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Marikka's Restaurant und Bier Stube
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
411 Southland Dr
phone: (859) 275-1925
(Place added by: SheepNutz)
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| Reviews: 16
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
An awesome selection of beer greets visitors to Marikka's. The location is distinctly divided into restaurant and bar, but the bar carries the food items as well.
The attraction here is the more than three hundred different beers that are available. Take your wallet, a designated driver, and enjoy an evening of new brews to taste. The food will just enhance the good times.
10-26-2003 21:46:56 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Marikka's: My Lexington 2nd choice.
Highlights of last visit (February 3, 2010):
Belhaven Stout (Bottle)
Fullers (Old Winter Ale)
This is the establishment that blazed the trail for craft beers in Lexington long before the craft beer craze. Marikka was bringing in authentic German lagers and ales to compliment her true German cousine in the early 1990's.
As they always have, Marikka's hosts the largest colleciton of beers available in Lexington with about 40 taps and 400 bottles! After recently adding another tower, they now have several Spaten, Warsteiner, Franziskaner, and Dinkle Acker beers, along with a few Bell's brands and several more craft-ish Anheuser Busch beers.
Bottles run the gammot but place heavy emphasis on German, English, and Belgian brands. Every country imaginable is represented on the well-kept beer list. Examples are: Stieggl, Affligem, Bruxelles, Chimay, Delirium, Duvel, Gouden Carolus, Grimbergen, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Lindemann, Maredsous, Orval, Petrus, Rodenbach, Stella, Westmalle, Wittekerke, Unibroue, Molson, Sleeman, Urquell, Moorhouse, Boddingtons, Daleside, Fuller's, Gale's, Samuel Smith, St. Peter's, Wells, Young's, Kronenbourg, Aecht, Augustiner, Ayinger, Becks, Bitburger, Dinkel Acker, Einbecker, EKU, Erdinger, Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Julius Echter, Kostritzer, Kulmbacher, Licher, Mahr's, Paulaner, Pinkus, Reissdorf, Schneider, Spaten, St. Pauli, Tucher, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Heineken, Beamish, Guinness, Murphy's Smithwick's, Moretti, Peroni, Dos Equis, negra Modelo, San Miguel, Okocim, Zywiec, Baltika, Belhaven, Froach, Lion, Carib, Efes... and many more.
Where the American Craft Beers had been dismissed for imports, this is not the case anymore-- Dogfish, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Bell's Abita, Anchor, Stone, Bar Harbor, Dixie, Goose Island, harpoon, Lexington Brewing, Magic Hat, pyramid, rogue, Sam Adams, and a few more.
Pints generally run $4 - $5. The beer drinking community rallys around Marikka's to keep the beers fresh and flowing. Even for a die-hard BA like myself, I always find a beer here that I have never enjoyed before--they just keep the variety comming.
Located a few short miles from Downtown and just off of Nicholasville Road, the locale may be easily passed up, sitting off of Southland Drive and noted by a dimly lit sign but the non-chalant, low-lying bar is nestled into a barely kept, fifties style shopping strip. The Marikka's restruaunt anchors the right end and the Bierstube right beside. The doors that distinguish the two are difficult to determine, but trust me you want to be in the Bierstube. Don't worry about parking- there's plenty.
The interiors takes on a standard hole-in-the-wall sports bar as you kinda get dumped into the dimly lit space upon arrival. A lot of green and black paint makes me think of Irish bars but with a don't-give-a-shit attitude. Granted, the place could use some sprucing up.
After meandering past a few pub tables, pool tables, dart boards, and an air hockey table, the bar is impossible to miss on the right. Not the prettiest bars or stools, but the glowing 400 bottles behind the bar should sound trumpets when bellying up. The bar has about 40 seats, while the rest of the bar can hold about 200.
On past the bar another space opens with more pub tables, the best juke box in town, and access to the large outdoor patio and sand volleyball pit. As any true Bierstube should, they offer das Boot full of beer along with a nice assortment of steins. This place should be the best place in town to watch the game, but they don't seem interested in taking the game-day mentallity serious.
Where the sports excitement runs short, the food does not. This, the only place in town to enjoy a true variety of German cuisine and at a fairly reasonable price. If ordering from the bar, then place an order with the tender. If seating at a table, then order from the bar yourself (yea, the service on the floor should be better. It does not currently and has never existed). However, despite the inconvenience, the wait staff has recently undergone a major change for the better. The current bartenders care about craft beer and care about their service--this has not always been the case.
Marikka's is generally a great place to really let the hair down, go a little crazy on Friday night, and blow off some steam. And you can do it with 400 beers at your disposal. Only open after 5:00 Monday-Saturday (yea, that's often a bummer.) and never open on Sundays (now that's a real pain in the ass).
Going out to Marikka's for a beer or 400? Give me a beermail-- I'll meet you out for a few!
07-07-2005 17:42:27 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The beer list is a menu all to itself. You can visit every day of the year for a beer and still not have the same one twice. Their list of beers on tap is not so impressive, but every so often there is a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere in the bar is typical of just what it is...a bar. There are multiple pool tables, air hockey and darts. They have an outdoor patio for summer drinking and a sand volleyball court. The food is fairly good. I'm pretty tame in what I will eat, so I may not be the best judge of this part of their establishment. Overall, this is where I would chose to be on any night of the week with a beer in my hand. The bartenders get to recognize you after a while and they have always been very nice and quick to suggest something according to my taste. With so much beer, occasionally you will get a bottle that has gone bad or sat around too long.
