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Yia Yia's Pizza

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 375
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1423 O St
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-3808
United States
phone: (402) 477-9166

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Notes:
Per Lincoln City Ordinance this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

(Place added by: swid)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bulldogg915, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

nizzik, Nov 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

klitzkrieg, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

BaileysBrew, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of beerdhabelly
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

In the US capital of college binge drinking this is the only place that isn't peddling crappy American Lagers. If you were to walk in this place and ask for a Bud Light they would likely laugh at you. The selection here is absolutely wonderful and the prices are only small markups from actual stores.

I went late and only sat at the bar, but the bartender was cordial and also knew their inventory down to when they sold the last of their Avery: The Czar (Avery just pulled out of Nebraska). He gave great recommendations and I really enjoyed my time there.

My only gripe is the total high and mighty hipster feel of the place. Hipsters drinking Old Style crowd the bar like flies.

If you want to avoid the typical, grungy, cheap, barf covered bars of Lincoln, this is the only option.

beerdhabelly, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of marcellaproust
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

This really is the only place a beer lover should go in Lincoln, and one of the two or three in Nebraska in general. Yia Yia's, to the extent that a place and its people can, help make Lincoln and Nebraska more bearable. The beers on tap (generally six or seven) rotate regularly except for some stand-bys--Guiness, Newcastle, and Boulevard Wheat--that will keep football fans who walk in expecting Budweiser happy enough (how many times has yours truly barfly heard: "I don't recognize any of the beers here"?). Tons of micro and import bottles available, and the range is admirable. Unfortunately, you pay for the fact that Yia Yia's has no competitors, but good beer and the fabulous staff, bartenders and pizza guys alike, are worth it. All the bartenders have first-hand (with one exception) and consistent knowledge and are totally into the product. Therefore, trustworthy and dependable: once they get drift of your particular palate after so many visits, they can begin recommending new stuff on tap or in the coolers. Each bartender has a different character, but all are very cool, very hip. My particular favorites are Karl and Craig. Karl (the cyclist) loves making suggestions that prove him right about your taste, and he is frank, and will frown or shake his head when I ask if I should try one of the new ones that he knows will disappoint. Craig (deep baritone radio voice) is low-key and serious, and especially knowledgeable about the bottles--he made the winning recommend. for the Ayinger Celebrator. The atmosphere is great: old brick, wood and brass bar, wooden tables and chairs plus an outdoor patio. In this sense, it's the one place that reminds me of the incomparable Ashleys in Ann Arbor. Y2's mainstay crowd comprised of grad students and professors, artists and musicians, cyclists, runners, and pizza lovers (Italian style, healthy and tasty: not a joint for gluttons).

marcellaproust, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of BigBigPickle
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

What a surprise. I went directly from a vacation in NYC to Lincoln for a work conference. What a contrast. On my last night, I took a recommendation and visited Yia Yia's. I don't know where to start.

The beer - over 300 bottles and 10-15 taps. I had:

Old Rasputin
Weyerbach's Simcoe DIPA
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
New Belgium Ranger IPA

Outside of an expired bottle of Single Wide, the selection was fantastic. All over the world, a bit Colorado heavy, but who can complain when you are trying to circumvent Lincoln distribution laws.

The food - no hyperbole here - the best pizza I have ever had. Better than NYC, better than Chicago, better than Naples.

First slice - potato and peperoncini. What a combo!

Second slice - Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Olive Oil. This did it for me. Put it over the top. Best pizza slice ever.

Third slice (gluttony) - Basic cheese - just okay.

They allow you to create custom slices that are under $5.

The only complaint was about my initial service. I came from a conference, so my style of dress didn't mesh well with the hipster bartenders and locals. However, after finally getting it across that I was a true beer geek, all was well. Never judge a book by its cover!

BigBigPickle, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of functionology
3.55/5  rDev -18%

If you're passing through Lincoln and looking for good beer this is your best bet. 8 taps and hundreds of bottles on hand.

