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Rich O's Public House

Rich O's Public HouseRich O's Public House

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.88%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

3312 Plaza Drive
New Albany, Indiana, 47150
United States
phone: (812) 949-2804
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(Place added by: zerk on 04-19-2005)
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 30
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jkrich

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

My overall score suffers because of uneven service and quality. My first visit was very enjoyable as we sipped on Alpha King and enjoyed calzones and a wonderful meatball and spaghetti dinner. There were at least a dozen or more beers on draft of several different styles. Good music played while we ate and drank, and service was attentive. Unfortunately, I attempted to return a couple of times. Once, the pub was closed (in the middle of the day)while the pizzeria attached to the pub was loud, smoky and obnoxious. A second time the pub was open, but I could not get anyone to wait on us; very disappointing. Also, the place did not look clean. However, I am willing to give it another try.

02-28-2010 00:06:24 | More by jkrich
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Me and some buddies stopped in on a recent trip to the Louisville, KY area. This was my second time here (but my first time in a few years), and we sat in the Sportstime Pizza area of the building (I was told the Rich O's part of the building didn't open until 1PM, and we were there before then for lunch). They had around 30-40 beers on tap, including about 5 of the New Albanian Brewing Company brews (NABC is attached to the building, you can see their brewing equipment from our dining area). I tried a couple of the New Albanian beers (the 15-B Porter and the Community Dark Mild Ale) which were both very good. Their overall tap selection was excellent, they had a great variety of beers to try so my buddies were all able to find something they liked. Rich O's also has a great selection of bottled beer too, they have the bottled beer menus at all the tables/booths (the tap menu was on one of the walls there).

The menu from what I could tell was mostly pizza, calzones and sandwiches. I got a huge calzone for lunch ( up to 10 toppings for just $7), it was excellent and for that price it was a pretty good deal! I forget the exact prices for pizza, but from what I remembered the prices for the other food seemed pretty reasonable. The service was great too, our server was knowledgeable and cool to talk to. I don't know why it took me so long to go back there, the food is great and the time spent there was fun. Even my friends who aren't beer geeks liked it a lot. I'd recommend Rich O's to anyone that lives or is stopping through the area.

05-07-2009 21:51:35 | More by bluejacket74
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Being a native Louisvillian, I like to travel 10 minutes across the river to Rich O's Public House in New Albany whenever I get the chance.

Typically, when I visit Rich O's, I sit in the "Sportstime Pizza" parlor which is attached to the Public House - so my review focuses on that specific section of the establishment. Inside, there is a huge chalkboard next to the entrance listing all the seasonal beers on tap, as well as the daily food specials. There are ususally a good 20-25 beers listed on the chalkboard. The parlor is fairly big, with about 15 wooden booths that seat 4-6 people comfortably and a could of high-tables with 4-5 bar stools around each. The interior is lit with stylish, billiard-style stained-glass lamps that hang from the ceiling and there are a half-dozen ceiling fans that keep the temperatures comfortable. The rest of the decor consists of various window signs and posters from a handful of breweries, and there is a nice view into the NABC's brewery through a couple of long glass windows on the back wall (you can see their stills and their kegging equipment). The atmosphere is usually lively, and always fun. A good place to enjoy a beer, pizza and good stories with friends.

If you can't find a beer you want on the chalkboard, then you can look in their bottled beer menu list - 3 1/2 pages, separated by country of origin, with beers from virtually every country you can think of! The list is really impressive, especially their selection of Belgians (dubbels, triples, quads, lambics/guezes) and American craft beers (alot of FFF in bottles and on tap, Bells, Founders, Rogue, etc). Even more impressive is their list of rare, vintaged beers, including many vintages of Harviestoun's Ola Dubh and J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Prices are decent, as most American craft 12oz bottles will run you $3-5, bombers around $7-8; most imports are priced at $5-6; Belgians are notably marked up the most. Draft specials are usually pretty solid though (examples from my last visit: 20 oz FFF Alpha King, Founders Cherise, $4.75; Weihenstephaner Hefe 20 oz, $5.00).

Rich O's food is excellent - their breadsticks are large, warm, and always fresh; the beer cheese is spicy and a great compliment to a cold, craft draft; and their deep dish pizza are killer and reasonably priced. I always bring home leftovers but they never last for long. The rest of their food selection consists of calzones, sub sandwiches and I believe you can also order buffalo-style wings.

