JDI Grille and Tavern
The JDI Grille & Tavern locally referred to as the “JDI” was originally located at West High and Limestone Streets where Jefferson Davis lived (with the US Postmaster General) while attending Transylvania University. The JDI was a popular bar throughout the 1970s, 80s, and the 90s, until it closed in 1996. The “New JDI” is owned by the Morgan family, who are alumni from both The University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. They regularly visited the Old JDI where they enjoyed good food, spirits, and music. Now, with a nostalgic nod to the great food and spirits of the original JDI, it is reborn!
Our state of the art facility features 3 stories, with each level offering an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere with elements of our Lexington, Kentucky heritage evident everywhere you look. On the first level, you will enjoy our main bar, which opens up to our outdoor patio when the weather is nice via our double “Nana Wall” folding and sliding glass partitions. This level features a huge stacked stone fireplace. On the second level, another beautiful bar awaits you, as well as a warm inviting fireplace complete with leather couches and wing backed chairs. Finally, the third level is designed to host your private event, and boasts a full bar, fireplace, pool table, and a video projector and drop down screen. Make this the place to host your business meeting, banquet, family reunion, private party, or to entertain VIP clients in style! Of course, plenty of large screen TVs adorn the entire facility, so you’ll be sure not to miss that all-important UK game!
The JDI offers a wide array of decadent southern food including smoked on-site pulled pork, brisket, chicken and waffles, and a “JDI” burger that you won’t forget. If you have a sweet tooth try the funnel cake fries and tantalizing bananas foster waffle. With a dozen draft beers and one hundred nine Bourbons, Whiskies, and Rye’s,the JDI has the beer and spirits for you!
Reservations are accepted for groups of 6 or more!
Open daily from 11-11 Sunday-Thursday and 11-Midnight Friday&Saturday
***May stay open later for UK games and Special Events***