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Fat Head's Saloon
Taps: 42 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1805 E Carson St
phone: (412) 431-7433
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
So I guess I'm going to have to be the bad guy (once again) and bash this place, but whatever; I call them like I see them, and this place was pretty horrendous.
First of all, as soon as we drove into the Carson Street area and saw the scene and the crowd, I had a bad bad feeling in the heart of my bottom. It didn't help that it was Saturday evening, but the crowd was about as douchey as you can possibly get, with all the brosephs and biddies out for a night on the town. The bar itself was pretty busy, which isn't usually a turn-off for me--obviously popular spots are going to be busy, and I have plenty of patience to wait for a bar spot--but the crowd was obnoxious and trashy, and not giving off a good vibe.
But I did eventually snag a spot at the bar, as it wasn't quite as busy as the dining area, so the wife and I took a seat. And waited. And waited. And waited. Three bartenders behind the bar, and not so much as a passing glance. Like I said, I have plenty of patience--in context--but even I have limits. It was busy, but not THAT busy, to the point where 3 bartenders bs-ing behind the bar couldn't even acknowledge us.
On the plus side, the beer selection here was quite good with a lot of diversity in styles. But my question is this: doesn't Fat Head's brew their own beers? I was really interested in trying their beer, but when a bartender FINALLY approached us and I asked which house beers were on, she told me "none." Well...how can a place not serve their own beers? Not even one? I know they're not a brewpub, and the actual brewery is in Ohio, but...not even one? Maybe I missed something about this place, and maybe I didn't. But by that time, I'd had enough. I turned to wife, nodded to the door, and left without even ordering a single beer.
So basically, **** this place. If I was brand new to the beer scene, and I walked into this place during a slow hour, I'm sure I'd be pretty impressed. But in the reality that is the here and now, I am not impressed. If I ever find myself on Carson again, I'll be at Piper's. I'll take better service and a better crowd over a slightly more impressive tap list any day.
05-20-2012 01:30:03 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Visited a while back while in Pittsburgh for a couple days
The atmosphere was pretty typical - loud on a Friday night with a lot of youth. Typical bar setup, and the patio was nice on the warm evening. It didn't seem like the place fit in Pittsburgh, being clean and lively and stuff.
The beer was fresh, and it seemed to be pouring quickly, and my purchases upstairs were all fresh. I imagine volume is what keeps this place fresh, so the quality was pretty good.
The service was nothing special, nor was it bad. It was very busy and I didn't come away irritated, so that's cool. Bar staff seemed marginally informed on beer.
Perhaps the best part of the place, at least for me, was the selection. Both upstairs and down. The bar had a good amount of beers on draft (and cask) and at least half of them were not available in my area (Bell's, Troegs, Great Lakes etc). The bottle shop was a joy too with a decent amount of the selection not available at home for me, so I took home a mixed 6 pack.
As for the food... well, my wings were wings. I eat a lot of wings at bars and most of them taste the same to me.
Value - fair. What I'd expect to pay in an area like this.
I'd probably go back, but not without searching out new places in the burgh.
02-25-2008 22:54:30 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here to get some Morimoto Imperial Pilsner, ended up having a pint and joining that beer club thing.
OK, fairly crowded place with bad parking options. Lots of tables for food (didn't try any) and a decent sized bar. I counted 38 taps with a nice selection (although the coors tap was like seeing a viper) and one cask ale. The bar itself has this annoying metal lip that digs into your arms as you lean on it. Three TV's, all showing sports and a very lively crowd enjoying a horse race. I settled for a Troeg's Beer Union Brown on tap, which was nice, and went for the Beer Union.
The girl behind the counter up there, wow. Friendly, helpful, and oh so easy to look at. I think I stammered for a while before muttering something about the Pilsner. The selection is good, not great, with not many bottles but they have some killer brews I haven't seen anywhere else. The bar prices seemed a bit steep ($5.50 for the pint) but the prices upstairs were good. Five dollars cheaper than D's kinda good. I think I'll be stopping here more often. Cute girl and good beer, deadly combination.
All in all, it was a positive experience, and if you can find a spot to park, I'd recommend stopping in for a pint.
05-21-2005 23:58:41 |
More by JackTheRipper
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Went to this place over the weekend while visiting family in the area. Walked in around 4pm and the place was shoulder to shoulder. Stood near the bar for about 10 minutes or so waiting to fill my growler.
