Rich O's Public House
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 30
4.13/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Pizza, Beer and Pinkos
I was visiting the Louisville area on business, and stopped in this place on a Tuesday night for dinner and drinks, with my co-workers; Tom & Vinny. The parking lot was full, but there appeared to be plenty of tables when we first walked in around 7pm. We sat ourselves down and a waiter came by within a few minutes.
The Public House is not a very big place. It has one large dining area with a few smaller rooms adjacent. Wooden benches and tables line the walls of the main room which contains two blackboards; one listing the beers on tap and the other listing their bottled beer specials.
The bottled beer specials included Stone's Arrogant and Oak-aged Double Bastard, Founders Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout, the Brooklyn Winter & Monster Ales, Aventinus Eisbock and De Dolles Special Export Stout. They also offered a wide selection of bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and other European countries, as well as, several American craft beer offerings. Overall, a very nice selection of bottled beers, although youll wind up paying about double for the imports compared to what you would expect to pay in a liquor store. The American micros seemed more reasonably priced.
The draft beers included Schlafly's Coffee Stout, Bell's Two Hearted and dopplebock, Rogue Smoke, Lindeman's Framboise, Anchor Steam, De Ranke XX Bitter, Hitachino New Year Celebration Ale and their standard offering of NABF beers (Hoptimus, Elector, Old 15B, Cummunity Dark and Croupier).
The waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The draft beers were fresh and good. The thin crust, deep dish pizza was tasty and different, and the atmosphere was very casual. We sat in the largest of several rooms where there was no TV, no smoke and a mostly middle-aged (plus) clientele. BA magazines were available for reading, as well as, a mini library of what appeared to be beer related periodicals. There were a couple of small rooms (including the Red room) with couches and chairs that offered a more intimate setting, but I found them to be too smoky for me to remain in for very long.
This is definitely one of the better places to grab a good beer in the Louisville area. The Public House might be what you would get if you crossed a good brewpub with a coffeehouse, next to a small library selling pizza. A place where, a large picture of Eisenhower doesnt seem out of place next to an equally large picture of Frank Zappa.
03-07-2007 04:48:21 | More by 86sportster883
2.25/5 rDev -49.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $
I can some this place up in one sentence...Its in Indiana and its in a strip mall. I will give this place one positive note, their list of beers was pretty good and somewhat unique. The service on the other hand would have been better in a prison cafeteria. When we arrived I walked around for a few minutes and read the chalk board but we were never greeted, finally we approached a small bar and asked the guy behind it if we could sit here, his reply was "I dont care what you do" so needless to say not friendly from the start. We ordered two beers (both in house products, one of which smelled like a urinal mint) and a pizza. I asked the bartender if they had any Dreadnaught left because it was on their chalk board. He went and looked for it and retured to tell me that they had two left and he would put them on my tab. I was excited to have found the beer after seeing it on the BA Top 50 list last year. We ate and ordered another beer, two more in-house brews that we somewhat better than the first two. Our bartender was leaving and told us to ask for our beers when we were ready to pay cause they were already on our tab. While we were there, a large group was having a party and every server/bartender that went behind the bar complained about them. A lady can up to the bar holding her 3 yr old and asked were the bathroom was. One server's reply was "good luck finding it" and walked away. When it came time for us to pay, we asked for our tab and our bottles. The bartender returned and said they didnt have any of the dreadnaught left and I told him that we had two bottles already on our tab. They then called the bartender that was waiting on us on the phone to ask where they were. While that was happening, the two guys behind the bar were talking and my wife heard them say that he had just sold them to someone else. This same guy came over and told me that the other bartender was mistaken because all the beer was pulled forward on the shelf. I asked what that had to do with my beers and he said there was only one left on the shelf and the rest of the beers were not Dreadnaught, so they didnt have two. I said no problem can I just get that one and my tab, he walked away and the other bartender said no because it has a broken neck. Why would they keep broken beers on the shelf??? I bet their inventory is crazy. I asked why I was getting three different stories here and just wanted the beers that were on my tab. One of the guys said to me that I should "get over it, go look for it somewhere else"...I told him that it was not the point, these were on my tab and I didnt like being lied to. The same guy said to my wife and I, "I got your tab, now get the fuck out of our bar." Confused, I closed my wallet and walked out. I dont think that this is anyway to talk to a customer or in front of a lady. I'm not a beer geek, but I do enjoy a craft beers and having them in a friendly yet unique place. Rich O's or the New Albanian brewery is not the place to find either of these things. Besides, the place has Communist clad walls...not exactly American if you ask me.
