CLASSES & EVENTS

Our year is full of events that show off our unique combination of bar skills, culinary prowess, community support, and generally nerdy enthusiasm. We host parties for our new cocktail menus, coursed pairing dinners (sometimes thematic, sometimes prix fixe, sometimes with incredible guest chefs, sometimes all of these), historically inspired cocktail specials, and small private classes. These events allow us to geek out a little bit and give us the opportunity to create unique, memorable experiences in the cross between food, beverages, and education, and to share our world with others. If you are interested in booking a class or event for a private group, please contact us at guestservices@westmain.com.

Events on the radar

New Year’s Eve

12/31/2019

Join us for a memorable experience to celebrate the new year! This year we're hosting a prix fixe dinner that is destined to blow your mind away, with a 5-course menu Yukimura A5 Wagyu with bourbon pairings. The menu of rare snow-aged Japanese beef will be a highlight of any year, and tickets are limited.

Past Events

Spirits 110: The Story of Absinthe

11/18/2019

Join us as we tell the extraordinary story of the most maligned, most vilified spirit in modern history. We'll taste six absinthes from our ever-expanding collection, share a two-course meal, and discuss the science and socio-political dynamics behind the most successful campaign of propaganda of the nineteenth century!

Queimada

10/25/2019 - 11/03/2019

"Owls, barn owls, toads and witches, demons, goblins and devils..." So begins the Conxuro da Queimada, the Galegan ritual of flaming brandy punch used to banish evil spirits and invoke cosmic good will for you and your loved ones. We are serving a house Queimada for the week of Halloween, because when's a better time to banish the evil eye?!

Spirits 120: Mezcal Method Madness

09/29/2019

This much-hyped spirit is the product of a mind-blowing, permutative matrix of methods and environmental factors. These methods ensure that, quite literally, no two mezcales are the same. In this class we'll investigate these methods and taste examples from across the spectrum while sharing a two course meal.

James Beard Presents: Raise the Bar

09/27/2019

Our Beverage Director, Jake Sulek, is a featured bartender at the James Beard Foundation's first Raise the Bar event in Louisville this September, part of their Taste America tour! We're super proud to be presenting our program and our craft in the company of so many wonderful chefs and mixologists. Come hang out with Jake and our Brand Director, Jonathan, and drink and talk about all the things we love.

Menu Release: Volume 5b and Fall Food Menu

09/12/2019

Two new menus are dropping! We continue to explore our Thai cuisine obsession through our next cocktail menu, the second part of Volume 5. Volume 5b will replace our more summery drinks with some warmer, spicier, winter-appropriate cocktails. And we will be introducing our new Fall Food Menu as well, featuring seasonally updated favorites and some new options you won't want to miss!

Dining Out For Life

09/12/2019

Join us as we participate in Dining Out For Life, Lexington's largest charity-dining event! A percentage of our proceeds from Thursday, September 12, will go to support AVOL and all the amazing work they do for our community.

Craddock Flight

08/27/2019 - 09/01/2019

In honor of Harry Craddock's birthday (Aug 29), we are featuring a special flight of cocktails originated by this titan of cocktail history. For those who don't know, Harry Craddock was most famously the Head Bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he wrote the Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), one of the most successful cocktail books in history. Many of his cocktails are iconic to this day.

Lexington Restaurant Week

07/25/2019 - 08/03/2019

West Main Crafting Co. is honored to participate in Lexington Restaurant Week this year! We are joining local restaurants in featuring a three-course, prix fixe menu ($27) of tasting courses as well as our Summer Menu for a ten day period. Make your reservation now!

Hemingway Flight

07/19/2019 - 07/29/2019

In honor of this famous boozer's birthday, we are featuring a flight of Hemingway's favorite drinks! For those who don't know, this most masculine man was notorious for steep drinks and localized drinking legends during his life in the Caribbean. Come enjoy a few (or more than a few — he'd have supported your excess) this week!

Spirits 110: The Story of Absinthe

07/15/2019

Join us as we tell the extraordinary story of the most maligned, most vilified spirit in modern history. We'll taste six absinthes from our ever-expanding collection, share a two-course meal, and discuss the science and socio-political dynamics behind the most successful campaign of propaganda of the nineteenth century!

Negroni Week

06/24/2019 - 06/30/2019

West Main is officially participating in Campari's international Negroni Week! We'll be offering a flight of house Negroni riffs and a series of unofficial staff favorites dug up from innumerable historical inspirations and (mostly) nights of playing around with ingredients until we find something that we love.

Spirits 120: Mezcal Method Madness

06/17/2019

This much-hyped spirit is the product of a mind-blowing, permutative matrix of methods and environmental factors. These methods ensure that, quite literally, no two mezcales are the same. In this class we'll investigate these methods and taste examples from across the spectrum while sharing a two course meal.

Spirits 120: Mezcal Method Madness

05/19/2019

This much-hyped spirit is the product of a mind-blowing, permutative matrix of methods and choices made by the Mescalero. These methods ensure that, quite literally, no two mezcales are the same. In this class we'll investigate these methods and taste examples from across the spectrum while sharing a two course meal.

Mother’s Day Evening

05/12/2019

On Sunday, May 12, we’ll be featuring a small, prix fixe menu of special items, as well as a special dessert from Miriam for everyone, although moms will get one for free. So in case you can’t make it to the traditional Mom’s Day brunch, come and celebrate the ladies in your life (and who gave you life) that evening. We recommend making reservations for this night.

Volume 5 Release Party

05/09/2019

Join us as we celebrate the release of our new cocktail menu on Thursday, May 9! Volume #5 looks to Thai cuisine for its inspiration and finds extraordinary opportunity in Thai ingredients, flavors, and culinary staples. The resulting colorful array of new cocktails will be revealed at the party, along with several other additions to our menu. Also, it's our birthday!

Julep Week

04/26/2019 - 05/05/2019

In honor of the 145th Kentucky Derby, we are featuring a truly unique Julep for all of Derby week. Inspired by a story from Charles Dickens' 1842 trip to America, this large format julep is to be shared among friends and promises to make any evening supremely memorable and full of laughs.

Cocktail Pairing Dinner with Samantha Fore

04/11/2019

We are joining with Chef Sam Fore of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites to bring you a dinner unlike anything either of us has done before. This pairing dinner will focus on what Sam identifies as the central principle of Sri Lankan cuisine: “the search for your personal, perfect bite.