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Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Taps: 39 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
385 S Limestone
phone: (859) 255-5125
(Place added by: SheepNutz)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's is hands-down my favorite bar anywhere. The atmosphere is great; it feels like home (but it can get crowded every once and awhile-- though the new expanded patio helps a lot). The quality of food and beverages is top-notch for a pizza pub and the servers are among the most knowledgeable in beer that I have ever encountered. Not only do they have tons of beers from all over the world, but their pizza is some of the best in Lexington. Pint night always gave me something to look forward to every week and now that I've graduated I miss Pazzo's more than any other place in Lexington. If you're in town make it a point to stop by this wonderful establishment.
07-24-2008 18:53:28 |
More by ltjska04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Prices were pretty reasonable for the beers. Most of the beers I have tried have not been marked up too high. You do have to expect some markup at a restaurant, but Pazzo's manages to keep everything reasonable. They do have an amazing selection of on draft craft beers. Last time I was in there they had around 30 beers on tap, plus many more in bottle. They also have a feature night every Wednesday called Pint Night, which features a special beer (sometimes craft sometimes Macro) in which you get two pint glasses from the brewery with every pitcher you order. My only problem with Pazzos is finding a seat sometimes, it can be packed!
06-12-2008 15:57:02 |
More by rpardon7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Pazzo's is a great place with an awesome selection of beer. They rotate the selection quite a bit, and seem to do a good job updating their website with the latest beer (you can plan before you get there). They just opened a new expansion which adds another bar and lots more seats plus a patio that will make next spring something to look forward to.
Probably the biggest drawback is it can seem a little crowded, getting a seat at the bar can be a real pain. The expansion should make this less of an issue.
Surprisingly good pizza, it is not NYC but I haven't found any better in Lexington.
Driving on I-75 or I-64, make plans for a rest stop at Pazzo's then hit Liquor Barn on your way out of town.
12-05-2007 03:31:28 |
More by wspscott
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's has the best beer selection in downtown. I think the pizza is good...not the greatest pizza I've ever had but good. The beer selection is organized well by country and the wait staff always seem knowledgeable about what is what. There is a separate section in the menu featureing their strong beer selections. It features a great cross section of high alcohol Belgian beer and imperial strength beer from other geographies as well. Especially try to stop by on Wednesday for pint night. If you buy a pitcher of the special pint night beer selection, you get to take home two matching glasses for that beer.
08-23-2007 03:13:06 |
More by beakerboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Thanks to this site, I was able to go and have a few pints at Pazzo's during a business trip last week. The staff there was amazing and very knowledgeable about the beers they served. The selection was almost overwhelming, they had 38 different selections on Tap and 187 different selections in bottle. I'm from central Florida and we have nothing even close to this anywhere near here. I'll be making a return trip here just to head to Pazzo's for some pizza (Which was also VERY good) and handful of pints.
I highly recommend this to anyone in or heading to the area.
04-15-2007 20:44:22 |
More by Jporn
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just a hop and a skip from Louieville, really, but now I'm kind of flying blind. The directions were only good to a point and then the trail went cold. Okay, here's the college, some college, any college, doesn't matter which college, I have deduced that as Pazzo's is a pizza pub, it must have a reasonable proximity to the college. I'll set a standard search pattern (red shirted ensigns go that way), and there's South Limestone, I am sooo good at this game, and there's Pazzo's. See, everything's okay now...
