The Burl Lexington

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Table of Contents

  1. Venue Information
    1. Venue History
    2. Address
    3. Contact
  2. The Burl Ky Upcoming Concert Schedule and Tickets
  3. Venue Capacity
  4. Seating Chart
  5. The Burl Arcade
  6. The Burl Food Presented by Kismet
  7. Hotels Near The Burl Lexington
  8. Parking
  9. What are visitors saying?
  10. The Burl Lexington FAQs

Venue Information

The Burl Lexington is a live music venue located in Lexington’s Distillery District. The venue averages around 300 nights of music a year and with most shows taking place Wednesday to Sunday night. Visitors can expect a wide range of music at The Burl Lexington– from five-piece rock bands to solo acoustic artists. The venue has played host to well-known local and national acts including Ian Noe, Tyler Childers, The Wooks, Julien Baker, Lost Dog Street Band, Colter Wall, Magnolia Boulevard, Soccer Mommy, Emarosa, and White Reaper.

Venue History

The Burl Lexington building was originally erected in 1926 with the original wood frame and open layout still intact today! It originally served as a loading dock and hub for Texaco Oil but now is one of the go-to venues in Lexington for live music!


375 Thompson Rd, Lexington, KY 40508


Phone: 859-447-8166

The Burl Ky Upcoming Concert Schedule and Tickets

Bands from all genres play at The Burl.  Browse the upcoming events list and buy tickets (note: shows sell out all the time so the sooner you can grab tickets, the better!):

View the event list and purchase tickets!

Venue Capacity

The venue holds 300 people for live shows.

Seating Chart

Most shows are standing room only unless noted otherwise. There are a limited number of bar stools and seats available that are first-come, first-serve.

The Burl Arcade

The Burl Arcade is located within walking distance directly across the parking lot from The Burl venue. The building was originally a Texaco garage but now features 30+ arcade cabinets, Lexington’s largest pinball collection, and a fully stocked bar! Visitors can grab a craft beer or cocktail while enjoying pinball, Skee-ball, console game, or one of the many vintage arcade games such as Galaga or Virtua Fighter. And drinks can be taken to and from either building.

An exterior shot of The Burl Arcade in the daytime.
The Burl Arcade building and entrance. The original building was a Texaco garage. | image source: Google Maps Streetview

The Burl Food Presented by Kismet

The Burl Arcade building also houses The Burl Food by Kismet. Food can be ordered from the walk-up window and taken into the arcade where seating and drinks are available.

Kismet was started by Tonya Mays-Cronin and Philip Cronin in 2018 and has quickly become a go-to destination for Lexington foodies. On the menu, you’ll find local favorites like the “Basic B” cheeseburger and staples like Home Fries and Dan Dan Noodles, but also a rotating list of various dishes whipped up by the owners.

Hotels Near The Burl Lexington

There are many hotels near the venue; however, you will not find any within walking distance. Hilton, The Hyatt Regency, 21c Museum Hotel, and Holiday Inn are all excellent hotels located downtown that only require a brief drive or Lyft to The Burl.

Click here to find hotels near the venue!


Free parking is available at the venue.  The parking lot is shared with The Local Wag and Burn Boot Camp — if the parking lot is full, street parking is available on Thompson Rd.  There are also two large lots across the street specifically for visitors of Lexington’s Distillery District.

SpotHero is your best bet to reserve parking near The Burl on show day in advance. Use the links the below to download the app and reserve parking near the venue!

Click here to find parking near the venue!

What are visitors saying?

  • Many patrons have praised the excellent drink selection, fair prices, and variety of national musicians that consistently play at The Burl Lexington.
  • Many people have commented on the live music setup, indicating that the building is perfect for live music and provides top notch sound in a live setting.
  • Patrons consisently praise the staff who are always friendly and helpful.

The Burl Lexington FAQs

How many people does The Burl hold?

The maximum capacity is 300 for live shows.

Who owns The Burl in Lexington, Ky?

Cannon Armstrong and Jomo Thompson own The Burl.

Does The Burl serve food?

Yes. The Burl Food presented by Kismet is located in the same building as The Burl Arcade which is also where you will find seating. The Burl Food has a walk-up window where you can place your order for local favorites like the “Basic B” cheeseburger, Home Fries, and the Dan Dan Noodles.

Can you take your drinks from The Burl to The Burl Arcade?

Yes! Drinks can be taken to and from either building.

What time do doors open for shows?

Doors open 1 hour before every show unless otherwise noted.

Is the venue 21+ only or are there 18+ shows?

Age restrictions vary per show. Please check the ticket link for the specific event age restrictions.