West Main Crafting Co.

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West Main Crafting Co. is a craft cocktail bar and restaurant located in downtown Lexington, KY. We make all of our ingredients in-house to provide the most exciting drinking experience possible, whether you’re enjoying authentic classics or inventive new cocktails. We also proudly sport one of the largest absinthe collections in the country. We release two cocktail menus each year, one for the winter and one for warm weather.
 
Our food menu is a thoughtful, Kentucky Proud, exploration of fresh and regional produce, with shareable plates as well as entrees, and daily specials. After 10:30 on weekend nights we also have our Late Night menu of lifesaving, breakfast-inspired food.

As much as we love enthusiasts of all ages, we are strictly a 21 & up venue, and can accommodate no minors, toddlers or infants. For parties over 6, please call 859.618.6318, or email guestservices@westmain.com.
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TH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, great gluten free options.. will definitely go again!

E
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was a little expensive considering the amount was given, also, it wasn't that good. We had the duck and the pasta, but the duck came out to be a little disappointing.

WC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the prices very reasonable, including the prices on shots of their bourbon selection. Our server Lauren, was also outstanding, which was not a surprise, since we knew Lauren from her job at a previous restaurant in Georgetown.

T
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time visitors please note signage isn’t very good. We walked past it twice.

Service is great. Food is very big & bold in flavor but small in portion. The night we were there the chef was heavy on the black pepper on almost everything! And by small, the jam on the cheese board was 3 dime size droplets and the sweet potatoes with the lamb was a shmear under the meat. Go for the unique cocktails but don’t expect a big meal.

BY
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant! And I hate to say that because I want to keep it my secret place, but I tell my buddies about it all the time. Many of them have never heard about West Main Crafting and I think that might be because of the exterior signage. The most visible sign is a long vertical piece that says COCKTAILS. The cocktails are extraordinary, BUT so is the food. I found out about it last year during restaurant week and have been coming back ever since. Always a treat.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink, first class experence, we loved the lamb dishes and the hand crafted drinks!

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner experience in Lexington! Drinks and food were amazing!

j
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, outstanding cocktails. Really appreciate the dedication to providing drinks built from scratch ingredients. Food was very good with one exception. Portion sizes were fair but not generous. Other three in party were pleased with their entrees. I had the half rack of lamb special at $41. Two double cut chops, good flavor but chewy and difficult to manage. Gave up after 5-6 bites. Only thing that caused me to give 4 stars. Overall really good restaurant.

OA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat and met Christian (I believe was his name) the bartender and he crafted amazing drink for us while we waited for our table. Davin was our server and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a very amazing experience to celebrate our anniversary.

M
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks along with nice atmosphere. Nice place!

M
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The decor and ambiance were well suited to its 'cocktails with friends, or dinner' vibe. There were a couple of groups near the front having drinks, people at the bar, and the tables were mostly occupied. The high-top table was little used, making the space seem open and probably helped the noise level remain at a conversational level. Our server was knowledgeable about the drink and food menus and helpful in making decisions. His description of the Kaeng Phet was spot on! (If you like a little spice, try it!) The menu was interesting, the food well prepared and beautifully presented. We enjoyed it all. Had we been hungrier or the dessert menu been more compelling, we'd have had dessert but we opted out. Overall a good dining experience I'd be happy to return to. Our server was new to the restaurant and, in his eagerness to assure a good dining experience, verged on intrusive, so I marked service 'very good'.

M
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Although the West Main Crafting Co. specializes in unique cocktails, we were there for the food. Several vegan options were excellent. We had a fresh pasta, hummus, fresh bread, and mushroom scrapple. They were all excellent, and relatively unique. We didn't have to have special requests or modifications--they had dishes that were already flavorful as vegan meals. Cudos!

JE
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing! Awesome date night!

GN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.
Handcrafted cocktails, with attention to every detail. Artfully prepared. Professional and friendly service
Delicious food.
West Main Crafting, our new favorite. Great job 👍

AS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried West Main Crafting Co. for the first time. Enjoyed a very lovely anniversary dinner and have already recommended it! It is a REALLY great option for some truly fine dining and craft cocktails without going to the steakhouse giants downtown and without those hefty prices. We had the chicken two ways and filet mignon (which were recommended by our awesome server, Tiffany) and both were simply delicious - as well as the charred carrots to start and the craft cocktails!