It's like attached to a sandwich shop or something in a little grouping of buildings that look like they'd be catering to the college crowd. A 10 seat "J" shaped bar is off on an angle as you enter. The bar back is a large wood unit with a center logo mirror, sunken spot lighting, growlers above and tap handles way up high lining the top with mounted flatscreens to both sides, tiered booze below, and shelves to both sides featuring bourbons. Macro neon lights & import mirrors riddle the room, and a large board listing specials taps & feature bottles (currently Bell's Hell Hath No Fury) on the wall opposite the bar. A tower on the corner of the bar holds 6 taps and there's about 16 more in a row on the wall at the end of the bar. Wood slat walls lowers beneath vintaged sponge paint uppers and some brick, the trim above done with tap handles displayed. 7 bar tables wrap the bar, some adjacent and the rest in the front along the windows, with their big brown blinds. To the rear, a staircase up to an additional seating area, and another down to Pazzo's pub. Straight back against the rear wall, a "C" shaped bar seating upwards of a dozen, glassware on shelving on the bar back, and coolers below with the many bottled selections. And taps, more taps, yes taps. A central tower of Inbev 3, towers of 6 to each side, and a solo Fuller's London Pride tap. Nearly a dozen and a half tables & raised bar tables throughout the room. They've got a bunch of display cases with glassware from breweries these kids have never of. Belgian tulips, snifters, flutes, chalices, Weisse glasses, damn! Otherwise, the walls are done up with the Caracole snail posters, Belgian prints and a giant Orval placard (it's like the coaster on the wall at mug's but it's like a 4' X 4' (If I had to fight fierce velociraptors again, I would use this as my shield). Also, a large Pazzo's logo placard; a strangely familiar silhouette of a man leaning back in a chair drinking. Wait a minute, I know what that is. They just flat out stole the Cantillon logo and put "Pazzo's" underneath it, all the people working here are wearing shirts with that logo. Bad form!!
I head back upstairs to the bar and look to order a beer. I think collectively there's just more than 3 dozen taps between the upstairs bar and the downstairs pub. At least 1/3 of them American micros (Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Great Lakes Nosferatu, DogFishHead 60, Anchor Steam, Sierra Celebration, Sam Adams Winter, Harpoon IPA, Rogue Mocha Porter & Santa's Private Reserve, Kona Longboard Lager & Fire Rock Pale Ale, Lexington Kentucky Ale & Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Blue Moon) and then imports, mostly the usual suspects but a few unusual choices (Fullers London Pride, Samichlaus), and then macros & a few ciders. I took some time and perused the extensive bottled beer menu, some 165 bottles, broken out by style. All my favorite trappists, micros, imports, good collection of Porters & Stouts. Um, point of reference though, Duchesse De Bourgogne does not belong in the "fruit beer" category with Apple Ephemere, Abita Purple Haze & Lindemans Framboise. That's just wrong!!
Sat talking about the beers with one of the natives. Apparently, some local outfit makes the Kentucky Ale & Bourbon Barrel Ale. Said he, "There's 100% goodness in the Bourbon beer". Good to know, but I've got some hours on the road ahead of me so they'll be no bourbon nothing, yeah, I'll have the Rogue Santa's Private Reserve.
The upstairs feel was kind of college kid, but the downstairs scene is much better. Servicewise, all kids, but attentative enough. Good beer selection overall and some very nice bourbons, big surprise in Kentucky, huh?
01-16-2007 06:09:02 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ah Pazzo's, this is my favorite place in Lexington to go and enjoy a beer or two and a calzone. The patio is nice in the spring and summer, while the top level is the place to socialize. They have a very good selection including lots of Belgians and some good German brews. Some pretty good stuff on tap with specials every day and a pint night on Wednesday. Buy a pitcher of the special of the day and get a pint glass from that particular beer. Service is decent, not great or poor. The food is quite good. Pizza and calzones being my personal favorites. A nice campus friendly location that's not too far from downtown. Good beer (served in the appropriate glass) and good food. If you're in Lex Vegas stop by Pazzo's.
01-03-2007 03:01:34 |
More by bluegrassbrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Well, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to give this place a try. Their website really doesn't do any justice to the beer selction, which is why I was never in a big hurry to stop by. I was a bit disoriented when I first walked in - three levels and three bars (not that this is a bad thing). A weeknight and the crowd was pretty sparse. I wound up in the lower-level at the bar. A respectible tap collection - ask for the beer menu since the taps are different and if you ask for something not tapped at the bar where you are sitting, they will run to the other bar and get it for you. Very nice collection of bottled beers, particulary a nice selction of uncommon Belgian styles, such as Oud Bruin and Flanders Red. My Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale was served in a sifter embossed with the beer and brewery logo. I also noted chalices for Orval and some other specialty beers. Nice. I saw nitrogen tap beers properly poured and rested before serving.
I ordered a sub, that was quite good. Buffalo wings were tasty. A friend ordered a calzone that was as big as a car tire, but, fortunately, a good bit more tasty. I'm curious to see what this place is like on a weekend, but I enjoyed the quiet visit. Hands down the place to go for a beer in Lexington.
11-16-2005 22:43:07 |
More by Brent
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pazzo's: My Lexington 1st choice for craft beer.
