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🫶 It’s a date
The exterior of the Lexington Opera House at night
Oh yes, there’s plenty going on at Lexington Opera House. | Photo by Lexington Opera House
Kids, this is the story of how I met your mother, and it was all thanks to LEXtoday.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly how the 2000s sitcom went, but if Ted Mosby had consulted us for date night ideas, we could’ve shaved the show down to two seasons (and saved his kids a lot of time). Regardless, whether you’ve met “the one” or are hoping to impress someone new, we’ve got 19 local date night ideas that are legen — wait for it — dary.

For the ones who want a night out on the town

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There’s nothing more romantic than taking in views like this. | Photo by @billy.hikes

If you love the great outdoors

  • The ultimate outdoor adventure awaits with a hike at the Red River Gorge + slice of pizza from Miguel’s. If you’re looking for a more lowkey option, you can’t go wrong with a quaint picnic in one of our parks.
  • You’ll be the eagle of your date’s eye when you show off your swing at Lexington’s links.
An ice cream parlor with stools and a sign that says "Freshie's" in teal letters

They’ll be saying “Be Mine” in no time with one of these delicious milkshakes. | Photo courtesy of @freshiesicecream

If you want an “old fashioned”-style date

If you wanna show off by knowing all the hottest events in town

  • Stay up-to-date on the coolest local events around Lexington with our events page (and check out this guide for our tips on navigating the page).
What did we miss? If you know a perfect date spot that’s not on the list, guide us in the right direction.



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Events
 
Friday, Feb. 9
  • 1st Anniversary Extravaganza | Friday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | Myriad Meadery, 732 National Ave., Lexington | Free | Celebrate our only meadery’s first birthday all weekend long with special releases, live music, and a vendors market.
  • Valentine’s Day | Friday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 18 | 4-10 p.m. | The Rackhouse Tavern, 1375 S. Broadway, Lexington | $75 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three-course prix fixe menu including decadent dessert options.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Valentine Market | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Greyline Station, 101 W. Loudon Ave., Lexington | Free | This indoor market will feature 50 local artists, crafters, and other creative small businesses for all your gifting needs.
  • Lovers of Art & Music | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 3-9 p.m. | CannaBuzz Bar, 938 Manchester St., Lexington | Free, cost of purchase | Celebrate love by perusing the work of local artists, including a live woodworking demonstration, live music, and sipping on infused cocktails.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Athens Schoolhouse Antiques, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill, Lexington | $2 | Shop for new-to-you vintage + antique housewares including furniture, artwork, and pottery at this monthly show.
  • Ultimate Game Day Watch Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 4-10 p.m. | Red Mile Gaming & Racing, 1200 Red Mile Rd., Lexington | $50-$255 | Watch the big game in the new Ceasers Sportsbook lounge, plus enter for a chance to win prizes like signed memorabilia.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • Development company Greer Land Co. has filed a proposal to build a 2,900-sqft bank and 2,700-sqft restaurant at the site of the former Coba Cocina on Richmond Road. The developers have not yet applied for a demolition permit + the new plans will need city approval. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Legacy
  • William “Buddy” Wheeler, founder of Wheeler Pharmacy, has died at age 89. Wheeler opened the Lexington staple in 1958, providing pharmaceutial services, as well as serving up iconic diner food like the Buddy Burger + milkshakes. Information about services are forthcoming.
Watch
  • While LEX may not have too much stake in Super Bowl LVIII, some familiar Wildcats will be part of the big game. Former UK football players Mike Edwards and Darian Kinnard will join the Kansas City Chiefs (what’s up, KCtoday?) in Las Vegas this Sunday, Feb. 11. (UK Athletics)
Pets
  • We’ve got some paw-sitively good news. The parks department’s monthly Yappy Hour event series is returning on Wednesday, March 27, to Masterson Station Park. Bring your pup and the family along for an evening of treats, live music, and drinks.
Arts
  • The City of Lexington and LexArts are teaming up to create an Arts & Culture Master Design Strategy. If you’re part of an organization (or just appreciate the arts), you can share feedback to help the city better support our arts + culture community and shape the master plan.
Job
Finance
Travel
  • A great escape. A perfect getaway. Adventure awaits at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Discover Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark with 36 miles of trails, four-legged farm friends, dining at their impossibly fresh seed-to-table restaurant, and unlock history by exploring 34 historic Shaker buildings. Book your weekend escape.*
Sports
Announced
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
 
Development
 
Be the Broker: Delaware Avenue
A series of photos showing what the quonset hut on Delaware Avenue looks like, plus a map that identifies its exact location.
What could you see going in the quonset hut? | Photos + maps courtesy of Will and Sarah Hanrahan
Have you ever driven past an empty building and thought, “That would make a great __________?”

That’s the question we ask in our Be the Broker series. And guess what? We’re back with another installment. This time, we’re taking a trip to Delaware Avenue where husband-wife duo Will and Sarah Hanrahan have aspirations of expanding the community offerings in the area.

“We’ve been looking for a project that we could sink our teeth into,” Will said. “Now we’re in that phase where we want to build a plan and to get involvement from the community.”

“We’re hoping to bring small pieces of the community and have them all in one place, kinda of like a hub for the community,” Sarah added.

The one-acre plot of land features green space, and more notably, a quonset hut, which the pair thinks could be repurposed into a community or event space.
 
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What would you like to see on Delaware Avenue?
 
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Member’s Corner
 
Happy birthday, LEXtoday member Michael Covert. We hope your special day (February 15) is filled with your favorite things in Lexington! — LEXtoday team
 
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