Pay 'n Take

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

12 W Aspen St
Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001-5513
United States

(928) 226-8595 | map


Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2005

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of thundersnow
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Yetiman420
3.56/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I was traveling with the wife and 10-moth old daughter and after settling them down at the hotel, I ran out to run some errands which included finding a tasty 22 oz'r for dad.

Pay and Take was the highest rated store on BA so I made my way over after picking up a couple of other items.

Pay and Take is located in the historic downtown area of Flagstaff. This is great if you're on foot. By car, you'll have to luck out with a spot or park 2-3 blocks to the west. No big deal.

There's no sign with their name, just a logo so you'll need to pay attention. Lots of eclectic bikes outside and quasi-hipsters inside the small, narrow room. I did a grab and go from the cooler. Didn't see a whole lot to excite a selective, well-traveled beer person. Settled on a 22 oz Port Wipe Out IPA. Paid at the bar and was on my way. Saw a couple of beers on tap and the crowd seemed chill and the place had a laid back vibe.

For a much better grab-and-go selection, I have submitted to BA and highly recommend Majestic Mobil @ 2020 s. Milton. 1,500+ beers and "The Best Craft Beer Selection North of Phoenix." I think they might have the best beer selection in all of Arizona.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I liked this place. Flagstaff was full, it was a graduation weekend and the streets were full of proud parents and happy students, this place (Friday evening) was heaving with humanity, we came back the following afternoon for a quieter beer.

As you walk in there is a shop-like area to your left, sweets mostly. On your right is a wall of fridged beer, take one, or a pack of smaller beers and get them opened at the bar. There are four beers on tap, on our visit they were Stone IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Mendocino Red Tail and a golden wheat beer I didn't try.

Outside is a thin, high tabled and chaired, windless suntrap, at least it was on the Saturday afternoon we re-appeared to have another go at their beers. Alaskan Amber and an Anderson Valley IPA were the two bottles we hit.

Staff and customers were very friendly and helpful, a pleasant place to drink in when full and vibrant and when less crowded during the day, when you can talk without raising your voice to be heard.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Once more, I found myself thinking "Well, we absolutely nothing like this in PA." The place was a cross between a neighborhood grocery, a coffee shop, and a beer bar. To the immediate right upon entering, was a candy and cigarette counter. Against the left wall, just inside, were a bunch of candies and snacks. The right wall was dominated by a bank of coolers with an immense selection of juice, pop, and beer, the latter mostly in the form of bombers and sixes. A sliding library ladder was in front of the coolers to allow access to the shelves above the coolers. Against the back wall were more shelves, but these were filled with snacks, vice candy. The place reminded me of an updated 1950's Pops' Choklit Shoppe with beer, coffee, and pop as its staples.

The inverted "L"-shaped bar was to the left of the entry, plus there was a surfboard-like bar in the center for those patrons who wanted to stand. The bar featured swiveling stools while the back bar had lots of mirrors and from left to right, an espresso machine, four taps, two coffee urns, a pop fountain, and a wine rack.

The staff was very friendly and helpful and I also bought some embroidered socks and a few patches while I was there,

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Photo of hopsfury
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of hard to find beers. Only place in Flagstaff, that I have found, that carries bottles of Chimay (if there's another in Flag let me know). Laid back atmosphere that appeals to all types of people. Staff is excellent and friendly all the time. This is the local place to enjoy a great beer and relax. Love the fact that you can grab a six pack or a bottle, pull up a seat at the bar and enjoy it there, or take it to go. I personally would enjoy more of a selection on tap but it is what it is and you enjoy what's there. If you're in Flag, stop on in and say hi to Petey. Peace.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is the best place in all of Flagstaff to spend a warm summer afternoon. It is a small convinience store in the heart of the downtown area with an exceptional beer selection in bottle as well as a good selection of rotating taps. The thing to do there is split a six pack with a friend or two, the way it works is you take your six pack up, go and pay then they open what you need and keep the rest cold for you while you sit outside at their outdoor patio (preferable) or at one of the indoor tables (when it is too crowded). The prices are very reasonable and you generally pay for a six pack what you would at any grocery store, also they make a mean cup of coffee if you are there early.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in downtown Flagstaff, Pay and Take is a unique watering hole.
Fairly small interior, coolers on the right, bar on the left with 4 or so on tap.
Decent selection of micros in the cooler, probably the best in Flagstaff, and you have a choice of "paying and taking" (to go), or hand 'em over to the bartender and he will serve them to you as you go.
No additional charge for serving six packs, but you must finish them there (all six).
Bombers require a corking fee.
Draught selection was basic, but solid, and the barkeep was friendly and helpfull.
Place was buzzing pretty good the night we stopped in, seemed a local haunt.
Good hangout, not really set up for enjoying a variety of brews,
but if you're into killing a sixer of the same brew, pay and takes just for you.

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Pay 'n Take in Flagstaff, AZ
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7 ratings