We specialize in authentic, historically-inspired drinks and adventurous new riffs. Our cocktail menus are semi-annual coffee table books with changing themes and seasonal variations.


Our seasonal food menus strive to be both inventive and uncomplicated, combining eclectic influences with our Southern roots and modern techniques for a uniquely delicious dining experience.


West Main boasts a collection of over 70 absinthes from France, Switzerland, and the U.S. Traditional service is always available. For private tasting experiences, email our in-house absintheur at


In the back of our printed menus, we include a glossary so people can choose their own level of engagement.  We’re always at hand to answer questions and tell stories, but in case you’re uncomfortable asking questions we want you to have access to everything you need to make the right choice or satisfy your curiosity.  For the same purpose, here is an electronic version of our glossary from Volume 6.

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From Volume 6: West Main's take on a classic that has seen many transformations, our Arsenic & Old Lace will leave an impression. Japanese Gin (@suntory_rokugin ), Chambéry blanc, crème de violette, absinthe (@kublerabsintheusa ), orange bitters.

#drinkbetter #cocktails #classiccocktails #martini #martinicocktails#arsenicandoldlace #attentioncocktail #cremedeviolette#absinthecocktails

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We visit bourbon country a lot(2-4 times per year),Lexington, KY is one of our favorite places to relax and drink proper cocktails. West Main Crafting Company is a top choice in a town that’s full of excellent craft cocktail bars. The environment is warm and classy, the cocktail menu is extensive and changes regularly, the staff is courteous and knowledgeable. We highly recommend West Main without fear of ever receiving a complaint.
#happyhour #cocktails #lexington #kentucky #bourbon #craftcocktails #westmaincraftingco #greatbars #craftbartender #boozetraveler #acmdivecrew #quarantine #quarantini #bluegrassstate

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Today, June 5, would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday. We mourn her loss and that of David McAtee, two Kentuckians taken unjustly and far too soon.

For the past week, the West Main team has had a front row seat to the peaceful protests in Lexington. In communities our size, every business can contribute to positive change--we've seen that firsthand in our years downtown. We realize that this is a time for us to listen to our community members; we also realize that silence equals complicity in injustice.

We don't believe this is a political issue, but a humanitarian one. Black lives matter, and deserve our support and advocacy.

#sharethelex #effectchange #kyproud

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It may not have seemed like it, but today was a great day... Amidst closures and cancellations, we’re in awe of how our small business community, and our community at large, is rallying together in an amazing act of social solidarity. The sharing of 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝 information on how to safely navigate this crisis by all of our fellow small business owners (undoubtedly at great cost to their own financial safety and security) is nothing short of amazing.
𝐋𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬!
The outpouring of support from our customers has also been humbling, heartwarming, and rejuvenating. We have newfound resolve in the face of what has felt like an ominous crisis- with your continued support, together we can make sure that everyone in this small business community will pull through to continue doing what what we love to do- serve this community.

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Our favorite thing to drink and talk about, absinthe is central to our program. Book a private absinthe experience with our in house specialist! Email or DM us for details.

#drinkbetter #absinthe #spiritseducation #absintheeducation #spirits #tasting #spiritstasting #vip #privatetasting #sharethelex

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Local Mash is back!! Have you gotten your tickets yet?! Join us for our annual beer and food pairing event during our 8th birthday celebration -- featuring amazing chefs from around our city, highlighting delicious combinations of beer & bites! Tickets and information at the link in bio!
⁣#westsixthbrewing #beerandfood #localmash #pairings #localbeertastesbetter #sharethelex #localfood #w6turns8 #kentuckyproud #visitlex

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Absinthe Fizz: a breathtaking cocktail from Volume 6, immediately transporting you to a spring alpine meadow.  Absinthe (@kublerabsintheusa ), Old Tom gin, lemon,  honey, orgeat, bogart bitters, aquafaba, soda water.

#drinkbetter #gin #oldtom #oldtomgin #ginfizz #absinthe #absinthecocktails #absinthefizz #summercocktails #fizz

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I was once told by a groomsman that I was the “nicest bossy person he had ever met.” At first I wasn’t sure how to take that comment, but realized it was actually a really great compliment. I do put on my bossy pants on event days. I have to. It’s up to me to get everything and everyone where they are supposed to be. At a wedding, at a conference, at a gala – I am the conductor making sure everyone hits their mark. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But the secret is… I always do it with a smile.😊 📷 mrs_malicotephoto ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#imnotbossyimtheboss #entrepreneur #conductor #smallbusiness #kentucky #weddingplanner #wedding #eventplanner #eventdesigner #liveevent #conference #retreat #mastermind #conferenceplanner #celebrate #event #amberB #dreamer #planner #designer

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From our new Spring Food Menu:
KY lamb sausage (made in house), yogurt and citrus-dressed tabbouleh .

