7.8 out of 10

Lawrenceburg

38.0314513398504 -84.9070141337312
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Singles
  • Retirees

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 12, 2012

"Not too big, not too small - Just right!"

There are a number of things I could talk about concerning Lawrenceburg (and I will!), but Wild Turkey is the place to start. Man, that is some good bourbon. The distillery is right here in Lawrenceburg, and you can definitely see a degree of pride in this from residents. Good bourbon and people happy to talk about it.

Lawrenceburg may not be as big as some other towns, but it's not shrimp. There are about 10,000 people here. Because of this you get a bit more fun from the town. There are a few good restaurants and bars (of course there's going to be a place to get some bourbon!) and a fair number of local events and festivities to keep you occupied.

For food, Tony's BBQ is certainly worth a look. The other reviewer mentioned it, and he's spot on to say it's awesome. Well, he didn't say awesome, but he should have! You get country music and good old fashioned BBQ! Great stuff!

The other restaurant I'd mention is El Maguey, which is a Mexican place that's not half bad. It's not the best Mexican food I've ever had, but it's very good.

The city of Lawrenceburg runs a fair number of local events that bring the people together fairly well. Sure, not everyone is going to show up when there's 10,000 residents, but those who like to socialize are likely to stop by on occasion. They show movies, have bands and there's some fun to be had! I like this kind of attempt at community building from a local government. It speaks well for the town. I'm a big fan because of this.

Lawrenceburg is certainly a safe place, and it's quite cheap as well. You can probably find a job at the distillery or one of the many businesses it upholds, and the people are just so friendly that I love it! I recommend Lawrenceburg very highly. It's a wonderful town!
Pros
  • Good community feeling - Very welcoming
  • Decent job market
  • Fun distillery tours
  • Local community college
Cons
  • Smallish population
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 15, 2012

"Wild Turkey Bourbon and near enough to Lexington!"

Lawrenceburg is a little small town that really benefits from its close proximity to Lexington and Louisville. It's a bit closer to Lexington, but the drive isn't too bad to either big city, so you don't have to go terribly far for a bit more fun.

But Lawrenceburg isn't just some small town that has nothing going on. While I wouldn't call it the world's most exciting place, it does have one thing that makes it fairly well known - the Wild Turkey Distillery. Wild Turkey is a pretty famous brand of bourbon. A lot of people visit Lawrenceburg specifically to tour the plant, and it's really quite cool. I've done the tour and it's interesting. There are a few of these types of tours in various parts of Kentucky, but Wild Turkey is still very cool. Seeing the big tanks processing yeast and much of their process, and you get to try out some bourbon at the end. It's quite a cool way to spend an afternoon.

The distillery employs a lot of people in the area and makes the average income higher than usual. This translates to more dining options. The Heavens to Betsy Bakery is a standout for me. They have excellent hot sandwiches, and they don't skimp on the portions. I really love to stop by here when I'm in the area (which isn't all that often, but on occasion I'll stop by).

I'd also suggest checking out Tony's BBQ Barn. It's hard to actually take part in a Kentucky town without getting bourbon and BBQ. Tony's doesn't disappoint.

There are a fair number of schools in Lawrenceburg, though none of them really standout to me. The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg is supposed to be decent, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a good place to continue your education as an adult. Maybe not the best, but the option is at least there.

I really like Lawrenceburg, and while I don't think I'll ever live there I can absolutely see it being a wonderful place to live for a time. High marks overall.
Pros
  • Decent job market
  • Fun distillery tours
  • Local community college
Cons
  • Not the best schools for younger kids
  • Smallish population
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students