LF
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sazarac ever! Innovative menu with lots of choices...look forward to an opportunity to go back

MW
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We made a reservation and modified the time 45 minutes once 2 hours before reservation. Arrived 2 minutes prior to reservation time and front staff told us we were over 2 hours late for reservation. I stated we are still 2 minutes early and she said let me see what we can do. We had multiple couple reservations and were sitting near another reservation. The staff came back and said we can squeeze you in when over half the table were unoccupied. She made us feel unwelcome. Drinks were good. Great place, but service was bad this night!

LJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding at every level: food, unique craft cocktails and service. So good we went two nights in a row.

WT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again our experience was amazing. The cocktails are fantastic, food was savory and very tasty, and the service was perfect. Of we will be back... many more times!

MH
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places in Lexington. The cocktails are unparalleled . Beautiful and delicious . The food is also delicious and creative. Beautiful presentation. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly yet unobtrusive .Can’t say enough good things. Go there !

SW
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fascinating selection of interesting cocktails, ours were great. The barbecued carrots were an excellent start and my wife's pork belly was excellent as was my filet mignon.

MM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. The drinks were great. The chef came to the table and was very nice and welcoming.Charles our waiter not to much seemed like we weren’t his favorite customer. My wife hade scrapple and enjoyed every bite. I had the pork belly special and it was just that special, the squash with the Brussels sprouts was a flavor explosion in my mouth.
I had the Panda Panda Panda cocktail again it was just awesome. My wife had a castle in the sky it to was very good.
I would recommend this place highly

KB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

West Main has whatever cocktail you need: high-quality basics, or imaginative creations you would never think up on your and couldn’t make at home. The food menu is somewhat short, but still plenty sufficient, with locavore and vegan options. This is the only restaurant in Kentucky that has excited me enough to warrant more than five visits.

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a truly enjoyable experience from the waiting staff to the charcuterie and finally the main course. My wife had duck breast and I had the halibut special which were both outstanding and creative. We took dessert home which were also excellent. The room was quiet and private. For a bar that prides itself on its cocktail menu, the dinner was quite a pleasant surprise !👍👍👍👍😋

m
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whole meal experience was very lovely. We were only visiting the area for the night and know next to nothing about Lexington. West main happened to be a few steps from our hotel. Very happy with everything! Definitely try the hickory smash.

MS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Way too boujee. Not friendly for groups, overpriced, and not worth your value, with mediocre at best cocktails. For starters, if you have a group of six or more, you are sitting at high top tables with stools. It is dark, really dark. They need some additional lighting for the bar area. Multiple people in our group needed to use their phones to see the menu. The food is very very good but well overpriced for the portion sizes.

To anyone looking for a good dinner and cocktails in Kentucky, I'd recommend Middlefork, OBC Kitchen, or Carson's over this wannabe.

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar as it is fun to watch them prepare the specialty cocktails. Highly recommend.

OT
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time. Only small glitch in the evening was there was only one bartender which made bar service slow. Our server, Tyler was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and fun.

B
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, ambiance and service were exceptional. The chef was receptive to limiting salt where h could for a friend who is salt intolerant. We’ll be back!

j
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and fun drink menu. So many options. Food menu is not extensive but very high quality.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant's cocktails were amazing and unique. A tad pricey for the dinner with the amount of food you get, but tasty nonetheless.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very classy and intimate place. The craft cocktails are AMAZING, some of the best I have ever had. I would say its on par with "Japps" in Cincinnati. Food was excellent. A limited menu but interesting choices that are well made. I do highly rate this place for its ambiance, cool without being pretentious.

VK
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Definitely going back! Has best original drinks and cocktails in Lexington.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing cocktail selection and the food was outstanding.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

West Main crafting was okay, not great. First we made reservations and were sat at a high top, community table
The stools were uncomfortable and we add to hear the annoying conversation of other diners. So for this price point, I expect better. The food was okay. The only positive of the experience was our server was attentive and nice. Overall, there are better restaurants in Lexington with a better atmosphere.

West Main Crafting Co.
Responded on August 4, 2019

Hello, We're so sorry your experience was less than extraordinary. We assign our reservations to tables based on their explicit requests as well as offering priority to those who made their reservations first. Please accept our apologies that your seating arrangement wasn't ideal. We are so thankful for your kind words about your service; we work hard to make sure everyone feels they've been well attended. Thank you for your feedback, and we do hope to see you again.

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SR
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Both the host and our waiter spent an amazing amount of time answering our questions and interacting with us on a very busy night. The food was excellent although I thought extremely small portions. The drinks are the real reason to go here though and everyone should order a cocktail.

C
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went restaurant week and the scallops were delicious!!

LH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Wished they had more options for vegan/vegetarian eaters.

LG
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious cocktails. Outstanding service and great food.

OT
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Their craft cocktails are on point!