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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Taps: 39 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
385 S Limestone
phone: (859) 255-5125
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Update: Visited on 7/7/09. On this trip to Pazzo's the crowd was smaller; as such, the service was much improved - our waitress was quite knowledgable about the beer list and was very prompt in making sure our meal and our beers were satisfactory. She was even so kind enough to help me distinguish my pronunciation of some the French-labeled Belgian beers. Nice!
I visited Pazzo's this past weekend and let me just say that I'm really excited to be attending UK's College of Law next fall because it is just 2-3 blocks down Limestone St. from Pazzo's.
That being said, I was really impressed with Pazzo's. In my mind, this is a beer connossieur's dream, especially if you happen to be located in a what is predominantly a college-town where most students settle for drinking the cheapest suds they can get their hands on... not me. Outside, Pazzo's has a quaint patio which must be a real pleasure on those warm, sticky summer nights in Lexington. Inside, Pazzo's offers up three bars: one just inside the main entrance, one up a short flight of stairs, and then the pub downstairs to the right. I spent most of my time in the pub and thats where my party was ultimately seated once our table was ready.
The atmosphere was phenomenal and this really is what I've always imagined how a pub should feel. Visually, the walls are set with glass cases of engraved pilsners, tulips, mugs, snifters, etc.) and hundreds of decals and signs from just about every beer featured on Pazzo's extensive list, and in just about every language too! I wouldn't call the pub cramped, but it's defnitely close quarters, yet there is still a good variety of seating at the bar, at high tables, and at numerous long tables both in the pub and on the main floor; the upstairs bar seems to be the place for socializing as most people mill about upstairs and it got rather crowded there when we first walked in - granted, it was a Friday night at 9. Down in the pub, the lights are dimmed, but there is a lively buzz throughout that is augmented by the close quarters, the handful of plasma-screen tvs mounted in the corners that are fixed on sporting events and the chatter from patrons enjoying good beer and fellowship with friends and beer-lovers alike. All in all, a marvelous atmosphere and one I look forward to visiting many times over the next three years.
As for the beer list, I was very impressed with what Pazzo's has to offer, including 39 beers on tap with extra emphasis on micros (FBS, DFH90, Old Rasputin, hell yes!) and imports (Hooegarden, Delirium, Linedman's, Spaten, Franzikaner, Chimay); 2 ciders on tap; and then there is the extensive list of 150 bottles covering selections from every continent. For my point of comparison, the only other true beer bar/pub I've had the pleasure of recently visiting is Rich O's in New Albany (been twice in the past month) with their noted list of drafts and bottle selections nearing 300. While Pazzo's list doesn't threaten this mark, I was still impressed because of some of the unique beers on their draft list that even Rich O's could not match, notably FBS, Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, and a handful of high ABV treats that Pazzo's lists on a special page marked "Beware... consume slowly and in moderation" including more selections from Founders, Chimay, La Fin du Monde, Samichlaus and Scaldis to name a few that I did not recall from my visits to Rich O's. On top of that, I didn't think the prices were too expensive, and in a couple of occasions, i noted the prices for bottles were actually slightly cheaper compared to Rich O's (but no more than $.75-$1.00 cheaper). But enough of comparisons, my point remains the same: if you're a beer lover, you will find a handful of good craft brews that will get you through a night of eating and drinking with friends.
The food I ordered was also great (I got a small Pazzo's specialty cheese pizza for $8 and was barely able to finish half of it cause the small was still so damn big!). I thought it was a pretty good value. They also had good appetizers, calzones and salads, at least according to the consensus from my party of friends who went. Again, prices weren't bad. And the leftovers were even better the next day!
The only real downside to the whole night was the service was a bit slow, but I guess that is to be expected on a crazy Friday night in a college town. We had to wait about 30 min for our table, and the buzzer they handed us to notify us when our table was ready was actually broken, so two other parties got seated ahead of us, but otherwise, I guess that is just an exception about the service. Most of my friends who currently attend UK go there quite often and have never complained about the service.
In all, it was a good night. I'm really looking forward to letting off some stress from life as a 1L next year at Pazzo's; thank goodness it's so close to the law school!
