Cheapside Bar & Grill


12 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

131 Cheapside Dr
Lexington, Kentucky, 40507-1303
United States

(859) 254-0046 | map

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of mwar
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

More of a traditional bar rather than a beer bar. Nice unique building atmosphere! Close proximity to downtown hotels, great reasonably priced food. Worth your time if nothing more than to grab a local beer and a bite!

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Photo of Ts1991
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of halo3one
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TJustice
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I visited Cheapside's on a Friday this summer for dinner and drinks with friends. As other reviews have stated, this isn't a beer destination, merely a destination that serves beer. The only things on tap other than macros were the local Kentucky Ale from Altech brewery, and the standards from St. James Gate.

The food however was good. I had a BBQ sandwich, which was very well prepared. It came with crisps, but for a dollar or so more, you could level up to french fried potato's. For a premium surcharge, the fries weren't a good good investment. Simply average fries, in a non substantial quantity.

Service was attentive, and made sure my glass never went empty, and given it was a crowded Friday evening, I thought that was a good thing.

Structurally the place was half inside seating, and half outside seating. Was a good atmosphere, outside where we sat, with two levels of seating that just felt good to me. Up stairs was the Oasis Bar area, which was reminiscent of a tiki bar scene. If you go, sit outside.

Crowd wise, it was mostly younger folk, but there were people representing all age groups in the crowd.

Overall I'd go back for dinner with friends as the atmosphere just put me in a good mood.

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Photo of milljs
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a great spot in downtown Lexington. The atmosphere is fun. The food is really good, with a very good selection. The service pretty good, but can get a bit slow. The outdoor two level patio is the place to be. The upstairs deck is like a tiki bar. Inside they have live music, plasma TV's and just an overall good atmosphere. A must hit stop to enjoy yourself in a laid back atmosphere. Just a great place to chill and enjoy a cold beer and some good food. One of my favorite places in Lexington, KY.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Cheapsides is not in my top five beer destinations in Lexington.

Highlights of last visit (April 25, 2009):
Kentucky Ale (on-tap)
Stella Artoise (on-tap)
Guinness Draught (on-tap)

Cheapside's is one of the more traditional and historic-minded bars/restaurants in Downtown Lexington. Unfortunately, it is not one of the brighter beer spots in Lexington.

They generally have about 6-7 taps and have been known to offer Great Lakes Holy Moses, Leinenkeugle Sunset Wheat, Bass, Stella Artoise, Guiness, Spaten Oktoberfest, and the BudMillerCoors stuff. I often beleive that some of the beers are begining to stale or that the lines are not properly cleaned. The bottled beers consist of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, New Castle, Sam Adams Lager, Killians, Blue Moon, and typical American macro-swill.

The beer is always too cold, is always served in a standard pint glass, and rarely have proper head retention (other than the nitro-inforced Guiness). The beers are usually a bit higher than average but not what I'd call expensive. Take advantage of the happy hour special beer. They do have a terse, vague beer list that's sandwiched into a prop on each table somewhere between their martini menu and their 'drinks-with-tiny-umbrellas' menu.

Although the beer is lacking, the food is much better than the typical bar. I often visit Cheapside's for the Portabella Ravioli and the Sirloin Steak Sandwich. Their Artichoke-Spinach dip is the best anywhere. The price of the food is a little expensive, but not enough to deter.

The bar is on the trademark corner of Short Street and Cheapside, right up against the historic courthouse and in one of the more charming and historically significant area of Lexington. The building is very rustic and stone/brick faces with a lot of raw wood and old-world detailing. They have a front dinning room, rear dining room, and a very quaint and confortable patio with an upper deck (great for people watching. They have the front bar, patio bar, and upper patio bar which is only working during peak times. Not all bars have the beers mentioned above.

I generally enjoy the lunch and dinner times and especially the Saturday-Sunday Brunch when the crown is mainly people who live, shop, work downtown.

The staff are always attentive and accurate with the order but they always act as if they'd rather be doing anything else in the whole wide world than to be serving your peasant ass. Don't ask anything about the beers; they won't know any more than, "it'll get'cha drunk."

However, the Thursday-Friday-Saturday night crowds change to a pseudo-yuppie clientelle that is way too pretentious and under-classed for my taste. A lot of sorrority/fraternity folks from nearby colleges and universities come out of the woodworks to join a lot of younger professionals who wish they were still in college and to meet up with older jocks who think they are still Homecomming King/Queen. The weekends always require a cover charge for a mediocre (at best) band that I don't want to hear, in a poor space for hosting a band (front dining room), and way too loud to enjoy conversation with friends. Now that that's off my chest...

By no means should this bar be thought of as a beer destination, but if you are in the area for brunch to dinner and want a nice bite to eat, and if you can live with the few beer choices mentioned above, then you'll likely have a good experience. A better beer experience is about two blocks away at The Chase Taproom.

Going to hit this place after all? Let me know, I'll likely join you for a pint or two.

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Photo of clvand0
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Very near my house, I've been to this place a few times. There's always a cover charge (which I don't enjoy), so I don't make it there often. This is mostly just a bar type bar with some live acoustic music on the weekends and sometimes during the week. It's a medium sized place, with half inside and half outside. The beer here is quite lacking. They occasionally have Guinness, but other than that, it's usually Milwaukee, Bud, Killians, Coors, etc. Nice building and a nice place. The crowd here usually tends to be frat-oriented every time I go. The food is ok and moderately priced.

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Photo of aaronh
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Cheapside is a great place to grab a bite to eat. Beer selection is decent. Out of a handful of bottles one night, we did have one rather old Kentucky Ale, but that was taken care of promptly. The food is very enjoyable, and the prices are decent. I've always drank bottles there, so I can't say what the draft selection is like. But I have not found a better place to spend a summer evening at in and around downtown Lexington. The staff has always been friendly, and the clientele is varied enough that everyone should feel comfortable. Sit outside on the upper deck for the best experience, IMO.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

An absolutely beautiful building and and bar area give this great little spot a charming atmosphere. The look is of old, dark wood and a great black and white tile floor.

It is located beside the Lexington Courthouse, an historic and signifcant building. The mall area is quite nice, but this is right downtown and parking is very limited.

Unfortunately the beer at this spot is also fairly limited with decent quality, but very limited choice.

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Cheapside Bar & Grill in Lexington, KY
3.4 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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