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Fat Head's Saloon
Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1805 E Carson St
phone: (412) 431-7433
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice bar layout, with 42 visible taps. Nice, laid-back afternoon crowd.
The good stuff is showcased, both in view and by bartender's suggestion.
Excellent service. A knowledgeable and fun barkeep with pleasant staff all around. You can tell they love and respect beer here.
Selection on-tap is incredible (enjoying a snifter of JW Lees Harvest Ale). Wish the bottle coolers were a little more stocked. Will be taking a six-pack home, chock-full of goodies.
Enjoying a delicious and spicy take on a Cuban pork and ham sandwich. Succulent.
Decent value. Some beer bottle prices are lower here than I've seen anywhere else. Drafts are greatly priced! As is the menu, especially for the portions.
01-31-2012 20:41:29 |
More by thecheapies
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I always go here whenever I visit the South Side
Atmosphere: typical large sports bar. There's a nice upstairs area for take out beers.
Quality/Selection: Large bottle list and tap list. Often has rare and difficult to find beers. No matter who you are or what you like, you'll find something great here. I was so excited to find Bells Hopslam on tap last week. I often stop upstairs before I leave to find some good beers to take home.
Service: nice but average. generally not extremely knowledgeable on beers.
Food: The burgers are absolutely perfect. I'm actually craving one now just thinking about it
01-23-2012 18:54:18 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fatheads...what a place. One of my favorite beer geek haunts in the Pittsburgh area.
Atmosphere: Features a large bar on the left and then regular seating in 3 dining rooms. Upstairs is a bottle shop. Beer is the theme, and what a great theme it is.
Quality: Well what can I say. They make some GREAT beers. Headhunter IPA is easily one of or the best IPAs in the Pittsburgh market.
Service: Often I visit the bar, and they take care of you there. When I have sat in the dining area Ive always had good service as well.
Selection: They have 40 taps and a cask. Always have quality and some semi-rare stuff. Rarely am I not impressed with their selection.
Food: Its an all you can eat place if you order one "headwich" sandwich. My favorite is the now retired "Bender" which had kielbasa, hot sausage, cheese, fried egg, a whole canned red pepper and spicy mayo. Thats a meal. They still make it for me.
Value: Its only slightly pricey because the beers are all at least $5 and up but it is reasonable for what you are getting. Its still hard to walk out of there without dropping cash because everything is so good there.
12-08-2011 06:52:43 |
More by Stinkypuss
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We heard good things and went to check this place out. It is located on Carson street which has a lot of pubs and shops. Parking was a little difficult at rush hour on a Friday. When we walked in there was a small line but low and behold, it was furkin Friday. The bar was standing room only. It looked like there were a lot of regulars. We were seated within a couple minutes. Service was outstanding. We ordered several appetizers and they were all great. Huge selection of wings with about 5 temperature settings avaiable. On to the beer...the had about 30 or so beers on tap. Many 8% and above. I tried a creme brûlée stout from souther tier. Fat heads also has a couple beers of their own which have medaled at GABF. A guy that I was with tried one and thought that it was pretty good. The selection of taps was well rounded with styles. We tried to go back Saturday night for dinner, but the wait was about 45 minutes and we were both hungry and thirsty. I think that this place is the best all around bar that we went to on our trip.
08-24-2011 16:24:10 |
More by bigbeerbrett
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Even though the Burgers were overcooked, is still tasted quite good. To much piled on the plate for me to handle, but good none the less.
Had a great beer selection and the Fathead brews were quite tasty. Especially the headhunter. Upstairs had a beer store that had a prtty wide selection, but nothing to overthe top. A bit pricey on the beer, but they gave discounts for mixed sixers.
Next time I am in PA I will definately swing by again, Although I might go at a different time of day when the place is not as crowded. It was a long wait, but it was worth it.
07-14-2011 14:52:01 |
More by TCassell1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Was in town for the first time, and thought I'd stop by this venerable beer bar.
Fathead's is pretty good size, with a moderate size lower dining area, good size bar and back bar area to the left upon entering, and then a decent size upstairs area and outside patio. I'd been warned about the size of the crowd (arrived around 7:00 on a Saturday), but really it wasn't too bad when I arrived. I was able to get a seat at the bar pretty quickly, and there were several available tables in the downstairs dining room. However, when I eventually left around 8:00, the place was filling up and I was glad I arrived when I did.
The atmosphere and vibe of fatheads are pretty relaxed and informal, with lots of brick, high ceilings, lots beer and sports paraphenelia on the walls, and multiple flat screen TV's, all turned to the Pirate's game. There was also very loud rock music blaring (mostly oldies, which I like, but it was just too loud), which I have to think would make conversation difficult. My bartender misheard my order at one point (I ordered a Big hop IPA, and she thought I'd ordered a Big Eye), and when I asked about mustard for my burger, she replied that the ranch dressing was on the side.
In any event, the beer selection here is solid, no doubt, with some 37 draft selections, includling 1 cask. While the selection was pretty good, it was hardly mindblowing. There were a few local beers on tap, but otherwise the list was made up of your standard craft line-up of arragont bastard, stone pale ale, SN pale ale, liberty ale, a couple of terrapin and New Holland beers, Ballast Point Big Eye, etc. I think there were a couple of Belgians (including one fruit lambic), and then the usual macros from Great Britain (guinness, smithwicks, newcastle brown). There was also the East End Big Hop on cask, which was probably the most exciting thing I saw on tap. The saloon also carries 5 or 6 Fathead beers on tap, though unfortunately they were out of the headhunter IPA.
