Log in or Sign up
Fat Head's Saloon
Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1805 E Carson St
phone: (412) 431-7433
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 109 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Went to this place over the weekend while visiting family in the area. Walked in around 4pm and the place was shoulder to shoulder. Stood near the bar for about 10 minutes or so waiting to fill my growler.
Finally, when the girl came over she told me that she couldn't fill my growler because "we're not Six Pack House of Beers, we're Fatheads". I said....you don't fill other places growlers? She replied..."no, but you can trade yours in". As long as it's the same price, that's fine by me. So, she then proceeded filling my newly acquired Fathead's growler with Headhunter Ipa.
Although I loved the Headhunter, I find $17.95 to be rather expensive for their standard Ipa. I still got it because I was on a mini-vacation, but no way I'd pay that price if I was a local.
Ventured up to the bottle shop after this. I expected a much bigger selection, though what they did have was all pretty good stuff. Left with a mixed 6 containing 2 FBS, 2 Sculpin, a Wn'B, and a Ten Fidy. Also bought a bomber of Hoptimum.
For the bomber and the 6pk my total bill was $34.95! The clerk must have seen the look on my face because he said...."is that Ok?" I said...yeah, it's just a little more than I'm used to paying that's all. He reminded me of the quality of beers in my six pack.
I paid for the beer, but I would never pay that if I was able to get those beers around Erie. I also wouldn't pay those prices if I lived in Pittsburgh. They place is cool and all, and their food may be good, but I'm not a fan of overcrowded places and super high prices.
02-24-2011 01:01:47 |
More by Morey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Fathead's is on Carson Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh, and it is probably my favorite beer bar in Western Pennsylvania.
Atmosphere: Fathead's always has a fun-loving and loud atmosphere. Several TV's are positioned over the bar showing a combination of local sporting events and "large national sporting events", with a bias towards the local teams.
The biggest knock about the whole place probably is that it's a victim of it's own success. It's often times crowded. VERY crowded. But that's what happens when you're an awesome place with a good location.
Quality: The quality of beers on tap is VERY high. This is particularly true of their own beers that they brew up in their second Fathead's location in Cleveland. Their award-winning Headhunter IPA is one of my favorites. They also bring in a lot of high-quality selections from other breweries. Of the 42 taps, 1 is always devoted to Miller Lite and 1 is devoted to Yuengling. The remaining 42 are all-craft-all-the-time. They also have one cask system and once a month they throw a firkin up on the bar as well.
I also wanted to note that the beer menu is organized not by brewer but by style, and has a helpful 1-2 sentence write-up on each beer. It's one of the best, most helpful and inciteful, easiest-to-navigate beer menu's I've ever come across, and they do a great job of keeping it up-to-date.
The food is simple greasy American "bar food", but it's really good. The famous "headwiches" (often featured on Food Network and such) are sandwiches the size of your head, and they're served with fresh-cut potato chips. A unique touch, IMO.
Service: I've almost always received very good service here. One or two less-than-excellent visits excluded, most everyone that works there is both very attentive and rather knowledgable of their products.
One other minor knock on the place is the parking situation. But it's the South Side. Parking stinks for every business on the entire strip. It is what it is.
Selection: This is perhaps the strongest point here.
Regarding the beer selection, the popularity of this place allows them to drain kegs at a shockingly fast pace, and they put that to it's fullest use by constantly rotating in different, new, and unique kegs all the time. You'll almost always find something new here. Additionally, this place and their Cleveland location are the only two places that serve their own Fathead's labeled beers (Headhunter IPA, Hop JuJu DIPA, Voodoo Monkey Stout, ect). These beers are worth seeking out.
The food selection is massive. I won't even try to describe it. It's almost all "greasy bar food", but they have a huge list of different kinds of sandwiches/burgers/appitizers of all shapes and sizes.
Food: I've already touched on both the "quality" of the food and the "selection" of the food above. I think both are positives.
Value: The food is very reasonably priced. You can and will get more food than you should eat for under $9. The beers aren't cheap compared to other places closer to where I live, but are reasonable for the South Side bar scene. Expect to pay about $5-$7 a draft.
