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Lexington spots listed on Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards Survey

See who made the big list, then let us know your top picks in our very own LEXtoday Readers’ Choice Survey.

A drone shot of Lexington's downtown area.

It’s your city, share your voice. | Photo courtesy of @dronebufo

As Lexingtonians, we all know how awesome our city is — and apparently visitors to the Horse Capital of the World are starting to think so as well.

Condé Nast Traveler released its 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards Survey, and Lexington is on the ballot for the best “City” category. Additionally, a few of our local businesses made the list for specific categories. Take a look at the categories to find local spots, then cast your votes.

Pro tip: Click each header below to go directly to the category, then type in Lexington, Kentucky to see the options.

The outside of the 21 Museum Hotel

Getting a picture with the blue penguins is a 21c rite of passage. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX


  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Lyndon House
  • The Sire Hotel

Restaurant, bar, or beach club

* While this is on the ballot, this former Jefferson Street bar + coffee shop closed in 2020. Devilish Current Brewing Co. has taken over the spot.
**While this is also on the ballot, this former Short Street business closed in 2020 + later became Postmaster’s Pub. That subsequently closed in 2023, and the building is now home to Ruby’s Cafe & Market.


  • Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Seeing Lexington get love + attention on a global level made us think: How can we get in on the fun? With our own Readers’ Choice Survey, of course. Nominate your favorite local spots for nine different categories at the button below. Be sure to check out our city guides for some inspo.

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