Highlights from last visit, April 6, 2010:
Three Floyd's Samurai Gazebo
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Founders Double Trouble
New Holland Mad Hatter
Always on tap:
Kentucky Ale and Bourbon Barrel Ale
Nogne 0, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin Special Holiday Ale (bottle)
Founders Nemesis (bottle)
Malheur Brut and Dark Brut (bottle)
Regarded as the best place in Lexington for craft beer. Pazzo's always delivers quality beers, quality food, and a quality environment; and is comonly found on top-100 lists for national beer-bars.
Along with the highlights above, Pazzo's carries 40 taps that are scattered among the three bars (the first is upon entering the bar, the second is upstairs in the newly added Boubon Bar, and the third is in the downstairs pub-visit all three). Mostly craft beers with an American focus with some European imports and a rare appearance from BudMillerCoors.
The bottle beer selection is every bit as stellar with about 150 offerings including: Anderson Valley, Ommegang, Stone, Nogne, Rogue, Chimay, Dogfish, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Abita, Lindemann's, Fuller's, Mikkeller, Great Divide, Caracole, Chouffe, Delirium, and a bunch more...
The beer prices are fair, and even great if you take advantage of the happy hour specials that always include craft beers. Many of the beers (such as Dogfish 90, Stone IPA, Schlafly, Rogue, and Sierra Nevada are priced lower thatn $4.00 per pint). The beer lists are updated every week and are always accurate. Likewise, the on-line list remains current. The beers are always rotating so it's worth a visit nearly every week.
The food is as good as the beers, specializing in hand-tossed pizzas and calzones. Again, the prices are reasonable, but even cheap if taking advantage of the appetizers during happy-hour.
The staff is very good. All know their beers better than any bar staff in town, especially the bar tenders.
The atmosphere is well-lit, clean, and inviting with a pseudo-tuscan decor inside. The main-level bar and part of the upstairs takes on the Euro-theme. The bourbon bar harks toward the indigenous Central Kentucky heritage, and the basement bar is truely English in nature. A lot of flat-screen televisions make sure you never miss the game. There are three different patios for outside entertainment and people watching. No juke boxes, no pool tables, no dart boards-- just great pizza, beer, and company.
Outside, however is a black-painted building with craft beer neon signs in the front windows-- looks very nonchalant, kinda like the borg landed at the North-East corner of the UK campus. Located at the corner of Euclid/Avenue of Champions and Limestone Street, currently parking and manuvering is a real bitch because of major reconstruction of Limestone Street and because of new student traffic. Parking is always available in the Jersey Street dedicated parking lot and on-street parking.
The crowd can be very college-ey during standard party hours on Thursday-Saturday night and during Wednesday night's Pint Night. On Pint Night, they put a special beer on tap. If you buy a pitcher of that beer, then you receive two pint glasses from that brewery. This starts at 6:30 promptly and not a minute earlier, then lasts until the glasses are gone. This is a great way to build your at-home pint glass collection. The place seriously packs out for this event so get there early to get a seat.
I am always looking for a good excuse to stop by Pazzo's for a few pints. So, if you are going, please let me know-- I'll join you for beer, pesto bread, and conversation.
07-07-2005 17:29:40 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I spent a couple of hours at Pazo's, on 11/03/04, with kmpitz2 and clvand0, for Wednesday "Pint Night". Bass was the featured ale, and everyone got a nice Bass glass after enjoying some pitchers of the weekly special. They were out of cask ale that night, but I was fortunate enough to try the tap only, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which was quite a treat. Pazzo's is on the edge of the University of Kentucky(my alma mater) campus, so the crowd was mostly college aged. The brew selection is excellent, with 25 to 30 taps, and what seemed to be 150+ bottle selections, including several Belgians, and a host of American microbrews. The service was truly exceptional, friendly and efficient. The food was of the Italian pub and pizza variety, and was excellent. The atmosphere is jovial and friendly, with a college bar atmosphere. Lexington, is a smoke-free town, but Pazzo's has an outdoor patio for smokers. This place is definitely a must-stop for beer lovers in central Kentucky. I look forward to my next visit there, so I can see how they handle cask ale.
11-06-2004 10:56:45 |
More by merlin48
Pazzo's Pizza Pub in Lexington, KY
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