The Paddy Wagon
Taps: 36 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by SheepNutz:
3.06/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5
The Paddy Wagon is a new "Irish Pub" that opened in Richmond. I had been told by a few friends that they have a great beer selection, so I just had to check it out. Well, is it a big selection? Yes. Is it a good selection? Not really. They have at least 60 different kinds of beer, but the only problem is that about 52 of the 60 are basic light lagers. They have a few Irish stouts like Guinness and Murphys, and also have Sierra Nevada and Beamish stouts. Other ales include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Newcastle. They also had Monty Python's Holy Ale in stock. I was kind of let down by the selection, and stuck to the Sierra Nevada offerings and Czechvar all night.
The decor is pretty nice. They have lots of irish pub posters and breweriana on the walls. There is a pool table, dart board, and Golden Tee game. There are 5 TVs showing either sports or trivia, and the jukebox has a great variety of music. They also have a promotion where if you try all of the beers they offer, you get a T-shirt and your name on the wall. That wouldn't be so bad if the selection was good. They have a small food menu, mostly consisting of sandwiches, but I didn't try anything. The service was fair. I ran out of beer a few times and had to wait a few minutes, but it was ok. Oh yeah, when they have live music, they have a cover charge, which blows.
All in all, I had a good time watching the UK game there and playing some darts, but for a better beer selection, I think next time I'll go up the street to Madison Garden. Someone told me that for Halloween they had Rogue Dead Guy and a few different pumpkin ales in stock, so I guess not all is lost.
12-09-2004 05:53:38 | More by SheepNutz
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have had several people to comment on the much-improved selection of beers that are now offered at the Paddy Wagon. Word has is that the bar was opened by two Englishmen who are criminal education professors at the local EKU campus.
The building has a prime location on Main Street in the heart of Richmond. Easy to find and ample amount of parking. It is a stand alone metal building with a handsome, well-lit wood decor. In cerainly looks English.
Upon walking inside, the English decore continues with medium colored wood paneling, masculine wood detailing and authentic green and sand interior elements. The large, oval bar is very large, sitting in the middle of the space and boasts about 100 taps and probably 100 seats as well. Many pub tables flank the sides of the bar and probably seat another 100 or so.
Although they have more than their fair share of American macro-type beers, they also serve many craft beers; moreso English Ales and European beers than American micros. However, the microbrewers are well represented nevertheless. We drank a few pints of Fuller's Pride and felt that the beers were served properly, but in a standard pint glass. The beer was very fresh, super clean, and a joy to drink albeit too cold. I feel that all the beers would be served in a similar manner. Their prices seemed a bit steep at first until I realized the pitchers were 60 oz. instead of the American typical 48 oz. This made the price per pint $4.25.
Along with the impressive tap offerings, they also had a bottle list that ran about another 100-150 beers and were a mix of European imports, American Micros, and Macros. You'll be sure to find enough beer to satisfy any craft beer lover. They had a nice laminated beer list that was almost up to date.
The waitress was very enthusiastic and seemed eager to help us although it did take quite a while for her to recognize us. She seemed to know the selections well, but didn't give much other insight to the beers-- but we didn't ask much either.
The food menu seemed to be a mix of typical bar foods and some English fare. The prices seemed very reasonable for the fish and chips, bangers and mash, and sheppard's pie in comparison to some of the overly pretentious English pubs in neighboring Lexington.
The pub has some billiard tables, video games and televisions toward the rear of the space and worked well with the bar and the atmosphere.
I'll admit that the quality, selection, and atmosphere impressed me more than I inspected.
Between this pub and Madison Garden nearby, there's enough to keep any beer drinker happy in Downtown Richmond.
12-21-2008 21:57:28 | More by BEERchitect
The Paddy Wagon in Richmond, KY
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.