LIVING LOCAL | One of the oldest bars in Louisville might just be the coolest
In 1938, FDR was president, Seabiscuit was the "American Horse of the Year," and a Louisville institution was born.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In 1938, FDR was president, Seabiscuit was the "American Horse of the Year," and a Louisville institution was born.
One of the trendiest hot spots in Louisville is also one of the oldest, but Zanzabar isn't your parents' place.
The Germantown pub started out as a cafeteria-style restaurant in 1938. Brothers Antz and John Wettig bought it from the Nord family eight years ago and turned it into "Z-bar."
"How would I describe this place? Antz Wettig asked. "It's ea -- lunch, dinner, music, arcade. Just read the logo."
Even The Cooking Channel tapped it as a top Food Destination for "Off Beat Eats."
"We have been voted one of the best bar arcades in the country," Antz Wettig said.
On top of that, they've got head-banging music from metal to Bluegrass.
"Sean Lennon's played here before," Antz Wettig said. "We get some pretty big names on the touring circuit."
And if that's not enough, twice a week Zanzabar is transformed into a pinball paradise, attracting players from all over the state.
"First tournament I remember we had maybe seven or eight people," Antz Wettig said. "[It] grew into 16 grew into 30, grew into 40."
What started out as a friendly little competition turned into a full-fledged league, reportedly the only one in the state.
"There are a lot of bars in this town, but you don't have a lot of games going on and live music at the same time," said Drew Donohue, a gamer who's been going to Zanzabar for five years.
"I think it's the coolest bar in town."
Zanzabar is in the middle of a big expansion, adding a separate music venue.
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