D's SixPax & Dogz

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D's SixPax & DogzD's SixPax & Dogz
BA SCORE
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117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

1118 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15218-1287
United States
phone: (412) 241-4666

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Reviews by dexterk1:
Photo of dexterk1
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Checked this place out while in Pittsburgh a couple months ago. It is a great place! Have been to Pittsburgh a few times and have been to several bars/places and this one is near the top. The variety of the hotdogs are great! I have tried a few and all were good.
The best reason to come is for the beer selection in the back room. You can make your own six/twelve/24 pack from singles of many beers. The variety of beers to choose from is impressive. Beers from mostly eastern US and PA, but they still have plenty from other regions to choose from. Overall, great place!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Preluderl
2.94/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Food is pretty good but that's the only really redeeming thing about D's. The beer selection isn't nearly as amazing as it's cracked up to be and the prices are insane. Space is very small/cramped and if there's a wait, forget about it.

Photo of Bone53
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have a love and hate relationship with this D's. Its crowded everytime i walk in here, and it being small doesnt help. So i walk back to the "beer cave" to get some space. Iv never been greeted by an employee asking if i need help looking for something, and when i approach one they seem to know nothing about beer. They do have a great selection of beers, some of which are hard to find, but the prices for those beers are laughable. $13 for a 12oz bottle of Wulver!? Every time i buy a six pack its around $25. Most of the time theyre highly rated beers, but they dont need to charge this much to make a solid profit. Ill be making the drive to House of 1000 beers from now on, as they have a better selection, and certain beers are cheaper

Photo of Ohiovania
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Prices to go were so high I laughed myself out of the store. Great selection, though, if you have $33 to spend on BA Narwhal.

Photo of McMatt7
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Real nice place, good service, one of the cooks gave me a free cup cake.

Photo of Redracer
2/5  rDev -52.3%

This place falsely advertises as a six-pack store when it is not. IT IS A SINGLES STORE!!!!! It's owners are clearly interested in selling single bottles to greedily garnish the markup they can demand on singles. Yes, they have a large selection of beers, but who wants to pay an average of $3.50 per bottle? IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!! One six-pack I had to build of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' cost me more than $2 than I've paid at multiple other locations! IT SHOULD BE $2 LESS AS I HAD TO SUPPLY THE LABOR TO BUILD IT!!! Another six I built cost me over $18 for beers I later found near my town selling for six prices at around $11. The term HIGHWAY ROBBERY clearly fits here as when one travels to far off places one likes to acquire beers not found in his hometown.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

The selection is extensive, but look carefully at the bottle dates. Stuff like Troegs Perpetual and Head Hunter has always been fresh, but the more exotic stuff, like Firestone Walker Double Jack, can be more than a year old. For the most part I think the prices are reasonable. The person below that said there is a 10% six pack discount is incorrect, the discount is $1 off all to go bottles. Standard stuff like Sierra Nevada and Stone is $3/bottle, so a good mix and match 6-pack can be $12. There are some egregious prices, like $39.95 for Older Viscosity and $14 for Wulver, but thankfully it doesn't appear that people are buying those. There are probably 20 draft lines and they are usually solid, but not overly exciting. The food is hotdogs, pizza and a few sandwiches and other miscellaneous items. It's not high quality stuff, but it's sufficient as long as you don't go in expecting a gourmet meal. Overall, I wish there were better options in the area but I spend plenty of time here.

Also, upstairs at The Loft there is a great happy hour with half-priced drafts from 6-8, which is the latest happy hour I've seen. The draft list is different and less extensive up there, but can sometimes have some really good stuff.

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Stopped by D's after hearing they had one of the best selections of bottles in Pittsburgh. Didn't try the food. Headed straight through the people sitting at their tables to get to the Beer Cave.

Cave is a good name for it. Just like in a real cave, there was no cell phone reception in the Beer Cave. That was a problem for me because being from out of town, I was not familiar with many of the beers they had on the shelves, and I wanted to look up the ratings. Had to walk back outside!