The mark-ups for Belgian bottles were surprisingly modest (a Rochefort 10 for $9.25, for example); the 12-oz. craft bottles seemed mostly to be between $3.50 and $6.00 per bottle. Not bad, considering they're probably the only place within 50 miles getting these beers.

It can be hard to read the myriad bottle labels from behind the bar, but they do have some beer menus near the register. The menus probably aren't 100% up to date, but they're accurate enough to get a strong impression of their selection without having to monopolize the bartender with a dozen "what bottle is that?" queries.

The service is hit or miss for me. On quieter nights, I can get a taster of this or that, or get some good feedback on IPAs I've never heard of, etc. On busier nights, no such luck (understandably).

The only pizzas I've tried are basic (red sauce, pepperoni, and the like). Okay, nothing great.

Come for the beer, definitely, but be ready to deal with a daunting selection and the possibility of little help if the place is packed.

functionology, Jun 17, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

I am a bit biased towards this bar because this is the place I became a real beer advocate. As stated earlier, this is the only "beer" bar in Lincoln. There is a great selection, stuff you just can't find in other sports bars around town. If they company distributes to Nebraska, Yia Yia's will have it. The head bartender is knowledgeable and generally gives good suggestions. I am in there often enough that she knows the styles I like and keeps me up on anything new they get in. This personal touch is something you don't get at other bars around town.

Yia Yia's is a bit pricey 2-3 pints,bottles or cans run about $10-25 depending on what you get but it isn't much more expensive than going to a local liquor store that has the same selection. One of the best parts about this place is it is a stone's throw from campus but not riddled with blokes looking for a cheap drunk. The other nice thing, NO TV! Finally, a place you can converse without having to watch MTV or ESPN.
Best suggestion for pizza is the 'American'. A bbq chicken pizza with corn and jalapeño peppers. The garlic breads and pesto are really good also.
If you find yourself at a Husker game, or just in town by accident Yia Yia's is a great place to enjoy a brew.

mds8575, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%

Yia Yia's definitely has the best and widest selection of anywhere in Lincoln, but they have a tendency to over price their bottles-not enough to keep me from going there, but I get irritated by the price when I do. They have a handful of taps. Usually one or two of them has a local Nebraska beer and the others have something from Sierra Nevada, or Pyramid, or something of the like.
The staff is mildly knowledgeable, but usually can only describe about 50% of the beers I may ask about. There is one woman, I think the owner's wife, that is often there that is INCREDIBLY pushy! I do my best to avoid her. She spent literally 10 minutes trying to force a pyramid apricot bomber on me. I told here that I don't like that type of beer, but she kept insisting that I try it. (by try it she means pay for the bomber)
The food there mostly consists of wood fired pizza. They have typical ingredients, but include a few different ones such as, pesto sauce and feta cheese. The pizza is really good!

Overall, Yia Yia's leaves a lot to be desired, but it's your best bet for a good selection in Lincoln. If you're traveling through stop here, but make sure you keep going to crescent moon. You'll be happier there.

Hullabaloo2, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of birddogg66
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

During my time in Lincoln, Yia Yia's was one of my favorite places to go. I wasn't there as often as I should have been, but enough. I'm a bit of a sports fan, and there are no T.V.'s in the place. But, I did enjoy going there during Husker games because of the lack of crazy fans and rookie drinkers. Yia Yia's probably has the best selection of beers in Lincoln and maybe all of Nebraska, rivaling the Blue Moon in Omaha. All of the domestic beers are arranged by style and all of the imports by Country of origin. I have read a lot of reviews saying that the service is somewhat slow, I never had this problem though any time here. I was also a bartender in town too, so that may have had something to do with it. Always ask what's new, since the moment the beer menu was printed it was already outdated due to the high number seasonals the run through their cooler. On the rare occasion that you're there on a nice day, try to catch a table on there patio. Great for people whatching, and light road rage on 'O' street. Some things you may not know is that you can have their pizza served on their GREAT bread. The crust on the pizza is a little thin for my taste and the toppings on the toasted bread is wonderful. They also own the OSO Burrito shop pretty much next door (2 store fronts to the East) and you can bring your burrito into Yia Yia's if you don't want to do the pizza thing. Try the Wasabi Fish Burrito, I highly recommend it. Happy Drinking.