Service was decent I thought, though hampered by the loud music. Otherwise, my bartender was pleasant, friendly and quick with a refill (in fact, both times I still had roughly a quarter glass of beer in my glass when she asked if I wanted another).
The food here was pretty good. I went with the fiery vodoo burger, which was huge, fiery hot and pretty delicious. The fries that came on the side were well prepared and tasty as well.
Prices, I thought, were a bit on the high side. My fathead gudenhoppy pils was $5.50 before tax (which is not included in the price). Looking over the beer menu, most everything was in the $5.50 to $6 range for a pint, with the higher alcohol beers and belgians coming in a 12 ounce glass. On the other hand, I think my burger was around $10, which I felt was a fair price given its size.
Regardless, I had an enjoyable time at Fatheads, and would probably come again next time I'm in town (though there are a lot of intersting places to check out on this part of E. Carson St., so maybe not).
07-03-2011 11:17:04 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Last stop of the 'Burgh Beer Tour 2011.
Atmosphere: It was cool -- a nice looking beer bar with cool, high ceilings, bare brick walls with cool brewery logos painted on them that kept them looking kind of aged and rustic, and tons of Fathead logos advertising the different beers they make and sell. It seemed like a cool crowd as well, ranging from some blue collar folks to some people that looked like they do "alright" financially ordering wine at the bar, but since they were cool enough sit at the bar and drink wine, that's cool with me.
Quality: I feel that everything was solid from top to bottom here -- good, attentive wait staff that could make recommendations on the various beers offered, proper glassware, huge platters of food getting trucked all over the place (although we didn't order any as we went for sushi afterwards), everything looked pretty well polished.
Service: We had a good waitress, but I don't think that anybody else working there felt that they couldn't talk to you or make sure you were taken care of. I think at least 3 people stopped by to make sure we had everything we needed as they passed by. The bar tender stopped and made suggestions too, based upon what he liked, which I appreciate because he wasn't just pushing what other people thought was good, but what he liked because he thought it was good.
Selection: Really a pretty wide selection -- lots of Fathead stuff on tap that seems to rotate a fair amount, but also a lot of other breweries' items available. I don't think anyone could complain about the selection they had available when I was in there, as they covered a lot of styles as well.
Food: N/A because we didn't get any, but we sure saw a lot and I wish I could say I got it because their sandwich platters looked freaking amazing and just overloaded with awesome looking pub fries.
Value: Worth the money we spent, and I wouldn't hesitate going back. I think the only downfall is the location because there isn't a lot of parking, so you may want to find a lot within 5-6 blocks and make the hike.
06-08-2011 21:57:26 |
More by bamadog
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
In Pittsburgh for the Philles game. This was my first time in town and i heard good things about this place so this was our first stop when we got here and i was not disappointed. Sitting at the bar eating a great Bay of Pigs sandwich (pulled pork, ham, cheese, pickles and habenero. Wife had a burger and was pleased with it. My bartender Glenn is awesome both in local area and beer knowledge. 42 beers on tap. I wish I had a place like this near me. A must go to if you are in Pittsburgh. That and PNC park.
Even though the Phillies lost both games I went to this weekend. Our trip was great. Fathead's was awesome. Spent 3 hours there Friday with my wife. Glenn (our bartender and the owner) really took care of us. 42 beers on tap and some fine sandwiches. We returned on Saturday and it was like being in Philly. The bar was packed with Phillies fans. Joe the bartender had great beer knowledge and was right on time with drinking and food.
Fathead's just purchased Troegs old 25 barrel system (Troegs will be going to 100 barrel system in the new Hershey location once it opens) so Fathead's will add that to their existing 10 barrel system. I am hoping that this massive increase in production gets Fathead's beer out east to the Philly area.
The FH Headhunter IPA is a must try. They had 4 packs for sell at the bottle shop ($10) so that was a no brainer purchase.
I think a Fathead's in the Philly area would do great but I am not sure that will happen anytime soon. But I can still hope.
06-03-2011 20:43:41 |
More by groetman
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went to Fatheads at 11:30am on 5/22/11, pretty busy but still a few open tables. We were seated immediately.
First glance, exceptional tap list. 43 beers, many different styles from all over the world. Very beer-centric atmosphere.
The food menu was overwhelming. There had to be over 60 different offerings. There seemed to be alot of hot and spicy food, but the same amount of milder cuisine. I had a burger. It was a huge portion for the money.
Back to the important stuff, the tap list. Recently tapped were Terrapin Gamma Ray, Dark Horse Plead the Fifth, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Black Barleywine.
They also had 2 house beers, an APA and a DIPA. Both were fantastic!!
Fatheads is an absolute must see for anybody travelling to the Pittsburgh area.
05-24-2011 20:07:13 |
More by RocPorterFanatic
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Pretty cool atmosphere it has that industrial look.Good amount of room bar has about 30 seats or so. Lots of tables.Bottle shop is upstairs,its kind of small.
Service is pretty good downstairs at the bar. The bottle shop it kind of varies depending on whose working they really don't offer help if you would need it.I have gotton kind of a bad vibe at times,like I'm bothering someone for being there.
Selection is pretty sweet,they hit a good amount of all the bigger styles.Plus they brew there own brand which is pretty damn good In my opinion. Bottle shop is pretty decent also,alot of PA brewery's. But others as well I would say about 100 differant beers.
I havent really eatn here I just drink, but everybody I talk to says its excellent.
Value is decent,Bottle shop is a bit pricey but I think draft prices are pretty fair. A must stop if you are in Pittsburgh.
05-05-2011 00:06:52 |
More by Marty30
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