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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1828 E Carson St
phone: (412) 381-3977
(Place added by: QXSTER1)
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the south side of Pittsburgh-across the street from Fatheads-between Wendy's and Pirmanti's. This little pub has plenty of seating for dining and a nice menu. Menu items that are both common and from the British Isles. Decent draft selection featuring plenty of imported beers from England, Scotland, and Ireland. Some of the beers are rare to find on draft but almost all of them are common imports that are pretty easy to find. Its a great stop for an "Across the Pond" pub feel and it was great to sample some British beers on-tap.
06-22-2007 00:02:34 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here last weekend when Fathead's was on an hour wait and we were hungry now. Glad we did.
The front of the pub has a typical Irish Pub type of feel with a long, dark wood bar and some tables behind, with soccer on every TV. The back is a rather brightly lit dining room with three more TVs showing yet more soccer. Lots of patrons rooting on their squads made the atmosphere quite lively.
Most beer is of the InBev/Diageo variety with a nice smattering of craft beers. I enjoyed a Big Hoppy Monster on this visit. Other good craft choices included Old Chub, East End Big Hop and Smutty IPA.
Food was far beyond expectations for this type of place. All ingredients were fresh, well seasoned, tasty and promptly served. We'd go back anytime.
11-19-2009 20:11:21 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Well Fat Head's sucked, so we came to this place. It's a relatively small place, a British pub knock-off, featuring Brit cuisine, cask ale, and a diverse beer list that leans towards more mild and sessionable beers, but still has lots of other stuff to offer. There is a smallish but comfy bar, and a fairly small dining area, simple decor, and a couple TVs for you sports fans.
The beer selection really dragged me to this place. While it's not the hugest selection in the world (or even on the street), they had lots of local options from places I'd didn't see anywhere else in the city, with a collection from Rivertowne, Lavery, and even a couple East End brews that weren't even on at their brewery. So extra points for that. Having four casks is a good option, and many of the beers, as I said, were British in nature, with still enough selections overall to keep everyone happy.
There were a lot of good food options, and I had to throw around a few options before settling on the toad in the hole, similar to my wife's bangers n mash, both of which were very tasty and in great portions. Prices were decent all around, though some of the entrees were a bit on the pricey side.
The bartender was great, and never kept us waiting for anything. He was busy so we didn't get to chat, but from his recommendations to other nearby patrons, it seemed his beer scene knowledge was pretty spot on.
The Carson Street area kind of really sucked crowd-wise, but at least the bars were ample, and in the unlikely case I ever find myself back there, Piper's is most likely where I'll be.
05-20-2012 01:02:12 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Reminds me of a quaint Irish or British style pub. Football matches playing on the big screens, nice wood bar.
The beer is mostly English Style beers with some craft brews as well. There are approximately 25 taps and they do have a decent bottle beer selection as well. They do have some macro's as well. One of the things this bar specializes in is Scotch. Not being a Scotch drinker, I can't really speak knowledgably about it, but it is quite extensive.
The food here is really good. While I do enjoy coming in and trying some of their beers, the food is what I enjoy the most.
This is a wonder little place on the Southside. There is not a huge college crowd in here normally. Great food, a respectable beer selection, tons of scotch!
08-19-2010 15:26:23 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This pub combines the atmosphere of an English/Irish pub with native foods along with more upscale dining entrees. The beer selection is impressive with plenty of British, German and Belgian taps.
Fuller's, Tennants, New Castle and Spaten vie for your attention along with Corsendonk, Lindenman's and Hoegaarden. Nitrogenated drafts include Irish stouts as well as English Ales. The bottle list includes quite a few classics from Britain, Ireland and Belgium. Conspicuously missing are anything from A/B, Miller and their ilk.
I can definitely recommend the Stilton and Rasher salad with the Shepherd's Pie washed down with a Corsendonk Brown Ale.
Live music on the weekends could include a piper or an Irish band.
