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Fat Head's Saloon
Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1805 E Carson St
phone: (412) 431-7433
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 109 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Located on the insanely busy Carson St. in Pittsburgh, good luck finding a parking spot here on a weekend night. There are only a couple pay lots and street parking is soaked up by the residents. If you are lucky enough to snag a spot though, head to Fat Head's.
Inside the dining area is on the right and in the rear, while the bar is on the immediate left. Taps line the wall, and on the opposite side are large boards that list the beer club members who have completed the circuit. There is a lot of wood and the walls are a strange seafoam color. There are a few TVs to watch too.
The beer selection is impressive to say the least. Nearly 50 beers on tap (one on cask) and probably twice that in bottles. On draught they have Troeg's, Stone, Heavyweight, Victory, Rogue (including the Rogue Fat Head's ESB) etc. In bottles they have an extensive selection of micros and imports.
The service is good despite the crazy crowds this place seems to draw.
The food here is really good. The Wanzco Chicken sandwich is particularly tasty, and they have good homemade chips.
Overall this place is a must stop if you are in Pittsburgh but you are going to work for it unless you go on a weekday afternoon.
05-25-2004 20:59:08 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is by far the most popular good beer bar in the 'Burgh. They have over thirty draft selections, and one cask selection. About 3/4 of these selections are craft and imported beer. There is a huge board that says what currently is available. Fatheads also has a very good bottle selection.. The prices are very reasonable. The service is very good, even though the bar is almost always swamped with people. The crowd includes many Pitt students, and overall the atmosphere is very good. The food is very good; Fatheads has won best burgers and sandwiches in the 'Burgh many times.
This is defiantly a place that is worth a stop when on the South Side of Pittsburgh. Located on Carson Street, parking can be a pain, but this place is definitely worth a visit.
EDIT: The Beer Union, a six pack shop is now open. The Union has 4 coolers, with two being for take out singles (3.95) and self mixed six packs (14.95). The selection includes Victory, Troegs, Penn and all the common beers around Pittsburgh. The Third cooler is for Belgians and big bottles. The last cooler is ready made six packs. The Union also includes t-shirts and other Fat Heads' gear.
03-05-2004 17:51:03 |
More by cupbeerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Just my type of place. I love the atmosphere and the set up of this place. A pretty long bar with plenty of standing room around the bar as well. On tap was something for everytype of drinker there is and enough to leave you wanting to go back and try something else. After an hour wait (which was nice because it let us get a few pints in beforehand) we were seated and ready to eat. I made the mistake of ordering the killer chicken sandwich and my tastebuds were shot for the next couple hours. All in all it was a great establishment and my favorite part was the fact that you can ask for samples of beer, to help make your selection that much easier.
12-14-2003 21:26:06 |
More by stewart124
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Fathead's is at 1805 E. Carson St.
Atmosphere: If you like lots of people when you go out to drink, Fathead's is definitely your place. On a weekend night, the place will be absolutely packed with college students, and if you're single, plenty of young ladies. Even at lunch on a weekday I found it was difficult to get a seat at the bar.
Quality/Selection: Of course, atmosphere wouldn't much matter if there weren't beers there, and Fatheads certainly delivers. Fatheads doesn't have a great bottle selection (though the bottles they do have are simply fantastic: Rogue bombers, including their own Fathead's Ale, Dogfish Head, Chimay, Affigem just to name a few). Their tap selection, however is simply outstanding. Roughly 40 tap offerings, including several Rogues, Great Lakes, Stone, Dogfish Head, Penn, with a couple of Belgians on (including Maredsous 8, which I've always seen there), and only one or two macros. Pints usually run about $4, and the most I've paid is $5.75 for the Maredsous.
Service: When a place is that busy, service will tend to suffer a bit. On weekends, it's nearly impossible to find a seat, so be prepared to stand, usually by the claustrophobia-inducing crowd near the bar. When it's not busy, service isn't too bad; drinks are served quickly. Just be prepared for a wait on a weekend!
Food: Another great part of Fathead's is their food. They're generally known around Pittsburgh as serving some of the best wings and burgers in the city. I had the Buffalo burger, with buffalo sauce and celery and carrots on it, and it was simply delicious. It's not high-cuisine, but Fathead's is amongst the best for good ol' bar food!
Fathead's is a great mix of a college bar and a beer bar. Though not everyone will enjoy the packed, loud nature (sometimes I admit I don't), if you want to go out and have a good time, meet some new people and yet not sacrifice your beer tastes, Fathead's is your place.
Edit (5/05): Well, after going here many a time, I feel like my score was just far too low. They've always been great to us every time that we've been in there so I had to raise my service score, but above all I realize that they just have fantastic quality across the board with regards to beer, both in the 38 taps and in their single cooler. The food is even greater than before; the Headwich is amazing and award-winning, and there's very few items on the menu that will leave you walking away from here hungry!!
10-01-2003 18:16:13 |
More by beergeek279
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Tuesday afternoon before going to see the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour down the road at Chevrolet Ampitheater, and I must say it was chilled out. I have driven through the Southside on a weekend at night and it's bumping down there many young people great place to meet women if your trying and young enough.
I like the setup of the place not as big as I was expecting but we chose the outdoor patio great sunny day, oh on the inside the brick walls painted with different beer labels for example the big ol hop from the Hop Devil label cool decor. The bar is quite impressive with the forty taps flowing of mainly American micros, and some classic Belgian Ales and German biers. I like the Fathead emblem and it graces the bottles of Rogue's contract beer Fathead Ale.
