What makes the Pub the hub?
All walks of life in and around the Village are represented at the Pub. The Pub has become a social gathering place similar to the public houses of olde. PJ’s is a place where strangers become friends and locals and visitors alike are treated like family.
Why do the locals hang out?
The Pub provides great food, cold beer, conversation and companionship. There is a little something for everyone. The Pub is a place where people come together for relaxation and laughter.
Why is your bar food better than bar food?
The food we serve is what I would want for my family, friends and neighbors. Our fare delivers taste, comfort and variety. We serve only "Certified Angus Beef" and select our products with care. Every item that Chef Luis prepares is homemade and as fresh as possible in our local market.
What can you tell us about your Boomer Burger, PJ’s Mexican Tacos, and the Southwest Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich?
Over the years I have served the "Boomer Burger” under several different names. Here in the Village I named it after Billy Mathews (aka Boomer), a good friend and true warrior (GRHS). Our love for the street food of Sonora Mexico led to our Street Tacos. They were originally made from the fat cap of our famous prime rib dinner. We need more than the fat cap now, and offer them with house made carne asada or pork carnitas. Philly is a great town with great food, but we are in the west, and with a little tweaking to the original cheesesteak sandwich and we have a mouthful of pleasure.
What can you tell us about your chef and staff?
Chef Luis is an awesome artist. He and the entire kitchen staff strive to combine the freshest and most cost effective dishes to offer our customers. Our floor staff is an incredible team, making every effort to ensure the best service possible. The bartenders are unrelenting in mixing top notch cocktails and providing the best entertainment and sports around. Behind the scene are the cleaning crews, ordering and maintenance. Advertising and planning are all accomplished by Joy our bartender and our Manager Nicole. Martin is the early guy; he checks in all orders and maintains our supplies.
Do you have daily food specials?
We offer a daily special seven days a week. Chef Luis also prepares an "extraordinary special" three to four times a week when we can obtain fresh seafood or special meat cuts. In addition to these awesome dishes, we also have an amazing fish fry on Fridays, and Happy Hour offerings.
Do you also have drink specials?
We have different daily specials and our bartenders can whip up some dandy libations. We have a full bar and a specialty cocktail menu to satisfy any thirst.
What are some of your special events?
St. Patrick's Day is our most exciting day of the year, with traditional Irish celebration and food. We also have several events throughout the year that are not to be missed, such as: Halloween, Cinco-de-Mayo, Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve, the End of Summer Bash and our annual Chili Cook Off.
Do you have live music?
We have a variety of live music on alternating weekends and occasionally on weekdays. We try to provide an atmosphere of excitement and lively entertainment for all of our guests. Some of the best talent around performs at PJ’s.
How did you get into this business?
Having a place like the Pub was a lifelong dream. After years in the corporate world I had an opportunity for early retirement and we were off and running.
How long have you been doing this in Sedona?
I have been in the Sedona area since 1993. The last sixteen years have been here at PJ's Village Pub.
Where did you get all your sports memorabilia?
A considerable number of items have been donated by friends, visitors and relatives. A few items are from my own collection. Over the years it has become an ever growing reflection of the Pub and our clientele.
What is your favorite sports memorabilia item in the pub?
My personal favorites are the autographed baseballs by Sandy Koufax, Dusty Baker, and Jose Lima.
What makes your customers keep coming back, whether they are a local or visitor?
I think it is the ambiance of the Pub. We strive to maintain a peaceful and comfortable "Home Town" atmosphere.
What are all those TV’s for?
PJ’s is the spot for sports. With 9 screens we are able to subscribe to all of the NFL, MLB and NBA packages to promote the sports theme. Those TV’s make sure that you will never miss your favorite sports while enjoying a cold beer or a great meal at the Pub.
Can people reserve PJ’s for a large event?
We can usually accommodate small to medium groups; however, we can sometimes adapt to larger groups with advance notice. PJ’s is a popular place and we do often have house events. Just give us a call and we will always do our best to meet our customers’ needs.
What can you tell us about the wine scene at PJ’s?
We have exciting news on this front. We have a new wine cooler, and are working on upgrading our wine lists to better suit the desires of our wine drinkers.
Will you be serving Arizona wines?
Yes. As the local wine scene grows we see the need to grow with it. We are currently featuring Château Tumbleweed, they are a local Verde Valley favorite and we have their Rose and Le Blend available by the glass or by the bottle.
Because PJ’s is an over 21 club, what do you do about designated drivers and getting people home safe?
We have a designated driver program and make every effort to ensure taxi or individual rides are available, if necessary. We do, however, ask that our customers drink responsibly. Remember to “Designate Before You Celebrate”.
Do you work with charities in your community
We are very involved with the Sedona Food bank, and many of our annual events are fundraisers for local charities. We also work closely with John Cornelius every year, fundraising for the Veterans Hospital in Prescott.
Tell us one deep, dark secret that makes PJ’s the happening place for all these years?
The secret to PJ’s is our patrons. The "Publicans", as we call them, inspire us to always be the best at what we do.