I was looking for some specific beers, but there was no one in the Cave to help me, so I was left to my own devices. Beer is divided by continent, essentially. One wall is for PA beers, appropriately. They had a small selection called Seasonals that had some interesting choices. Saw some Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. I don't believe those breweries distribute to PA.

The prices are ridiculously high, even when you count the 10% six pack discount. Most PA cans and bottles I saw were around $3 per bottle. Full Pint Rye Rebellion was $5 for one 12oz bottle. Maybe I'm not familiar with the Pennsylvania beer selling rules, but I was thrown by the high prices.

Bottom line: Selection is average from my experience (maybe for Pittsburgh it's great?). Prices are shockingly high. I will keep looking for a good bottle shop in Pittsburgh.

Photo of Fezfreak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The first place I fell in love with when I was in the process of moving to the area. I find their draft prices a bit high but the awesome selection of 1000 different bottles in the back cooler makes it much more affordable. The bottles are self-serve and you just bring your selection back to your seat and the staff opens it for you.

The food is okay. But it could be way better.

Although a portion of the staff are annoying hipster-types with zero personality, there are more mature people there too who go above and beyond the call of duty. This more than makes up for those other sorry-asses. If I lived nearby I would be at D's a minimum of two days a week.

Photo of Hopst
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my kind of place. I go here for the hot dogs and the ever-changing selection of drafts. The cooler and beer cave don't change much, but the drafts are always many and different.

The hot dogs are really good. Very hearty. The salad and pizza? Not so much.

The servers are very relaxed and chill - this means they won't be over to fill your water glass every time you take a sip, and it might be a while for them to come to you on their own accord to check in or bring the check. But they will talk to you as people, not just another table of blank faces. They will answer any questions you have about the beer selections, and make recommendations if you ask. They may not come back to your table often, but they are quick to bring your beers when you order them, even if you had to flag them down to get their attention - but unlike some other places, they know they do this and won't sigh and roll their eyes when they see your hand waving at them or yelling their name across the restaurant.

Photo of HollyHops
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

D's has one of the best selections of craft beer in Pittsburgh! The beer cave is a well organized paradise of craft beers from all over the world. It's a very chill place. D's is a great spot to relax and enjoy a frosty beer and eat a hot dog. It's very relaxed and family friendly. They always have many outstanding brews on tap. Definitely one of my favorite spots to hang out on a week day. Only downside is that the prices are a bit high. Overall a fantastic establishment!

Photo of basickness
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

again, pittsburgh loves its food and beer. this place has a decent tap seltion, maybe 12 or so at a time, some rare stuff (rarely) and the normal stuff to keep the craft beer geeks and their girlfriends happy, the real treasure is the beer cave. TONSSS of bottle to pick and drink there or to go, and when i said tons, i meant a couple hundred. as for the food, the hot dogs are awesome and the other stuff is solid, its a go to, but if youre from otta town, its not super close to downtown

Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is right off of 376, so I like to make a visit whenever I'm in the area.

Atmosphere: typical small sports bar with a separated restaurant area with the beer cave in the back. the bar area is fairly breezy and cold in the winter. its a nice area with a good crowd.

Selection/Quality: one of the biggest and best in town. however, since there are a lot of people in the area that love beer and know this place, better beers don't stay long. Still, if you visit, you'll definitely be able to find something interesting that you haven't had. I was able to get Ballast Point Victory at Sea and Brooklyn Black Ops here, both of which i've never seen anywhere else. The bar also has a lot of great beers on tap. I got Unibroue Terrible and Great Divide Belgian Yeti

Beers are a bit pricey

Photo of twaddlac
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place is one of my favorite bars n Pittsburgh. They have a pretty awesome selection, good beers always rotating on tap, and they fill growlers! Unfortunately their growlers are ridiculously expensive (~$40 filled) but you can bring your own in and they'll fill it up.