Overall, a great place. I highly recommend it to any craft beer lover in the Pittsburgh area. If you're coming with a crew and looking to party, show up late and live it up. If you're hoping to get a table and sit down by yourself or with one or two others and relax, I'd recommend showing up mid-afternoon Sunday-Thursday if possible.
11-28-2010 13:58:25 |
More by psuKinger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What else can be said that hasn't already been said? A definite standard for Pittsburgh beer-lovers. Great huge beer selection that rotates every time a keg runs out, the list is continually being updated.
Food-- another overspiced mouthburning-obsessed Pittsburgh beer place, and nearly impossible to find anything that's not going to numb your face. If you're up to fire, get the onion rings for sure.
Noisy of course, frequently crowded with college-ites that flow down from Oakland and elsewhere especially on weekends. Getting seating is difficult-- they don't allow phone-in reservations and you can expect a 1-2 hour wait once you put your name in on a weekend night.
Service at the table seems to vary and decreases in accordance with distance from the kitchen and bar area.
TV's are scattered in various places, usually showing various sports games.
Gotta go if you've never been here. And if it's really crowded, we recently discovered that there's even an upstairs, and that's also where the "gift shop" is.
11-19-2010 04:24:33 |
More by therica
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This should be the model for beer bars. My husband and I visited over the summer and of course it was packed. I was surprised to get speedy bar service as it was swarming and I'm a short woman standing behind rows of men. The chalkboard draft menu was huge and easy to read. The selection was great and I wish I could handled more beer so I could've tried more of them. I was disappointed that the draft list they gave us at the table was not up to date and I had to walk back inside (we sat on the small but decent deck) to find what I wanted on the chalkboard. The bathrooms were pretty gross but understandable due to the large volume of people (many families). I was drooling looking at the menu and loved the spinach dip. I was disappointed with the BBQ on my burger and traded my husband for his which had a less mustardy BBQ sauce. I really can't blame them for my dislike of mustard. Both burgers were slightly overcooked but still good. I would love to go back if I'm ever near one again and try more.
I'd like to add that they had a decent selection of bottled beer upstairs. You can create your own six pack and get a 10% discount. They had many of the beers that were also on tap. There were quite a few that I have never seen in Central PA or MD which was a huge plus. I'd love to see more beer bars with craft bottles to go.
10-11-2010 03:43:16 |
More by kaseylanelle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
My wife and I stopped at Fat Head's on our last two visits to Pittsburgh. First time it was a Sunday- place was pretty empty and we had a seat and great service at the bar.
The atmosphere is fun- just a nice vibe going on at the bar. Beer selection is great of course (the house beers are very good too), and the food looks great but we have not yet tried it.
Our second time was a Saturday evening and the place was PACKED. There was a 90 minute wait for a table and we left. Too bad! Came back later and got some room at the crowded bar, but we just got a refill on my growler and left again.
Fat Head's gets a HUGE low mark on prices. This place is incredibly expensive. My growler refill (of Ballast Point IPA) cost 22 dollars. Twenty-two dollars!! Geez, I can get cheaper refills in New York City, the most expensive city in America. Their drafts were not cheap either.
All in all, I would love to go back for a beer or two on a Sunday and to try their sandwiches, but not on prime times, and no more overpriced growlers!
(on a side note, Smokin' Joe's down the street has a bigger tap selection and much lover prices in an uncrowded atmosphere, so give it a try)
08-29-2010 17:29:55 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fathead's has by far become my favorite bar in Pittsburgh. The atmosphere is amazing and everyone who works there is always in a great mood.
The food is AWESOME!! HUGE portions and some of the tastiest sandwiches around. If you have the chance to try a Headwich, do so. You will not be disappointed.
You can't go wrong with 41 draft choices and 1 cask. Some great selection, although they do keep some regular stuff on draft longer than they should.
The bottle shop is good. Nothing too great. Solid selection, and the mix six gets you $12 off the total price of the 6-pack. Not too bad a deal, especially since they started including some 750ml bottles.
07-14-2010 20:13:34 |
More by KAP1356
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
High ceilings give it a sense of space. There's a buzz when you walk in, lots of people on a Saturday in the early afternoon lunch crowd.
Fresh beer served in appropriate glassware. No complaints.
