About Us

Your One Stop Events Shop

about-usThe Grand Reserve is a family owned and operated company bringing over 40 years of combined experience in the food, beverage and entertainment industry.

You deserve to have a strong comfort level with the professionalism of those handling your special event. The Barrel House and Bluegrass Catering trains & retains a staff that you can rely upon us to execute flawlessly when hosting your special event.

We offer gourmet catering for your special event. Our catering operations are directed by the highly regarded Judith and Jill Bakehorn of Bluegrass Catering. We offer a broad range of creative menu choices whether for a luncheon, elegant sit-down dinner, dinner buffet or classic cocktail reception. We take extreme pride in what we serve you. All menu items are prepared from scratch and recipes have been chosen exclusively for your event. We will match our food against any in the industry. Any of your desires can be satisfied by our staff.

We are meticulously maintained. You should have a reasonable expectation as to how the banquet room will look six months or a year from when you book it. The investment in facility maintenance & renovation speaks for itself. Decorated in an early 1900’s Art Deco theme, the Barrel House is painted with chic colors and trimmed in copper and stacked stone, accented with a touch of Kentucky Distillery history.

  • Large open space, holding up to 900 guests
  • High ceilings
  • Spacious dance floor
  • LED lighting
  • Premium EV sound system
  • HUGE Dance Floor
  • 3 XL plasma TVs
  • 100″ Projection Screen TV
  • Wireless internet
  • Fully stocked on-site bar for your event

Why should you have your reception at a stuffy hall? Why not have your event at a full service elegant venue with fabulous food, professional service & affordable prices? We are a unique alternative for event spaces. We will make for a memorable occasion, off-site meeting or gathering spot. Our venue has been restored and remodeled to fit today’s urban landscape, while retaining the character and styling of the original architecture making it an ideal venue to meet, greet, play and party in downtown Lexington.

From the moment you sit down with our planners, you’ll feel at ease. In addition to expert planning assistance & impeccable service focused solely on your needs & desires, we offer a host of other exceptional amenities. Our experts will handle all of the details creating a beautiful, stress free environment for you & your guests. An incredible menu and a beautiful venue combined with sincere, excellent service will ensure everything you hoped for.

The original wall from The Old Tarr Distillery built in the 1860’s will be featured in The Grand Reserve. This was the first register Kentucky’s distillery.

The Grand Reserve is located 2 doors down from our sister company, The Barrel House. The Grand Reserve will offer what The Barrel House does but with room for 900 of your closest friends cocktail style and 500 seated. It has plenty of space to celebrate the special day away.

Inside The Grand Reserve, the original brick wall from the The Old Tarr Distillery built in the 1870s still stands. It’s over 150 feet of red brick with original 2 by 2 styled windows and their metal window covers. Another feature is the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stave wall. This was created with the staves of more than 100 oak barrels and equal to 2 miles in length! All of the planks are from Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Hanging from the ceiling are 7 enormous, hand crafted steel chandeliers created from Iron Horse Forge, here in Lexington. Along with the handcrafted double carriage doors at the entrance, you will soon see the entrance covered by original wooden trusses from local barns from here in Kentucky.