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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
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun 15:30 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:30
Sat 15:30 - 02:30
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 17 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 5 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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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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998 reviews
664 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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
Roanoke, VA
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143 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had drinks here prior to dinner at Distilled on a perfect Lexington Friday night. There was a beer festival at the adjacent market so we chose an outside table to enjoy some people watching with our drinks. The drinks were solid. Our waitress did a pretty good job though it seemed she may have had inside... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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134 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely evening at Parlay Social. It is a fairly upscale looking bar, with live music and a very affordable menu. While we were there, we saw some couples on dates, a large group of friends out for drinks, and a family with teen children, and Parlay Social seemed like a perfectly comfortable place for all those groups.... More 

Thank BostonSummerGirl
West Bend, Wisconsin
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220 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I give credit to a bar that has 10, 12, 15, 20, and 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, plus backup bottles. The bartender knew her stuff, and offered up other top notch options as well. She also made a mean old fashioned. Would like to see them stock some brandy for us Wisconsinites, though.

Thank aatbender

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
15:30 - 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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