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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Taps: 39 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
385 S Limestone
phone: (859) 255-5125
(Place added by: SheepNutz)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 |
More by Lothore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been frequenting Pazzo's since early 2000's. Awesome place to hang out; whether you are belly up to the bar of fantastic rotating taps or hanging out with some friends on the deck in the summertime. This place has lots of variety for seating and lots of variety for beer. Pint night is really fun, i went to the dogfish head pint night, cost around $15 and got 2 dogfish head glasses, got a pitcher of 60min., palo santo, midas touch and theobroma. Was a good time. Food is good and well priced, they make all kinds of specialty pizzas whatever your taste. Mostly Italian food. Great place to catch a basketball game! Nice atmosphere. Located adjacent to University of Kentucky campus on Limestone and Avenue of Champions.
12-03-2010 03:08:58 |
More by Frothboss
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Good atmosphere. Extremely reasonable food prices for what you get. Pizza is awesomely huge and crazy delicious, especially when you get the pizza specials. I highly recommend the funky chicken calzone.Beer selection is great. Do a great job of rotating and updating beer selection. Beer is very reasonably priced. Bottles usually about a buck cheaper than the stores. Staff usually seems decently knowledgable of the beer selection. Pint night is sweet. If you have never been to a pazzo's pint night then you haven't lived. Paying $10-$15 for a picture of delicious (usually craft) brew and two pieces of glass wear is an insanely good price. Overall great place to go eat, drink, and hang out. Great place to go and watch the cats and the playoffs. Close to downtown and lots of other local business. A definite 'must visit' if you are visiting Lexington.
11-05-2010 05:12:28 |
More by despainmakesbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in Lexington on a drive from Columbus to Nashville, and Pazzo's was the choice for lunch. It is located right near the UK campus on Limestone and Winslow. Metered street parking is pretty abundant in the area.
Pazzo's is multi-level and has an upstair patio and bars on both floors. As expected there is a lot of UK paraphernalia and TVs, plus a good collection of tap handles.
The bar boasts 40+ taps including Great Lakes, Founders, Rogue, Kentucky Brewing, Goose Island, Schlafly, Stone, Three Floyds, Leffe, Bell's and more. As for bottles there are over 100 organized by country on the menu. Domestic brewers include Avery, Dogfish Head, Stone, Rogue, Ommegang and many more. Many countries are represented such as Africa, Argentina, Brazil (etc) with several from Belgium such as Kasteel and Westmalle.
Pazzo's is known for their pizza and that is what we ordered. The BBQ chicken pizza was very good, and we took the leftovers with us to eat later.
Overall this place is a great stop for anyone in the UK vicinity.
10-24-2010 21:02:17 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
OK, I've been going to Pazzos since I was 16 year old. 25 now and nearly a decade of loving this place. Of course only 4 years of getting to enjoy the beers.
This place just feels like a beer bar. It's a touch less desirable than some place and I've been here when the AC was out in the middle of summer. Nobody is perfect I suppose. Plenty of TV's in places, other places lack. The outside patio that they added after taking over Kitty's is great but they really need more service out there (where else would you eat on a nice day?). Their bourbon bar area is well done...exceptional perhaps.
The service is iffy. They have a tendency to hire women and well having worked in the restaurant industry this is often a bad idea. For every great female server I've known 10 were just awful. Expect some slow service, many aren't overly knowledgeable about beer, but over all they do try.
40 taps give or take, and 200-300+ bottles....I can't think of a better pizza place.
Their food takes way too long to come out, but gosh it's slow to make.
Prices here are just amazing. 4 bucks for a pint of some of the best beers out there. I can't remember paying more than 5 for a pint and I"ve gotten treats such as 5 year old stone barely wine, and other rarities that periodically show up.
09-17-2010 23:22:25 |
More by bobhits
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This joint has a huge selection of both imports and a wide range of micros on tap and in the bottle, printed on a list that is frequently updated. I enjoyed the rows of tap handles used as decoration around the perimeter of the upstairs. In the pub downstairs, a interesting assortment of international glassware can be found in display cases, along with posters and signage from German and Belgian breweries on the walls.
The service was very efficient, and I know my brother-in-law, who resides in Lexington, attends their weekly draft night and has the same server each time--who is apparently awesome. The staff working on this night did not seem to be maybe the most knowledgeable, but had no problem getting us the proper glassware for our Westmalle Tripel after my bro-in-law kind of made a stink about incorrect glassware. She didn't get huffy and just got us the right glass. They were all very friendly and willing to talk beer.
Food is solid pizza and the like, nothing fantastic but you can do much worse. Overall, Pazzo's is a in which place no BA would mind sipping away a few hours, or days.
12-29-2009 22:50:20 |
More by Osiris9588
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We had kind of a weird experience here. It was a Sunday and the place didn't open until noon. The staff seemed rather slow and surly, though it didn't seem personal. Maybe we didn't get a fair representation since it was a rainy, cruddy day after a major holiday, so perhaps they were not feeling their best. But anyway, the beer selection was good, with a reasonable selection of national and international beers (the highlight was the Bell's Two-Hearted Ale). There were a few offerings from other fun breweries, including Brooklyn, Schlafly, and Founders. The food was decent - the pizza took a ludicrously long time to cook, but when it did arrive, it was tasty. Not bad, and perhaps the best beer place in town, but far from a world class beer bar, based on our visit.
07-14-2009 18:26:04 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I loved the atmosphere in Pazzo's. There's no substitution for this type of independent establishment. I don't care how many types of beer a place carries, If the staff and owners don't absolutely love beer and love what they are doing then it is not a place I want to drink. This is not the case at Pazzo's. Our server was excellent. She was upbeat, knowledgable, entertaining, and a great server. The wings and Calzones are blow you away excellent and the prices are really reasonable especially on the beer. Compared to local liquor stores there's very little markup on beer for a restaurant. If you are ever in Lexington, this place is a must experience...Oh and I almost forgot...for special occasions there three liters specials have to be experienced.
07-13-2009 16:07:03 |
More by BigBen61
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Every time I visit my brother in Lexington, we grab a bite and several drinks at Pazzo's. Being from the Washington DC area, I'm blown away by the inexpensive prices and that you can get good beer in a pitcher.
Last time we went, I got all excited because they had Founders Breakfast Stout so I started off with one of those. Later we split pitchers of Stone IPA and something from Goose Island that I can't remember other than it had a lower ABV (as we needed to slow down). We were like kids in a candy store salivating over all the possible pitchers we could have gotten.
The atmosphere of the bar it pretty cool and laid back. There is some outdoor seating that would be nice if I ever made it there when the weather didn't suck. The last time we went we got seated downstairs which I liked a lot as it had a small beer hall kind of feel.
The food and service are good but nothing too special. I've only ordered pizza when I've been there and that's pretty hard to screw up. With all the beer offerings to look through, I really only note that the pizza has cheese, meat & sauce and who doesn't like that.
From talking with my brother and examining his kitchen cupboards that are filled with free pint glasses, a good, but crowded, night to visit is pint night. If you order a pitcher of the special beer, you get to take home 2 beer glasses from the brewery.
The only complaint I can make about the place is that one time we got a bomber of Ommegang Hennepin and it was spoiled. Otherwise, this place is the bomb.
04-29-2009 04:41:10 |
More by eljefe21
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
Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY
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