113 South 7th Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202, United States
Tel: +1 502-618-1917
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon- Thurs 4pm - midnight; Fri 4pm - 2am; Sat 5pm - 2am; Sun 5pm - 10:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Directly across the street from ultra-modern Proof on Main is St. Charles Exchange, which opened in 2012 but is designed to invoke the old world grandeur of the turn-of-the-century building in which it is located. The room has high ceilings, huge windows, and a bartender-dwarfing dramatic wood-and-mirror back bar anchoring one side of the space. The other side of the room is populated with restaurant seating, much of it in plush leather chairs and booths.
The cocktail menu is surprisingly short for a bar this long, with just eight cocktails and two punches listed, and all but one of the cocktails stirred and served up. Despite the narrow selection and flavour range, everything sampled on multiple visits was expertly made, and bartenders are able to go off-menu with ease. Beyond the quality of the beverage, the calibre of the bar is reinforced by the number of other top bartenders from around the city spotted socializing here.