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Fat Head's Saloon
Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1805 E Carson St
phone: (412) 431-7433
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Fathead's is simply an awesome place. I my mind, it is what I would call the perfect bar.
Now, that sounds like a steep compliment, but, in my opinion, there is much more to a great beer bar, then just the number of beers they offer.
Fathead's has a great relaxed, yet fun atmosphere. It can get crowded at times, especially during happy hour, and wing night.
They offer a great draft list, focusing specifially on American craft and micro brews. They always seem to focus on having a good selection of my favorites, IPA's and pale ales. They also recently starting brewing their own beer, which is awesome. Their IPA rivals any west coast IPA I have had before.
Their food is perfect beer bar food. Just because people love beer, doesn't mean they have to act overly pretentious, and only eat mussels, and smoked gouda cheese on their sandwiches. Fathead's specializes in huge, but high quality, sandwiches. Don't be scared, you aren't going to get a mountain of greasy meat, just for the sake of being huge. They take their time, and cook things fresh. They have a huge selection, so check out their menu, and get to Fatheads!
03-03-2010 22:09:44 |
More by sbw138
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been going here since the mid 1990's, and we still try to make it at least once a month. I've seen a few celebrities make the trip to Fatheads over the years (saw Russel Crow there a few years ago, and the waitress said he was there the day before, but he liked it so much he came back the next day).
The beer selection has always been over the top. There are two chalkboards over the bar with the draft listing, which lately has been including a lot of Fat Head's Brewery choices (which are typically world class options). They also always have something on "cask". If you haven't been living under a rock, you have likely heard of Head Hunter IPA, and they almost always have it available on tap. And the bottle selection is no slouch, either. The beer menu is updated often, and they almost certainly will have something to suit your tastes and mood.
As if the beer selection itself isn't enough to get you in here when in Pittsburgh, the food is wonderful. The burgers are some of the best I've had (although another Pittsburgh option for burgers is Burgatory, which are good as well, but no where near the beer choices). The wings are also great - they offer both traditional wings and char-grilled wings. I am a heat freak and love the Char Grilled Caribbean Killers. In the traditional wing arena, the Spicy Parmesan wings are amazing as well. There are plenty of other options to choose from outside of the burger arena, and I've had many of them and disliked none. You should be warned - the sandwiches and everything else served here are HUGE. You should bring an appetite, and maybe skip the extra appetizer until you see how full your plate will be - save the extra $$$ for another brew!
The service is consistently great, particularly considering how busy they usually are. But, you will inevitably have to wait 30-60 minutes for a seat if you come on a weekend. That said, they have somehow kept much of the wait staff for years (one lady that works there has been serving us since we got engaged in 2001). In all the years we have come here, there have been maybe 2 times we were disappointed in the service (which says something, considering we really do go here 10-15 times a year).
Finally, there is a six-pack shop upstairs in which you can get some beer to go and some Fathead's paraphernalia. The beers up there are relatively pricey, but most places that offer beer to go do charge a premium.
If you are in Pittsburgh and want to find a place the locals go to, this is it. You can find parking back a street (go down 18th off of Carson and there is a pay lot right there). If you are going to be there for a while, you might want to drive along the road parallel to Carson and see if you can find a spot - but be warned the locals sometimes block off spots with chairs or cones. All that said, if you are in from out of town, I highly recommend getting a cab and making a night of it. There are a metric F*ck-ton of other establishments all around the South Side of Pittsburgh, and you can walk to all of them - just have the driver drop you off at 18th and Carson.
07-14-2013 00:58:03 |
More by Murphey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
First of all, this is a must go for not only beer lovers but for anyone who likes food. The food here is amazing: have you ever had a sandwich that has perogies and kielbasa on it (the "Southside Slopes")? Or a burger with pepperoni and salami and marinara sauce? I come here for the food and the beer is a nice second addition. They have over 30 beers on tap all the time and a six-pack shop that has the essentials (and by that i mean anything from Stone's) upstairs. they have their normal fare but they do have a new selection every week. You can also get one on cask, which is excellent and doesn't cost anymore. 4-6pm during the week is happy hour and $1 off all drafts.This is definitely a place to figure out what foods and beers pair off togehter, must try when you come to the burgh.
05-08-2006 13:14:47 |
More by nickg902
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Simply my favorite place in the entire world. I wouldn't say the crowd is the greatest in the entire world, but this is mor of a grab a table and beer/food place than a hang out all night at the bar place.
Best food in the world. Period. Seriously, I can't overstate this. Everything on the menu is amazing and huge portions. It is the most imaginative and impressive bar food menu. Best. Ever.
The beer is always fresh and I've never had a beer where the taps weren't clean.
Service is always good. This place is always packed and I've never felt like I had a long wait. Not the MOST knowledgeable about beer, but thats why I come to this site.
The selection for a first timer is amazing. If you frequent the bar, then they could rotate it a bit more often. I wish they had another cask.
Overall, this is a place you have to go to for dinner and a few beers.... pretty darn hard to beat in my mind.
