Tulune's Southside Saloon
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Taps: 11 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.4/5 rDev -2.2%
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
3.9/5 rDev -13.3%
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
4.4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
All I can say is, "Thank goodness for BeerFly". If it weren't for that, I would have never re-discovered this place. I say that because I was here in Johnstown about two years ago and stopped by on a Monday night, it was locked up and pitch black inside. Based on that experience, I thought the place had closed down and was very dissapointed. I've been up here a few times since then and ended up bringing my own beer thinking I was in the middle of the Sahara Beer Desert. This trip I decided to consult BA once again as a last resort because I was staying downtown instead of in the 'burbs where I normally stay. BA once again listed Tulune's as a place to visit and I thought it was a joke until I saw there were posting's as recent as this very month. Once I saw that I needed to look no further because I remember from a few years ago when I was here, how cool this placed "looked on paper". O.K., this was definite;ly worth checking out. I hopped in the car, punched the address into GPS and away we went. On the way there, I'm scratching my head and asking how a place like this could even exist here, it didn't look like an eclectic beer type of town. Then I pull up to the building, park the car, and go to the front of the building. The front door reminds me of the entry way to a Legion Post or some sort of bingo hall. I go up the stairs to my right, still skeptical at this point, and enter a big, elongated room that immediately made me feel at home. Nothing fancy, sort of rustic (in a beer sort of way), and lots of eclectic beer signs around the room, now this was cool! As soon as I sat down, I was greeted by "Greg the bartender", very warm and friendly, I felt like I was at home. Greg gave me the beer list and it took a good 10 minutes for the first past through, there was that many great beers on the menu; after all, as BA members, isn't the beer selection first and foremost above the food?! I started with a Devil Dancer, man, I haven't had this beer in a LONG time, it was GREAT! Abbey, one of the other bartenders stopped to take my food order, I got the Southside Chicken Philly. Coming from that part of PA, how good could this really be compared to Philly...really? The sandwich came, and it was pretty darn good.
Then, I met Joe, the beer geek from Johnstown. As soon as we started talking I liked this guy right away, he's incredibly passionate about craft beer and very interesting to talk to. Joe's got a beer charisma that really draws you in - from one beer geek to another, I could have talked to him all night. Greg ended his shift and joined me at the bar and the three of us discussed beer for quite awhile. In fact, I had a great conversation with Abbey also, that girl really knows her beer as well; good gawd, I was in beer geek heaven in the middle of North Western PA!
In all my ramblings, the point I'm trying to drive home is quite simple:
1) They have an extensive list of craft brews that is sure to please any beer geek.
2) The food was very, very good.
3) Tulune's, if located in a much larger city would rival most beer establishments in town, this place is a class act.
4) The MOST important point of all (and discussed between Joe and myself), the folks at Tulune's KNOW what they're pouring. I love establishments where I can walk away with not only a full stomach, but also a beer education...they delivered the goods.
Next trip to Johnstown I'll be leaving my personal craft beer stash at home and head back here, I wish I lived closer. This is a GEM in what would think the middle of a beer desert. I'm definitely coming back, you need to check this place out if you're in town. To Tulune's, could you please open a location in Allentown??!!!
03-10-2010 05:20:06 | More by jzeilinger
4.88/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
the atmosphere is very friendly with a "no jerks allowed" type of attitude. the bar is nice and clean, my only request is that there would be more space for people. on a busy weekend night, it can be annoying finding a spot for you and your buddies. On a slow night, the place is the perfect size.
Service is great and knowledgeable.
The selection is generally good. At times they get really rare beers but then at other times they won't have some favorite craft brews. However, my favorite thing about the selection is that it seems to be constantly rotating. You can go in on a regular basis and often find something new and exciting.
The food is actually great. I only wish the kitchen were open past 10pm.The menu is as rare as the beer with some food entres such as "captain crunch coated chicken fingers"
I think it is way over priced, however the beer you are over paying for is unavailable anywhere else for a 50-60 mile radius.
09-03-2010 01:37:09 | More by AdamBear
4.35/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Thanks to beer advocate I have found a beautifly place to drownd some sorrows whilst spending plenty a work night in Johnstown, PA. The place is dive looking right off a main drag in town. When you walk in...if there wasnt properly placed signs...you could consider it somewhat a maze. The main room has high tops, low tops, and decent number of seats at the bar. The main dinning area back and around the corner has more tables and tvs....not bad to take in a few of the 200+ beer menu. There is no question that this place rules the beer selection title of J'Town. The food is decent...typical bar food. there is a unique offering for appetizer, whith is a bread bowl with a designated dip inside it....so the group must eat the bowl as the apetizer gets eaten. The wings are good with the house special dusting. I had a black and blue burger that was very good. The night was capped by our server who was good humored and somewhat knowledgeable about the beers on tap. Definitely worth a visit...if in Johnstown.
04-27-2011 03:16:44 | More by WoodBrew
4.47/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this bar recently through an odd connection at work, and it turned out to be a wonderful place. Blows anything else in the Johnstown-Altoona-Ebensburgh area away. The bar has two nice sized rooms with huge celings. No matter who's bartending the service is great. They'll give you smples of anything on draft, give recommendations, but not act like beer knurds. They have 11 taps, some staples are Liefman's Framboise and Delerium Tremens. The bottle selection is unbelievable for the area. In a town where Beck's in fancy, they have Lindeman's, Gouden Caroules, all the Deleriums, Corsendonk, Kasteel and tons of others. Really phenomenal for being in J-town. They said they should be adding about 15 more taps and a kitchen in a few months, so when that happens, this will be the place to be. If you're ever in this are let me know, I'm there almost every day.
05-10-2005 03:58:29 | More by santoslhalper
4.03/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
4.6/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
At first this place looks like a dive, but you realize it's actually a charming and warm little place to grab a bite and one of any number of a huge selection of beers from literally all over the world.
Staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The beer selection includes great American micros, Belgian and German imports, and selections from elsewhere in South America, Europe, and Asia. The food isn't fantastic but it's pretty tasty and the price is right. I wouldn't go here for the food but I can't complain about it either.
As for the beer, I would say it's worth multiple visits for anyone who thinks of themselves as a beer geek. A real diamond in the rough.
05-30-2011 21:56:38 | More by Cylinsier
4.03/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
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
3.98/5 rDev -11.6%
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
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Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA
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