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KSBar and Grille is coming to Lexington

Most blogs don’t open bars or restaurants, but we’re not most blogs.

That is why, later this year, Kentucky Sports Radio is opening its own sports bar in Lexington. Think of a family-friendly atmosphere (bring the kids!) with great food and more televisions than one place should ever need, plus a live studio for KSR radio shows and podcast tapings, and much, much more.

Matt Jones officially announced KSR’s big plans on this morning’s show, confirming the name and location of our next venture. It will be called ‘KSBar and Grille’ and it is going in the space formerly known as District Sport & Tap at 1030 South Broadway. (Some of you may know it as Saddle Ridge’s old space, or the old Varsity Blue in its prime.)

“Our hope is it becomes the number one spot in Lexington to watch all sports,” Matt said on Thursday. “Lexington is restaurant-saturated, but not necessarily sports bar-saturated.”

The plan is to be up and running by August, so you all have a place to watch the Cats this 2018 football season and beyond. It won’t just be about game days, though — get ready for KSR events, watch parties for several other sports (wrestling, UFC, etc.), and tons of other entertainment designed for our KSR audience.

It’s going to be lots of fun and we hope you’re excited to check it out. Until then, we have a lot of work to do to get it ready.

For more on the big project, I’ll send you over to the Herald-Leader to read its story with more details.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for KSBar and Grille is coming to Lexington



  1. lexslamman
    4:26 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    It might start out as an unofficial overflow space for B-dubs, but by the time the 2018-19 basketball season really heats up, B-dubs should be the overflow space for the KSBar.



  2. BobKYCats
    4:32 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Spice levels for chicken wings: Mild, Hot, 911, Nosewhistle



  3. mothandras
    4:37 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t Really like the name, KSR Bar has a better ring and connection to KSR and Matt Jones. Hopefully they bring something different to the table (literately) than the standard bar/grille. Hopefully they can make it where at least 3 other similar type bar/grille didn’t. If its Tilted Kilt inspired it would probably make it, but that wouldn’t be appropriate for all ages. Rent in that place must be sky high.. but if you can use KSR revenue to keep it floating, while also using it is your Political launch pad office.. it makes more sense.



  4. BallDontLie
    4:38 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Dang, wish I lived in lexington for this. To me, this sounds like the best sportsbar ever.



  5. ScottGreene22
    4:41 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Wings Beer and run your best 40!!!



    • ClutchCargo
      8:54 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

      Wings, beer, stick ta sports! Ha!



  6. Memphis UK Cat
    4:44 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Can you park a 40 foot rv there? Not to stay.



  7. RealCatsFan
    4:52 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    So we have a bar run by Matt Jones that says kids are welcome? Hmmm, hard to believe that one!

    So will this be the permanent location for the KSR radio show?



  8. JD
    4:55 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like it’s going to be a college bar that close to campus. Wish it was further away from downtown.



  9. Cat68
    5:07 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Will you throw rolls at opposing team visitors?



  10. MACDADDY
    6:36 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Brutal name.



  11. CatManDo
    7:53 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Suggestions from someone who visits many local, similar establishments:
    Must have a good selection of craft beers on tap, especially IPA’s and Pale Ales.
    Keep the menu simple. Better to be really good at a few items than okay at a lot of items.
    Have one or two signature items, even if the wholesale cost is high. If you are a destination for the best wings or burger people will pay a couple dollars more.
    Try to have the KSR gang there as much as they are willing and able- would be cool to toadt a beer with Ryan, STD, Drew, etc.
    I know these aren’t earth shattering ideas but I really hope they have great success. Good luck guys!



  12. Brutal Hustler
    8:03 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Make sure it has great WiFi for all the Love Blog get togethers we’ll have there



  13. bluewave
    8:22 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Cool!..but you Gotta change the name…
    Call it ”KSR Grille & Bar”. “‘Kentucky Sports Grille” -“The Tower”…..”Home of Kentucky Sports Radio”—Have a naming contest!….Tagline “Kentucky news and brews brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible”.



  14. CrittendenWildcat
    8:56 pm April 5, 2018 Permalink

    Saddle Ridge? Varsity Blue?

    I remember when it was Lexington Brewery.

    And before that, Winn-Dixie.



  15. My Dixie Wrecked
    8:27 am April 6, 2018 Permalink

    I want to get drunk and knock Drew Franklin the F out. Do we have to pay extra for this?



  16. satcheluk
    7:15 am April 8, 2018 Permalink

    I imagine their liability insurance adjuster is reading this and deciding to recalculate their risk due to the inordinate amount of idiot haters who cyberstalk them.