The atmosphere is good, though they could have a little more room around the bar.. a few more TVs would be nice as well. The setup is nice, very casual and relaxing and AWESOME music - lots of blues, rock, classic rock, etc. I don't recall them playing anything that made me angry, and I'm very picky about today's music. Regent square is a nice location, too, so it's worth the trip.

The beer selection is pretty good - I think they have about everything that is distributed to the East side of Pennsylvania. Though the prices aren't the best (mainly due to the alcohol tax) it's definitely affordable, just not what I'm used to seeing in Ohio. They have both a walk in cooler that has the majority of stuff you want and then a chiller that you can use to chill anything that's not in the freezer.

The hotdogs are awesome and cheap! The pizza is pretty good, too, and thus far I haven't had anything that I hated.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I haven't been to this place in a while so it was cool to visit since I decided not to go to Ohio for new beers.

Went in on a Thursday at about 3PM so nobody was there. As I walked in I wasn't greeted and said my "hello" and walked to the beer cooler. Not much in there really except for a Number 17 and some singles that I could find everywhere and nothing seemed to interesting so I took my empty sixer and went to the back. Walking the first Isle I noticed some pretty good Belgium and German beers but really nothing caught my eye.

Once I turned the corner in the "domestics craft" I easily mixed almost a whole sixer without even turning around and seeing another section behind me! With about 300 domestic craft I easily mixed one and then two sixers replacing some offerings with others until I was satisfied.

Getting out was rather difficult as nobody was at the register so I literally had to walk to the bar and ask to pay. The two guys (one seemed to be on break) ignored me until a lady came out and I asked so she told me I had to check out at the bar. What the H? My beer was already up front so I had to go to the front register and get my beer.

I complimented them on their selection and agreed with the price of 38 dollars for 14 beers (two bombers) and went on my way.

My only gripe was some of the prices were pretty outrageous some noted were 10.50 for a Great Divide fresh hop ale, about 4.50 (with discount) for 2010 Cerise, and Samuel Smith Cherry Ale at an astounding 9.95, which I can find even at my local place for 7.50. Not to mention that some beers were considerably old

GD fresh hop from August 2010 and still full price?

Regardless if you check dates you should be able to find some great brews at a pretty reasonable price (most craft from 3-5 dollars before 1 off to go discount) Great beer store!

Photo of wvsabbath
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ive been here 3 times now. I like the bar, the way its laid out and alot of cool stuff on the walls like the painting of all the famous people. They got a good draft lineup, usually 10-12 beers. The servers have always been nice but, every time ive been there, its too busy. They always could use another server. The wait time for food was long, i never got a refill, and theres just not enough room in that place once a few people come in and sit down to eat. The food is always great, though some of the pizzas get pricey. There well known for there speicalty hot dogs.The beer selction is great, 500+ beers on display and 100-150 in the cooler. I found a few beers i been looking for. One problem though is other then seasonal beers, nothing really changes, not many new beers come in, so that meens some beers sit there for awhile. So there is the threat of old bottles there. I got a victory baltic thunder that expired march 2010. Lucky it was fine to drink. The prices are expensive. But its in a money area, and thats expected. Overall i love going to d's but, the drive sucks for me since i got to go through the fort pitt tunnels, then deal with the squirel hill tunnel mess.

Photo of terrapinfan88
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

The service was great at both locations I visited, and easy on the eyes to boot. To be honest I spent most of my time in the beer cave. coming from a place like virginia I had never seen any thing like this before. a stand alone walk in freezer nice and dark. and then a beer cave back, which may not impress some of you but my jaw was on the floor the whole time. the cheese fries made me sick but that was something I was willing to get over because of how enamored I was with the place. The guy who stocked and watched the cave was very friendly and informative. They had a very nice and affordable brand name selection of glass wear in the hallway leading up to the cave. In my area you have to hunt for good glass wear. Great place going back every time I'm in town each year.

Photo of ipmcc
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I live two blocks from this place, so for convenience alone, I end up going here at least once a week. It's been through a lot of changes over the years, some for the better and some for the worse. D's occupies a warm spot in my heart, which is why I hate pointing out it's flaws, but it's got enough going for it that it's really not to be missed for a beer lover.

