Short Street Spotlight
By Claire O’Neill
If you’ve ever been downtown and you haven’t been to Short Street, you’ve been seriously robbing yourself of a good time. It’s an area known for being a fun, lively and a hub for activity on the weekends. But just what is it that makes Short Street so special?
Let me enlighten you real quick.
First of all, it is easily one of the more beautiful streets in downtown Lexington. All down Short Street strings of lights criss-cross the road and brighten the street, giving it a cozy feel. The sides of buildings are filled with unique murals and local street art that makes each block feel unique.
Short Street is also lined with good food and has everything you could ever want. You have options that range from fine dining such as Dudley’s On Short to casual craft beer hubs like Hop Cat. Farther down towards East Short Street, Corta Lima stands on the corner of the two courthouses, specializing in Latin inspired food. Short Street is also home to local favorites like Parlay Social, a great place to hang out and enjoy some music, as well as the Village Idiot, Lexington’s first gastropub.
Even if the excitement isn’t directly on Short Street, it’s close by. Short Street runs perpendicular to Cheapside Park and Fifth Third Bank Pavilion which is home to free, interesting events for all ages. A can’t-miss event is Central Bank’s Thursday Night Live. Cheapside Park and Fifth Third Bank Pavilion house live music, food trucks, and beer/liquor tents along with local vendors. After the show ends at 8 PM, Short Street remains filled with people who relax at bars lining the park, with outdoor patios and more live music. This event stops October 10th so don’t miss out!
Looking for something in the morning? Lexington’ Farmers Market is housed in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park from 7 AM to 2 PM from April through October, and 8 AM to 1 PM November through March! This fun event is a great place to explore all of Lexington’s small businesses! Enjoy fresh flowers, fruits, and so much more.
When visiting downtown, you simply can’t miss out on Short Street. Come see for yourself.