Located in the heart of Lexington's Downtown Courthouse Entertainment District
, Henry Clay's Public House is so named for Henry Clay
, a lawyer, politician, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. He served three different terms as Speaker of the House and was also Secretary of State from 1825-1829.
Henry Clay erected this building in August of 1805, in what was known then as Jordan's Row. He owned and occupied it for several years thereafter. He is said to have chosen this spot because he knew the courthouse would be built directly across the street.
Henry Clay was an aficionado of bourbon whiskey and introduced his recipe for the Mint Julep
at the Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. He then introduced the recipe into the congressional record as Kentucky's official drink.
Henry Clay's bourbon of choice was Old Crow
, which he bought by the barrel and had delivered to his office and residence. Common apocrypha of the Senate holds that he would sit through Senate sessions, boots upon his desk whittling and sipping from a jar of Old Crow within easy reach.
Tues. - Fri. 5:00 - 7:00 HAPPY HOUR!
$2.00 Domestic Beers - $1.00 off everything else! Free Popcorn!