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Proof on Main



702 W Main St Attached to the 21C Museum Hotel
Louisville, KY 40202

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(502) 217-6360

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4.8 of 5.0 from 134 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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Blogger Reviews of Proof on Main

  • Spinach Tiger on Aug 07, 2013

    Hats off to Chef Levon Wallace for one of the top dinning experiences of my life, and I've had many great ones. I look forward to coming back with Mrs. ST for a special occasion. There is definitely a culinary trip to Louisville in the future, for a visit to Proof on Main.

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  • Micki DBest cocktail I've had in a long time, great service, and top quality without feeling stuffy.

    55555 by Micki D


  • Paul HolbaOh where to start - farm to table goodness!

    55555 by Paul Holba


  • Dimitris STried the ribeye steak and was perfect!

    55555 by Dimitris S


  • Kevin SThe smoked brisket sandwich was awesome for lunch.

    55555 by Kevin S


  • Allen V.One of the coolest bars I've ever been to.

    55555 by Allen V.


  • Jon P.Excellent food; great bourbon tasting options

    55555 by Jon P.


  • PK Jgreat drinks, location and vibe !!! At times the service is a tad slow...

    55555 by PK J


  • PureWowGo for the bison burger, piled high with shredded lettuce and apricot-laced jezebel sauce. Just try it.

    55555 by PureWow


  • Rick DCombo meals and beers

    55555 by Rick D


  • Matthew RGreat custom cocktails.

    55555 by Matthew R


  • Ariana VExcellent cocktails! And extremely great bar staff. We had a great time for a bachelorette.

    55555 by Ariana V


  • Brad HVERY GOOD place, great atmosphere, very hip / chic clientele. Food is amazing, especially the bison burger, scallops, octopus, & grits 😄 incredible, provocative Art throughout, GREAT drinks ❤️❤️❤️

    55555 by Brad H


  • Zach SteinerGreat cocktails and whiskey selection.

    55555 by Zach Steiner


  • Kelly GotkinBeautiful art and creative menu options

    55555 by Kelly Gotkin


  • Miriam C.The art is clever and provocative.

    55555 by Miriam C.


  • Hillary TThe food was outstanding. We had the octopus appetizer (perfection), for dinner I had the Duck Bolognese, my husband had the veal (great). Pair the KY bourbon pie with the Madeira...it is beautiful!

    55555 by Hillary T


  • Johanna E.Don't skip the blackberry Pop-Tart with chicken liver pate. Just trust me on this one.

    55555 by Johanna E.


  • Johanna E.The bison burger is awesome; the crispy rosemary parmesan fries are even better. Love that they split it for us!

    55555 by Johanna E.


  • Rob KWidest selection of bourbons I've ever seen! 👀 Try a tasting flight.

    55555 by Rob K


  • Janae KThe art and the pictures. Its beautiful. All the different wonderful smells. Its amazing!!! 😀

    55555 by Janae K


  • paolo benvenutoGreat food and cool venue- attached to a gallery when you need a break from your table 😉.

    55555 by paolo benvenuto


  • Mehmet Y.Şehrin en iyi restorantlarından

    55555 by Mehmet Y.


  • David E.Very nice brunch. The cornmeal biscuit in the Benedict is a unique and tasty option compared to other brunch spots.

    55555 by David E.


  • Zach R.Very good service. Friendly staff.

    55555 by Zach R.


  • Melanie GeorgeUnique alcohol selections ... my southern boy husband loves a good bourbon and rye.

    55555 by Melanie George


  • KFed 4.The dinner here is amazing, especially the fatty pork chops. The "goo cake" is a disappointing fudge brownie.

    55555 by KFed 4.


  • Hunter G.Try the bone marrow with a PBR pairing. No, really.

    55555 by Hunter G.


  • Erin E.What a great place to experience Kentucky Bourbonism and amazing food. The truffle fries are fantastic

    55555 by Erin E.


  • Josh L.Weisenberger Grits are not on the lunch menu but can be subbed in for a side dish with your sandwich.

    55555 by Josh L.


  • Justin TranEverything is good at Proof, last time we was there, we had a steak and diver scallop. The steak I had was perfect every bit had so much flavor. The diver scallop was a nice size and very fresh!

    55555 by Justin Tran


  • Daniel BarnettGet the roasted bones if you're looking for something special. Or incredible. Either one.

    55555 by Daniel Barnett


  • Leah MaloneStare at the glorious gold David statue outside while drinking the death's grip and eating the grilled octopus.