Nice beer list (I've seen better) prison quality food and the worst staff of any establishment in North America.
01-30-2007 19:01:49 | More by trbren4
4.83/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been an irregular at Richo's for quite a long time ('98 or before) having moved in and out of the area several times. When you're at a brewpub half way across the country and someone brings up a pub from back home, you know they're doing something right.
The food might read like standard bar far on the menu, but it's some of the best prepared bar food you're likely to come across, that being said, it would be nice if they added a few healthier selections (but then when has bar food ever been healthy).
The beer list is incredible, with what must be around 150 bottles and enough taps I haven't bothered to count (well over 30 I'd guess). The selection includes enough Belgians and British beers to shame most other places and then goes on to cover many other countries.
The atmosphere is not what you would expect from the outside, with no TVs and a strong, yet eccentric music selection, you will tend to find yourself in conversations with people you've never met before (but will remember and probably see the next time you go-even if it's a year later)
To tell you how great this place is, even the staff never leave-on top of the fact that they seem to never quit, you can often see them there even when they aren't working!
01-21-2007 00:41:55 | More by barturtle
5/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Best place worth the effort to find. Stay to the Public House corner to avoid TVs, kids, and smoking.
Highly knowledgable staff can recommend brands to the inexperienced. I stay with half pints to have more variety.
Start with breadsticks with beercheese. Salad is hearty. Get the refrigerator pizza to enable more beer drinking. We drive over from the Highlands for the beer selection and best pizza in the Louisville Greater Area atleast.
I frequent the Publicanista's webpage to stay current on the status of NABC beer on tap and upcoming festivals (Ben Franklin B-day, Lambic tasting, Gravity Head, etc). Bring newbies to spread the wealth.
01-12-2007 02:28:20 | More by Niniimaa
4.65/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
My friend warned me about finding this place. He was right. After a 411 call, a few wrong turns, and a few delays in Louisville rush hour traffic, it was drinkin' time.
We were starved as all get out after driving from Georgia on a slice or two of cold pizza. My wife ordered the calzone, I got a ham sub. Basic bar food, we presumed, hoping to get some food in us before the insta-buzz of beer on an empty stomach.
The atmoshpere somehow transcends the stale strip-mall exterior. The place winds towards the bar, and by the time you're in that dark, very English environment you are sold on the place. I felt a major London flashback at the bar.
We asked about hoppy selections, and were answered with the in-house brands of Hoptimus (double-ish IPA with english characteristics) and Elector, an Americanized English IPA if that makes any sense. Founder's Centennial IPA, Upland's Dragonfly IPA, and Rogue's Mogul ale were also available for your hoppy desires.
I enjoyed the house brews but we both thought they were a touch ragged and all had a significant chlorophyll flavor. As the beers breathed (and we acquainted ourself to English yeasted American IPA) they definetely got better.
Tap selection is bomb-diggity, I can't remember all but what more than Stone's OG and GD's Old Ruffian explain about the quality and hard-core-ness. A vintage keg of Gale's Prize Old Ale was also intriguing, but as I was driving I could not partake.
The attitude toward beer here is incredible, as reflected both in the credo and overall presentation and respect. Beers are served at the proper temperature, multiple sizings are available, and everything is VERY reasonable in terms of price. I was also pleasantly surprised by the food; both of our entries seemed far above average for bar-food and were very cheap.