birddogg66, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Searched this place out because we were in Lincoln anyway and i had found it on BA. We parked somewhere nearby and only found this place because we were already walking down O st. and just happened to look up at the right moment...its really nondescript with just a small window and a tattered red awning with small gold lettering. Inside is another story though. A long bar at left with 5-6 taps and tons of bottles in coolers, arranged on the beer menu by type (for the American beers) and country (for everything else). The beer menu, the bartender told me, might not have everything available on it.

I ordered a dubbel that was on tap that i hadn;t heard of and my wife got S.Nevada's wheat. Both were served in appropriate glassware. Second round was Goose Island's Imperial IPA for me and a Paulaner Hefe for her. Not bad. THey had probably 50-100 bottled beers, including the likes of Rogue, Jolly Pumpkin, Leinie's, and many Europeans. Honestly, i forgot to really look carefully because i was so excited about that Imperial IPA.

Food is pretty good too...they're a pizza place, but they have all sorts of crazy toppings that you can build into your own pizza. We ordered one off their regular list called "the southern" which had spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, and some kind of meat (chicken?). It was very, very good. and was served with a dry bun, which was weird.

Biggest problem here was the service, but only because the bartender i had didnt know very much about the different beers. I asked him for recommendations and he told me to try the dubbel because it was good and "hoppy" (obviously it was not the latter). Also, i asked if they had any good Wits and he told me the only one was Whitbread and so i just stopped asking him questions. He knew the right glasses to use though and was quick and efficient and the pizza came fast so that was good.

No smoking in here, which is another plus.

I'll be going back every time i'm in Lincoln. Best place to drink i've found there.

aforbes10, Nov 27, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

This place was located right on “O” Street, which is the main drag for their city. They were fronted by a maroon awning and a fenced-in patio area and by transiting the patio and opening the door, I was in. The long, black & white marble-topped bar began just inside of the door and slightly to the left.

The back bar was dominated by the bottled beer coolers (eight in all, side-by-side) and the taps (nine). Swid told me that if a beer is available anywhere in Nebraska, it is available at Yia Yia’s. Stupidly, while still in my PA mindset, I inquired about take-away beers, but they didn’t have an off-premises license. Of course not – that’s what liquor stores are for. Duh! Also part of the back bar were four columns flanking the mirror, plus an art deco statue of a nude woman with outstretched arms, holding a globe lamp.

Further aft, along the left-hand side, was the pizza kitchen, followed by a vintage mixer; an ice cream cabinet (aside: who sells ice cream in the Arizona desert? The Good Yuma Man.); the washrooms (again with the Roman male/female symbols, like at The Manx, but this time with appropriate depictions to cut down on the guesswork); and two pool tables. The place had some real depth to it. The right-hand side was mainly tables and chairs with some booths all of the way aft. They used lots of vintage French advertising throughout the long, narrow space. Finally, they also had a flat green pressed-tin ceiling, which always garners my attention and praise.

woodychandler, Oct 25, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

I stopped in Yia Yia's briefly, as I tried to cross Nebraska via I-80 as quickly as possible. A Cornhusker friend recommended it to me and it was perfect as I pulled through Lincoln right around lunch time. I pulled up to the bar to see an ENORMOUS selection of bottled beer. There are tons of delicious stuff from U.S. craftmakers, England, Ireland and of course, Belgian. On-tap there was somewhere around 5. Never having, nor knowing anything about - I tried the 90 Shilling Ale, I later came to find was from Odell in Colorado.

The bartender was great, even though it was pretty busy. Not being entirely sure when I asked about the beer, she gave me a sample of the 90 Shilling to find out for myself. The pizza took a little longer than I would have liked - since they make everything to order and well, cooking pizza takes awhile. In a hurry, I quickly drank my beer and took my pizza to go. The pizza was a lil overcooked, but was very welcome in my empty road-weary belly.

sloejams, Aug 24, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

I can sum up my review of Yia Yia's in one sentence: It is by far the best beer bar in Lincoln; no other place in town comes close.

