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Priority Pass (PP) is known for providing access to a network of hundreds of lounges worldwide. But as some lounges in the U.S. have exited the program, PP has added other options. Those includes game rooms, rest areas, and restaurants. One longtime restaurant is the Kentucky Taproom at LEX (Lexington, KY’s Bluegrass Airport).

While not every restaurant has stayed with the Priority Pass program, the Kentucky Taproom has embraced the program for years. A PP restaurant is a nice surprise for such a small airport: LEX only has 15 gates.

Location and Seating

The Kentucky Taproom at LEX is just past security and next to the B “concourse”. Since LEX is small, it’s no more than a 2-minute walk from any gate.

Kentucky Taproom at Lex location

Kentucky Taproom location

I would describe LEX as a “sleepy” airport, and it’s never busy compared to larger terminals. In fact, the Taproom is the only place there that I’ve ever seen crowded. During early mornings and early weekend afternoons it’s often packed, but crowds clear quickly.

Seating consist of several high tables on bourbon barrels, a few regular tables for 2 or 4, a rail along the outer wall with stools, and bar seating. When crowded, service away from the bar can get a little slow, but it’s usually above average for an airport restaurant.

Kentucky Taproom at LEX seating

A relatively busy Saturday afternoon at LEX

There are several televisions which are invariably tuned to sports (especially University of Kentucky teams) during weekends, and news channels during the week. Power outlets are plentiful if you’d rather work instead of watch TV.

Kentucky Taproom at LEX Food & Prices

LEX is my old hometown airport, and I eat at the Kentucky Taproom at LEX several times a year. I often depart in the mornings, and have had every morning entrée except for the Breakfast Burrito. I recommend the steak and eggs if you want a nice nap on your flight. Whatever you choose, the Priority Pass limit of $28/pp is hard to beat for breakfast.

Breakfast, coffee, and cocktail…still not $28

On my last trip I had an afternoon flight, and chose from the main menu. I usually order one of their half-pound burgers, as in my experience they are cooked to the perfect temperature every time. However, due to a half-hearted attempt at losing weight I ordered the Caesar salad…and bacon wrapped asparagus. I told you it was half-hearted.

Kentucky Taproom afternoon menu

My food arrived within about 10 minutes, unsurprising during a peak time at the restaurant. The Caesar was pretty basic, as I’ve come to expect from most salads and sandwiches at airports. The asparagus was much more inspired. While slightly softer than I prefer, the vegetable had a good flavor. And you can’t really go wrong by wrapping anything in bacon.

Kentucky Taproom at LEX lunch

Ceasar salad and bacon wrapped asparagus

Kentucky Taproom at LEX Drinks

The Kentucky Taproom at LEX serves several national and local beers, and also has a full bar. As you might expect, there’s a selection of bourbons available including my personal favorite, Eagle Rare.

Bourbons to the left and center, other liquors to the right.

Wines are more basic, with just a few selections. Sodas, coffee, tea (iced – sweet and unsweet – and hot) are available as well. And the staff are always very friendly and upbeat.

There’s also an “Express” to go area, though I’ve never used my PP there. I’ve also never tried to use my PP upon arrival, but requests for a boarding pass are rare. I’d think program “fraud” is a minor concern at a regional airport. Nobody is spending more time than necessary at LEX.

Conclusion

The Kentucky Taproom at LEX is a really positive addition to the Priority Pass program. A restaurant at a small regional airport is a nice surprise, and PP’s $28 limit goes a long way with the menu. Plus, the staff is always friendly. If LEX is a common destination for you, the Taproom is a major reason to consider a Visa credit card with Priority Pass benefits.


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