This place rocks. Too bad its a four hour drive from my house. I hope to return very soon, perhaps for next year's Gravity Head if i'm still in the state.
04-15-2006 18:29:51 | More by GreenWBush
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
March 18th found Rich O's Public House after wondering around New Athens, In. Helpful staff guided us to several of the better offerings: Lindemans Fromboise Lambic, Burton Bridge Brewery-Thomas Skyles Old Ale -cask, BBC's Jeffersonson's Res. Bourbon barrel and the Fossil HBC winner Old 15-B a very drinkable clean stout. A lot of beer loving folks stop by and have been doing so for 10 yrs or so. High Gravity beer is still on tap from annual Gravity Head. My server brought me a 12 oz pack of Homeroasted roasted by a local patron. We had been talking about Kaldi's Coffee Stout. Very nice folks. The opposite side serves pizza and has a brewery view through a glass wall. Both sides have a chalk board with the offerings from the 30 taps. It was my pleasure to return the next week for pizza and a new UK cask ale and leave with a couple of growlers of high gravity beer. Friday nights are more crowded and you may have to have a couple of pints while waiting for a booth on the Pizza side.
03-26-2006 22:43:35 | More by karst
4.5/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Even though this place is Indiana, it is the best place to find incredible beers in the Louisville metro area. It is a tough find, it is located in a small strip mall just off a main road. Right next door to Sportstime Pizza and New Albania Brewing, all three are owned by the same people. The owner of Rich O's is incredibly knowledgable about beer, and it shows in the selection, which is amazing. The decor in the front is very bland, but once you get past that you walk into someones basement. That has an eccletic amount of stuff on the walls. The bar is small, but that won't matter when you see the beer list. I love to see people who have never been there before look at the beer list, utter shock and amazment, at how vast and exotic it is. If you come to the Louisville area this is a must to go to if you are looking for excellent beer selection.
03-14-2006 14:31:43 | More by cameraman
4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Rich O's is right next to and is what I would refer to as the better half of Sportstime Pizza. Sportstime is about the Pizza. Rich O's is about the beer. I try to make it to Rich O's a couple of time per month to sample some of the locally brewed beers or a couple from the extensive list of the world's beers. The beer is alwas served at the correct temperature and oftentimes in a matching glass. Drinking from the bottle is not appropriate so beers are always served either in a glass or with a glass. The crowd is typically friendly. There is a significant upcharge for a fruit wedge for Corona. Lite beers are outlawed. Respect beer.
01-04-2006 01:54:46 | More by oreilly
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Most of the comments from other BAers are right on. The bar is located in what appears to be a vacant 1950's strip mall. The signage is weak and the place is easy to pass by. Inside is where it gets interesting. From other comment, I imagined that the place would have been larger. It's quite small and it's unclear on how to get to the bar from the front door. The place (and it's help) is very eccentric, yet comfortable. It looks and feels like Jimmy Hendrix's basement if he were a Commi. I enjoyed the fact that there is little there to do other than enjoy and appreciate the vast array of high-quality brews. The beer menu was awsome. I attended the week after Lupin Land Fest and they had great IPA's, IIPA's, APA's and a good array of Belgians, local brews, and Pilsners. They obviously relish in the thought of having the most hard-to-get brews on tap in the region. If you are within an hour of Louisville and don't stop in for a pint or two, then you will do yourself an injustice.
10-26-2005 15:51:41 | More by BEERchitect
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
There was a time in my life when all I drank was Bud Light or similar products. It was with the help of a very good friend and an introduction to Rich O's that my life has been forever changed. I meet friends at Rich 'O's about once to three times a month, and even if I lived three hours away I would still make the drive. Not only is the selection amazing, it is in constant state of change. They are great about sampling the beers on tap, and most of the staff is somewhat knowledgable. The food, my god, is amazing. It is without a doubt the best calone of all time. As big as my head. if they let me, I'd like to get married here.
07-06-2005 03:18:18 | More by drunkensailor
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