    55555 by Leah Malone


  • Miss JTry the homemade ginger ale!

    55555 by Miss J


  •  Kelly R.If you're not in the mood for a full meal, try the bar's selection of creative, delicious small plates that are unique to the bar menu. And the cocktails, duh!

    55555 by  Kelly R.


  • TV Food MapsCheck out Proof on Main as seen on Bizarre Foods America

    55555 by TV Food Maps


  • Lucille F.The charred Octupus was disappointing. It was rubbery , though with flavor. I love Octupus and have had it all over the world. The Octupus in their sister resto in Cincy is soo much better.

    33333 by Lucille F.


  • Jeff R.Deaths Grip. Drink it. Also, giant pink penguins.

    33333 by Jeff R.


  • TheYumYumFoodieGet the smoked fish dip...yum.Great all around experience.

    55555 by TheYumYumFoodie


  • Lauren L.Truffle fries and the bison burger

    55555 by Lauren L.


  • Paul H.Marvelously crafted menu. Fantastic atmosphere. Easy location.

    55555 by Paul H.


  • NatalyaGreat cocktails, impressive drinks menu. Pretty amazing gallery in the back

    55555 by Natalya


  • Arlene M.Make sure to take the time to check out the art gallery during your visit. It is small but very worthwhile. They have a golden replica of Michelangelo's David on the outside

    55555 by Arlene M.


  • Jeffrey JEnjoyed a 'Death's Grip'. Perfect place to finish our Urban Bourbon Trail. 6 for 6!!! We Rock!!! Most expensive T shirt we earned for free. :)

    55555 by Jeffrey J


  • Schanel M.The fried bologna sandwich took me back to my childhood. You must try it! The cocktails are wonderful, too!

    55555 by Schanel M.


  • Kristin#ProofonMain The menu is a bit eclectic but you can't go wrong! Shrimp & grits are stupid good!

    55555 by Kristin


  • Yolanda H.Very eclectic. ..bar service less than par..museum was nice.

    55555 by Yolanda H.


  • EaterWhile the reviews of the 30-foot-tall golden naked David in front of its entrance are mixed, new executive chef Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise. [Eater 18 Member]

    33333 by Eater


  • Jordan O.The Bison carpaccio is farmed by the restaurant and is like nothing I've tasted... Really good!

    55555 by Jordan O.


  • SNDEnjoy great cocktails and great food in a chic space surrounded by contemporary art.

    55555 by SND


  • Alexa P.Ambiance is great- find the countdown meter and ask your server about it! Won't be disappointed with anything you order.

    55555 by Alexa P.


  • RobProof selected Eagle Rare is delicious. Slightly more spicy than your typical Eagle Rare and well worth the visit.

    55555 by Rob


  • bunsen h.Everything is really bitter here. Caveat emptor! Nice art, though?

    55555 by bunsen h.


  • Serious EatsBroadbent Country Ham Falafel is a must-order appetizer--beloved Kentucky ham is mixed in with the chickpeas before each falafel ball is shaped and fried, adding smoky pigginess to each bite.

    55555 by Serious Eats


  • Kate D.Fantastic atmosphere! Order a bourbon flight & don't miss the attached contemporary art gallery in the 21c hotel.

    55555 by Kate D.


  • Shanon P.Get the octopus! OMG. Loved the flavor! So unique.

    55555 by Shanon P.


  • Jenneffer P.Very nice warm ricotta app

    55555 by Jenneffer P.


  • Andrew L.I dont reccomend the bone marrow dish.

    55555 by Andrew L.


  • EaterWhile the reviews of the 30-foot-tall golden naked David in front of its entrance are mixed, new executive chef Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise.

    33333 by Eater


  • Leslie A.Octopus is the best I've had outside Greece.

    55555 by Leslie A.


  • Laneay Y.Order the Angus short ribs. Buttery soft and amazing flavor.

    55555 by Laneay Y.


  • Brian D.Seems like their bison burger is the favorite here, tonight I delve into the hen of the woods on the gnocchi

    55555 by Brian D.


  • Jason Y.Not much of a brunch scene, but the eggs benedict w/ grits was delicious.

    55555 by Jason Y.


  • Allison T.Must go when in Louisville. Excellent service, terrific dinner. And a great bar with many bourbons. Enjoy your drink while you walk through the art gallery. A seriously good time.

    55555 by Allison T.


