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Tulune's Southside Saloon
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Taps: 11 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
36 Bridge St
phone: (814) 536-1001
(Place added by: santoslhalper on 05-09-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
So I said "Where are you going?" and she chuckles replying "I'm not going anywhere, what about you?"
"Well, they're sending me to Western Pennsylvania", and then she says cooly, and I'll never forget this, "Have fun at the flood museum".
And I'm quiet for a minute mulling that one over and just as I say "Kris, I know you're busting on me, I just don't get how", the inbox "ding" brings a link to the Johnstown flood museum website. Perusing, I'm thinking "Oh! So Clara Barton did her first peacetime relief effort here, really? But whatever, I ain't going to Johnstown anyway, I'm going to Pittsburgh proper", and I did. And then they took that fatality downtown and needed to clear us out of there for a bit, shuffling us 100 miles east, to Johnstown...
Swore I'd never, ever go back after that 3 turned 5 month stint, but then you find yourself driving up 219 one night reliving the pain. And Johnstown, in through the back way. Doesn't look like much from the outside, in fact it looks like less than much, but in and up I go. Long straight bar with a wood formica finish, a wood lip, and a place for my feet on the inside wall, seating for a dozen plus. The pillared barback unit holds a large center mirror mostly obstructed by a large flatscreen providing a slideshow of pics from humor websites mostly, but also National Geographic pics, nature & scenic, events, friends, family . Good shelved glassware to both sides with small boards listing house drinks & shots, and larger ones above listing tap selections and new bottled selections. Tiered booze on the counter below center, cupboards down below. Strung holidayish green lighting lining parts of the bar to the far.
Old panel wood walls with empty bottles shelved here & there, and a beige pressed tin ceiling. Spinnin' fans & a single drop lamp, wall mounts, table lamps & import brewery neons, all sorts of brewery signage, placards, tins, faux barrel ends, beer flags & wallpaper, mirrors, prints, ads & pics. House shirts for sale suspended around and a giant hanging blow up bear. 4 raised hightops & shortys round and 'tangular adjacent and more seating in a side room located, well yeah, but you have to go up the stairs to the rear and hook around the bend. 10 tables there, a Wii guitar hero set up, and bands when bands do.
11 taps sunken below the bar, I can sees 'em from here; a single American micro (Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine), a few Germs (Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten Lager), and the remainder a mix of Belgians (Kasteel Rouge, Delirium Tremens, Piraat Ale, Wittekerke, Cherish Raspberry & Kriek, Lindemans Peche, and the Tulanes Abbey Brown made for them by Brouwerij Van Steenberge).
And an extensive bottle selection housed mostly in a 3 door glass cooler up front. 60 Belgians, 50 American micros, 26 UK & 16 German, and then mostly beers of the world, with some maltos & ciders mixed in but no crap macros. It's got to be creeping upwards of the 200 bottles range. They do up a printed list periodically but things change up so quickly with the way they order that the lists are quickly outdated. Did I mention an Orval costs $7.50? I was kind of sort of slightly totally hoping I would find them aged 3 years in a-they-don't-move-them-worth-a-shit kind of way. Let me see, oh, dated 22/1/09, well, can't blame me for trying. I can see a good amount of Troegs, Yards & DogFishHead selections from where I'm sitting. Started with the Kasteel Rouge, forgot how good that was, and then starting spying the cooler for bottles selections. Oooh, is that the Bell's Oberon? Yes, I'll have that please, and for a third and out, maybe a Festina.
I was going to, had plans to, really wanted to have me a chicken sandwich but they were doing Wednesday night mad wing specials. They have, oh, I don't know, many kinds of wings. I had the Raspberry teriyaki & some sort of crystal meth dusted, a ½ dozen each, they were well cooked crispy and good (Oh, now you tell me the Mesquite rub is the way to go, thanks, guy sitting next to me).
TV to the rear shows the Sox down 5-1 and they're piping in some good tunes, just now.... REM Me In Honey, and it's just perfect. Talked good beer with people there, mostly fascinated by my little scribble book of crazy. And talked with beer manager Joe for a bit, they're doing a good thing here. Just looked down at the Mid Atlantic Brew News and saw Phil's mug (Hey man, your dirty Red Sox are being dealt a beat down). Food, well it was wings but they were good. Beer was fresh and they turn it over pretty quickly. My major objection to the place is the number of speed zones through small towns I'll have to deal to get out of here. Good house, I wouldn't have minded Johnstown so much had this been there when I was.
11-16-2009 02:29:57 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Don't get me wrong, I love Johnstown, but as for beer selection, its pretty thin. Tulune's really is a diamon in the rough. I beleive they have 12 taps, with over 100 bottles to choose from as well. They have their own ale manufactured in Belgium for them! If visiting in late September, be sure to come prepared to drink...Their Octoberfest celebration is worth stopping in for. They have some great representations of O fest beer such as Spaten, and some fall favorites, usually a Pumpkin ale or two or 3. Great place, decently priced, and a nice atmosphere allow this place to shine above all else in J-town as far as total overall selection. Definately stop in when you get the chance!
10-27-2009 03:51:07 |
More by GoalieRon33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was in Johnstown on business in mid July. On the recommendation of Beer Advocate and backed up by a few local opinions, we decided to check out Tulunes. It wasn't easy to find (nothing in Johnstown seems to be if you are not from there), but it was well worth the effort.
Tulunes has an excellent beer selection both on draft (perhaps a dozen) and in bottles (well over 100). Prices are at what one would expect for quality beverages. Belgian beers are the specialty of the house, and they have on draft several Belgian styles that were brewed in Belgium specially for Tulunes. One of these was particularly intersting, with a fruity, almost wine like quality, it's a little off the usual beer track; I wish I could remember the name.
