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Fat Head's Saloon

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Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
BA SCORE
96
world-class

187 Ratings
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by Pondfish:
Photo of Pondfish
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you have time to hit only one place when in Pittsburgh, this is the place. Owner Glenn is frequently on premises and has time to talk even if it's busy. The food exemplifies the name of the place. If you can't find a beer you like then you don't like beer. Last visit was when I came to meet relatives and watch the Superbowl. People in this city are friendly and well mannered....pleasant change from Boston, where I live. I had the Hofbrau draft, which I never find anywhere plus some Dale's Pale Ale. Glenn keeps the beer lines nice and clean and everything always tastes fresh. If you have more time, you are in the heart of Pittsburgh's "Bourbon Street" and this is a bar hopping-pub crawl paradise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PunchBroadbent
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

If you don't mind a younger crowd then this is a good joint. Many many maannyyyy beers on tap

Photo of maxcoinage
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great spot for some tasty brews and good grub. They have at least 10 of their own brews on tap with a mix of year round (Head Hunter) and rotating / seasonals. They actually had a 2013 Vintage aged Christmas ale in addition to the fresh one. They also have a nice selection of guest drafts. Backwoods bastard was on. Happy hour specials are great. half off their beer from 3-6 M-F so $3 pints of Head Hunter! It seems there is always a decent wait for a table here so don't show up too starving. But they take your phone number and text/call u when table is ready. I enjoyed the southside slopes sandwhich (kielbasa and a fried perogi with sautéed onions and cheeee) would definitely recommend. Their food selection is insane. so many options and all sounds so good.

Photo of Omnium
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

The OG Fat Heads, been there more times than I can count. Good sammies, great selection of FH and other craft breweries, as well as arsenal cider. Service can be slow at times because its always packed.

Photo of StevensBrewing
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Huge portion sizes of fantastic food really make Fat Head's stand above the rest! You'll have to wait a bit for a table occasionally, but that wait is worth it once you see their very large selection of beers. Their own beers are great and they carry a slew of other craft brews you can enjoy.
Check it out if you're ever down on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Had a very nice time here this afternoon with the wife and kids. Not as kid-friendly as the N. Olmstead location, and a bit crowded, but we came in pretty much during the lunch rush. Excellent tap list. Great Fat Head's choices on tap (I had Sorcerer and she had Hippy Sippy), and a bevy of other great brews to choose from as well. Wide variety of styles. I thought the waitresses/bartenders/greeter were really nice, especially as we brought in kids and a 6 month old in a stroller (I guess we contributed to the crowdedness)! The food was good, and there was a ton of it. Overall, just a fun time, and a no-brainer if you are in the area and enjoy great Fat Heads brews!

Photo of mertzhb15
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

great place for a beer. If you are in PIttsburgh, stop here.

Photo of misternebbie
1.88/5  rDev -56.7%

Great selection and sandwiches, long waits for tables, rude staff,very drunk patrons,and the few times I was there it was mid afternoon ! Lots of kids, basically free roaming kids while there parents get drunk. On guy actually disciplined a kid by picking him up by his foot and holding him up toward the ceiling,while the crowd and staff roared with laughter, not for mature craft beer, shame because the potential is there

Photo of outoffocus
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fat Head's has the most consistently interesting tap list in the city. I can't really think of anything that would even be close. They seem to have really increased their own offerings, with around 10 of the draft lines for at least the last 6 months. Frequently top selections like IBUsive and Barrel-Aged Battleaxe are available, but it seems impossible to go wrong with a Fat Head's brew as long as it is a style you like. There are a bunch of styles that I have become interested in just by trying them here. They do a very good job of bringing in other interesting drafts too, and unlike a few of the competitors in and around the city they seem to do it within normal distribution channels. It can get crowded, and there isn't much room in the bar area. The food selection is extensive. It wouldn't be healthy to eat there too often, but you can't find better tasting bar food in my opinion.

Photo of mclugnut
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This review is based on a single visit, though the experience was a good one and anticipate going back whenever possible. Atmosphere was friendly, patrons were friendly and polite and wait staff
cordial and knowledgeable. We got there at 2:30 pm and was told a 45 to 60 minute wait which ended up being only 30 minutes , by the time we left at about 4 pm it was wall to wall, can't even guess what the wait time was. Food portions were huge and all at our table enjoyed their meals. Beer selection was very good and varied. I tried their IPA and Imperial Red Ale and they were very good to excellent. Recommendation is a must visit when in the Pittsburgh area but expect a wait, as one would expect!

