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Summertime opening of whiskey and cigar bar to heat up Ice House complex

Construction is well underway at the Ice House complex (217 East Main St.) to open a cigar and whiskey bar there this summer.

The venue, to be named either Vice Whiskey and Cigar Bar or Churchill’s Whiskey and Cigar Bar, will be located directly behind the Main Street Café, but accessible through the back of the building on Washington St.

Len Stevens, longtime owner of L&N Wine Bar and Bistro, is general manager at Main Street Café, and will oversee the cigar and whiskey bar as well. He came to the company after helping open MilkWood last year.

“When I came here, (building co-owner) Mike Schnell showed me this room and asked me what I would put in it if I had the chance to create something. And when I said a whiskey bar, he immediately said, ‘Me, too,’” Stevens recently told Insider Louisville.

Stevens is planning a lineup of about 130 bourbons, 100 single malt scotches, 50 rums,  multiple Irish whiskeys, single-village mezcals and more. Expect barrel-aged cocktails, too, though straight spirits will be the stars of the show.

“We want this to be a place for whiskey exploration, where people can come learn and where our service staff will be highly knowledgeable,” Stevens said. “We’ll sell 1 ounce portions so people can try more things and not wash out their palates.”

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