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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2705 S Water St SouthSide Works
phone: (412) 224-2328
Opens Daily 11am
(Place added by: Bierman9 on 03-19-2009)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went relatively early on a Friday night (5 PM) which was a good thing because by 6 you would be waiting a couple of hours. They don't try to rush you out while you're there which is good for those lucky enough to be seated and bad for the rest. We were seated in the separate dining area off the main beer hall. Too bad because when we went into the beer hal to look around it was definately livelier. Next time we'll have to try to get seated there. They had four beers available, none of their seasonals. I'll hold off overall judgement on the beers until they get their own brewing. Of the four I tried only the dunkel was worth drinking (the weizen wasn't bad either). The food was pretty good with the appetizers outshining the main courses. Service was good also considering the number of people there. It's hard for me to compare this to the other German beer hall in the area (Penn Brewery) because this one definately has the feel of a chain while PB is more authentic. I will go back to Hofbrau at elast a few more times. I guess it's a good thing when you have two good German beer halls in the city.
06-09-2010 15:03:16 |
More by brewman63
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The main room is really REALLY loud. You basically have to yell at the person next to you. The large open beer hall is a really neat idea. There isn't anything else like this around here.
We had a large group, 20, and the waitress was willing to do 20 checks. That was great as a lot of places will not split. She worked her butt off. Kudos to her!
I think that they need to up the food quality for the price a little though. They are still rolling on the novelty of the place, but soon people will have to want to come back as the novelty will go away.
Their beer selection is light as I like porters and stouts and they do not have one of either.
You should go once for the experience, but you will have to decide of you want to go back.
02-13-2010 23:43:47 |
More by biglite351
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Place is located in Southside works. No parking lot on premises, but plenty of parking areas available nearby.
Atmosphere: Seated at bar in the main dining hall, not as big as I thought it would be. Place was busy but not overwhelming. Guy in Lederhosen playing the accordion and encouraging German sing alongs up on stage. They also have another separate room to the right as well as seating outside which would be nice in the summer.
Quality/Selection: 5 beers; 4 regulars and 1 seasonal. Had the BergBock which was the seasonal. Description of this beer was as a Maibock and the style was spot on. Crisp, smooth with just a touch of sweetness to it. Could drink many of these. Also tried the Hefe and Dunkle which were also spot on style wise. If you are not into German beer then you will be disappointed though the light offering should satifsfy most BMC drinkers.
Service was ok; sat at the bar and did speak with Barmaid who has been there since they opened last spring. She said the place gets really packed by 20 something's on Saturdays whose sole intention is to drink heavily and sing. Hmmm...Isn't that the idea?
Value/Food: we did get the sampler which included soft pretzels, sauerkraut balls, fried pickles and potato pancakes. $12.99, not a bad price for a sampler. Food was average at best with the sauerkraut balls being the standout. Could definitely eat a big bowl of those. Would like to come back and try some sausages next time.
Overall: if loud singing with a lot of drunken people is your thing, then this is the place. I really enjoyed the beers and would go back just for that.
01-18-2010 14:32:14 |
More by Kolsch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Hobrauhaus is a huge place, they have a large private party area, a huge indoor dining area with a large projection screen where they place local sporting events, and an enormous outdoor patio type area. Weekends are crazy and there are a ton of 20 somethings out partying. They also will have live music and a guy up front singing ziggy zaggy. They do shot-ski's where they line up several shots on a large wooden ski and three people will each line up next to the shot and rock out.
The food is very good, I love the sauerkraut! The portions are very big. Food is a little expensive but nothing crazy.
The beer is quite average...at best. If I go I go for the girls and the atmoshpere. It is a fun place with pedestrian beer; but that is still better than miller light (the pittsburgh favorite).
01-17-2010 03:30:40 |
More by cpetrone84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is located immediately behind the Cheesecake Factory in southside works.
The atmosphere is very novel with the staff dressed in their lederhosen and dirndls. The main dining room is huge and has that Oktoberfest atmosphere with the long wooden bench tables and a stage which has a live german folk band (or in my case a man with an accordion) who encourages the audience to participate in cheers rituals and singing throughout the course of the meal. Which is fun at first, but I can see it getting obnoxious if you frequent the place.
The menu offers high quality german food and german lagers as well as the hefe weizen year round. They also offer a different seasonal brew each month. You can get each in the typical glass or a giant beer stein. They have the typical light lager for the average beer drinker as well.
I like this place- the hefe weizen is pretty good and the seasonal is usually interesting as well, besides this is one of the only beer places I can convince my friends to go to because of its sheer novelity.
12-29-2009 17:56:50 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
The atmosphere was pretty cool, its pretty much all open with benches and tables patterned after Munich. It is very lively with a loud house polka band. The beer was served in a liter or half liter size. Liters were priced at $8. The beers were very tasty bocks and lagars. I had a pork shank with crackling, which as it turned out crackling is the pig skin. The pork meat was pretty bland with not much spices. So I guess I was not to impressed by the food. But it was a cool experience all and all.
12-18-2009 00:43:59 |
More by mtnbikerpa
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I live about 75 miles from Pittsburgh, and probably end up there about 2 times a month. Since this place opened, I had not had the opportunity to get there until this weekend...Thank God I did.