The bartender/manager was quite knowledgeable and was of great assistance, esp. to my mainstream beer buddy who was befuddled by the huge selection. We were there for the beer and did not eat, so I have no comment on the menu, though with the quality of the liquid bread imbibed, we did not go away hungry. At the risk of being labeled sexist, I cannot go without mention of just how good looking the waitresses were this night; quite the distraction!
Several people in these ratings have commented on the building or the location, but I guess that all depends on what you're used too; it looks pretty typical to me on the outside and has a great neighborhood atmosphere on the inside.
08-07-2009 20:49:32 |
More by Rostout
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm a regular. The beer selection is the best within a 40 mile radius, maybe more. The bartenders are knowledgable and very helpful. The food is good, not great, but hopefully they will expand their kitchen someday and make it better.
It's like hanging out in your best friends living room. Great beer, good people and a great high def TV right in the middle of it. If the game isn't on, the cycle through pictures the owners find online - many of them hilarious.
This place us a must see in Johnstown.
06-20-2009 21:16:42 |
More by dougmiller112
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
What a great friendly place with a nice selection of craft beers from around the world!
If you're within 50 miles of this place it's worth the drive. Don't judge the book by it's cover though..( I did a drive by and almost didn't stop in from the looks of the old building and industrial neighborhood ) So glad I stopped...It was a very memoriable evening.
I had a conference in Johnstown and happen on this little gem ....thanks to Beer Advocate.
I met a very nice couple at the bar who introduced me to "Joe". He went out of his way to suggest a line up of Belgiums..Too bad I had to limit my selection since I had to drive back to the hotel...The food was yummie..the folks who frequent this bar were so...nice. They invited me to join their friends in the dining room area for their Friday night out. A wonderful experience for a single women, seeking great beer and a friendly bar in Johnstown PA.
06-07-2009 21:51:11 |
More by hamilgass
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Has a somewhat dumpy, offsetting exterior considering its in an old building off the highway in a rather not so glorious part of town. But a small yet quaint and nicely designed interior greets you and this place is set up for a beer lover and sports fan and also gives off a vibe that it is alright to let loose here. The bartenders are knowledgeable and don't mind shootin' the bull about anything, especially beer. Beer binders greet you at the bar and there's the coolers looking at you, and from my experiences at other places their prices are pretty good. The food specials are great and w/o the specials the food is priced alright, but it is just standard bar food quality (you go here to drink and grab a snack if you're hungry, not specifically to eat). Gotta hit this place again.
01-18-2009 01:48:44 |
More by clayrock81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on July 5, 2008:
Go for the beer or go for the taint... This place has personality, a sense of humor and a great selection of Belgian and Craft beer. No BMC products are offered! And the taint - well we did not try this offering but it is served up in several different variations including: sweaty taint, fuzzy taint - you get the picture . . . If you are into mixed drinks the "taint" line of offerings substitutes a Blue Sky energy drink in favor of Red Bull, hence the "taint". It "taint" Red Bull...
Its ok go inside . . . for us this was a classic case of "you can't judge a book by its cover" The outside of this place is a little scary. However, the outside of the building does not do this establishment justice on many levels. The structure itself is over 100 years old. The wood paneled walls give the interior a 70's-80's feel but the alternative/indie music sets a comfortable vibe inside. Make sure you look up and check out the amazing tin ceilings. It is humble yet comfortable. What the building lacks in modern conveniences it makes up for with its staff/selection.
The bartenders and cellar manager, Joe did an awesome job representing Tulune's and the products they serve. They were very knowledgeable about their offerings and provided multiple samples to further illustrate the beer of topic.
Definitely worth the trip!
07-24-2008 00:28:53 |
More by barnuba
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you love beer and you find yourself in the Johnstown area... this is THE place to go. With a limited amount of options for beer utopia in this region... Tulune's is a wonderful little gem!!!
A dozen or so taps with a constant rotation of impressive drafts is the main highlight here! Mostly Belgians on tap with two unique brews made just for Tulune's... St. Tulune's and Tulune's Trippel. Both good, with the trippel slightly ahead of the St. Tulune's. DT on tap every time I've been there... very cool!
Bottled selection is excellent for this area. 100 plus imports and American craft brews.
Atmosphere is typical for the 100 year old building Tulune's resides in.
Food is acceptable and the prices are reasonable.
In closing... if you've never been to Tulune's... you must, Must, MUST check it out!
A big "thank you" to Tulune's and staff for being within 25 minutes from my house.
07-21-2008 17:21:19 |
More by ckaufman
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
May 21 and 22, 2008
This is a true gem in Johnstown, PA. The bottled selection is more than respectable and the dozen or so beers on tap are unlike any selection within 100 miles.
DT on tap was a bargain at $4 during their "Looney Hours" (5-7). Their St. Tulune's Abbey Brown and Trippel are both customed brewed in Belgium and only found on tap here. The Abbey Brown was a big hit.
Our server was a bonafide beer geek, which is really helpful when you are bringing friends who aren't. I'll definitely be back anytime I find myself in Johnstown.
05-26-2008 14:12:45 |
More by IPAcrazy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Heavy focus on imported beer, particularly belgiums. The draft selections (12 taps) is almost entirely imported with the exception of Sly Fox products. There is a good selection of bottled craft and micros and they have some beers you might have trouble finding in much larger areas. The staff is knowledgeable, great selection of matching glassware and there is live music scheduled regularly. The atmosphere is pretty cool, far from pretentious, I have never had the food there but fhave heard decent things.
04-09-2007 18:05:18 |
More by HenryKDuff
Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA
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