Let's start with the positives. The food here is pretty solid, for what it is, which is bar food. The hot dogs are great, they make a decent pizza, their salads are a great alternative. I stay away from their bread-heavy sandwiches, 'cause I prefer to drink my bread. Their tap selections are eclectic and broad -- I can almost always find something. The beer cave has a selection second to none in the area. There are so many beers it can be a little chaotic, but you won't find a better selection in town. The recently revamped cooler has ~200 cold choices for singles to have with your dinner, and if you're not in a hurry they now have a "rapid" chiller for the room-temp beers you grab from the cave. The decor in the dining room is really intricate and makes for a great conversation piece, even if it's a bit kitschy.

And now for the not-so-greats: The service in this place sucks. It's not the waitstaff's fault -- they're all super nice people and I've gotten to know several of them by name -- but the way the service is run is just stupid. When you eat here, you don't have "your waiter," any waiter can (and will) wait on you. Result? Total chaos. Food comes out at drastically different times depending on whether your food comes from the bar (hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers) or the kitchen (everything else.) Even though it's been years since they made the transition from a tiny 12-seat bar with a few high-tops to a full-fledged restaurant, they still haven't figured out how to run service. Also the tap list, while eclectic and different, often reeks of 'laziness.' For instance, it'll be the middle of summer and they'll *still* have Christmas beers on tap, but not one hefe or wit. The tap lists they put on the tables are almost always seem to be out of date, and my fiancee and I seem to have a special talent for picking every beer on it that "just kicked" which is really frustrating.

All in all, I still love this place, but I wonder how often I'd make the trip if it wasn't within walking distance. That said, it's a real destination for 'burgh beer geeks and should be on everyone's list to try out at least once. There are few options around here that even come close. The fact that it's still constantly packed and clearly thriving despite these issues should be proof enough of it's significance and underlying charm. If the owner would just look at how service is run at every other restaurant on Earth and emulate that, and perhaps be a little more proactive with the tap rotation, this place could reach it's full potential and be a true juggernaut of beer in the 'burgh.

Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped for dinner on 7/10/2010 (and many times before)

Seated in the bar area, the "kitchen" (a griddle and some deep fryers) is located directly behind it.

Service is usually pleasant overall, never had an issue in all my visits, though I usually sit at the bar.

Great hot dogs, with some fancy choices. I usually opt for the classic Chicago (best in the area imho) or the one with chili cheese and coleslaw. Fries are superb, and the wings are decent for the price.

I think 25 or so taps, with about five "macro-ey" (Bass, and the like) and the rest spread out pretty well...DFH, Coronado, Great Divide, Southern Tier, locals/regionals.

The "beer cave" in the back is quite impressive, with a large selection of both domestic craft and imports. I noticed with this visit that price tags were more visible on some than in the past. Expect to pay about 10-15% more here though.

For value, the food is quite cheap. However, this being a beer site...the prices on beers - both on tap and togo bottles is a little high though not outrageous.

Photo of biglite351
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

It is basically just q bunch of shelves in a back room. A big back room, but it is what it is. One major issue is that only ably half of the bottle have prices listed. The prices that are listed are not that great. A few were actually surprisingly expensive. Given questionable prices crossed with many unlisted prices... I left empty handed. The selection is quite good, but nothing that I have not seen before. Were the prices better I would have been pressed to pick a six pack.

For the area it is great, but overall... eh...

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What a great place in such a "hidden" location. Not really off the beaten path, but while driving the parkway east out of or into the burgh, who would think that such a gem is located right off of the swissvale exit.

anyways...

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Community feel, like a type of Cheers esque bar.
The quality was good, although I didn't get any food, the beer was awesome.
The waiters/waitresses were incedibly helpful. If they didn't know about a beer, they made and effort to find out for you.
The selection rivals anything I have ever seen. While being from a small town that does not have much of a craft beer market, I have seen some good beer places, and this is definately one of them.
Bottom line, good beer costs money, and while the prices at D's may not be cheap, they are without a doubt reasonable and in line with market prices.

overall awesome place. Next time you find yourself on the parkway east, hit up D's for a great experience!