The waitress that we had was helpful and attentive. One Complaint, the waitress informed me that she could not refill my swingtop growlers and they only exchanged official Fathead Growlers or I could buy a new one. She ended up selling me an official fatheads growler of beer - for the refill price after I politely asked a second time.
An amazing selection of taps with a lot of unusual offerings.
Enormous portion sizes. Their chips are fantastic. Plan on leaving with a to-go container
Pricey for a pub, but you get what you pay for and I believe it is worth it.
06-15-2010 20:48:03 |
More by ChipBender
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I go to Fathead's quite frequently as I live a block and a half away. Awesome place and would have gotten higher marks but it is always packed. As a local, I wish I could go in get a bar seat or table whenever and have to deal with huge crowds only on prime weekend hours. Not here, always packed and can barely move. Few actual beer people that go but they do have a few decent bartenders.
In terms of what they offer, they always have a great draft selection and fill grolwers of just about everything they put on. Decent bottle selection upstairs and they get pretty much all the rare stuff we get in Pittsburgh. Prices are decent for PA.
Food is amazing, I get takeout wings and a growler consistently. Some of the best wings in Western PA IMO. Huge sandwhiches that are extremely creative and fun. Just great.
If it wasn't so crowded all the time I may never leave.
05-07-2010 15:53:31 |
More by cpetrone84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - We went here on a Sunday afternoon around early dinner time. A number of people waiting outside and inside was crowded with people waiting for tables. We initially came here just to grab a beer or two and move on to some of the other places down the street to check them out too. Very casual, decent sized bar and lots of tables available. Large board above the bar listing beers on tap and I especially liked the painted brewery/beer logos on the brick walls. Very low key place to sit and enjoy a couple beers.
Q - The beer selection was loaded with quality beers from many craft breweries and also several selections of Fathead's own beers. I had heard good things about their Headhunter IPA and was not disappointed. Plenty of beers from Stone, Troegs, Bells, Victory and many others on tap.
S - We eventually sat at the bar and found that the two bartenders on duty were mostly friendly and there was never a long wait to get a beer poured. Seemed like the sitdown areas were well staffed (maybe even overstaffed) too.
S - Good variety of beers from many breweries and hitting a wide range of styles. Something for everyone. Especially liked a couple of the house beers they were pouring too. A good mix, mostly of popular craft breweries, nothing too exotic or rare - but top quality all around.
F - Menu was expansive, but mainly consisted of pub appetizers, burgers and sandwiches...probably 25 different burgers available - made choosing something a tough decision. Ended up going with a pretzel with honey mustard, which was quite good, but maybe a bit too much salt on it, and some chicken wings which were also good - had a choice of maybe 10 different styles and heat levels - again something for every taste. Nothing fancy here but good nonetheless.
Overall liked this place - good place to stop for some quality brews. Definitely would go back, but there is some tough competition along this street.
04-26-2010 16:07:59 |
More by portia99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a restaurant/bar. While I was there the place was very crowded with people waiting for tables. There werent any spots at the bar either. I guess thats my own fault for going during dinner time on a Saturday.
The place is really nice inside. Not dirty or tacky at all. Pretty modern mixed with old fashioned styles.
The bar has a largeish selection of craft. The taps are posted clearly above the bar. Things like Duck-Rabbit, DFH, Terrapin, SN and other quality beers leave little room for any macros.
I was really tempted to try the cask ale. It was East End's Big Hop IPA. The old fashioned hand pump is right up on the bar. Its cool to watch the bartender pump out your pint into a dimpled mug.
Upstairs in a small bottle shop. Its small in area but the selection is wide. There is a small shelf that holds bombers right at the top of the stairs. I saw some Voodoo brewing, Terrapin, Ballast Point and others here. On the back wall are the coolers holding some bombers but mostly 12oz singles. I was very pleased with the selection here. Oscar Blues, Terrapin, Duck-Rabbit, Moyland's and lots more.
There is a separate cash register upstairs to purchase your beers to go. They give you a price break if you fill out a 6 pack. $12 off! Surprisingly most of the bombers can be included in this.
I really was to visit this place again. I would like to have the chance to try the food and have some beers on tap.
04-18-2010 20:53:29 |
More by MbpBugeye
Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address