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Fat Head's Saloon

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Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
BA SCORE
95
world-class

126 Reviews
Reviews: 126
Visits: 202
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1805 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-1770
United States
phone: (412) 431-7433

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fatheadspgh

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Reviews: 126 | Visits: 202
Reviews by CortexBomb:
Photo of CortexBomb
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ran into this place randomly while in Pittsburgh to see the Pens and opted to hang out for a while prior to one of the games. Fathead's is a slightly upscale beer bar which seems to attract sports in mass numbers. The mildly upscale atmosphere combined strangely with the sports fans though, and I didn't find the atmosphere that stellar.

The bar has a strong number of taps for a beer bar including a number of house specials, and they seem to cut a wide geographical swathe including beers that I was surprised to see outside of MI such as Arcadia's Hop Rocket. They also have some treats on tap though (i.e.: Stone Imperial Stout). Quality on the brews I tried seemed fine, obviously clean tap lines and quickly rotating product.

The place lives and dies for me based on its food though, and that's flat out exceptional. The first time I went I only had brews, the second and all subsequent times I've had stuff off the menu though and it's insane. Something like 30 sandwiches and burgers are available with toppings that are impossible to find locally. Burgers topped with eggs, pierogies, Arrogant Bastard batter dipped onion rings and the like. Appetizer baskets are huge too and are a hell of a value...though they're way too much for two people to split with a meal...think 3 hour, game length munchies and you'll be on target. As far as I'm concerned this is the place to be in Pittsburgh; great food, great beers, fair prices...what's not to love? (1,460 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tpearsol13
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cmv60
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dualscar
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If you are a fan of Fat Head's and live in Pittsburgh this place is a must. The food alone is great enough to make you wanna stop by, with unique and delicious appetizers, meals and of course a great selection of Fat Head's finest. A lot of the food even includes some of their drinks or hops used as ingredients to really make the flavors shine. I have only been twice now but really have a craving to head over again soon as every trip so far has been a delight. Note: A lot of my servers were very knowledgeable about the different beers and offered me pairing ideas as well, but not all seem to know it all! (611 characters)

Photo of fredmugs
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place has everything I need. Great food, great people, and last but not least, some of the best beers brewed anywhere. Definitely my "go-to" spot in the burgh. Friendly staff, and did I mention they have half off happy hour? Why go anywhere else in Pittsburgh? To be honest, I don't. (288 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hands down, my favorite bar in Pittsburgh. With Head Hunter always on tap, how could you go wrong? (98 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited on a Wednesday evening. Place was very crowded. Sat at the bar.

V - Bright, a little bit loud, clean and new, a decent beer vibe, but just as much of a sit down and have a great burger place. Kids were not with me, but seemed kid friendly as well. 4.25

Q - Proper glassware, clean glassware, no complaints - 4

Ser - It was a bit slow at the bar, but when I had their attention everything from my beer to my burger arrived quickly. Of course, friendly and helpful. Just enough chatter. 4

Sel - A wide selection of Fat Head beers, with at least ten more from other breweries. This was a late June visit, but I was disappointed there weren't a few more heavy, roasty, high ABV beers on tap. 4.25

F - Had a burger. Fantastic. Good home made potato chips as well. 4 (774 characters)

Photo of CMG-PSU
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

The service and food were terrible. They don't serve flights, so it's impossible to taste the wide variety of beers that they have on tap. It's typical of other brew pubs in its Vibe, but the overall quality of the experience was greatly diminished by the poor food and poor service as well as the limited numbers of beers that could be tasted.
The waitress had little knowledge of the beers on the menu. (406 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Overall a very good experience; would go back in a heart beat.

Beer: They had about 40 taps; 20 guest taps and 20 Fat Head's beers. No flights but they are coming in another month. Good mix in styles, tried 2-3 very good ones, especially Head Hunter. Head Hunter bottles to go too which is awesome, and they do growlers.

Food: Huge menu, we had wings, a chicken sandwich, and perogies. All were great; great bar food.

Service: Awesome. Waiter was knowledgeable about the food and beer, gave helpful opinions, and came by to refill our glasses all the time.

Great place. (574 characters)

Photo of troygreer
3.34/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Fat Heads is a strange part of the beer scene in Pittsburgh. Nestled in a very "college friendly" area, it struggles to be a place that I would ever want to frequent.

The atmosphere was pretty decent. Looks and feels more like a restaurant than a taproom but there is a good amount of seating both at the bar and the dining area. We tried several times before to check the place out but it was packed to the gills.

Selection - While they have a large amount of Fat Heads beer on tap, they have a greater amount of other breweries on tap. It was just another reminder that it was a restaurant first, tap room for Fat Heads second.

I ordered a hamburger and it was very bland. The burger was cooked properly so kudos for that but the meat had zero seasoning. The bun was equally bland and while the burger was large, I would have preferred a smaller, more flavorful one.

My experience was not a great one and probably will not go back. I wasn't impressed with the food or the beer and while the service was good, this isn't enough reason for me to return. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Brown120
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Arrowhuntr
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Great place to eat and drink (28 characters)

Photo of Cbonzo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of PunchBroadbent
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great place to grab tons of different brew with all your friends, always crowded though (87 characters)

Photo of Grodd87
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Right in the heart of Carson St, this place seems to stay pretty busy. Selection is solid, with about 10 Fat Heads beers on tap, and about a dozen from other breweries. The food is awesome! My friend and I ordered a burger and sandwich and they are huge! One of the best sandwiches that I've had in a while. I'd definitely come back next time I'm in town. (360 characters)

Photo of DanU
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of slasich
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

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Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
95 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.