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The Pub - Louisville

Not Rated.
The Pub - LouisvilleThe Pub - Louisville
BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.84%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 35
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

412 S 4th St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-3421
United States
phone: (502) 569-7782
// CLOSED //

@publouisville

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(Place added by: Brent on 06-13-2005)
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Photo of Carl_R
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Shrews629
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have visited this place about 4 times and have enjoyed every visit. Nice selection of craftbeer along with a fine selection of liquor. The beers that I have tried have even been served in appropriate glassware. Nice little bar setup also. Tap handles are spread around the whole bar. The restrooms were very clean also. The menu for the beer and liquor selection breaks it down into regions and styles. That's a plus because occasionally I have had a bartender or waitress that wasn't too familiar with some of the questions I had about a particular drink. The food was only slightly above average, but honestly I only stopped for the beer. It's located in the heart of 4th Street Live, so it can get a bit crowded, but that's Ok. I will continue to stop by when I'm in the neighborhood for sure.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The Pub Louisville is a faux UK pub, British, Scottish, and Irish. The staff wear kilts - long for the men, mini for the women. There are various UK signs and decorations throughout the bar.

The selection is not as large as you are led to believe. Soon after being seated I asked about the cask offering. The host said, "ooohh..., that's still broken", it made me believe it had been a long while since they offered any cask beer. I then ordered a draft Tetley's from the menu - they were out. I then ordered a Fuller's ESB, they needed to change out the keg. The server returned after some time to say it was going to take longer than expected and could he get something else for me. I eventually got a Fuller's London Pride. My friend got a Guinness. The beers were full pints with a nice head.

We ordered an appetizer and dinner. Battered mushrooms and onion rings were good ($8.50). Fish and chips ($12.95) and a portabella sandwich ($8.95) were our entrees. The food was actually a little better than expected. However, before we ordered food our server cozied up, sitting in our booth, to tell us what was good and what to avoid on the menu. He encouraged us to avoid the Panini section, "they're terrible". (Not sure how one can screw up a grilled sandwich?) anyway we did avoid them, you know - just in case.

The drink menu devoted an entire page to advertising BrewDog, exclusively at their establishment - it turns out that they didn't have any BrewDog beers. Needless to say the selection was somewhat disappointing. Nothing adventuresome here. On draft they had: Newcastle, Guinness, Smithwick's, Stella Artois, Boddington's, Belhaven, and Harp. They also had Leffe Blonde, Hoegaarden, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, and Old Speckled Hen. The beer prices were $5.95 - $6.25, but it was happy hour so we got our drinks for $4.00. They have a decent selection of bottled beer too. Samuel Smith, Anchor Steam, Belhaven, Pilsner Urquell, Sam Adams, SNPA, and Bud products.

When we got out check I had been charged $5.95 for the ESB I never received. The server apologized and took it off the bill.

I suppose the selection is adequate for a chain restaurant/bar in a tourist/business district. I'm just not a fan of "pretend" experiences that chains offer. I probably won't return but it is one of the better options in the 4th Street area.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

First of all I have to say I was impressed not just with the beer scene in Louisville, KY but the overall city as well. This is a really cool place to visit.
This pub is located within the 4th Street Live section of town. We did not plan on stopping in this pub but after seeing the street side that said "20 beers on tap, more in bottle" and talking with the kilted bartender that said the selection was good, we decided to try it. This place is wedged in against Louisville's Hard Rock Café in the "tourist section", if you can call it a tourist section. I like an earlier reviewer's comment - "manufactured fun area", which rings true. The sides of the bar were open, giving a open feel to the front of the pub. Local "rock school" kids were playing on a nearby stage in the street. The pub has the standard UK Pub feel, with lots of wood and little niches made by lots of diving walls. The waiters have kilts and the waitresses sport little kilted skirts. Apparently this is a chain establishment but I'd never heard of the chain. All this aside, the beer selection is good for a Brit-style pub. Some local brews were on tap, a fair amount of the standard UK/Irish beers: Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Tetley's, Boddys, etc. However, they had a Brew Dog IPA on Cask! Rock on! We also tried a "Black Barrel" Guinness over a Kentucky Brewery Bourbon Barrel Ale, this is really good. Not a bad spot to try if you're in the area and doing the pub crawl.

Photo of woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the "Fourth Street Live" area, the local constabulary looked at me askance as I approached. Entering, there was a short vestibule that opened onto a checkerboard-style tiled floor; a restaurant area to the right with upholstered stools and raised condiment holders; and the extensive polished, zigzag blonde wood bar to the left. The kitchen was just past the bar on the right. A color chalk chalkboard above the kitchen advertised "Daily Pub features" and another one along the right wall listed "On Tap". The washrooms were straight back and I turned right at the Guinness sign for the Men's. The left wall featured crescent-shaped booths and the whole place had an off-kilter Alice-In-Wonderland feel.

The selection was not bad, with twenty-one (21) draft lines and only one of those dedicated to Miller Lite. They also offered twenty-nine (29) bottles, thirteen of which were either micros or quality imports. There was also a cask offering, but it was off during my visit.

Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the heart of the manufactured fun area called 4th Street Live basically in the middle of the downtown area. This is an English style pub, with 9 of the 20 draft beers being English. There are some other European beers here along two local beers, BBC and Lexington Brewing Company. The beers we had were fresh. The bar is a massive wooden structure and is unusual in shape.

