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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
500 Jones St
phone: (412) 828-3707
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by on Saturday the other day.
Took a bit of work to find this place, but after driving around for 10 or 15 minutes, I finally came upon the Verona version of this establishment.
The Inn looks as if it was once a good size home, that has now been configured as a moderately sized restaurant upfront, with a decent size bar area in the back. The place has the look of a spot that has been around for a while, and while nothing was dirty or overly divey, the place has something of an old, slightly shopworn look about it. In the back there is a sizeable wrap around bar, but then with a fair number of tables and chairs surrounding the bar as well. There are three cold boxes between the dining room and bar, holding just over 100 or so different craft beers and imports for take out or on premise consumption (the Inn states that the beer selection is over 200, but I honestly think that's a bit of hyperbole on their part - the cold boxes holds nothing like that kind of selection). There are also 14 different beers on tap, the more interesting of which consisted of the hellertown IPA and Great Lakes Nosferatu (there were a couple of BMC selections as well, and frankly the draft selection here was really nothing to write home about - though I did enjoy the hellertown IPA quite a bit). The bottle and can selection is also decent, but no better than that. Bells two hearted was probably the most interesting bottle selection I saw in the cold boxes. This place really has a local's vibe to it, with a fair number of older gentleman sitting at the bar with piles of bills next to their drinks, slowly working their way through their money. Service on this day consisted of two fairly young woman, both of whom were friendly and quick with a drink. I didn't get the impression they knew a whole lot about beer, but it really wasn't necessary on this day. As for food, I got the steamed shrimp, which were tasty and an absolute bargain I thought at $12.99 a lb.
The one thing that really struck me as kind of odd here was the pricing. As it turned out, I was here during happy hour. The waitress mentioned that there was special pricing on all the "bait" food items on the menu, and then everything on draft was subject to happy hour pricing. There is no beer menu here, just a couple of boards with the current beer selection. I thought I had read that draft prices were $3 during HH, but it turned out that pricing applied to just one item on the list (the Liene wheat I believe). So everything else was a buck off the regular price. That means the hellertown price is normally $5.50 and the nosferatu $6. Given the surroundings and gentle pricing on the food menu, I was just a bit surprised by what I felt were somewhat high beer prices. Also, one thing that was kind of interesting (meaning I had never seen this before), is that if you wanted, you could order yourself a bunch of rounds at HH pricing, just before the end of HH. The bartender gives you whatever number of plastic tokens you order to represent your beer purchases. So while HH was only from 2-4 pm, if you figure you're going to be here for a number of hours, you can make HH last late until the evening if you want.
An interesting spot, and one I'd likely visit again if I'm ever in the area.
11-13-2012 18:49:39 |
More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $
The original Rivertowne Inn in Verona is on our new short list of go to places on a Friday night.
The Rivertowne brews are all good from what I have had. They dont have a massive amount of choices on draft, but it is varied. Bottle selection is adequate.
The food is very good bar food. My fav is the chicken salad. Prices are very fair.
Service is good and hometown friendly. I love little places that make you feel welcome soon as you enter the door.
03-04-2013 23:19:20 |
More by LisaEisMe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place saved my friends horrible birthday. Original plans were to drink at the Hofbräuhaus but due to a concert it was packed.
The place is pretty nice, not as spacious at the one in Monroeville but we did get seats at the bar on a Saturday night which is pretty impressive.
I have been there for the food before, ordered the Zambelli Nachos which were pretty dry with steak and the Jambalaya which was awesome at Monroeville but here the chicken was dry so it came off as ehh. I always love the Spinach & Artichoke Dip so if I eat thats usually what I get.
Beer and prices are pretty nice. They had the blonde and Old Wylies IPA along side of 10 other choices of great craft and I believe miller or bud. I was able to get a fill of Mojo Risin for 4.50 which wasn't too bad considering I pay 4.00 a bottle and it hit the spot. The Dark Horse beer (seems most places have at least one which is awesome) was the blueberry stout and it was more rounded and less roasty than the bottle which I also enjoyed. Most beers didn't go beyond 5 dollars so price wise it was better than south side.