In all, Rich O's is a great pizza parlor/brewpub. Everytime I get the chance to visit Rich O's I never hesitate to go, and I never leave disappointed. Their beer selection is the best I've seen anywhere across KY/IN and the food is killer. If you love craft beer and good pizza and you just happen to be passing through Louisville on I-64, make a 10 minute detour to New Albany and spend some quality time at Rich O's pub - well worth the trip!

04-26-2009 04:07:22 | More by Buschyfor3
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Easy to find location one block off Grant Line Road (111). Lot parking. Building is clean and orderly with New Albanian Brewing on the left. Bar in back and seating for food on the left front and in the back. Servers area has taps in the middle. Staff is freindly with good beer knowledge. Menu is apps and pizza selections from next door. Gravity Head selections are first class and resident and guest selection is good all the time. Good location and well worth the stop and go to Gravity Head each year.

01-18-2009 01:25:46 | More by tmoneyba
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

Whenever I visit Louisville, Rich O's is a requirement. Best pizza bar none. I recommend the Roundhouse Italian Sausage and Banana Peppers...Mmmmm. That burnt cheese around the crust - The best part. Really, really fantastic. On to the beer. Always fantastic stuff on tap. This past weekend I was there for the DFH Hootenany and if you missed it, you missed some outstanding beers. Throughout the night they had a DFH Chicory run through the Randalizer with coffee beans. If there was a way to bottle that amazing taste, I'd be drinking it nightly. Saison Dupont, Rodenbach Grand Cru, special events like the aforementioned Hootenany, Gravity Head... This place is not to be missed. On the down side - service can be spotty. I mean, I know it gets busy, but when you are standing at the bar, you sometimes want to scream, "Who do I have to F#*K to get a beer here? I tip!" Never had problems with the wait staff though. Not a big gripe, I understand that there are off nights, and serving drunks can be a pain in the ass, so no biggie.

Bottom line is there is great food, great beer, great events, and great atmosphere. How can you not love this place? You know what? I love it so much I'm adjusting my service score.

You absolutely MUST hit Rich O's!

11-19-2008 02:23:44 | More by Onibubba
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LauraG

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $

Insane and amazing. Strange, eclectic decor -- a quilt made of beer-related t-shirts, posters of Lenin and Bob Marley, random prints, tin signs, and lithographs clutter the walls.

In the numerous times I've been to Rich O's, I've never, ever been disappointed with either the beer, the food, or the service. Is it packed and busy on the weekends? Sure. But given the funky, convivial, share-and-share-alike socialist vibe of the joint, why wouldn't folks drive for miles around to get unique, exciting beers and the best dadgum beer cheese in America? Yeah, it took a visit to get used to the weird layout, seating yourself, endearingly crabby servers, etc. But it's completely worth whatever minor adjustments you might have to make, for the sake of hundreds of hard-to-find imports, dozens of unique on-tap offerings, and did I mention the beer cheese?

09-20-2008 00:08:22 | More by LauraG
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $

What a mix. This place is completely off the hook. The bar side is a dump, for atmosphere: cramped, poorly lighted, and still allows smoking.

The family side by contrast is everything opposite. Bright, clean, airy. I was in the bar side. On my first visit I was not initially impressed . . . until I looked at the tap list and the bottles menu. On that particular day, I counted -- and remember, this is in a town of about 20,000! -- 48 beers on draught and 253 in bottles from two-dozen countries.

Food is ridiculous: huge portions, well made, at insanely low prices. A couple of examples: a 21 inch pizza (that's almost 350 square inches, or 2 and one-quarter square feet!) with TEN toppings is $31; a calzone with TEN fillings is $7; and their famous bread-sticks with beer-cheese are also excellent and very inexpensive.

Servers can be a bit snarky, but they definitely know their beer, and can recommend specific brews if you tell them what you like.

This is the oddest, most beer-focused place I've ever been. If you're ever anywhere within 100 miles, you owe it to yourself to stop in and visit this one-of-a-kind rarity. Worth finding for sure.

By the way, anyone looking for light-yellow, fizzy tasteless beers can just avoid this place. They used to carry Bud Light and Corona for about $5.50 a bottle, but anymore, they don't even offer the stuff. You'd probably get cussed at if you tried to order a light beer here.

