Visited on a Tuesday evening for dinner, was in the mood for pizza and this place fit the bill. Older spot across from Cumberland Brews and River City Drafthouse. Smaller place, though there are plenty of tables and booths jammed, and 8 seats at the bar which is raised up above the main dining area. Mixed crowd of hipsters and families. 8 beers on draft, including Schlafly TIPA, Two Hearted, Founders Breakfast stout, New Albanian Elector and a couple of others. Plenty of bottles available as well. This is not necessarily a beer destination, though you can find a solid selection here. I had the veggie Pizza and it was good. Service was prompt and friendly. Good place to grab pizza and a beer.
64 = ★★ (Just ok)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Overview: Itís been awhile since Iíve given Zaís the proper respect of a re-rate. This place (along with Third Avenue Cafe and Dittoís) was one of the places where my wife and I used to eat in our early days as Louisvillians. In terms of ambiance, it remains virtually unchanged (except for their metal ceiling). You walk up a few steps when first entering into a smallish eating area; most tables are intended for four or more people. Thereís darts in the back right corner, and the walls are decorated with beer coasters, mirrors and other memorabilia that is, again, virtually unchanged since my first visit about eight years ago. Lighting is low. Bathrooms are nasty. Service, at least in the most recent visits, has been pretty attentive and not infected with the "Highlands Disease" (Iím too cool to do my job). They can usually answer any basic questions about the beers on tap or in bottle/can. Selection on tap still includes eight beers, about four of which rotate with seasonal selections, and the other four are always there (Bud Light, Guinness, Falls City Pale Ale, GL Edmund Fitz). The bottle list tops out around 100 bottles/can, mostly things you can find at any local store of good repute. Food is pretty much pizza, calzones, subs and side salads, and we pretty much always get the works pizza, which is pretty much awesome. The pizza is decked out with toppings, but the crust is still crispy. Some really great pizza in a big pizza city. Beer and food are priced fairly. PROS: Good vibe, great pizza. CONS: Could change up their selection more often, all beer seems to be served in a shaker. OVERALL: For the visitor, this place is rightly further down the list, but this is a definitely a locals place through and through. I have had many beer firsts here over the years, and will continue to drop by from time to time, but this is no longer a top beer destination in Louisville. With that being said, you could do much worse than this classic Louisville pizza joint. Directly across from Cumberland Brews and River City Drafthouse. Parking is on the street, which can be difficult at peak times. I can usually find something down Alta Ave.
Pizza here is probably my favorite in the city. Theyíve got a great selection of craft beers though the staff could be a little more knowledgeable on the product. Prices seem to be a little under market, which you wonít find me complaining about. If youíre in the Highlands definitely stop in for a beer and a pie. Then play frogger to get to Cumberland across the street.
This place isnít bad but Iíd go here for the pizza first and the beer selection a distant second. They have a decent selection but nothing to scream about. Prices are fair. The pizza here is solid so if youíre looking for a good pizza to go with a beer look no further but as far as beers go, itís ok. About what you might expect at a typical pizza pub.
Located on a busy stretch of Bardstown Rd in the Highlands. Parking is difficult to find, especially on a weekend night. Iíve been to this place several times and it seems to get more and more run down. I was there a month ago and noticed the stench of vomit near the bar. Needless to say I didnít feel like eating anything. Their beer list is respectable but the waitressí knowledge of the beers is nonexistant.
If you canít find a suitable beer to pair with your pizza from among the eight on tap, there are over 100 bottles to choose from. The pizza at Zaís is some of the best in town. This is a very relaxed and friendly place with excellent food and an adequate beer selection.