06-16-2008 21:53:19 |
More by bpgpitt10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Fathead's is truly a great place to go for some food and a beer. It has a wide variety of good brews on tap (around 25-30), plus a cask. The service is always very good; waiters/waitresses are friendly and know about the beer they sell. Prices for a draft are around 4.50-5.50, which I don't think is bad, given the quality.
What really sets Fathead's apart is the food. In my opinion, the food is definitely the reason to go to Fathead's and will definitely be the reason that you go back. There are several outstanding options on the menu and most of them are very reasonably priced, too.
I would recommend going during lunchtime or another off hour. It gets pretty packed at times, and I think the best way to enjoy it is when the place is only moderately busy and you can feel like you have some time to think.
Visit Fathead's if you are in Pittsburgh and in the mood for some great food and a fine beer.
06-20-2008 02:30:46 |
More by johannasclimacus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is my favorite place to go on the south side. It is always busy and the people are always kind. More importantly, the beer always run and it is soooo good...
The food is good too, I recommend anything with the potato chips or fries. All of them are homemade and dark. Especially good with ketchup (heinz of course).
Beer is excellent. 39 choices on draft and over 90% of them being micro-brewed.
Also, you can purchase beer upstairs. Lots of unique and rare ones there. I suggest spending your time upstairs. Lindemann's, Rogue's (rare), Dogfish Head (rarer), Bell's (rare), and lots of 750 mL bottles. Although upstairs is pricey.
07-07-2006 02:04:25 |
More by DuqTroops
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I was at Bocktown on a visit to Pittsburgh and mentioned to the bartender that I was going to be checking out Smokin Joe's the next day. He told me not to miss Fat Heads, and I'm glad I didn't.
A clean, modern bar/restaurant with an excellent selection of taps on the wall. A listing of the beers, along with the brewery's location and ABV are written on a board behind the bar. My wife and I got some Dragon's Milk and 90 minute IPA, as well as a Stone Arrogant Bastard. A quality selection of taps, and quite a bottle selection upsairs. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. A lot of thought went into it. Beer logos are painted on the walls, a list of "frequent flyer" customers (75 beers) hangs on the wall, as well. Another clever gimmick takes up the wall across from the bathroom. Pictures of people all around the world wearing Fat Head's t-shirts. There's a beer garden outside as well.
We had a Slopeside sandwich which was excellent, and all of the other menu items looked nice as well. This is not a place to be missed on your next visit to Pittsburgh.
07-01-2007 01:39:23 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Fathead's. I'm tempted to say "Good enough for Rogue to make a Fathead's Ale, good enough for me." But that's not really enough now, is it?
Once I figured out how to get to Carson Street - not the easiest place to find, despite it being right on the Mon. river - it was easy to get to and parking was right on the street. Inside, it was a Saturday crowd and packed, so I headed upstairs to the six-pack shop first. Good choice.
Fathead's had numerous singles of american crafts. 14.95 for first six, 9.95 for the second, so its $$$ for a West Virginian like me, but the selection made up for it. I picked up a Stone 10th (since my distributor failed to get my case) and not less than 4 employees swung by to tell me it was Awesome. It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside when a bar or store has employees that actually appreciate the beer they sell. The fellow at the register gave me advice on what to get at the bar AND where else to go in town to find more bottles. Classy.
At the bar, I joined the frequent flyer club (25 craft beers = free stuff) and started my journey with a Southern Tier Unearthly (better on tap than bottle - wow) and a Great Lakes Oktoberfest (enh). I still had 3 places to go on my 'Burgh weekend so I stopped at that (but I really wanted the Victory Hop Devil on cask); I will be back soon, though.
Bottom line: If you're in the Steel City it's a must-visit. Period.
10-02-2006 18:32:20 |
More by rabsten
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is probably the best beer bar in Pittsburgh, and it has a pretty good bottle shop upstairs also.
The only thing wrong with the atmosphere is that the bar area is too small, other than that I have no complaints.
Quality here gets a 5. Taps rotate extremely fast so no beer ever has a problem. Aways good brews on there 40-50 taps and one cask, not just a bunch of macros.
There are a couple of things that make the selection here so outstanding. First of all, there are 40-50 mostly quality taps and a cask (as I mentioned before). There are at least 200 bottles. Every single time I visit Fatheads there are 1-3 beers on tap I have never heard of from noteworth brewers. When looked up on BA, they are marked as retired or only have a couple of reviews. Just a few examples: Bear Republic Wine Country Whear, Oskar Blues Chubourbon/Mamma's Little Yellow Pils, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale. These are just a few; there are selections like these that change on a weekly basis.
The food is all bar food, not fancy. But what they do they do extremely well. Fathead's has a huge selection of sandwiches/burgers and everything else you would expect at a bar. Portions are big, and everything I or my friends have tried has been very good.
Great beer bar, one of my favorites!
08-19-2008 13:00:32 |
More by Hojaminbag
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