04-18-2008 03:07:50 | More by ColoradoBobs
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TJustice

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

I visited this place on a Saturday afternoon, and was surpised at the crowd. As you enter, there is no bar in sight, only a hand full of tables to the left, and "tv room" to the right, and a pizzeria next door. A large chalkboard showed what they had (house and guest brews) and what they were in the process of making. Beer was you average price per pint, food menu was limited, but what I had was good. To the rear of the bar, was a small lounge area, with a leather couch, love seat, and a wing back chair. Along with a bar area, and a few tables, this was a very cozy area of the pub. One more major plus was the fact that you can still smoke in the building.

As I spent roughly 3 hours of my afternoon there with a few friends, I tried nearly everything they had on tab (house brew) and settles on the porter they had as my favorite. Regardless, good beer, good atmosphere, and good service. I think we may have worn out our welcome with the locals. They began making suggestions of other bars we should try out in the area (which I took as a suggestion we should be leaving so they could have our seats).

At the end of the day, I would recommend this place to others, and will be visiting again in the near future.

03-23-2008 21:48:50 | More by TJustice
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oldefortran

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

From the outside, this place does not look like much, but once you enter the door it is a completely different story. From the numerous collectible beer/brewery artifacts on the wall to humorous pictures and even a blue toilet seat with a story all to itself. When talking about the atmosphere of this great establishment, one cannot overlook the "Red Room", which is named for obvious reasons and can't be missed with the huge Lenin poster on the back wall. Definitely very original and just plain awesome.

The beer selection and quality of this place is virtually unsurpassed in this area. The local NABC beers are plentiful in variety and in awards they have won. Their beers range from amazing porters, stouts, IPAs, ESBs, Belgian-styles, etc to more obscure mugwort and juniper brews. After trying some of their own beers, check out the big black board and see what they have on their plethora of taps that are rotated very regularly. In addition to those, they also have a 3+ page bottled beer menu with brews from all over the world. There is something for every beer lover in this place!

The service is fairly fast, they always have the correct glass for the beer, and I've personally never had them mess up an order. I have read a couple reviews talking about rudeness and bad service, but I definitely have to disagree. From going to this place for 3+ years, there have been times when the service was very short with me and my party, but never rude, and sometimes the wait can be a little much. But, this has only happened when the place was very packed, especially during the many beer celebrations they host. These people are running around like crazy getting everyone's drink orders and, in my opinion, doing a great job. If there are lots of folks and a bit of a wait, I suggest meeting new folks and talking about beer. If there was ever a place made for that, this is it.

Hungry? Grab a pizza while you imbibe some great ales. Their pizza is definitely some of the best in the area and their beer cheese is the best I have ever had anywhere. It's almost too addictive! Do not leave without at least trying the beer cheese.

There's not enough good things I can say about this place. Definitely check it out if you are in the area and keep an eye open for their celebrations like Gravity Head (for high gravity beers), the Lupulin Land Harvest Hopcoming, and Saturnalia Winter Solstice (for season winter brews).

09-13-2007 22:10:09 | More by oldefortran
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irishpilot777

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I live about 5 min from Rich-O's/Sportstime Pizza. I have grown to love everything about the place(except for the crappy strip mall exterior). Even the servers have come to be an expected nuisance, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It makes it feel like home. I don't always get along with my brother, but I love him nonetheless, and he is always there for me like they are. I have friends that come into town and the first place we go is Rich-O's. I have even taken a taxi there directly from the airport, to meet up with my usual Thurs. night crew. There is always a surprise in the menu or beer list and it keeps my palate intrigued for the next visit. If you are looking for crappy lite beer, or mass appeal beer, go somewhere else. The crowd is a mixture of professors, professionals, students, families, eurofiles, and beer lovers young and old. In this way especially, it reminds me of my days in Germany. Everyone is welcome and treated the same if they love beer(even if it is like crap sometimes, haha). There are festivals for Saturnalia and Gravity Head(a personal fav), as well as others. The beer cheese and breadsticks are unmatched and you would do well to find a better pizza any where between here and Chicago(although Wick's on Bardstown Rd. in Louisville is a good challenger). Bring your appetite and love of beer as well as a sense of humor and you will be at home, even if you've never been before. Also explore a little and check out the red room, my favorite theme room in any bar anywhere I have been.

08-07-2007 19:15:02 | More by irishpilot777
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Rich O's Public House in New Albany, IN
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