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New sign hints at latest nightclub coming to downtown Lexington

Hunting for Lexington’s speakeasy? It’s called QP (for quiet please), but look for the Roxy movie theater sign on West Main Street. The nightclub, from the same owner as Two Keys Tavern and Stagger Inn, is scheduled to open in February.
Hunting for Lexington’s speakeasy? It’s called QP (for quiet please), but look for the Roxy movie theater sign on West Main Street. The nightclub, from the same owner as Two Keys Tavern and Stagger Inn, is scheduled to open in February. aslitz@herald-leader.com

If you’re wandering around downtown Lexington on a weekend night next month and come across a sign for the Roxy Theater, you might want to check it out.

It’s the latest — and most under-the-radar — venture from Seth Bennett, owner of Two Keys Tavern on Limestone and Stagger Inn on Main Street.

In fact, the venture isn’t really called Roxy. Signs on the building at 269 West Main, the Court Square Building, refer to “QP” — as in Quiet Please.

So ... is it a movie theater? An old bank? A library? Hardly, although it has elements of all three.

That’s by design. The new nightclub, created with by remodeling an unused event space in an old bank, definitely has a speakeasy feel.

There’s even a bit of a hidden entrance (ask the bartender about that.)

The QP Instagram describes it as “a sexy, modern speakeasy located in the heart of downtown Lexington.”

 

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“We want to preserve the mystery,” Bennett said.

Fair enough. Without giving too much away, if you go inside, expect to see lots of crystal chandeliers, silvered crown molding, and pennies.

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A chandelier hangs above a wall decorated with 150,000 pennies and the logo for QP. The two-story bar will feature cocktails, premium bourbon, ... and movie theater candy. Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

The two-story nightclub will be open Thursday through Saturday nights and feature live music, said Kristina Sturm, who manages all three bars.

“There’s not anything like this in Lexington currently, and we want to create a unique experience for those who live here and travel here,” Sturm said. “Lexington has so many people traveling here for business, for horse racing, and we think they will leave saying they went to a really cool spot.”

The bar, right next to Cheapside Park, is already drawing curious looks. It is likely to appeal to a slightly older, more sophisticated crowd than Two Keys Tavern and possibly Stagger Inn downstairs, Sturm said.

It’s aimed at those who don’t mind a pricey cocktail or premium bourbon, she said. The music will be dance music, but with a vintage feel.

“We want it to be a place where you might see a trumpet or a sax on the stage,” she said.

The club represents a doubling down on downtown for Bennett, who chose to renovate the space despite a rash of restaurant closings, including one up the block.

But with the remodeled courthouse scheduled to open this year with a new event space, a Ouita Michel restaurant and a bourbon bar, the area is set for a big rebound.

“Downtown is still hot,” Bennett said.

Sturm said other areas, including the Distillery District, have a lot going for them, too. But people will always be drawn to downtown.

“I think the Distillery District is great. Sometimes you want to sit outside and drink craft beer,” she said. “But sometimes a person wants bright lights, drinks and dancing. ... We’re creating something special for that person.”

Plans are for QP to open the first of February.

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