  • Miles & Smith R.The food was over the top! Gary had the appetizer Ahi Tuna - best he's ever had and the Salmon. Minette had the Buffalo Bison, which ended being the best piece of meat she'd ever tasted. Will be back!

    55555 by Miles & Smith R.


  • Sharyn K.Great spot for breakfast... Surrounded by art.

    55555 by Sharyn K.


  • Just Add BourbonI'd try "The Ambassador's Wife" cocktail here, and then ask your server for your Urban Bourbon Trail passport.

    55555 by Just Add Bourbon


  • Alexis H.Try the Chocolate, Olive Oil Caramel, And Candied Olives. - #desserts. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alexis H.


  • Alexis H.Try the Basil Sponge Cake,Strawberries. - #basil sponge cake. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alexis H.


  • Jeff C.Very trendy atmosphere and wonderful drinks, but the service is entirely too slow and cavalier for the prices they charge

    33333 by Jeff C.


  • Shaheer B.Posh little bar with a strikingly surreal decor. The place is furnished with a nice blend of high tables akin to a formal setting and large comfortable couches. Wear a casual jacket at the least.

    55555 by Shaheer B.


  • Tim M.Octopus starter is amazzzzzing and the Pinot Noir is to die for.

    55555 by Tim M.


  • Top Tier TravelThis is a New York worthy restaurant!. This sounds weird but you HAVE to go & take a look at the Men's restroom...the urinal is 1 of a kind! Reservations during Derby have to be made months in advance

    55555 by Top Tier Travel


  • James D.Best Sazerac outside of New Orleans.

    55555 by James D.


  • Metromix L.The food is delicious, the drinks are wonderful, but it's the decor that makes Proof on Main worth going to. Plus, the restaurant located inside 21c Museum Hotel boasts the best bathroom in the city.

    55555 by Metromix L.


  • Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalWe're so excited to have Chef Michael Paley on our Advisory Council as part of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival! Join us for a wonderful weekend, a celebration of everything southern this May 10-13!

    55555 by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival


  • Tom J.Imbibe Magazine recognized Proof on Main as having one of the Best Hotel Bars in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue.

    55555 by Tom J.


  • Roni L.Try the Old Forester Bourbon - Elegant way to end dining with this drink. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the Chocolate Terrine - Wow! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the Darkened Manhattan - Signature cocktail. Smooth. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the MARKSBURY FARM CHICKEN - Excellent! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the Striped Mullet - Very flavorful! I am in heaven. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the Warm Local Ricotta w/ Bread - So delicious with truffle oil in it. Very filling! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Roni L.Try the Bison Bone Marrow - Unique taste. mmmmm! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Roni L.


  • Metromix L.Winner of Best Cocktail Bar in Metromix Louisville's Best of 2012 contest

    55555 by Metromix L.


  • Barbara M.Strapping Lad!!!!!!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Butch S.Try the octopus. Best thing on the menu.

    55555 by Butch S.


  • Metromix L.Nominated for Best Cocktail Bar in our Best of 2012 competition! Vote now through Jan. 29th.

    55555 by Metromix L.


  • Ryan M.The artwork is worth stopping to have one drink

    55555 by Ryan M.


  • Bill L.Coolest urinal ever...

    55555 by Bill L.


  • StephanyMake sure to take a look at the 21c hotel lobby/art gallery before you leave

    55555 by Stephany


  • Jen A.Give the octopus a try. It will amaze you!

    55555 by Jen A.


  • Just Add BourbonListed as a Silver Medal winning bar, it still stands out from the crowd.

    33333 by Just Add Bourbon


  • James W.Louisville is shockingly cool, and this place will blow you away. Almost every dish is made with a derivative of bourbon.

    55555 by James W.


  • Adam F.Bison burger is to die for...

    55555 by Adam F.


  • Sriram R.Try the Salmon and Truffle Fries

    55555 by Sriram R.


  • Anayancy LYum!! The art around the hotel is incredible... Must order the Finlandia vodka drink on the menu to get your taste buds going! Cheers!

    55555 by Anayancy L


  • Stacy H.The heirloom tomato salad is interesting, but not as much of a winner as other items. The tomatoes have gritty convoluted places that have an odd texture. The orange crema is tasty though.

    55555 by Stacy H.


  • Valerie V.Lazy eye is a wonderful version of an old fashioned. Loved it.

    55555 by Valerie V.


  • Valerie V.Check out the art piece on voyeurism in the women's restroom. Very cool!

    33333 by Valerie V.


  • Valerie V.Truffle fries are a must!