04-05-2009 20:58:51 |
More by Buschyfor3
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in town for the weekend, and decided to find a nice place near my hotel to get dinner and some good beers. Based off everything I read, this was probably my best option. We arrived slightly before 5 PM, and the place seemed really empty. That being said, I'm sure this would be completely different if UK was in session.
We didn't get to see much of the place, because we were seated right at the front of the place, next to the bar. The host provided us with menus and a beer list, but it took waiting for 10+ minutes, and me going to ask the host about our server, before anyone showed up to help us. I'd read that the service could be spotty, so I wasn't too surprised, but was disappointed. The tap list was pretty good, but I wasn't blown away. I've seen more impressive lists, but was glad to see a few things I sometimes have trouble finding in Columbus.
The food was great! We had the pesto bread appetizer, which the wife loved, and the Bourbon Bootlegger pizza. Both were excellent, and I wasn't disappointed in that. Prices were pretty average, but I was disappointed in their happy hour options. Founders was the brewery of the month, so it was $1 off per pint, but otherwise, there wasn't much of a discount.
Other than the service, I was pleased with the trip. On an even busier night, I'd expect to receive much worse service, but if you can deal with that, the drinks and food are well worth it.
05-16-2013 18:19:14 |
More by zimm421
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have been coming to Pazzo's since they opened. During the early 2000s, I was a much more frequent visitor. However, more recently, I have only been able to visit about one time per year. These notes are from a visit on 7/3/2011.
The patio additions and other new spaces have made this place a great destination for families as well as well as the after work beer. It is a very accommodating space.
The beer selection has not changed much over the last five years. This is and always was my biggest complaint with Pazzo's. I would like to see more rotation of some rarer brews and seasonals. That said, they do boast quite a few taps as well as bottles.
The wait staff was always friendly in the past and I was not disappointed during this visit.
The pizza, however, was far below the quality of the past. I have always loved getting a pie and beer. This time, the pizza was made with seemingly poorer quality cheese, too much cheese, and toppings scattered haphazardly. It was an uneven oily mess.
All of that said, I look forward to my next opportunity to sit on Pazzo's patio and drink good beer.
07-05-2011 13:25:06 |
More by eyeenjoybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's has a great draft beer selection, offering some of the best craft brews from around the country. Pints are typically reasonably priced ($4-$5 for craft beer), as is their bottle selection (which requires its own menu). The place fills up pretty fast, and parking is limited, but as long as you don't catch them on a terribly busy night, service is good and the atmosphere is nice. The patio is great in the summer! Their pizza and calzones are among the best in Lexington, albeit a bit pricey.
Pint night can be a bit of a nightmare if you're in the mood to sit back and enjoy a beer. The beer selection for pint night has been lacking a bit of pizzazz for the past couple months (some glimmers of hope here and there), and their draft rotation hasn't been as stellar as it sometimes can be, but they've definitely got the largest variety of beer on tap in town, and you're guaranteed to find something tasty for a decent price!
I wish they'd bring back some of the events they've had in the past, like Stone vs. Dogfish week. Had some excellent beer that week!
06-30-2011 18:29:56 |
More by barczar
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A must see stop in Lexington for out of towners and a usual watering hole for many of the craft beer drinkers in town (including myself). Pazzo's has about 40 taps at any given time and has an extensive bottle list. The food is not mind blowing but not bad either. Go between 3-7PM any day and get half price appetizers (all the apps are delicious and at half price they are almost pennies). They have a great variety of beer and usually have some great beers on draft (no need for me to list just check the website). Pint night on Wednesday is always crowded but it is fun and if you like collecting glassware it is a fun evening.
The wait staff isn't always the most knowledgeable about some beers but the bartenders know their stuff. Have a couple pints here and some food and walk about 12 minutes down Euclid Ave. to the Beer Trappe for a night cap. Both places are owned by the same family and both have outstanding beer selections.
One more thing, they have a great lunch special where you can get a jumbo slice of pizza and either a soup or salad for only $4.65 after tax.
