Lynagh's Irish Pub

Bar, Eatery

388 Woodland Ave
Lexington, Kentucky, 40508-3024
United States

(859) 255-6614 | map

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Magery from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Dec 09, 2014
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Burger week visit. The servicer was Anne and she was and she excellent server, possibly the best in Lexington. The burger was great as was the atmosphere.

Jul 17, 2017
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mwar from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Nov 12, 2015
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Tate21 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Oct 07, 2015
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cferg88 from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Best food in town! Try the Cajun O'round and the Irish Nachos son.

Nov 11, 2014
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Jul 22, 2014
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Jun 17, 2014
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Chrystan from Alabama

4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Whenever I'm in Lexington I swing by Lynagh's for a pint or three and a burger. The burger is a standout, but it's backed by a large selection of standard as well as esoteric brews. The staff ends up treating you like a regular. And inevitably you'll end up striking up a conversation, which is easy to do given the crowd that frequents the pub.

But how's the beer selection, you ask? It has a diverse selection of 20 drafts and 50 bottles. In addition to the standard Irish offerings (for instance, Harp), they tend to have a rotating selection from Bells and Founders and regional and local craft breweries. Many imports are the more common offerings, but the regional offerings have improved lately. And they work to have one or two hard-to-find kegs at any one time. There's always at least one beer I haven't tried before.

The atmosphere is relaxed with a diverse group of patrons, students, professionals, and working class. They tend to have more regulars than most places.

Aug 17, 2013
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crlova2 from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The crowd here is eclectic and the place itself is as well. The burgers are great. The beer selection is decent but nothing compared to other bars near by in Lexington like the Beer Trappe or Pazzos. The prices are about a dollar higher than the previously mentioned places as well. I typically don't go here to get a beer alone but go to eat and often grab a couple beers along with dinner or lunch. They have about 20 beers on tap with a couple being BMC and the others decent but nothing you haven't had/seen on tap before.

May 06, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Lynah's: My 4th choice to grab a beer in Lexington.
Highlights of last visit (April, 27, 2010):

Founders Double Trouble (on-tap)
Bluegrass Rye 75 Pale ale
Goose Island IPA (on-tap)

Aaah...Lynagh's, the 'ole college dive. Located in a somewhat neglected retail strip at the edge of UK's campus and at the intersection of Woodland Avenue and Euclid Avenue, this bar is billed as an Irish Bar but the only things that are Irish about it is a splash of green paint and Guiness on tap. Other than that, it's a bohemian, grungy, weathered hole in the wall. And it is loved because of it.

Lygnah's used to be the premier bar in town to carry craft beer, but evenually gave way to the Marikka's, Pazzo's and Mellow Mushrooms. But now, they seem to making a comeback with new taps that host Goose Island IPA, Anchor Steam, Bell's seasonal, Franziskaner, Redhook rotation, Kentukcy Ale and Boubon Barrel, Sam Adams Lager and rotational, Spaten Lager, or Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel, Guiness, Bass, harp, and a few more of the like. They also carry a lot of the pseudo-craft beers by ambiguous macro-breweries such as Blue Moon, Killians, and more. They also have about 40 bottles, half are craft oriented with Two Hearted Ale, Flying Dog, and much more. The beer prices are about as reasonable as any place in town.

They are famed for their O'round burgers which are, by far, the best in town. No one will argue about that. They also have a killer grilled cheese sandwich, chicken sandwiches, and a good beer cheese platter. You can leave your diet at the door--there's no place for it in here. Like the beers, the food is as reasonable as can be expected.

The staff forgot to drop the zombie act from last Halloween, but they are almost always attentive, but ultimately don't care what you think of your visit. If you were to ask anything about the beers, then you'll probably get an answer like this; "Who cares, It will get you drunk. Want another?" They are awfully charming that way.

The interior decor is equally as charmed. A not-so-Irish motif has broken lynolium tile flooring; a beat-up, dark wooden bar; exposed bar joist ceilings with a lot of abandoned bicycles dangling from them and a lot of back-bar memorabilia. Apparently they've been going for the dusty warehouse look for years. A broken glass vestibule greets you as you stumble over a hippie, a homeless guy, and a few racks of propaganda reading material. There is not a seat in at the bar that works properly. Not long after sitting, you'll likely be greeted by a few pet gnats that wear thier own collar with name tags. Lygnah's is obviously not concerned about housekeeping. The bar seats about 30, maybe more. They have the central seating area that can host about 100 and a rear seating area with about 20 booths.

It's certainly an ecclectic bar that brings an array of consumers. At any one moment, you can belly up and have an insightful conversation with a tenured professor, a homeless guy, a sorority girl, an accountant, a mortitian, and a brick mason. They have a scattering of televisions that always give you the run-down of sports action of the day. Rock music, bluegrass, or something completely left-centered is always playing over the speakers, and you have absolutely no say in the matter.

All in all, it is a UK tradition that is making a comeback as a beer destination. Going with a group of friends makes Lygnah's a non-pretentious, loose evening. There's enough craft beer there to keep me happy.

Going to check it out? Beermail me. I'll likely meet you out for a few pints.

Jul 18, 2005
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I always forget about Lynagh's when it comes time to go out for a beer, but when I do remember, its never on my list of places to go. Since hte smoking ban, things are much better, but I still don't really like the feel of the place. The decorations are kind of neat, as they have bicycles and other things hanging from the ceiling and walls. I would bet they had that decoration style before any of the other chain restaurnats. There is always something on tap to make me happy, but just nothing like the selection that can be found other places in town. Not sure about the bottles, but they run maybe 10-12 taps, with 8 of those being better beer. You have to order food at the bar and they really don't do anything special. Just burgers and sandwiches and that sort of thing. Overall, this is a very nice place to go and grab a burger and a beer, but if you're looking for somewhere to go and enjoy yourself with company, this is not the place. It can get pretty darn loud almost any night.

May 15, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been to Lynagh's many times in my day. Although I hear they may be closing soon. They used to have a music venue attached, but that has since closed. Lynagh's atmosphere is very eclectic - kind of dark and they have tons of bicycles hanging from the ceiling all over the place. There are other various things hanging on the walls and ceiling to make this place unique. Plenty of tables and there is a separate section away from the bar if you wish to sit there. They typically have sevaral macros as well as Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Harp, Bass, KY Ale, Young's (sometimes), Sam Adams, Anchor, etc etc. Pretty decent selection. On another note, the food here is wonderful. Great burgers, great chicken, great sandwiches. The service is pretty standard, but they typically have enough bartenders to make sure everybody gets served in a timely fashion. Great place for lunch and a pint or dinner and several pints.

May 09, 2005
Lynagh's Irish Pub in Lexington, KY
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 12 ratings