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The Liberal Cocktail

Bittersweet orange, clove, caramel, dark chocolate Kentucky bourbon, picon, sugar, Bogart bitters Our best-selling “secret” since we opened, the Liberal Cocktail first appeared in George Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks in 1895.  While the original drink relied on rye whiskey, we prefer the vanilla and toffee flavors found in bourbon, so we

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(New and) Improved Holland Cocktail

Apricot, granola, malt, roasted chestnut Barrel-aged genever, French oak syrup, maraschino, absinthe, orange bitters The Holland Cocktail gets its name from the base spirit, genever, a grain-based distillate from the Netherlands.  As the prototype for modern-day gin, genever was one of the most dominant spirits during the Golden Age, with

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Absinthe Is…

Absinthe was a fundamental ingredient in nineteenth-century cocktails, and fundamental to nineteenth-century culture at large.  Beginning its life in 1795, this botanical spirit rose from provincial origins to become the presiding muse of the French empire, of that empire’s arts, and of international imagination.  Simultaneous to its rise, however, absinthe

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New Desserts | February, 2020

Every new month brings some new things at West Main, but usually we’re most excited about our monthly dessert menu changes. This month, we’re moving to some true comfort desserts to shelter us for the remainder of the winter, and you don’t want to miss out.   Warm sorghum doughnuts

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Winter Food Menu, 2020

Our Winter Food Menu is here and features some gorgeous, warming food for these dark and (supposedly) cold months.  With every passing menu certain items reify their “West Main Staples” status, but we’re happy to update these with new, seasonal setups.  Other items are completely new for this menu and

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“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Japanese Cocktail

Filling the inconspicuous role of #113 in Jerry Thomas’s manual, the Japanese Cocktail is the second in our cocktail flight dedicate to Thomas, from Volume 5b.  A quick internet search will pretty much give you an exhaustive account of the collected knowledge about the Japanese Cocktail in one paragraph.  While

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Temporary Shut Down

Due to Governor Andy’s “No Indoor Seating” rule, we will be closed for on-site service at least until the week of December 14.  
In the meantime, we are offering takeout service from our food and beverage programs.  We are open for takeout Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm.   Call 859.618.6318 to place an order.