The Village Idiot | Lexington, Kentucky
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The Village Idiot
Good based on 9 ratings
Type: Restaurant

307 W Short St
Lexington, Kentucky United States 40507 [ print map ]
859 252 0099 | facebook | twitter | beer menu

Hours: Sun-Wed 5PM-12AM; Thu-Sat 5PM-1AM

Taps: 20 | Bottles: 90+

The Village Idiot

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9 reviews for The Village Idiot
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  81%
 Selection  76%
 Food  87%
 Value  71%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  83%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate  (180) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | September 19, 2014
Great place located in what I think is downtown. Iím pretty sure it is. Iím from Louisville, but surprisingly, never made it out to Lexington much. With that, I donít think the parking was difficult, or ridiculous to pay for. Itís $5, and in Seattle, youíd easily pay that much for parking, if not more, in some places. Plus, the parking is adjacent to the building, so the convenience factor is great. The draught selection was quite nice. The service was nice, too. They appeared to have some decent bottles, but I didnít catch a look at that menu. The food was fairly good. In my crab mac and cheese I found some crab shell, but thatís a minor complaint. With that, this place was great, and Iíd easily go back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen  (280) Charleston Area, West Virginia | January 19, 2014
Parking sucks, it is on the street or paid parking lot. The street parking was taken on a Saturday, so I used the parking lot, it was supposed to be $1 an hour, however on the weekend it is just a flat $5. The parking lot is supposed to be self service, but there is some kind of code that is based on your first three characters of your license plate, so a guy walking around entered it. We called ahead and was told they werenít taking reservations. Had a 45 minute wait, I was able to get a beer at the upstairs bar even though it was packed, because the downstairs bar it was not possible it was so busy. The downstairs bar area was quite loud, the upstairs was not quite as loud. Mix of college kids and 30s and 40s. Twenty taps, not too many Kentucky brews, and nothing special on tap, although they did have one beer I tried. Bottle selection was pedestrian, I asked for a Majaraja (their website showed they had it), but they didnít have it. The decor was new industrial meets old wood. The bathroom situation was interesting the sink where you wash your hands was outside the restroom. My burger was good, but my wifeís chicken stout was dry. The service was slow, the place was busy. The price for the food was a little high, beer prices were fair. Glad I tried the place and it was okay, but the wife wasnít impressed, so I probably wonít be back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer  (137) Louisville, Kentucky | January 4, 2014| Updated January 5, 2014
PROS: Really nice update of a classic Lexington space into a Belgian-themed space; service is friendly and mostly knowledgeable; Selection is diverse and mixes local with national and international along with examples of beers across styles; food was spectacular (had an oyster benedict and even my friendís chicken wrap was prepared with the upmost care); food and beer are priced well and worth the price. CONS: Parking situation sucks (not their fault, but it is what it is)- you will be paying a good chunk of money to park in the area on a weekday. My server couldnít answer simple questions about some of the beers (hops used, etc.). The first two beers I requested were out, yet still on the board as available. Also, I expected a bit more out of the bottle list, especially more Belgian beer from a place that wishes to be a Belgian gastropub. OVERALL: Some minor tweaks are needed here and there, but this place is definitely worth a visit, and should be on anyoneís list on a trip to Lexington.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto  (157) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | December 15, 2013
I met an old friend at the bar - bartender made good suggestions for local brews (as well as other venues to seek out), gave promt service, quietly checked on us regularly, offered above average appetizers. I was there late on an overcast weekday afternoon; inside was a warm respite from a blustery autumn day. I think Iíd like the place anytime
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor  (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 7, 2013| Updated December 8, 2013
An awesome pub in downtown Lexington. I came here for brunch alone and it was well worth it. They have about 15 beers on tap, mostly regionals such as Founders, Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Brooklyn, etc. Not much in terms of the local scene. A large bottle collection. Nonetheless, the food here is awesome and Iíd be back just for that (the duck and waffles is orgasmic).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick  (159) Cincyucky, Kentucky | August 31, 2013
great service (friend of mine came in dripping wet from chivalric move during a storm and the staff gave him a shirt and dried his clothes letting him sit in his boxers). Staff was not knowledgeable and bartender "cheated" on his admission by looking up info on his smart phone. great food. decent value. great selection. On your way to the bathroom, you will see some obscure beers behind a cage and you cannot have any.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill  (141) South Carolina | August 13, 2013
20 taps include rare beers from FFF: Zombie Dust and Robert the Bruce. ice but limitd bottl selection fvors Belgian ales. Good variety. The duck and waffles is nearly as go0d as sex, with perfectly cooked, near crispy duck that pairs fabulously with th maple syrup. Friendly and knowledgeable service.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | November 6, 2012
Had dinner and some beers here one night. Place was packed so sat at the bar. Nice slightly upscale place. Service was great sitting at the bar. Selection of beer on tap and in bottles was great, Expo on tap was a highlight for me. Food was really good, one of the better places we ate at in Lexington. Prices were a bit on the higher side but good quality all around. Nice place to have dinner and drink a pint or two.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous  (101) Lexington, Kentucky | August 5, 2012
New gastropub. Iím writing this after the place has been open only four days. So, take it as an early impression until I edit,, not as a review whose impressions will last forever. 20 taps. So far, none out of the ordinary and not Kentucky centric enough for me. Decent beer list with fair number of 22 ounce bottles. Food was ok, but will probably get much better as kinks are worked out. Same owners as Beer Trappe and Pazzoís, so I expect to see the beer list get a little more adventurous with time. Very nice renovation of the previous restaurantís space. Interior is nice.

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