They had pretty quick service, got my pint in 5 minutes which was amazing since on a Saturday the place was kind of a zoo, and they had a DJ till close.
Overall I would totally go back to have a beer and some dip or chill with my friends. Great place.
03-01-2011 19:54:15 |
More by DrDemento456
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Bright & friendly atmosphere. My wife & I popped in on a Friday evening, the afterwork crowd was definitely in effect at that point. The place was not overrun by obnoxious office workers, as there was enough room for everyone to have their own space. We sat at a table opposite three big screen TVs, just on the opposite side of a half-wall from the bar.
The selection is not ginormous, but there was plenty there to pique my interest. I had the Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti on draft, followed by a Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale. A lot of standard craft brews (& I mean a lot), definitely some stand-outs. Enough to keep everyone smiling. We were happy to see a selection from the Pour House, which was a cool bonus (the Springfest, which tasted like a Maibock).
The service was friendly & accommodating. We had to wait a minute before anyone figured out we were waiting for a seat, but eventually found our way around. There are two different entrances, & it's not really clear which one is supposed to be used (apparently the one facing Allegheny River Boulevard). Our waitress for the rest of the night did a fine job & was very attentive.
The food was pretty good, looking a lot like the menu at the Pour House. The salmon & chips kept us pretty satisfied, a decent sized serving. I like the prices on food at the Rivertowne establishments, & this is no slouch. Good selection of seafood, pasta, pizza, & other feel-good dishes. There are pricier & (I'm assuming) high quality items on the meny if you feel like going that route, but let's just say you have options. I have to say I really liked the chocolate cobler.
Like most places I've found in the area, the food's really reasonable, the beer's a little on the pricey side. I think this is just a damning factor of being 1.) in PA, & 2.) in Allegheny County. That said, the food & beer about balance each other out, & you can have a decent meal & some good brews without breaking the bank.
I enjoyed Rivertowne. On a personal note, I just bought a house in Verona, & my wife & I were very pleased to break in a worthy local establishment that is savvy enough to satisfy this beer geek while maintaining an unpretentious, neighborhood vibe.
03-28-2009 02:27:33 |
More by OneDropSoup
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
A visited the Rivertowne Inn to try the Southern Tier IS. Upon arrival the sign out front boasted 200 beers. I dont want to call it a dive bar because that sounds negative so Ill describe its atmosphere as a neighborhood bar. It doesnt look like a place where you are going to find anything more exotic than Yuengling, but that certainly is not the case. The atmosphere of the bar was relaxing, it was the after work crowd relaxing and having a beer. It was Mexican special night and everyone was drinking the specials or domestics. If their sales are always almost exclusively macro beer then I fear that the great selection will remain. It was also a little too smoky for my tastes but it wasnt horrible.
They had 16 taps with over half serving imported or craft beer, Victory, Brooklyn, Southern Tier, Lancaster, Belhaven, Youngs, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, to give you an idea. Their coolers were fully stocked with micros and imports as well. Lots of Dogfish Head, Victory, Great Lakes, Bells, Unibroue, Stoudts, Rogue, Stone. They had a big selection of large bottles and some hard to find beers.
Just be careful that you arent being served in frozen glassware, I wasnt paying attention and well my Imperial Stout came in an ice cold mug. I toughed it out and spent almost a half an hour warming it with my hands.
08-27-2004 15:07:19 |
More by jeffbearer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This establishment has just undergone a renovation... turning it from your typical, dimly lit swill room into a quite comfortable lounge with many beers to choose from. Beer selection is currently around 150 with mostly micros, and a spattering of Belgian and German offerings. After a quick conversation with the owner, they will be adding another 8 taps (bringing the total to 16) and another cooler to add to their already large bottle display.
The food is american pub style, with several fried treats... including an irish pub favorite 'scotch eggs'. And if your into pizza, the 'Chain's pizza' is to die for.
Overall, this is a cozy place to settle in for a few hours and sample a number of different beers and eat a quick meal. The bar crowd can be quite diverse.
07-03-2003 10:53:23 |
More by wofat
Rivertowne Inn in Verona, PA