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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For those planning to kick back this Labor Day Weekend, don't forget to stop by and pick up some bottled cocktails like this West Indies Planters' Punch.

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It’s not too late to Dine Out For Life! Text dine4life to 50155 to donate, or donate online. Link in my bio for participating restaurants 🍽


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From our Summer Menu: 12oz of KY Lamb Sausage with lamb from Four Hills Farm, processed in house, with a warm salad of whole grains and a citrus-yogurt sauce.

#eatbetter #kyproud #kylamb #sausage #housesausage #homemadesausage #localfood #supportlocal #localrestaurants
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From the Standards section of our cocktail menus: a house tonic meets @castleandkey Restoration or seasonal gins for a flavor bomb that provides an uncommon answer to the common question, "what's on tap?" 

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A close relative to our End Mark cocktail this week is the Mule, a staple in almost any bar, made at West Main with house made ginger beer. Read more about the history of the now-ubiquitous Mule on our blog. 

#drinkbetter #moscowmule #kentuckymule #bourboncocktail #gingerbeer #housebeer @the_end_mark #mulecocktail #mule
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From our Summer Menu: a bowl of chilled noodles with assorted vegetables, sesame, and lime, tossed in a lightly spiced peanut sauce. A perfect shareable snack or a light meal. 

#eatbetter #summermenu #foodmenu #noodles #eatlocal #supportlocal #localrestaurants #lexeats
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A standard from all our menus: the Hickory Sour. This play on the classic whiskey sour has become an easy welcome post for people new to bourbon cocktails (and cocktails in general). Charred hickory chips and peaches infuse the Kentucky bourbon base, joined with lemon, honey, apricot brandy, orange bitters, and aquafaba. 

#drinkbetter #cocktails #classiccocktails #sourcocktails #whiskeysour #hickory #hickorycocktails #bourboncocktails @old grand dad #oldgranddadbourbon @giffard_liqueurs_syrups #giffard
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Though it may be shocking to realize, it's already mid-August, 2020. A positive spin on that: @avol.ky's annual Dining Out For Life is one month away! Of course, we'll be doing or (now) normal spaced seating with limited capacity for DOFL, but we also have carry out food and cocktails available. So make your reservations and set up your notifications for Thursday, September 10, to support your local food businesses and fight one of the many health problems facing our community.  

#drinkbetter #eatbetter #dofl #diningoutforlive #avol #avolky #sharethelex #supportlocal #eatlocal #localrestaurants
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It's the moment you've all been waiting for! We would like to give a huge congratulations to Alli K., who is our $500 grand prize winner! Alli submitted receipts from jeffrubyslexington, infinity_skybar, and westmainbar. Thank you again to each and every one of you that helped us with or participated in DowntownLEX Together presented by Central Bank.
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From Volume 6: the Redbud Road, the iconic house Aperol sour cocktail you could never be prepared for. Aperol, lemon, Kentucky bourbon, orange bitters. 

#drinkbetter #cocktails #summercocktails #aperol #aperolcocktails #sourcocktails #modernclassic @aperolusa #oldgranddadbourbon
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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 207 customer reviews.
  • Food and service was impeccable. The toasted grilled cheese tea sandwich was charred and not only did they replace... read more

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    shelley Lucido
    9/15/2020

    This is a very strong selection for a dinner and for drinks. The waitstaff were very friendly and willing to... read more

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    Frank Luongo
    8/22/2020
  • 5 star ratingJust amazing. One of the best restaurants I've been to. Perfect place for a date night out. Beautifully crafted cocktails... read more

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    Bobbye K.
    8/08/2020

    Great food, amazing cocktail menu, wonderful staff

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    Joy Leonard
    8/07/2020
  • There's no reason to not go try this yourself. First off the staff was phenomenal. When you go, ask for... read more

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    Kyle Bagwell
    7/29/2020

    5 star ratingWest Main crafting is an amazing find. There's absolutely nothing that we did not like about this place.The atmosphere is... read more

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    Kerry D.
    7/27/2020
  • Austin Shuck has a thorough knowledge of the cocktail menu and exquisite customer service. Great place to get a quality cocktail.

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    Jon Dye
    7/12/2020

    5 star ratingThis is one of those experiences were you start and end with perfection. I can't elaborate enough where West Main... read more

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    Mary Kate A.
    7/08/2020
  • This place is awesome
    From atmosphere to the best cocktails in Lexington. Food was delicious all fresh and prepared on...
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    Harold Cooper
    7/04/2020

    5 star ratingIt's always a luxury to dine out at a beautiful establishment like this, but during COVID-19 it's even more of... read more

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    Roxanne K.
    7/04/2020
  • Best place to get high quality drinks and food!!

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    Brandon Dixon
    6/21/2020

    love love this place, come here as often as I can.

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    Megan Broughton
    6/06/2020
  • 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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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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.