Service was great the waitress was caring and made sure we were well fed, the hot female bartender added some eye candy and the manager possibly owner seemed like a standup guy in fact when I introduced myself as a Beer Advocate he offered up a free beer of my choice.
Selection here is very nice I love American micros and this seems to be the biggest selection in the Pittsburgh are for those. Out of the draft selection what caught my eye were the Dead Guy, Shakespeare, American Amber from Rogue along with Weinhenstephaner Hefe and Ayinger Marzen on draft. Sierra Nevada IPA, Reudrich's Red Seal Ale, and two Heavyweight brews their alt and the second beer from the one place on time series.... Triticum Bock simply amazing beer at 8% a belgain yeast strain used with 64% wheat malt this beer is definitely full flavored and tasty.
Food seemed greasy even the salad but still good, my friend ordered a grilled shrimp salad they put sauteed onions and peppers along with the fried potato wedges thrown in the mix. I tried some smoked artichoke dip with chicken in and some pita bread very nice. I am impressed and this place is new and exciting to me so I will definitely be going back.
Update: Fathead's now serves 4-5 of their own beers brewed at their Cleveland location by Matt Cole. Headhunter is the standby award winning IPA that they just started selling in four packs to go. Of course the Rogue contract brews mentioned above are no longer available, but they also have their own growlers and will refill the Unigrowlers from the Big Pour as well. Some service issues over the years but as a whole pretty rock solid and consistent. I've made it on the frequent flyer beer tour wall, and I will always make a stop here as long as I continue to visit the Southside. Food doesn't excite me the novelty has worn off but the headwiches are filling and grilled wings are some of the best of the Burgh. I could do without the house made potato chips. It's actually been awhile since I've had food here, I usually try something new at Piper's instead. Still great bar food nice prices and filling options, I tend to do enough damage to my coronaries. So menu items like the artery clogger don't excite me as I age with a family, still fuckin' good, but just not worth it. Come in and enjoy a Saturday tasting session with the Beer Union, meet Mark, Mike, Constantine, and the rest of the regulars early on Saturday. Bring a bomber, but no more than that because tastings here can turn into a marathon session where you can't distinguish between beer styles anymore due to palate fatigue.
09-10-2003 19:15:57 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In work exile for 13 weeks in Western PA, they moved us 2 weeks ago from Pittsburgh to Johnstown ('taint a lot going on in Johnstown, yo). What's that you say? A 2 day stint back in Pittsburgh? I'll take what I can get. Bring it on!!!
Sooo, Fatheads, because I really didn't get to do a thorough beer-ing when I was there with Matt(head) and Amy. 38 taps and a cask. Good taps, from regionals Dogfish Head, Victory, Heavyweight, Brooklyn, Penn, Erie, Troegs, Great Lakes, to not so regional Rogue, Stone, Anchor, Sierra, and way not regional Delirium, Chimay, Lindemans, Maredsous.
Hey, the Rogue Shakespeare Stout was on cask. Say "yummy!!!! (All over this town they've got Rogues on cask, is a good thing, yes). Good bottles, too, Rogue, Dogfish, Stone, Victory, Unibroue, Corsendonk, Chimay, Sam Smith, Affligem, Lindemans. Strange that the "frigg-a-rater" is only packed with bombers.
Good crowd on this Wednesday night, and I ate one of the best goddamn damn burgers I've ever had. Good menu and good service. They've got a back room for seating and another room opposite the bar, and they've also got an outside garden with seating. Decent comfortable place all around. Sout' side!!!
08-18-2003 01:37:07 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This modern/industrial styled bars is one of the top beer bars in the 'Burgh. They have about 40 beers on tap, including a beer engine for cask ales. The selection is above average, with many offerings from Rogue on tap (more in bottles) on this visit. The focus is defintiely on American Micros here. The service was very good, with a female bar attendant that knew her beer and was willing to talk about them. They also have a decent selection of bourbon and a few scotch offerings. Worth the trip if you're on Pittsburgh's South Side.
02-03-2003 13:51:38 |
More by aaronh
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
My buddies and I used to get turned away/chased out in our senior year of high school at 10pm many a weekday night and fri and sat. They never served us but the food, especially the wings kept us coming back. Now that Im of age I can't wait to go back and break my wallet on wings and sierra nevadas on tap. The place gets crowded, which hurts the atmosphere as it doesnt have the chilled out, relaxed atmosophere typical of a good beer joint. None the less, it does have a night life atmosophere sort of so Im sure it's in the realm of possibility to pick up a lady. Try it I doubt youll be dissapointed.
10-16-2002 15:13:34 |
More by allboutbierge
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fathead's is home to 28 taps and the infamous Headwich to quench your thirst and appetite. Most of the taps are given to the big craft brewer's (Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Victory etc...), with a few bones thrown in for the light beer crowd. A recent visit also had Samiclaus and a bunch of Belgians. There is also usually a "big" beer on cask, Yard's Imperial Stout and Rogue Mocha porter come to mind. The food is overstuffed sandwiches and wings of superb quality. An appetizer of Coconut shrimp is enough to feed two people for the evening. With really good eats, a great beer selection, and a location on a bustling, fun street Fathead's is a great "Burgh" beer stop.
As of May 1, 2007 Fathead's has become totally smoke free, even the patio. The owner took it upon himself to give his patrons the chance to enjoy his drink and food without second hand smoke. The non-smoking ordinance was struck down and Fathead's took the lead in acting on their own. Kudos to Glen!!
03-30-2002 13:24:57 |
More by QXSTER1
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