Food & Beverage

Where Can You Find the Best Boozy Brunches in Lexington?

There’s something inherently magical about brunch. It’s a delightful blend of breakfast and lunch where time seems to stop for a bit as the conversations start to flow – especially when tongues are loosened by a little liquor.

Whether you like the idea of a bottomless mimosa or a Bloody Mary before noon, Lexington is a brunch enthusiast’s paradise. Gather up your best gal-pals, your favorite date or your folks, and check out one of the following places this weekend:

Carson’s Food & Drink

Nestled in the heart of downtown Lexington, Carson’s is renowned for its lavish Sunday brunch buffet, super-cool atmosphere and custom-crafted drinks. Bottomless mimosas and other specialty drinks complement a spread featuring everything from fluffy pancakes to savory soft-shell crab eggs Benedict and Creole favorite shrimp and grits.

Dudley’s on Short

With its chic ambiance and an upscale menu that easily accommodates vegetarians, Dudley’s on Short is a must-visit for brunch aficionados. It’s been a staple on the scene since the early 80s. Sip on champagne cocktails as you indulge in their delectable dishes, like their famous Apple Crumble Waffle or Kentucky Hot Brown. Don’t forget to try their seasonal sangria or the St. Germain Cosmo while you’re there!


Can we say “swanky?” Because that’s the operative word about this place. Located within the art-filled confines of the 21c Museum Hotel, Lockbox offers a sophisticated brunch experience. 

You’re openly invited to lift a glass of your favorite cocktail as you treat yourself to some warm, griddled banana bread or shakshuka – or even the classic chicken and waffles. Their drink selection is nothing less than refined and expansive. If you like to while away the morning in an elegant setting, this is the place to do it.


For a taste of modern Southern cuisine, head to Honeywood at Fritz Farm’s The Summit. Their brunch menu showcases locally sourced ingredients and innovative cuisine, so you can feel good about indulging. Brunch here is a celebration of flavors, and their Bourbon Barrel Breakfast pairs perfectly with a glass of bubbly or a signature brunch cocktail.

Merrick Inn Restaurant

Set in a historic mansion, Merrick Inn exudes Southern charm and hospitality – and you simply must try their “Sweet Treat Beignets” or the crispy, fried banana peppers (another Lexington tradition) with your meal. Their Sunday brunch buffet features an array of culinary specials, best enjoyed with a glass of champagne or a Bloody Mary.


Josie’s is that kind of cozy neighborhood spot where you always feel like family, Josie’s is beloved for its comforting brunch fare and welcoming atmosphere. The menu features an enticing array of brunch classics with a Southern twist, from fluffy buttermilk pancakes to “Josie’s Dad’s” omelet or the quiche of the day. Pair your meal with a signature brunch cocktail for the ultimate indulgence while you relax.

Bear & The Butcher

Tucked away in Lexington’s Distillery District, Bear & The Butcher offers a brunch experience unlike any other – and the brunch mimosas come in a carafe – although you might want to try their signature “Cocoa Bear” for an extra-caffeinated kick. Known for its artisanal meats and house-made sausages, this cozy spot combines rustic charm with culinary innovation. Sip on your drink and savor their hearty brunch dishes, from smoked brisket hash or breakfast nachos to buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy or beignets served with chocolate and caramel sauces.

Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar

The motto here is “Start with a coffee. End with a bourbon.” We see nothing wrong with that plan! Located in the bustling Chevy Chase neighborhood, Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar is a hidden gem for brunch enthusiasts. Their menu features both individual dishes, like their breakfast skillet or avocado toast, but you can also find “shareables” like their Parmesan fried or cast-iron cornbread, all of which will pair up perfectly with a flute of champagne or a craft cocktail.

OBC Kitchen

“OBC” stands for “Old Bourbon Country,” and it makes good on its promise to offer the best bourbons in the nation. With its inviting ambiance and elevated comfort food, OBC Kitchen is a favorite destination for brunch in Lexington. Treat yourself to their famous bacon and bourbon cinnamon rolls or their decadent lobster benedict, accompanied by a spiked “Cold Brew Shaker” or their bourbon-based “Spirit Reviver” for a brunch treat that goes beyond the typical mimosa.

East End Tap and Table

Situated in the historic East End neighborhood, East End Tap and Table offers a laid-back setting for brunch with friends. Their menu boasts an array of brunch classics, like the breakfast burrito, along with an amazing selection of specialty dishes, including their Fried Egg Banh Mi or Frosted Flake Crusted PB&J. Wash it all down with a pint of local craft beer or a brunch cocktail from their inventive menu.

Palmers Fresh Grill

Nestled in the heart of Lexington’s historic Chevy Chase neighborhood, Palmers Fresh Grill offers a welcoming ambiance and a diverse brunch menu. They have everything from fluffy pancakes to eggs benedict made with crab, but you may want to try their Cabo Street Breakfast Tacos. Top it all off with a “mimosa kit” (a full bottle of champagne paired with two juices) or their house-special “Ghost Mary” for the full experience.

Chalk it up to the laid-back atmosphere of the city and a love of shared experiences, but Lexington really does offer some unique brunch experiences, complete with delicious food and drinks. If you find that you like a boozy brunch, this could become an honored tradition for special occasions or a leisurely weekend ritual with those you love.