants. I know DeShas is pretty good, but was wondering if there are places that are maybe more foodie, say that specialize in local sourcing for produce and other ingredients, small plates, more on the vegan/vegitarian side (but not exclusively.meat on the menu is OK)

Fourth: Nightlife. Im interested in two types...if you can give me recommendations for these kinds of venues:

a) upscale dress-up places, say like a piano bar or place that does jazz, where people are more dressed up, more an elegant somewhat upscale vibe,

b) live-music venues. Places that have local live music, acoustic singer/songwriter things, but also places that have indy/alternative rock and folk-rock. Bluegrass music is OK too. I know there used to be a place called the Dame that had a good rep, but its closed, I think....

Thanks in advance! Looking forward to revisiting Lexington!
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:56 PM
Location: Todds Rd. area
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Common Grounds for coffee....just up from where High on Rose was......or is? I drive by there all the time, but haven't looked to see what name is now painted on the door.
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:04 AM
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You might remember Stella's Deli on Jefferson St. It's more than just lunch now and they are real good about using local products. Here's a link. Stella's Kentucky Deli Home Page

From what I hear, Natasha's Cafe, now located on Esplande and not far from the old High on Rose, is quite lively at night. Natasha's Bistro & Bar

If you want a "college" night out, Two Keys Tavern is the place to go! Two Keys Tavern | Lexington, KY

Mind you, none of these suggestions are "fancy!"
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:09 PM
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High on Rose has been gone for some time. If I am not mistaken, it is now a law office or some sort.

There are too many new downtown eateries to mention and even some new nightspots.(Bar Lexington, Soundbar, The Penguin Piano Bar, etc...)

Downtown is somewhat more lively than they will lead you to believe.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:32 AM
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Doodles is great for lunch and breakfast - lots of local foods.

Alfalfa's has been around for a while - now it is downtown (used to be near campus). They have a lot of vegan/veggie/local foods.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:55 AM
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I'd like to thank you all for the recommendations. Many of these places are new to me (Two Keys I recall from my days in Lex, and Afalfa, but not the others), so I am looking forward to a return trip sometime in the near future.
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