Cocktails

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.

Food

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.

Absinthe

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 jlaurel@westmain.com.

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

#drinkbetter #barlife #quarantine #shutdown
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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!
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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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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 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for well-raised, well-prepared, quality steaks.  Come by for dinner any night of the week and let us show you what’s up.
#eatbetter #steaks #localrestaurants #supportlocal #qualityfood #lexeats #shade
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It’s hard to get more Golden Age of Cocktails than a proper, improved Holland Cocktail.  This secret house fave takes center stage for our new menu, and will soon take center stage in your life. You’ll see.
#drinkbetter #goldenage #goldenagecocktails #hollandcocktail #improvedcocktails #hollands #genever #hollandgin @bols_genever #classiccocktails
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Our January issue features 9 of Lexington’s finest local Chefs, head online at Topsinlex.com 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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Tonight’s the night! Join us to celebrate and kick off our new cocktail menu, Volume 6: The Golden Age, certainly our prettiest menu yet!  See you tonight!
#drinkbetter #cocktails #classiccocktails #barlife #barculture #barhistory #cocktailmenu #newmenu #bestcocktailmenu #goldenage #goldenagecocktails #tonightsthenight
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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.



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Installment 1 of our Absinthe Guide is up on the website! For new and experienced absinthe drinkers alike, this feature hopefully answers your introductory questions about absinthe, in particular: ‘what even is absinthe and where does it come from?’ #drinkbetter #absinthe #spiritseducation #bareducation #absintheeducation #greenfairy #dontcallitthat #botanicals #botanicalspirits ...

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 191 customer reviews.
  • Very cool vibe. Loved the classic cocktails. Incredible house made libations from scratch.

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    Kimberly Vallee-Pierre
    3/12/2020

    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
    3/11/2020
  • 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.
    3/10/2020

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

    Anna W. Avatar
    Anna W.
    3/08/2020
  • We had the most loveliest of hosts, Davin. The food and drinks were incredible and unique as well as well... read more

    Anna Tobler Avatar
    Anna Tobler
    3/01/2020

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

    Heather H. Avatar
    Heather H.
    3/01/2020
  • Great atmosphere and friendly staff.

    Bryan Gilson Avatar
    Bryan Gilson
    2/12/2020

    All I can say is...wow!
    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
    2/02/2020
  • 5 star ratingMuch like a magician mesmerizes an audience with his tricks, or a vocalist wows a crowd with their talent, the... read more

    Doc M. Avatar
    Doc M.
    2/02/2020

    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
    2/01/2020
  • 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
    1/26/2020

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

    Teresa S. Avatar
    Teresa S.
    1/21/2020
  • ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL!! Sara M was an amazing and informative server. Started with the flat bread and Hickory White Old Fashion.... read more

    Margra Ferrier Avatar
    Margra Ferrier
    1/05/2020

    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
    1/04/2020
  • 4 star ratingOn our travels through Kentucky we saw this place advertised and stopped off for dinner. It was just as great... read more

    Lydia V. Avatar
    Lydia V.
    12/31/2019

    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.
    12/30/2019
  • Great atmosphere and very good craft cocktails

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    Jeff Sewell
    12/27/2019

    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.
    12/22/2019
  • 5 star ratingStopped in here while I was staying at the hotel down the street. I was really impressed. Walking in there... read more

    Andrea M. Avatar
    Andrea M.
    12/14/2019

    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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    andikmyers
    12/14/2019

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COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 guestservices@westmain.com

• 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.