The Bar Complex

 
87% love it
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Something for all
Find a dance floor, a lounge, and a theater for drag shows inside of this former speakeasy space.

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    • tj.hodges.158
      tj.hodges.158 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love The Bar! Best bar around!
      Excellent

    • markandscotty
      markandscotty Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Bar Fans
      We have been going to Lexingtons oldest gay bar since 1989. If it happening its yapping at The Bar

    • rickrockgc
      rickrockgc Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Dated Facility and Poor Service
      This used to be a happening place in Lexington. Most disappointing is the drag show and staff. Drag performers are just going thru the motions and their routine and clothing is very dated or repeats again and again. The bar tenders are ok but the rest of the staff are unfriendly. I understand that the new manager is responsible for loosing good drag queens and other employees. The DJ was a disappointment also. Will have to checkout other places.

    • lexingtonbarfly
      lexingtonbarfly Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Used to be AWESOME
      Some of the best nights of my life have been at The Bar Complex. But I fear those nights are no more. I visited the bar last weekend. It broke my heart. It was midnite on a Saturday night and there MIGHT have been 40 people there. The bartenders and doormen, who used to be out of their way friendly and always seemed to have a smile, just seemed miserable and mad. The show was slow and the performers just seemed to be going through the motions. NO ONE was dancing upstairs on the dance floor and there was just a few people in the lounge area. This bar used to be the place to go in Lexington. But now, there is more competition and it's really seemed to take its toll on the Lexington gay staple that used to be The Bar Complex. If they want to, again, be the meca that they used to be, they're going to have to step up their game AND QUICK. It was really disheartening to see what my former favorite bar has become The 2-star review is for nostalgia and nothing else.

    • fedacct
      fedacct Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Disappointing
      Was visiting from another city. Is this really as good as it gets in Lex? Bartender was unfriendly. The crowd was really cliquish, low class, and appeared to be a lot of regular, degenerative drunks. Listening to some chick at the end of the bar, drunk & mad at the world, talking about what a rock she is in everyone's life, and everyone is listening to her. In that case, thank you everyone for not speaking to me. Very dark and depressing place. I'm giving it another 10 minutes before I head out.

    • Jlex
      Jlex Over a year ago
      Hates it

      ...
      If you think this place is nice and clean I would hate to see your house. This place is old, gross, and enjoy drinking out of the cheapest plastic cups they could find. The old troll needs to sell the place to someone who cares and would take care of it. Instead he likes providing our community with the gross place

    • paul_kr
      paul_kr Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Here are some grains of salt, and then a review
      Take a couple of the reviews below with big grains of salt: these are fans of another Lexington club who have taken up the latest round of bashing the Bar Complex and the people who go there. It happens every few years whenever new clubs open. Back in the day, it happened with Breezings, Club 141, Liquid and others. Now, it's coming from Soundbar and Pulse's crowd. New places are always so great, so wonderful...until they close, Pulse being the latest casualty. (And anyone who would actually give the Bar Complex a one star is lying to skew the ratings. It's just untrue and the Bar deserves a higher rating. The Bar Complex was nationally recognized by Out magazine as one of the nation's top gay clubs. One star? Give me a break.) So, the Bar Complex. Gigantic. Fantastic dancefloor, lightshow and sound system. The drag show is good for a city this size and has a strong fanbase. The Bar did have occasional light crowds in 2009 and 2010 due to multiple competitors opening...and was slow to respond...but 2011 has seen a strong return in crowds. Fridays can be light, but on Thursdays and Saturdays, the crowds are strong, diverse, entertaining, and most definitely not "ugly." Lovely attitude for the reviewer to have, though.

    • proud2bgay
      proud2bgay Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Drag shows need alot of improvement!
      Bathrooms are gross! Men have no problem going into the women's bathrooms. Drag shows are really bad. They should not charge a $5 cover charge. I would not want to see this place with the lights on!

    • rickrockcity
      rickrockcity Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Bar still ok but lost some shine
      Bar was the place to be in Lex; however that has changed. The soundbar is the happening place. I wish the owner would get a better DJ (one on halloween kept the place hot). The bathrooms are terrible and smell isn't good. The best is the bar tenders and also the drap show is still good. Needs some upgrades. Best nite is Thursday and Sat nites, otherwise its mostly dead, esp. in winter. Needs some improvements, wish could be like Connections in Louisville, the Bar is big enough to rock with investments.

    • chrisj1927
      chrisj1927 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Bar, Stage, and Dance Floor All-in-One
      Great place! Drag shows are good, dance floor is AMAZING, and plenty of fun people to meet.

    • MammyGraham
      MammyGraham Over a year ago
      Hates it

      As bad as it gets
      Maybe it was just an off weekend. A verrry off weekend. But this place had nothing but a handful of trolls and a small group of straights to watch the sad drag show. Very depressing for a Friday night. And to add insult to injury there was a $5 cover to experience this hot mess. Never again.

    • ashton_b
      ashton_b Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A little bit of this, a little bit of that
      The bar complex has a little somethin for everybody. The drag shows start at 10:30 and last until 2 or so, so there's always some queens to gander at. There are a total of 3 bars in the place: one in the drag room, one semi big one in the front foyer, and one upstairs near the dance floor. The dance floor exists as the majority of the second floor minus a small sitting area in the back of the room. Theres also a small sitting room off to the left of the dance floor where you can see the modest but beautiful city lights of Lexington through the old brick windows. As for thebartenders, the dance floor bartender is super expensive, the boys/gals in the front foyer are sometimes decent and kenny (who is the bartender in the stage/drag area) is the nicest and sometimes the cheapest of all. As for the queens, there is a wide variety of shapes and sizes for the most part. Also, the weekends bring drag guests from other states and so forth. Thursdays are open stage for new drag queens and kings to strut their stuff which can be extremely entertaining at times. The Bar Complex is definitely a must for anyone visiting Lexington.

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