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Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY , 40202



The place to see and be seen, Proof on Main's bar serves up exactly the kind of libations you'd expect from a sleek bar at an art hotel. First-time visitors to 21c Museum Hotel sometimes express surprise—if not disbelief—to discover contemporary art exhibitions here in Kentucky. The drinks should come as no surprise, though—this is bourbon country after all. Craft cocktails on the frequently updated menu are seasonally inspired, sometimes taking their cue from the current installations, and feature house-made ingredients as well as only-at-Proof spirits, including specially barreled Woodford Reserve and Van Winkle. Sidle up to the devil perched at one end of the bar and try a bourbon flight or signature cocktail like the Proof Manhattan with Willett Pot Still; have some nibbles from the kitchen while you're at it. Roasted bones or charred octopus, anyone?

Dana McMahan

Ryan Rogers of Feast BBQ / Proof on Main

Levon Wallace has turned Proof into one of my favorite restaurants in town. It's one of the best places to eat in the city with one of the best cocktail programs.

— Ryan Rogers of Feast BBQ