05-06-2011 14:14:19 |
More by crlova2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - 5 This place is always poppin'! Pint Night on Wednesdays is especially busy; you'd better get there early to make sure you get your chance at the pitcher and glassware. This is a predominantly college crowd. The servers are probably mostly UK students as well, and everyone seems friendly and to be having a good time.
Q - 4.5 The place has 3 main bars to choose from, is kept clean for the most part, and has great beers and pretty good food. Mostly everything is done right.
Ser - 4.5 Though I feel it has actually declined in recent years and the turnover increased, they maintain a high level of service. Bartenders and servers have always been accomodating to our needs. We're always offered a sample if we're not 100% decided on a brew. The staff is friendly.
Sel - 5 I've always been impressed with the selection here. There are 40 taps and probably up to 100 bottles to choose from. There's also a full bar of course. No matter which level that you are sitting you're free to order from any and all of the taps. There are plenty of domestic micro brews, imports, and locals. The selection for Pint Night (every Weds night) varies amongst the three categories and offers all kinds of styles. Everyone is sure to like something one week or another.
F - 4.5 Though it isn't gourmet, the food is high-quality and very tasty Italian. You can't go wrong with the pizza, calzones or even hoagies. It definitely serves its purpose in soaking up all that good beer, too!
V - $$ The prices are very fair on the food and beer. I've never felt cheated here. Pint Night can be an especially good deal as you take home two glasses of the brewery of the night and some of the glassware is of very good quality. All in all I wouldn't think twice about the costs here.
04-12-2011 14:58:16 |
More by KYBrewgrass
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My go-to place whenever I hit up Lexington, Kentucky! The setting is diverse: traditional pub downstairs, pizza parlor upstairs, and a newly added lounge and patio. No one person's taste in pizza (or beer for that matter) is the same. But it is good food. In a medium sized college town. There is a massive beer selection (I hear 3F beers are now served there!), flat screens everywhere for sports, outstanding pizza, perfect location just blocks from downtown, and a super friendly staff and cool clientle! This place is at the top of my list in this state.
02-22-2011 21:08:12 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Visited this pizza place on Saturday before a big UK SEC matchup. It was still easy to move around at this point and quite and enjoyable time.
Me and hte GF met some friends of ours for a pint and some good food here. The place is fun and kind off maze-like. With different levels and areas a bit separated form each other. Theirs draft list is quite good with some nice Three Floyd offerings and some awesome Bells stuff, such as Expedition Stout and HopSlam. their bottle selection also seemed quite extensive and pretty good in quality. I order to pints of 3F's Alpha King and one of Goose Island Mild Winter. The Alpha King was good but It might have been a bit old and the lines might of needed some cleaning but it wasn't anything majors.
Service was ok. They didn't know enough about the beers but I was not expecting them too. Food was great. I recommend the Pazzo's Special Calzone.
Overall good food place with nice beer selection. Prices were great.
02-06-2011 19:44:10 |
More by JoEBoBpr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited 7/21/2010 with my brother. It was very hot and very muggy out and I was sweating by the time we walked 2 blocks from the car to the bar. Went in on a Wednesday evening. 102F, 235% humidity.
This is a college bar. There was nowhere to sit so we stood at the bar and ordered a pizza and some drinks. Because we were at the bar we didnt have to wait in the line to get drinks but they didnt really make us a priority either. The service we did get though was helpful and friendly.
Lots of beer to pick from. We ordered the Kentucky Bourbon Ale and the Kentucky Ale. The glass was really cool and I want one but they wouldnt sell me one. The pizza was quite good too.
Prices were decent but a little high. I'd come back even in the middle of summer to check out the beer list and have some pizza.
02-04-2011 08:02:43 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Walked in here and immediately got service and a couple beers minutes after entry. Their tap list was pretty impressive and had some good regional craft brew. Their bourbon selection was nice (where else can you enjoy a Pappy 15 and a hopslam simultaneously?!) and the pizza was excellent. While some of the other places in town trumped their beer selection, I can't help but think with pizza this good and the most taps in town (it seemed) I would be here often if I lived in the area or had any reason to be back out here again.
01-17-2011 03:43:58 |
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