    55555 by Valerie V.


  • Ghostly InternationalAny restaurant inside a contemporary art museum is going to be interesting, and Proof isn't any different. Atmosphere, food, presentation, everything. Ice cream is delicious - go for the burnt sugar.

    55555 by Ghostly International


  • Josh M.Simple the best restaurant in Louisville. Try the Bourbon Flight.

    55555 by Josh M.


  • Just Add BourbonAsk your server or bartender for your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport! Try the "Darkened Manhattan" - Woodfor Reserve bourbon, sweet vermouth and Starbuck's dark coffee liquer shaken with ice, strained a

    55555 by Just Add Bourbon


  • Rick H.Try the scallops, Wow!!

    55555 by Rick H.


  • Stacy H.Enjoyed the tuna tartine with Lima bean salad for lunch. It was light, low cal, and gourmet. But it killed me to watch a co-worker have the fries, which are soooo good. Being on a diet sucks.

    55555 by Stacy H.


  • ViV L.Great execution of classic cocktails that aren't even on the menu!

    55555 by ViV L.


  • Blair B.Food is fantastic, no joke about the fries.

    55555 by Blair B.


  • Xackery I.Great drinks. Food decent. Louisville meets Soho. New Yorkers, like us, feel right at home. Love the dog portraits.

    55555 by Xackery I.


  • Patrick G.No other restaurant in Louisville understands flavor like Proof.

    55555 by Patrick G.


  • USA TODAYThe bar has a full selection of obscure bourbons and Kentucky ryes, but you'll also find the delightful Champagne Frappé - sparkling wine served on shaved ice.

    55555 by USA TODAY


  • rjsarasuaSmall TVs....

    55555 by rjsarasua


  • Stacy H.True story: the fries will change your life.

    33333 by Stacy H.


  • Elizabeth K.The meatball sliders are fantastic! Get them!

    55555 by Elizabeth K.


  • Jackie S.the barbraella is an amazing cocktail. they even use fresh raspberries!

    55555 by Jackie S.


  • Joan E.Ray-the best sever. Weisenberger grits-not found in the North. Ummm.

    55555 by Joan E.


  • Alec FuThe rootbeer has bourbon in it! Nice

    55555 by Alec Fu


  • Chris G.Decent food with a great bad. The homemade tonic is a nice touch and the service is good.

    55555 by Chris G.


  • LouisvilleBest fries in the Ville!

    55555 by Louisville


  • Randy B.Proof on main is a must for anyone visiting our fair city. Great cocktails and the most interesting people. Be sure to check out the interesting art installations in the attached hotel galleries.

    55555 by Randy B.


  • Just Add BourbonIt's connected to one of the coolest hotels in the U.S., so go with their signature drink here, called the Darkened Manhattan

    55555 by Just Add Bourbon


  • Kathie PIt is all delish! But after your dinner (or before if you are early), have a drink at the bar, Johnny is an AWESOME bartender!

    55555 by Kathie P


  • Jamey A.great food and drink...

    55555 by Jamey A.


  • jessiTry an Oleana (cachaca, lime & vanilla bean) and the warm ricotta app. You won't be disappointed.

    55555 by jessi


  • Liz L.Krista, waitress, is awesome! Very attentive. Food is stellar. The beet and pickled salad, lake walleye dishes are superb. And cotton candy ending? It's like a dream!

    55555 by Liz L.


  • Amy B.try a cocktail. . .they are all pretty good.

    55555 by Amy B.


  • Ankur G.2 words. Truffle fries.

    55555 by Ankur G.


  • Matt MBurger up. Nicely done here. And the cocktails will set you straight.

    55555 by Matt M


  • Laura B.Pimm's cup is a great cocktail for summer. Or bourbon and honey for something more substantial.

    55555 by Laura B.


  • Danielle Ado not leave before trying the Warm Vanilla Pudding Cake. seriously. do. not. leave.

    33333 by Danielle A


  • Paul S.Get the Pappy!

    33333 by Paul S.


  • New2Lou:Staceyif you order the fries ask for the jezebel sauce!

    33333 by New2Lou:Stacey


  • Elle SStop here on the Urban Bourbon Trail and have an Old Fashioned Root Beer, bourbon and sassafrass ftw!

    55555 by Elle S


  • Rosalind S.Go to Proof after strolling through 21C. Sit in the bar and try any of the cocktails.

    55555 by Rosalind S.


  • Patrick EI had an amazing bison burger with my Judi

    55555 by Patrick E


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