Proof on Main

Bar and American Restaurant · Central Business District
702 W Main St (at S 7th St), Louisville, KY 40202, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 7:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 7:00 AM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 260 votes

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    Patrick Q.
    "I had an amazing bison burger with my Judi"(5 Tips)
    Just Add Bourbon
    "Ask your server or bartender for your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport!"(4 Tips)
    Sriram R.
    "Try the Salmon and Truffle Fries"(5 Tips)
    Roni L.
    "Try the Bison Bone Marrow - Unique taste."(3 Tips)
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  • bourbon
  • cocktails
  • octopus
  • french fries
  • bison burgers
  • trendy
  • bone marrow
  • grits
  • good for dates
  • fancy
  • wine
  • breakfast food
  • candy
  • good for a late night
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • stylish
  • fatty pork
  • lively
  • great value
  • museums
  • Igor S.

    Take the beer quiz. Earn $500 in beverages! Read more

    Igor Shvetsov · 5 days ago
  • Miriam C.

    The art is clever and provocative.

    Miriam C · 1 week ago
  • Hillary L.

    The 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 is beautiful!

    Hillary Lee · 1 week ago
  • Johanna

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

    Johanna · September 22
  • Johanna

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

    Johanna · September 22
  • Rob R.

    Widest selection of bourbons I've ever seen! 👀 Try a tasting flight.

    Rob Rebel · August 9
  • Janae M.

    The art and the pictures. Its beautiful. All the different wonderful smells. Its amazing!!! 😀

  • paolo b.

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

    paolo benvenuto · May 31
  • David E.

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

    David Eldridge · April 26
  • Zach R.

    Very good service. Friendly staff.

    Zach Rand · February 8
  • Melanie G.

    Unique alcohol selections ... my southern boy husband loves a good bourbon and rye.

    Melanie George · February 7
  • KFed 4.

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

    KFed 42 · January 31
  • Hunter G.

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

    Hunter Graham · December 7, 2014
  • Erin E.

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

    Erin Ely · November 21, 2014
  • Josh L.

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

    Josh Labove · November 21, 2014
  • Justin T.

    Everything 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!

    Justin Tran · November 19, 2014
  • Cecilia S.

    Amazing bourbon and rye list. And try the fries and the ricotta toast!

    Cecilia Sun · October 26, 2014
  • Daniel B.

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

    Daniel Barnett · October 19, 2014
  • Leah M.

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

    Leah Malone · October 10, 2014
  • Miss C.

    Try the homemade ginger ale!

    Miss Cherry · September 5, 2014
  • 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!

    Kelly Reeves 🐱 · September 4, 2014
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    TV Food Maps · September 3, 2014
  • 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.

    Lucille Fisher · August 25, 2014
  • Jeff R.

    Deaths Grip. Drink it. Also, giant pink penguins.

    Jeff R. · August 22, 2014
  • TheYumYumFoodie

    Get the smoked fish dip...yum.Great all around experience. Read more

    TheYumYumFoodie · August 18, 2014
  • Lauren L.

    Truffle fries and the bison burger

    Lauren Lee · August 14, 2014
  • Paul H.

    Marvelously crafted menu. Fantastic atmosphere. Easy location.

    Paul Higgins · August 12, 2014
  • Natalya

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

    Natalya · June 29, 2014
  • 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

    Arlene Murphy · May 27, 2014
  • Jeffrey W.

    Enjoyed 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. :)

    Jeffrey Wolff · April 20, 2014
  • Schanel M.

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

    Schanel Moses · April 17, 2014
  • Kristin

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

    Kristin · March 26, 2014
  • Yolanda H.

    Very eclectic. service less than was nice.

    Yolanda H · January 26, 2014
  • Eater

    While 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]

    Eater · January 8, 2014
  • Jordan O.

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

    Jordan Olin · December 12, 2013
  • SND

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

    SND · November 4, 2013
  • Alexa P.

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

    Alexa Potocki · October 5, 2013
  • Rob

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

    Rob · September 19, 2013
  • bunsen h.

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

    bunsen honeydew · August 22, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Broadbent 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.

    Serious Eats · August 16, 2013
  • Kate

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

    Kate · June 30, 2013
  • Shanon H.

    Get the octopus! OMG. Loved the flavor! So unique.

    Shanon Hounshell · June 1, 2013
  • Jenneffer P.

    Very nice warm ricotta app

    Jenneffer Pulapaka · May 13, 2013
  • Andrew L.

    I dont reccomend the bone marrow dish.

    Andrew Lugavere · May 11, 2013
  • Eater

    While 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 · April 23, 2013
  • Leslie A.

    Octopus is the best I've had outside Greece.

    Leslie Arnold · March 24, 2013
  • Laneay Y.

    Order the Angus short ribs. Buttery soft and amazing flavor.

    Laneay Yates · March 2, 2013
  • Brian D.

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

    Brian Deis · December 30, 2012
  • Jason Y.

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

    Jason Yovanoff · October 25, 2012
  • 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.

    Allison Teweles · October 6, 2012

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