The atmosphere is simply awesome. Everyone sings, dances on the benches, and generally has a great time. It seems like everyone is just nicer at this establishment. Almost as if you are partying with your family.
The quality is great. Their beer, produced on location, is top notch and so fresh. They offer beer in various glasswares, my favorite being the liter dimpled stein.
The staff is very nice, and do their best to handle the extreme crowds that come to the Hof. They do their best to make sure everyone is having a great night.
The selection is awesome, with I beleive 4 taps constant with a different monthly seasonal each month. They have an awesome keg tapping ceremony on the first wednesday of every month to ring in the new keg; I haven't been there for this, but I would love to see it happen.
Food was spectacular. They offer 3 different wurst varieties, and the pretzels taste soooo good. The bier cheese is also amazing.
7.50 for a liter of beer? That is awesome. Worth every penny, considering you are getting authentic german beer at a domestic price.
Overall, this is such a great place to go for fun and great beer. I love it so much, and I've only been there once. I can't wait to go back.
11-16-2009 23:35:42 |
More by GoalieRon33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Boom--Munich comes to Da' Burgh. A big building on the banks of the Mon River in the up and coming Southside Works area. Right across the street from REI (big plus)! They certainly spared no expense on this place. A German bierhall on a slightly smaller scale. Large interior, which can get a bit noisy, with a good sized U-shaped bar area off to the left side as you enter. Soaring ceilings give it a nice look. In season a biergarten area will seat 600! If you are boring a quiet "no fun" room is off to the side providing seating for the dull at heart. A live accordian player was getting ready to provide entertainment.
With only 4 beers on tap and the soon to be provided fifth rotating seasonal HBH will never receive more than a 3 from me for selection. I look forward to a visit in September if possible when they will feature a schwarzbier in honor of the start of the Steelers season. In times when the seasonal kicks before the next one is due to go on a zwickelbier will offer the fifth choice.
Our service was good....with honest to goodness German hostesses helping out and training the local staff. People were friendly and chatty honestly wanting to know our thoughts.
Food was solid, hearty honest German fare. I had a wurst platter with red cabbage and spaetzle. I would certainly come in again just for the food.
We tried all 4 beers and found the light to be surprisingly good (would be a GREAT BMC replacement) but found the hefe to be the hands down winner.
Overall a nice addition to the area scene. I hope it can sustain the pace it had when we visited shortly after opening and it isn't a mere fad. I think it will do well, good location, good food, good beer and good atmosphere....it is a good to be at place!
09-03-2009 13:37:28 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We recently stopped in here recently for lunch with some local friends, during a recent trip to Pittsburgh.
Atmosphere: Just like a German Bierhall, only a bit smaller than I expected. Music stage sits on one end of the hall, while a rather nice looking bar (complete with brewing tanks) takes up the other end. The atmosphere was very fun, with a one-man Oompah band leading the crowd in rousing renditions of Ein Prosit and other festive songs. People could let their servers know if someone in their party was having a birthday, anniversary, bachelor party, etc. and they would be toasted by the crowd and sang too appropriately.
Quality: Food, beer, service, and atmosphere were all of a good quality. The whole experience has a bit of a prefab touristy feel to it but I never discount any place that makes beer on site.
Service: We were in during lunchtime, so we didn't have to wait at all for a table. Our server was prompt and courteous, and our beers and food came out in no time.
Selection: They had 4 staple beers on (a Lager, Light Lager, Dunkel, and Weizen) and then their July seasonal, which was a Czech Pils. We all opted for liters, so I just had the Pils on this visit. It was solid. They already have a full schedule out of what their monthly seasonals are going to be, and there is some good looking stuff coming down the pike. Prices weren't bad. I think that it was about $8.50 or so for a liter.
Food: Fairly large menu, with not only traditional Bavarian appetizers and entrées, but also more American selections as well. I went for the Würstlteller plate, featuring 3 different types of sausages, mash, and sauerkraut. The portion was on the moderate side but it was good. The pretzels we had for appetizers were tasty as well but could have been a little bigger.
Considering that this has only been open for a couple months, this was a fun time. Festive atmosphere, good food, and solid beer. I don't know if I would do the full dining experience upon every visit here but I would definitely head to the bar and grab a liter of their current seasonal, as they really do look like they have some tasty German styles coming up. Worth checking out.
07-24-2009 18:14:56 |
More by Kegatron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by for lunch en route to Toledo, OH. Boys and wife were in tow.
Atmosphere: Like a big German bierhall only smaller. A bar greets you on entrance (to the left) with the gift shop straight ahead. Brewing equipment is to the right. Ahead past the gift shop is a large seating area. We chose the patio overlooking the Monongahela river . A bad idea because of the construction around the South Side Works.
Quality: The entire experience was nice. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here.
Service: An early lunch visit lent to better, more attentive service. They (a trainee, too) were fast with beer, pretzels and even a second high chair.
Selection: Four beers on tap with no seasonal pils available. Luckily the hefe and dunkel were good, with the hefe being the clear winner (I grabbed a sixer to go). An average line-up of four taps is rescued by the hefe.
Food: What beats sausage and pretzels with beer? Nothing! A selection of German offerings and a more Americanized lunch meny were available and the prices were rather cheap too.
07-17-2009 00:34:49 |
More by akorsak
Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA
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