10-01-2002 16:45:36 |
More by QXSTER1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Piper's Pub is one of the three bars that make up the legendary South Side pub crawl. Piper's is on the opposite side of the street and on the same block from Fat Heads. Pipers tries to be a part Irish and part English pub. It achieves these goals with out becoming super tacky. The bar has about twenty taps, with all but two of them coming from Europe. The selections include Strongbow, Guinness, Harp, Bass, Old Specked Hen, and many others. The two non-European selections include a selection from Sierra Nevada (I have seen pale ale and the IPA before) and Labatt Blue Light. The bottle selection is very nice as well they have the complete Sammy Smith line, and other bottles from Europe. Just ask for the bottle menu.
The bar itself specializes in showing English sports such as soccer and rugby. It attracts crowds that enjoy those sports. The service is very good, on our last trip we met the owner, and he is very knowledgeable about English and Irish beer. They also have a menu that specializes in items from those countries, and the food is good.
04-12-2004 22:53:32 |
More by cupbeerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by for the first time yesterday. It definitely won't be my last visit here...
As others have noted, Piper's pub is something of a English/Irish style pub, with 4 large screen TV's (that I saw), apparently playing almost non-stop English soccer (the bartender mentioned that on occasion they'll show soccer games from the rest of Europe and S. America, but for the most part, English league soccer is what's going to be on the telee here). Otherwise, the place has high ceilings in the bar area up front, but with a fair size dining room in the back as well. If one is into soccer (which I enjoy, but I'm not nearly as crazy about it as most of the crowd on this Saturday afternoon), this is a great place to hang out, shoot the breeze with your mates, and just enjoy the day. The vibe is very friendly and laid back here, and the bartender was quick and likewise pretty friendly. So I thought this a great place to hang out with a beer or three.
As for the beer selection, they had roughly 35 offerrings, including two beers on cask from Flying Dog and Slyfox (the pearl necklace oyster stout and a pale ale). Of course Piper's pub has all the usual euro macros (guinness, bass, belhaven, etc.), but they also had a very nice selection of craft beer as well (mostly PA stuff, but also SN celebration, Stone IPA, Bells cream stout and 2 hearted, some flying dog and heavy seas stuff). I think they had at least 5 or 6 IPA's, and as that's what I was in the mood for (got a pint of headhunter and a glass of 2 hearted), I was quite happy. Given the quality of the tap list, I didn't ask about bottles, though I did see some folks down by the end of the bar with a couple bottles of macro swill.
Didn't try the food, but what I saw looked pretty good. I'll definitely order something from the kitchen next time I stop by (I suspect stopping in is going to become a habit for me). Prices were OK. Almost everything on tap was $5.75 a glass. In most cases that was for an imperial pint, but some beers (like the headhunter I ordered) came in a 16 ounce glass. Considering that the pub is located in the heart of Carson St. (within easy walking distance of Smokin Joe's and Fatheads), the prices here didn't seem too bad (though I should add that the $5.75 price does not include tax, which is added on when you get your bill).
One other thing here that I appreciated (especially after stopping by Smokin Joe's afterwards), is that the draft list on the bar was up to date. Unlike the menu at Smokin Joe's (which was completely out of date - close to half the beers listed were long gone), everything on the tap list menu was actually available. So extra marks for that as well. (if only the same were true with the online draft list. Today is 2/19/13, but the online draft list is from 1/27/13!)
Really enjoyed my time here...
Edit from 1/4/12. Stoppped in this past Saturday. Beer selection was as good as ever (they had sculpin today, as well as SN celebration on cask - had never seen that before), and this time I ordered the lamb and chestnut shepard's pie. The latter was pretty tasty, and I'm encouraged to see what else the kitchen can do. They even had college and NFL football on the TV. There's no doubt I'll soon be back.
12-02-2012 16:53:39 |
More by johnmichaelsen
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