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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1828 E Carson St
phone: (412) 381-3977
(Place added by: QXSTER1)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The wife and I checked out Piper's last night, a cold and dreary evening, and the place was exactly what we were looking for. It was pretty empty throughout our visit; music was kept pretty low; there were four or five tvs on ESPN and VS. but the sound was down. Really, the only sound you heard was from the gregarious bartender and the other patrons. That, to me, is the true sound of a good pub.
Piper's has about 20 taps, mostly dedicated to UK imports, with a few other domestics, micros and imports in the mix. My wife had an well-poured Guinness and I started with an Old Speckled Hen on a nitro-pour.
The food menu includes many typical pub items, as well as a section of just UK type foodstuffs. My wife had the Chicken Shepherd's pie, and I opted for the traditional beef shepherd's pie. Both were preceded by a simple, but very fresh, house salad. The pies arrived nuclear reactor hot and smelling very, very good. Rather than the traditional browned mashed potato crust, these featured half-smashed potatoes with some nice big chunks of skin-on redskin potatoes in the "crust," which added a nice element of texture. I oredered a draft Fuller's ESB (sweet!) to go with the pie. Both pies were enormous and, when you factor in the salad, were incredible values for $13.95. Even though we both absolutely loved them, we had lots left to take away.
One of the real draws of Piper's, at least to me, is their enormous scotch selection. They list about 80 or so, and the menu says that's only a portion of what they have in stock, but that shelf space limits what they can offer at any one time. I wonder how frequently the displayed items change...Anyway, being a fan of single cask malts, I went with a Tamdhu 10-year Speyside malt which was served in a proper Glencairn tasting glass, with a small bottle of spring water on the side (which I didn't have to ask for- nice touch.) The menu listed it at $21, but it was only $16 on the check, so I'm not sure about the discrepancy.
Overall, we spent a very relaxing couple hours in this very charming pub. I'd love to get back to watch some EPL soccer on one of their big screens and see what kind of a crowd they draw for that. My wife said that if we didn't have kids, and lived closer, Piper's was the kind of place we'd be pretty serious regulars in; that, I think, sums it up best.
02-26-2008 16:35:06 |
More by Mattysox
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
just down the hill from my parents place, this is a cool little pub(aside from the no smoking policy). a nice tap list, though this is an east end destination for me they do have a nice long list. I couldn't tell you about the food but i hear it's excellent. the staff is most friendily, will let you sample the whole list to find your fancy, and if your pint is 3/4 gone they are there to ask if you want another. good for more than just a carson street crawl stop, go in and stay a while, it's a cool bar.
Addition to the review. I just was back in the Burgh to visit the family and DID have some of the food. It's phenomenal. they make a little something from ALL of the countries of the British Isles, and I do mean all. had some scotch eggs, that were to die for, and some welsh "sausage" that was veggie friendly (my sister who is on the "hip" vegetarian trip was with us) and I couldn't believe how tasty they were, makes me want to look further into the culinary prowess of the other part of my heritage(welsh that is). and it all was more than reasonable price wise. if your in the Burgh, DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!!! make sure you eat here at least once.
12-19-2007 03:32:32 |
More by irishevans
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Another spot I checked out while in Pittsburgh.
Atmosphere was nice. Mellow, with a pub like feel to it. Decent crowd, but not so crowded that it was hard to get a beer.
Quality was good. A few macros, but a bunch of good stuff too.
Service was very good. We sat away from the bar, and were still served at our table, we didn't have to go to the bar to get another beer. And the help was prompt as well.
Selection was nice and varied. Lots of countries represented, especially Euros. There were about 30 different taps.
Didn't try any food.
Value was pretty good. Once again, I noticed that most brews were a bit more expensive that they tend to be here in California, but I didn't feel like it was too overpriced.
Worth a visit.
12-19-2007 02:56:13 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited Piper's Pub on our first of three stops on Carson Street in Pittsburgh.
Atmosphere is definitely a British pub feel. Long bar with about 15 stools and four bar tables with highback seats decorate the main pub area. Two big screen televisions were broadcasting football games. Some nice woodworking and wainscoting. The back dining area looked a little more like a typical family restaurant than a British pub. It wasn't packed, but the layout made it seem a bit cramped. Music was light and in the background.
We perused the menu, which was largely standard pub grub, sandwiches, salads and some entrees. We decided on the Ploughman's platter, which included two big chunks of bread, Guinness cheddar and sage darby cheeses, sweet chutney spread, gherkins and apple slices. Even though this was only an appetizer, we were both full after sharing this, so we felt this was very reasonable at $8.95.
The service was friendly enough. We didn't really ask any questions about the menu or beer. Beer menus were on the tables in plain sight. They also had seperate bottle menu with scotch and wine selections as well.
Selection wasn't too bad. Very heavy on imported beers, including Bass, Fuller's, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Bellhaven, Franzi, Pilsner Urquell, Hoegaarden, Stella and Frambroise Lambic. The only craft brews they had were Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Troegenator, Wells Banana Bread (which my wife loved), East End Big Hop and Peak Organic Pale Ale.
Overall, the food was my favorite part of our visit. I found the beer selection to be a bit lacking, especially to the other two places we visited (Fat Head's and Smokin' Joes). If you want imports, though, check this place out.
11-28-2007 00:13:08 |
More by ffejherb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here while in the Burgh for my birthday with WVbeergeek and LeftyBWS after stopping at Fatheads and Smokin Joes.
Came here to try the Shepherds Pie and it did not dissapoint was a bit pricey,but not bad for the size of the portion,even brought some home to eat later.