#eatbetter #kyproud #localfood #supportlocal #eatlocal @four_hills_farms #dinnerplans #springmenu #seasonalfood

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Our best-selling "secret," the Liberal Cocktail, inspired by the recipe from 1895: high-rye, bottled-in-bond bourbon (@newriff ), house picon, sugar, bogart bitters.
#drinkbetter #cocktails #classiccocktails #authenticcocktails #liberalcocktail #modernamericandrinks #georgekappeler #picon #piconcocktails #bittercocktails

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Our January issue features 9 of Lexington’s finest local Chefs, head online at to get to know them 🍴🍷 — Which chef are you going to visit this weekend? Let us know & tag #topsinlex to be featured 🙌🏼 ...

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We miss you all! It's getting real lonely in here!

#drinkbetter #barlife #quarantine #shutdown

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westmainbar featured in themanualguide! The Lexington craft bar’s brand director Jonathan Laurel urges bartenders to leave behind the myths about spirits — and start telling it straight-up for 2020! Check out the article via #linkinbio.

#Lexington #lex #lexky #estespr #westmainbar #craftcocktails #kentucky #themanualguide #themanual #cocktails #bar #2020 #bartender

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It's been 10 days but it feels like a month already! We miss all our dedicated drinkers and we miss doing what we do. A proper drink is perfected only by proper company, and we can't wait to enjoy your company again as soon as this over.
#drinkbetter #staywell #barlife #supportlocal #quarantinelife

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 192 customer reviews.
  • love love this place, come here as often as I can.

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    Megan Broughton

    Very cool vibe. Loved the classic cocktails. Incredible house made libations from scratch.

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    Kimberly Vallee-Pierre
  • Everything was SUPERB! Unusual, but delicious, cocktail, Kentucky Lamb Sausage and Petite Bananas Foster - all made for a refreshingly... read more

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    Mark van Dalm

    5 star ratingWe've been here once and it was a phenomenal experience. Christian was our bartender and he was top notch. We... read more

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    Amy J.
  • 5 star ratingI only had one drink here but really loved all the fun cocktail options. Drinks are true to the description... read more

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    Anna W.

    We had the most loveliest of hosts, Davin. The food and drinks were incredible and unique as well as well... read more

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    Anna Tobler
  • 5 star ratingFantastic! This sexy, dark bar was just what we were looking for after a UK game. Lucky for us,... read more

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    Heather H.

    Great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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    Bryan Gilson
  • All I can say!
    The biscuit and gravy is incredible. So flavorful, and a perfect amount of spice!
    Our server/bartender Christian...
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    Lydia M. Shrout

    5 star ratingMuch like a magician mesmerizes an audience with his tricks, or a vocalist wows a crowd with their talent, the... read more

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    Doc M.
  • Incredible cocktails- from the classics to their ever changing menu of perfectly balanced drinks. But hey guys, it’s cold, it’s... read more

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    Taylor Crockett

    The incredible care and knowledge of ingredients, combined with the most creative cocktails I've ever seen. The knowledge and... read more

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    John Monohan
  • 5 star ratingI imagine this place gets insanely busy on the weekends, but we happened to stumble in for a cocktail on... read more

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    Teresa S.

    ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL!! Sara M was an amazing and informative server. Started with the flat bread and Hickory White Old Fashion.... read more

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    Margra Ferrier
  • We had incredible food: the duck was perfect, as were the gnocchi! We went for the Old Fashioned, and... read more

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    Renee E. Wallace

    4 star ratingOn our travels through Kentucky we saw this place advertised and stopped off for dinner. It was just as great... read more

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    Lydia V.
  • 5 star ratingAmazing cocktails and enjoy the food. Great ambience ! All ages crowd and sophisticated feel with reasonable prices

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    Elephant T.

    Great atmosphere and very good craft cocktails

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    Jeff Sewell
  • 5 star ratingWe had a wonderful meal from beginning to end, comfortable-chic ambiance, original and quality cocktails & food plus excellent service.

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    Wanda B.

    5 star ratingStopped in here while I was staying at the hotel down the street. I was really impressed. Walking in there... read more

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As we resume service, we are instituting some changes to protect our staff and our guests:

• We will be operating on a reservation-only basis. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by emailing

• To comply with social distancing guidelines, we will have limited seating. Visibly open seats may not be available for walk-ins.

• Our staff will be wearing PPE throughout service. This will be a new experience for all of us. 

• Our normally well-barbered staff is in a great need of a haircut; please don’t judge them.