The bar has a vaguely hipster-ish but not pretentious atmosphere; it's decorated so that it's reminiscent of an avant-garde French/Italian bar/cafe. The interior is fairly open and roomy, and is dim (but not dark). A limited amount of outdoor seating is available. All items are ordered at the bar.

Yia Yia's shines in the sheer quantity and quality (especially in Nebraska) of beer available. The beer menu (which is a recent addition) lists around 240 bottles. Even after excluding the seasonals on that list, there are over 200 bottles available at any given time. The selection is outstanding; the only macro lager available is Old Style (in cans), and there are relatively few Euro lagers on the menu. The beers are about evenly split between American and the rest of the world, with English and Belgian styles most prominent. There are 10 taps, with 2-3 dedicated to seasonal local beers (mostly Empyrean and, lately, Thunderhead); new beers are rotated on tap weekly.

The food selection is limited but is very good. The pizzas are cooked in the Old World style (a thin, nearly crispy crust cooked for a short time at very high temperatures). A wide variety of toppings (traditional and American fusion) are available. Food and drink prices are reasonable.

Highly recommended.

swid, Aug 29, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

I knew about Yia-Yia's for a couple of years. Never visited though. Foolish mistake. The July 24, 2004 BA Nebraska Gathering was held at this beer bar in Lincoln. I was looking forward to something new (to me) in the Cornhusker State. Yia-Yia's delivered the goods.

Yia-Yia's is located in downtown Lincoln on its main thoroughfare, "O" Street. It is easy to miss as only modest lettering proclaims its name on the outside. There is a very small patio out front with maybe five tables. Quaint.

Inside the sidewalls are exposed bricks, high ceilings with crown molding painted dark blue, wooden floors. Art work on the walls. To the left is the bar, with maybe ten bar stools but the bar is fairly large. Behind the bar are the beer coolers with plenty of goodies within. I would say they carry about every beer available in Nebraska. They even had a few things I've never seen in state like St. Paul Double & Triple. Other Belgium goodies included Kasteelbier Donker & Triple, Orval, Duvel, Vondel, Lucifer, Delirium Tremens, Delirium Nocturnum, La Trappe, and the lineup of Lindemans. There were also a couple Hitachino beers. Hennepen. New Belgium beers as well, Triple and Double (plus the commons). Germany was well represented as was a few from England. As was the Colorado micros. Nothing abnormal, just the stuff you see around, it is cool that one bar carries them all. There were a few offerings from Rogue; I noticed Bigfoot and a many other very good beers. All of the afore mentioned beers were in bottles. I believe there are about 200 beers in bottles. But get this, no beer menu! Ten beers on-tap, all craft beer (if you include Guinness).

No B/M/C... in bottles or cans or draft! Yell yeah! I did notice tallboy cans of Old Style and a few dud bottles like Genesee Cream Ale, Shiner Bock, and odd South/Central American offerings. The beer selection is first-rate considering this Nebraska. Best Selection Anywhere.

There are pool tables in the back of the rectangular room, tables and chairs on the opposite side of the bar. Fairly roomy. Music played in the background. Dim inside but light enough the see my beer and, yes, I am that geeky!

The food menu is basically all pizza (there are baked potatoes and salads). Thin crust is the style. 33-million different ways to top it, so the menu says, I am not a mathematician. I enjoyed a couple slices of the vegetarian pizza, damn tasty. The food prices are very low, IMO. There are no waiters so you have to order everything at the bar. Also, they don't take credit cards only cash and checks! Odd.

The bathrooms are smallish but clean enough. Well decorated.

I really enjoyed my time here, I will go back, and the BA gathering was a blast. It was nice to meet some local beer lovers. Thanks for the good time gentlemen!

Highly Recommended. If you are a fan of Crescent Moon this place is worth seeking out.

bditty187, Jul 25, 2004
Yia Yia's Pizza in Lincoln, NE
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.