The place was very clean,neat, did look like and Irish style pub,had a bar about half the length of the place with brass rails on the tops and bottoms of the bar looked very good.
Had a lot of English stlye beers and lots of nitro beers. I just had a nitro Young's Chocolate Stout.
Would definatly stop here again everything on the menu looked very good,would like to try something different next time if I could resist the Shepherds pie. Would also like to check out more beers there. It was are last stop of the day and we were ready to go after we ate.
10-15-2007 02:27:36 |
More by jcdiflorio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Nice place! The shepard's pie is excellent enough that I'd come here again just for that, and the menu looked good enough that there are even more reasons to come back. Service was excellent, very attentive and knowledgable. Add the beer and scotch selection to the food menu, and that's how I rated it so high. If you want an import, especially for a scotch ale, this is the place to come. I am definitely returning. The only down side I can think of is that its atmosphere seems more like a nuvo restaurant instead of a Scottish pub.
Had the scotch eggs and shepards pie April 26th, 2008. Fantastic! It was great and the service was wonderful as always.
10-02-2007 01:34:09 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped into to Pipers while doing a little bar crawl with my buddy. A nice clean atmosphere with a neighborhood feel. Large tap selection featuring English/Scottish brews. Had a belhaven ipa that was incredible. The bartender was knowledgeable and quick with a sample taste.
We ate a few appetizers with the Red pepper artichoke dip being the standout. It blows away Smoking Joes artichoke dip, fyi.
This is a great spot for dinner and good hard to find english ales. Stop in if Fatheads is too packed and to loud, you won't be disappointed.
08-13-2007 13:06:29 |
More by beerphan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the south side of Pittsburgh-across the street from Fatheads-between Wendy's and Pirmanti's. This little pub has plenty of seating for dining and a nice menu. Menu items that are both common and from the British Isles. Decent draft selection featuring plenty of imported beers from England, Scotland, and Ireland. Some of the beers are rare to find on draft but almost all of them are common imports that are pretty easy to find. Its a great stop for an "Across the Pond" pub feel and it was great to sample some British beers on-tap.
06-22-2007 00:02:34 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by this hidden gem after finding Fathead's far too crowded to even get a seat at the bar. Fortune smiled on me that day. Walk in to a nice long bar. Lighting was just a hair lower than I thought it would be, lending a nice intimate feel. There's a big mirror behind the bar. Wood everywhere makes it feel warm. Music was low and did not impede conversation at all. I counted (though I could be wrong) 27 taps with a selection heavily weighted towards English beers. Glassware selection was great and everything was clean as could be. The barkeep was friendly and seemed to have a good knowledge of the products. He asked me what sort of beers I liked and made a spot-on suggestion. "Witty banter" comes to mind. Nice to see the East End Big Hop on tap here, gotta give love to the local scene. Samples were quick to be offered and discussed. Didn't try the food. Just had lunch, so maybe next time.
One thing that really caught my eye was (yes I know this is BEER Advocate.com, but bear with me) the incredible selection of Scotch. I don't know if Lew has been here, but if Scotch and Whiskey are anything alike, he would probably find something to tickle his fancy.
All in all, this is a great little place to have a pint, they really do a great job of making this place feel like an English pub.
Very highly recommended.
06-22-2005 06:36:42 |
More by JackTheRipper
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Your walking into an authentic pub folks not a knockoff, this place is completely legitimate. Don't believe me try the Shepard's Pie, it's mindblowingly delicious you will be licking your plate. A slew of drafts offering classic UK offerings, with some micros and imported Belgian specialties on occasion great place to drink on St. Paddy's Day. Servers are all very professional yet friendly and personable at the same time, that can be hard to pull off they do it pretty nicely. Almost right across from Fathead's and a couple blocks from Smokin' Joe's definite must visit threesome in East Carson St. Usually some live music going on as well great lively atmosphere with awesome food this is the whole package, a true pub. Oh and on the weekends they show Rugby and Soccer games, for those in tune with that scene.
Drew and company have continued to do what works since I wrote that initial review in 04. In addition, the cask room has been created with other adventurous projects in the works. I stopped by a couple weeks back, to see what was on cask. When I got there and saw Drew, I had to ask if my pal Chad and I could check it out. This system was done right, there's no other cask system like this pouring in the Burgh right now, in fact you may have to go to NYC to get anything close to the quality of cask that this place has been producing. I've been there multiple times in the last year, and each visit has brought excitement through beers that I had either passed over or never had on cask. Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Firehouse Red from North Country, Black Strap to name of few were all excellent, and for me light years better in quality than the standard carbonated fare we are all accustomed to. I've seen a trend in more craft offerings being available here, still has a great mix of imports and Single Malts but I've seen alot of Terrapin, Victory, Troeg's, Erie, East End, and Duck Rabbit in the last year. A great move for the beer as a whole in addition to the kick ass cask conditioning going down. I've respected the fact that these casks have been provided by a handful of brewers, but I'm excited to see what other possibilities arise for this system as Drew makes friends with other micros wanting to send the Burgh some real ale. This review was not CAMRA approved just the thoughts and ramblings of the WVbeergeek.
By the way, checkout the lamb and chestnut Shepard's Pie if you haven't already. Oh, and the next big project is coming soon, Pittsburgh's first authentic Fish and Chips shop right next door to Piper's Pub. This place has earned it's identity as a member of the Holy Trinity of beer in the Southside along with Fathead's and Smokin' Joe's. A staple for me every time I carouse around in the Southside.
12-04-2004 19:19:47 |
More by WVbeergeek
Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh, PA
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