Photo of pghmod
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I must sadly say that the D's six pax & dogz of 2009 is a far cry from the good old D's I used to know and love. I miss the days when the service was reliable and excellent, compared to today's constantly changing staff who are just simply awful. Every time I go here I vow to never go back, but keep going back on my promise, but this time I may be gone for good.

I was anxious last night to head to D's after work and enjoy some seasonal christmas ales, much as I had done a few nights before at the suburban D's in monroeville (which had an entire cooler full of seasonals). I found 2 christmas beers in the cooler, and I mentioned this to the staff and they didn't seem to care.

Anyways... the food is still pretty decent, and the beer selection is still good for PA, but the service is awful and the beer selection honestly rarely changes. I think the beer in the cooler is the basically the same stuff from years back when they did the expansion. Combine this with the fact that the seating can be hard to come by, and it's not really a place I'd advise on visiting unless you are just in pgh from out of town.

Make the hike to the D's in monroeville, where one of the few original D's employees still manages the place, and you'll have a far better experience.

Photo of mgbickel
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Saturday was the first time I have been to D's since they remodeled from a small hallway to a full scale eatery. I just went in for beers to go, so I cannot speak for the draft selection and food...

Good atmosphere...a variety of people...families, singles, at tables and the bar. The main dining area is separate from the bar, so that is nice.

The staff is friendly and helpful...the girl who rang me up was knowledgeable also.

The selection is always what D's has been known for. They have a giant beer cave that houses 1000+ mix and match bottles. Great selection of craft and imports. They also have a walk in cooler where you can purchase mix and match bottles and sixers.

I haven't has food there for a number of years, so I do not feel right giving them a rating, but last time I had a dog there it was very good...

Photo of NFStaproom
4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is my first review for BA and normally I'm a reader not a writer, but I felt that I had to let folks know about my experience. THIS PLACE WAS GREAT!

A- Typical Northern bar/rest combo, always busy so put your name in at the counter and hit the Beer Cave!

Sel- The Beer Cave was definately the high point of my trip, actually returned an additional 2 times because of it. Victory, Green Flash, Troegs, Voodoo, Southern Tier, Duck Rabbit just to name a few. Upwards of 13+ taps that change regularly. Polished off a few Green Flash imperial IPA's with my hotdogs. Any place that you grab your own beer out of the cooler is alright in my book! Find what you want take it to the counter and they'll give you a glass.

F- I would like to say that the food was excellent. Growing up in the Burgh i took this kind of fare for granted, but now that i only get back there maybe once a year it is what i miss most! Good comfort food and lots of it.

All in all, it will be on my next list of things to do when in Pittsburgh.

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was a gem of a find on a recent trip to Pittsburgh. It's basically a small hot dog shop with a bigger dining area in the back and a huge bottle shop with an incredible selection.

When walking in there is a long counter with the menu and a draft list posted on three huge white boards. They have about 20+ offerings of quality craft beers and also keg only craft root beer!

The food is very, very good but is basically just greasy junk food like hot dogs, burgers, pizzas, etc. I had an amazing hot dog that came with jalapenos, green peppers, lettuce, tomato, relish, cheese ketchup and mustard. They have regular hot dogs and several variations as well as different crazy offerings of condiments.

The above mentioned bottle shop is in the way back of the store and is very well stocked with a great selection of Belgian, German and especially American craft. They had offerings from Cantillon, Great Divide Espresso Yeti, Terrapin, Great Lakes, etc. All of these were available for take out or you could drink them with your meal. The combination of the bottle shop and amazing draft list provided this place with one of the best selections I've recently seen.

I couldn't stop talking about this place throughout the whole trip but never was able to make it back. I will make it a point to revisit anytime I'm anywhere even near the Burgh. Highly recommended!

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D's SixPax & Dogz in Pittsburgh, PA
93 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.