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Parlay Social

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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257 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1226
+1 859-244-1932
15:00 - 02:30
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Wed - Sat 15:00 - 02:30
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for dinner and drinks. They made some amazing bourbon drinks that they smoked over a flame and did different things with. We noticed a band setting up and moved to the other side of the bar and enjoyed some great music. Great service and the food was amazing!

Thank Becky C
Ashland, Kentucky
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161 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough about the willingness of the owners to open up for special events that promote the community. I've been involved with two here that were excellent! Drinks are good, specials are AWESOME (can we say 1/2 price wine night?!) and atmosphere is great too!!

Thank Mudfoot4
Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times just for the grilled cheese. They are really good and very tasty. They also have some good local craft beers and plenty of bourbon. We went early to avoid the crowd and didn't partake in any of the live music. We sat at the bar and the service was ok, bartender seemed to be... More 

Thank jasind01
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We were looking for a quiet, upscale place for a pre-dinner cocktail. Drinks were fine but multiple TV's in the bar, cheesy marketing materials and some sketchy furniture didn't impress us much. Our bartender was initially pretty preoccupied although he came around a bit after time. We had read the reviews on Yelp and thought it would fit what we... More 

Thank Monte B
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

There are several places in downtown lexington and surprisingly parley social is one of the only ones that makes ONLY MEN pay a cover fee!! (very sexiest) besides you would think this means there are a lot of women in there, but actually no...

Thank Daniel D
Cary, North Carolina
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here after driving all day. He had the French dip and I had the Hemingway grilled cheese—both were very tasty and came with excellent slaw! They were out of some of the bourbons we wanted to try, but there were plenty of other options and we enjoyed what we drank.

Thank beckhead
Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Nothing but great things to say about Parlay Social...and they apparently always have all the Pappy's in stock...definitely one of the widest selections of bourbon I've ever seen!

Thank mdbran
Portage, Michigan
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The experience at parlay started with the very nice looking exterior, the interior was also nice and upscale. We went on a very slow night so it was hard to judge how it is with live music. I would love to go back and listen sometime. If you are looking for drinks, this is a great place to stop.

Thank Dan0o
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

After leaving what was supposed to be the best bourbon bar in the area and irritated with horrible service and way overpriced shots, we discovered Parlay. Was surprised to see all the bourbons we were looking for and the bartender instantly empathized with how bad the other place we just left was. Prices were very fair at Parlay and staff... More 

Thank Bryan S
Lexington, Kentucky
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1,069 reviews
683 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

My wife and I decided to stop in for some pre-show drinks and loved Parlay Social! We both had the Bees Knees and loved every drop. The atmosphere inside was very cozy and comfortable and we will definitely be back!

Thank HI_McDunnough

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 02:30
15:00 - 02:30
15:00 - 02:30
15:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1226
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-244-1932
Parlay Social continues the tradition of the Prohibition Era with our Speak Easy throwback menu featuring a number of appetizers, fresh seasonal oysters, soups & salads, NY Deli Style Sandwiches, Gourmet Grilled Cheeses, Thin Crust Pizzas, combinations of Charcuterie (featuring local favorite Janie's Summer Sausage) and Gourmet Cheese from around the world, and decadent desserts (our signature Bourbon Bomb made with locally distilled Town Branch Bourbon). We offer a vast selection of premium spirits, fine wines and bottle and draft beers. Try our Signature Cocktails many dating back to Speakeasy times of old. Our Commonwealth offers a wide variety of Bourbons including Makers Mark, Knob Creek, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Pappy Van Winkle's and many more! Enjoy our Art Deco ambiance while dining, or let the week's pressures wash away with our live music (Wednesday through Saturday). Our stage hosts performances from Blues and Classic Rock to R&B, Jazz, Bluegrass & Texas Swing!

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