Service was prompt and the bartender knew his English beers. One waiter was wearing a kilt, but all servers wore black tees with each one having a different English term on the back of it. The place was quite crowded with diners so it was a bit loud. We did not try any of the food during the stay, but the expected bangers & mash, fish & chips, and shepard's pie are listed prominently on the chalkboard menu.

This is not a place I would call a must visit, but if you are walking by the front and are thirsty for a beer like I was, this place will suffice. I would suggest you walk about 3 blocks down to the BBC bar on 4th Street across from the Brown Hotel for some local beers and quiter atmosphere.

Photo of hoffman
3.73/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Part of Louisville's 4th Street area this place offers the "best" option within walking distance of several hotels and the convention center, catering to tourists and in-town business travelers (such as myself). The interior is quite attractive, nice woodwork all around. The bar sits to the left of the main enterance with ample seating around and pub tables surrounding, traditional resturant seating is to the right of the door. This place has a 50/50 balance of pub and eatery.

The bar is square in shape with seating on at least three sides, and a large upper tier all the way around to store mugs etc. The pub tables are a pain in the ass, they are traditional english pub tables with the large pedastle in the middle designed, I think to hold your pint up top while you stand with your food on the lower tier. Unfortunatley when you sit at them you can't talk with the person accross from you w/ out craning your head around the pedastle...off of that soap box now.

The beer, while limited in selection, was quite decent. Many english brews on tap as well as smithwicks and guiness. Nothing earth shattering. They also have a rotating cask entry and a bourbon barrel aged stout. Both of which are very decent. The cask offering is served via pumper tap....I am a fan of those. Contrary to other reviews, I found both beers, and especially the cask offering to be served at around the correct temp, which suprises me more than when beers are served cold.

The service was very very good, it was not very busy the night we were there but the server was attentive to our group and very easy to talk to.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I visited this place one evening after some business meetings and found that the atmosphere had more to offer than their selection. It was a very relaxed atmosphere with friendly service and had a nice feel to it with lots of crafted wood decor along with brass fixtures. Their beer seemed to be served a bit too cold, but had a handful of solid selections including a rotating cask as well. The huge glass doors open up to 4th Street which comes alive in the evening. Maybe worth a visit if you already in the neighborhood, but could stand to be improved on selection.

Photo of oreilly
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been to The Pub several times in the last few months. It is an interesting establishment with a reasonable amount of English Pub flair. The beer is served a bit colder than average, which is not entirely bad by my opinion. The food is English. Bar tenders were friendly and talkative and very quick to recommend dishes when I indicated I was short on time. There are several English beers on tap as well as Guinness. Bottle beers range from Belhaven Scotch Ale to Corona. The Pub is located in the heart of downtown Louisville in the Fourth Street Live complex. The only major draw back to the place is parking.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visite this venue with some co-worker on Friday night: it was certainly Happening. High marks for entertainment. It's actually too nice to be an authentic English / Irish Pub. Extensive interior finishes makes it almost too 'pretty'. Although they had about 12 beers on tap and about 30 others available, the variety was within pretty narrow peramiters. Basically a good ESB and 6 more just like it. Good stouts and about 6 more just like it. Bright spot: a rotating beer on cask, and usually and high quality beer for that. The food was good, probably a little overpriced. Has traditional English dishes that inclued fish and chips, shepards pie, and guinness brownie for desert. Service was hot! I mean aesthetically pleasant. If you ask for a bottled beer, then you have to ask for a glass (they should know better). Knowing me, I'll go back probably quite often.

Photo of drunkensailor
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite places in louisville. I've been here a few times with beer lovers and non beer lovers, and the selection in bottle and on tap is large and diverse enough that everyone has found somethinf they like. The decor is great, very traditional english pub. The servers are very knowledgeable, and sample new beers generously. The food has consistently been great. The only strikes against them are:1) they blast 80's and 90's music so loud you almost can't talk, much less think; and 2) they have listed in their beer menu a "featured keg" (or maybe seasonal, can't remember) and they have never actually had such a beast. In fact one server told me they wouldn't have one, that it was market specific. Other wise a great place to try a diverse selection not found in most bars and restaurants.

Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Styled after an English/Irish pub, this establishment is part of Louisville's recently developed "4th Street Live" project. The area was previously part of a closed street with a glass atrium and never did very well. The removed the walls, but left the street covered so that it is now more of an entertainment venue.

Officially "Pub Louisville" it is advertised locally as simply "the Pub" and is owned by a local company that also operates the DeSha's line and others. I've seen one review of the Pub that commented that it was as accurate a representation of a British pub as Epcot was of whatever country you were walking through.

Tries too hard to capture the atmosphere of a pub - Some Beatles memorabilia, gigantic bar with ornate woodwork. The male servers wear kilts - I'm sure you see a lot of that in the real thing. But the patio is very pleasant and they can essentially open up the front of the place in nice weather so that it has a very spacious feel.

The menu is a combination of steriotypical pub grub and more contemporary food. The sandwich I had was very good, and came with a batter-fried dill pickle wedge. No more expensive than your typical chain place.

The tap beer list is dominated by English, Irish and Scottish big names that one can find bottled about anywhere. Monty Python Holy Grail, Bass, Boddingtons, Fullers, Old Speckled Hen, Young's Double Chocolate, Belhaven, McEwan's, Smithwick's, Harp and the like. The U.S. offerings on tap are Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Miller Light - an unusual pair. They have a rotating cask offering - on the day I was there it was Bluegrass Brewing Co. American Pale Ale, which was quite good.

Overall, even though this is a Disney version of an English pub, it is a pleasant place to have some good food and a good beer.

The Pub - Louisville in Louisville, KY
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.