Finally, when the girl came over she told me that she couldn't fill my growler because "we're not Six Pack House of Beers, we're Fatheads". I said....you don't fill other places growlers? She replied..."no, but you can trade yours in". As long as it's the same price, that's fine by me. So, she then proceeded filling my newly acquired Fathead's growler with Headhunter Ipa.
Although I loved the Headhunter, I find $17.95 to be rather expensive for their standard Ipa. I still got it because I was on a mini-vacation, but no way I'd pay that price if I was a local.
Ventured up to the bottle shop after this. I expected a much bigger selection, though what they did have was all pretty good stuff. Left with a mixed 6 containing 2 FBS, 2 Sculpin, a Wn'B, and a Ten Fidy. Also bought a bomber of Hoptimum.
For the bomber and the 6pk my total bill was $34.95! The clerk must have seen the look on my face because he said...."is that Ok?" I said...yeah, it's just a little more than I'm used to paying that's all. He reminded me of the quality of beers in my six pack.
I paid for the beer, but I would never pay that if I was able to get those beers around Erie. I also wouldn't pay those prices if I lived in Pittsburgh. They place is cool and all, and their food may be good, but I'm not a fan of overcrowded places and super high prices.
02-24-2011 01:01:47 |
More by Morey
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Even though the Burgers were overcooked, is still tasted quite good. To much piled on the plate for me to handle, but good none the less.
Had a great beer selection and the Fathead brews were quite tasty. Especially the headhunter. Upstairs had a beer store that had a prtty wide selection, but nothing to overthe top. A bit pricey on the beer, but they gave discounts for mixed sixers.
Next time I am in PA I will definately swing by again, Although I might go at a different time of day when the place is not as crowded. It was a long wait, but it was worth it.
07-14-2011 14:52:01 |
More by TCassell1
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The large selection of drafts makes this place a must stop for beer fans, but unfortunately unless you go at non-typical bar times it can be very crowded and hard to be served.
The clientele during Friday and Saturday nights is a bit more yuppy and less beer snob. However, if I am in the mood for some good beer and am down the southside this is the only place to go.
I've only eaten at Fathead's once, but the burger was nothing special. I plan on going again to trying some other menu items. I think I will make it a weekday trip.
01-28-2007 18:28:22 |
More by stereosforgeeks
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
They run this place like a fast slick bar and they have the image to match. A more upscale place for people to hang out and have some food to go with a really nice draft selection. The have their own beer made by Rogue which is neat. Even though they say it is a different beer it may as well be Dead Guy. They upstair gift shop is a nice touch and they have bottles to go and a mix 6 option. We bought a 3L bottle of Mad Elf for $60 and got some free stickers which I gave to other people at the bar since I don't use such things. I wish they had more casks and this place had a real tied feel to Rogue. To slick by half but still a nice place to have a pint. Also the service by the bartenders seems like they have zero joy about serving you beer, but they have plenty of knowledge.
01-08-2007 21:01:29 |
More by Higravity
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in to see what they had in their 6-pack room and I'm glad I did. If you want to try a wide variety of beers (to take home), this is the place to come. The service was friendly, too, with knowledgable and helpful staff. I found several beers I've never seen anywhere else, such as Young's chocolate stout in a nitro-can and Old Chub Scottish Style Ale. Next time I'll have to come when I have more time to join their "travel" club and to try their food, which smelled great as I walked into the front door.
UPDATE: Nov 30 -- went back and tried their food as well. The service was a little slow, but that could be from being packed even at 11:30. Excellent fish sandwich, with great portion size. Next time I'll try the wings.
10-02-2007 01:44:55 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My final stop on a two day business trip to Pitt that included stops at the highest-rated BA establishments.
I hit bottle ships looking for Voodoo Black Magick and Big Black Voodoo Daddy. I was able to pick up two of each at Fatheads. They were limiting Black Magick to a bottle each but I plead my case and got two. Black Magick was $9.95 for 12 oz and Big Black was $9.95 for a bomber.
I also had dinner and a couple of pints at the restaurant. The beer selection is wide but not very deep. I had a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale and a 2007 Great Divide barleywine. D's and Bocktown have Fatheads beat on the rare and unusual which is what I'm after.
Fathead's is a loud, busy, fun place with good beer. The food was also very good and the service took good care of me (except the kid working in the bottle shop who didn't seem to know or care too much about good beer).
03-07-2009 02:34:02 |
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