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.
Right off of campus, made a perfect lunch stop. 47 taps(!) and a bottle list to boot. Taplist was pretty solid, included Uncle Jacobs, which was a want lister of mine not so long ago. Pizza was good, service was great. Winner.
(Visited 09/2010): 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.
theisti (797) Kansas | February 21, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited later evening on a Thursday. I parked in the Pazzos parking lot behind the restaurant, and entered upstairs to the “Bourbon Bar / Patio”. This room had a small bar with 4 seats or so on each side, with a few tables scattered around. Inside the restaurant is more traditional booth seating, and there appeared to be at least two others bars / sections to this sprawling place. The beer menu featured 47 beers including Three Floyds Alpha King, Behemoth, Zombie Dust and Gumballhead. The rest of the list had a lot of quality as well. One feature of the beer menu was the use of a “BA” label to signify “very good, outstanding or world class beers”. Neat idea. I had an Alpha King and a meatball / banana pizza, and was well satisfied. Fun place.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Located very near the UK campus in a typical college shopping type area. Street parking, and I can imagine parking is a bitch when it gets busier. Big, expansive place with three levels and multiple rooms. They have 47 taps and are quite proud of that. Some swill, but that’s to be expected so close to a college campus. Nothing out of this world, but some good stuff. I was sipping on a Pappy aged stout from a local brewery that was quite tasty, and Dark Horse Tres. I did not look at the bottle selection. One beer I tried to order was not available. Typical Italian pizza joint menu... some pizzas, subs, salads, etc. I had a barbecue chicken sub which was so-so. Chicken was overcooked and the barbecause sauce was too sweet, but on the other hand, bacon. My server was new so she made some mistakes, but she was very helpful and friendly. Prices were pretty solid. Overall, it was worth the stop.
Pazzo’s is an interesting place. They almost get the beer-bar thing but not to a full on geek level. The selection rotates and has some great stuff from Three Floyds, Southern Tier, West Sixth and many more. Downstairs is a dedicated Belgian bar. They take pride in getting different beers in there but then do things like describe Alpha King as an amber. Not a complaint, they still love spreading the joy of good beer, just doesn’t reek of the sophistication the the Beer Trappe down the street does. Good beer is cheap in Lexington and Pazzo’s is right in line. Growlers are available as well and the pizza isn’t half bad. Cool stop.
Fun place to hangout across from U of K...went on the Tuesday afternoon after 4th of July...so it was pretty quiet (in fact I was the only customer in the bar area). The place is big...multi level...with a back deck type area and a large front patio...a fair amount of nice looking decorations on the walls...loved the steps named after hops. Definitely setup for maximum college student partying...but again...summertime on a weekday...it was quiet. The bartender was very personable and helpful. The pizza here is decent enough...being from NY metro area I’m pretty picky about pizza...but this was likely very good for the area. Pretty decent selection of craftbeers (47 on tap)...so a good place to eat and grab some beers if you aren’t hitting the local breweries. I can only imagine how mobbed this place gets when school is in session (again...it’s right across the street)...so factor the in to an potential visit plans...as well as parking.
Easy to find location and easy parking for my motorcycle. Larger then the outside looks. Two patios and bar in front and pub downstairs and tables upstairs for pizza. Good staff that were freindly and recommended beers and pizza. Had a SN Brown and slice of pizza. Nice selection of beers. Good location.
Went here after Keeneland or the Lexington-Frankfort part of the Bourbon Trail, I can’t remember which, and forgot to rate it. Pretty standard pizza joint from the front and entrance, but there are a couple rooms and patios you might not notice, so it’s a big place. Pizza is pretty good, nothing amazing. The tap list is impressive- 38 listed here, but I counted 42. Over 100 bottles for sure, and a nice range, from the cheap swill for UK students to some unexpected micros. Three Floyds is now here- Dreadnaught bottles and Robert the Bruce on tap as of this writing- along with the standards: Stone, DFH, Goose Island, Great Divide, Abita, Avery, Founders (Cerise!), Rogue, Left Hand, Brooklyn, Breckenridge, Nogne O, Schneider, Ayinger, Unibroue, Sam Smith, Fuller’s, Chimay, Duvel, BBC, and Lexington-Alltech (Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale). Friendly staff, good service, good prices. Definitely worth a visit when you’re in Lexington.
Went on a Friday night and the place was busy, but still enough parking in the back and some seating still available. Beer menu selection was good, great prices, and great service. Not sure if they have any other glassware other than shaker, but there is always a minor detail. This place is great and will hopefully be going back.