07-21-2004 02:39:13 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Marikka's looks really small on the outside, but it's actually pretty large once you go in. They have pool tables and darts for anybody who wants to play and they have several televisions. Sort of a sports bar with a German twist. The food seems to be almost all German cuisine - wursts and schnitzel, bier cheese, etc. Of everything I've eaten there, the food is just so-so. They have several taps, but I've never been surprised with the selection. The bottled beers are very numerous, with a bottled beer menu several pages long. They have huge coolers behind the bar where you can view said many beers. The quality of the bottled beers is hit-or-miss. I've had several that were skunked and I've had several that weren't. It doesn't seem like they take very good care of the beer - it's all kept in highly lit coolers behind the bar (much like a gas station) and it's opened and closed extremely frequently. The service is hit or miss as well. Needless to say, I'm not a huge fan, but they do have a tremendous selection of bottled beers I've not seen anywhere else.
05-09-2005 17:25:59 |
More by clvand0
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I made point of stopping here to pay a little tribute to my family's German heritage. Atmosphere is homey (read as "basic, no frills, but clean"). I went in the the restaurant side and was promptly seated, some butter and rye bread at the table. The food menu was what one would expect, all the standards showing up. The beer menu was extensive, and, while a good number of German beers were listed, a multitude of other countries and styles were represented. I ordered a German kolsch and sauerbraten, both of which were quite good. The serving of food was generous. An enjoyable place, with an unusually good beer menu for the town.
06-14-2004 03:34:43 |
More by Brent
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
If you are ever in lexington and are looking for a place that has great German food and a great selection of beer, than look no further than Marikkas. This place has only about 6 or 7 beers on tap, but the have 400 different bottled beers! Their beer list is about 7 pages single spaced front and back, and it will take you forever to decide. I only had a few when I was there, and they were all good. I tried a bitburger and spaten, both on tap with dinner, and finished off the meal with a skullsplitter. The service was very good, considering that there was only 1 waitress working and the dining room was packed. She seemed to know a little about the different brews also. The food is also excellent, I had my personal favorite German dish, jagerschnitzel. It went so well with the bitburger. This place is a can't miss if you are anywhere in central Kentucky.
06-02-2003 20:35:10 |
More by SheepNutz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Excellent German restaurant and beer bar. I enjoyed a fine German dinner there on June 6, 2004. Eleven draft selections, included nine Germans, New Castle Brown, and Labatt's Blue. Bottle selection is incredible with 300+ imports and a few American craft brews like Anchor and Goose Island. Bottle selection is heavy on Belgian and German ales. Quite impressive! The food was excellent, with a nice selection of wursts all the way to full course German meals. The place was packed, but service was still very good. They have a separate bar section where food may be ordered. Don't pass this place up if you're passing through Lexington, Ky.
06-05-2004 22:03:07 |
More by merlin48
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Immediately when you walk into this place you can't help but be mesmerized by the seemingly endless bottle selection behind the bar. I've never quite seen a bottle selection that deep. The atmosphere was more of my kind of place ... a place I could take my non-craft beer loving friends to and everyone would have a great time. 3 pool tables and dart boards and a more laid back atmosphere than most places with the selection of beer they have. This being said when I went in I ordered from three different bartenders, all of whom gave me the beer straight out of the bottle and I had to ask for a pint glass. This might be a negative for some but I wasn't too bothered by it. If I lived in lexington I know this would be the place my friends would want to go on a regular basis. It doesn't specifically target beer nerds and as such there is a wider variety of people there ... and I like it.
01-17-2011 03:50:30 |
More by Lothore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Marikka's is a German style bar and eatery. They have a full service bar, but the beer selection is their coup. While you can get a bourbon if you're in the mood, they have the absolute largest bottle selection in Lexington. And while you'll find lots of bottles here that you won't find anywhere else, it's important to keep in mind that rarer or harder to find beers don't typically make it here. What they lack in quality, they more than make up for in quantity. That's not a bad thing either, it just depends on what you like. If you're a ticker, this place is heaven, but if you're looking for a Drie Fonteinen or a Barrel Aged Old Rasputin, you may want to try The Beer Trappe. In all fairness, I've had Barrel Aged Bigfoot and Backwoods Bastard here, so they do get some gems, it's just apparent that they've opted for variety. They also allow you to take bottles to go.
If you're into German cuisine, their wurst is great and the sauerkraut isn't bad either, though their potatoes taste like they came from a box. If you're a pretzel fiend, you have to try their big pretzel with beer cheese. I'm not going to lie, it's one of the best I've had anywhere and it could probably feed a small country.
The interior is dimly lit and reminiscent of a dive bar, but it's comfortable and roomy. They have pool tables, dart boards, air hockey, and even a sand volleyball court out back where seasonal matches take place. Steel picnic tables provide exterior patio accommodations as well. TV's are in abundance so if a game is on, chances are you'll catch it. The staff is always friendly and a few are more beer savvy than others. Their prices are fair and anyone is bound to find something they like.
If you want to try a new beer but aren't sure what, this is the perfect place.
06-08-2013 17:14:34 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Started on the restaurant side, atmosphere was minimal. It looked like a restaurant in a strip mall, which it is, surprise.
The bar side was better on atmosphere, but still rough. It looks like a college bar with kind of an unfinished look with pool tables and a dance floor. But then there's the bar. A big ole' bar with lots of beer on tap and a line of coolers full of a great selection of beer.
The bottled beer we had was good quality, a Sierra Nevada Stout and a Bitburger Drive. Cold, fresh and no off-flavors.
The service was fast, friendly and efficient and the directions they gave me over the phone were perfect as well.
The selection is possibly the best I've seen in my beer advocating life. More than I could count in bottles and a plethora on draft.
02-17-2005 23:44:23 |
More by masterbruewer
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