Photo of GregA135
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place has great beer and food! The sandwiches and burgers are fantastic and they have a great selection of beer along with their own line of beer! Head Hunter IPA is a must when you go here. It is an excellent IPA! They have an assortment of food to order. If you ever visit Pittsburgh, PA head down to South Side for Fat Head's Saloon! You won't be disappointed!

Photo of teddybear60
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Amazing selection of food. I've never had a bad meal here. It's around $6.00 for a beer on draft which is a little high, but could be higher, however the Fat Head brews are great. Try the southside slopes sandwich, also the chicken parmesean soup is so good if they have it when you go there.

Photo of Mbegley11
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Place was busy when we arrived. (Around 5 on a Saturday night). Bar area was filled but bartenders were still available. Beer selection on tap was varied and all unique and many more on bottles. Food was decent (pub food) but I didn't really go there for the food. Head Hunter was very good. I look forward to going back.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is probably the go-to beer spot in Pittsburgh located right on the main bar street on the south side.

Really nice selection of their own beers that is complimented by a similarly nice selection of other beer from the likes of Great Lakes, DFH, Troegs, SN and others.

Had wings which were very good as was the service. This is defintiely worth a visit if you are in Pittsburgh, especially if you have never had Head Hunter IPA.

This bar is also a very good size so there are no issues getting a seat here.

Photo of Murphey
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been going here since the mid 1990's, and we still try to make it at least once a month. I've seen a few celebrities make the trip to Fatheads over the years (saw Russel Crow there a few years ago, and the waitress said he was there the day before, but he liked it so much he came back the next day).

The beer selection has always been over the top. There are two chalkboards over the bar with the draft listing, which lately has been including a lot of Fat Head's Brewery choices (which are typically world class options). They also always have something on "cask". If you haven't been living under a rock, you have likely heard of Head Hunter IPA, and they almost always have it available on tap. And the bottle selection is no slouch, either. The beer menu is updated often, and they almost certainly will have something to suit your tastes and mood.

As if the beer selection itself isn't enough to get you in here when in Pittsburgh, the food is wonderful. The burgers are some of the best I've had (although another Pittsburgh option for burgers is Burgatory, which are good as well, but no where near the beer choices). The wings are also great - they offer both traditional wings and char-grilled wings. I am a heat freak and love the Char Grilled Caribbean Killers. In the traditional wing arena, the Spicy Parmesan wings are amazing as well. There are plenty of other options to choose from outside of the burger arena, and I've had many of them and disliked none. You should be warned - the sandwiches and everything else served here are HUGE. You should bring an appetite, and maybe skip the extra appetizer until you see how full your plate will be - save the extra $$$ for another brew!

The service is consistently great, particularly considering how busy they usually are. But, you will inevitably have to wait 30-60 minutes for a seat if you come on a weekend. That said, they have somehow kept much of the wait staff for years (one lady that works there has been serving us since we got engaged in 2001). In all the years we have come here, there have been maybe 2 times we were disappointed in the service (which says something, considering we really do go here 10-15 times a year).

Finally, there is a six-pack shop upstairs in which you can get some beer to go and some Fathead's paraphernalia. The beers up there are relatively pricey, but most places that offer beer to go do charge a premium.

If you are in Pittsburgh and want to find a place the locals go to, this is it. You can find parking back a street (go down 18th off of Carson and there is a pay lot right there). If you are going to be there for a while, you might want to drive along the road parallel to Carson and see if you can find a spot - but be warned the locals sometimes block off spots with chairs or cones. All that said, if you are in from out of town, I highly recommend getting a cab and making a night of it. There are a metric F*ck-ton of other establishments all around the South Side of Pittsburgh, and you can walk to all of them - just have the driver drop you off at 18th and Carson.

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, PA is the place to be for good food and good beer. The Saloon is crowded on game days. The atmosphere is fantastic. The Head Hunter IPA is just outstanding. The service is good and the food is excellent. A great Pittsburgh bar and a great experience.

Photo of basickness
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

ok, so the bar will get packed... but who cares. i dont know what to talk about first - the food or beer... so i guess the beer. GREAT selection and if its not too busy the bartenders have no prob dishing out samples. as for the food, its out of this world. must go to in your in the 412

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Yeah, Fathead's is a good spot. Just probably not my kind of spot. Can easily get crazy busy and the whole sports bar thing just doesn't do it for me. Especially not in a chain kind of way. Selection is diverse, yep. Lots of stuff to try. I wouldn't mind a heaver selection of local options on-tap.

Photo of kp29
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I went to Fat Heads several times while living in Pittsburgh within the past year.

Food - The Menu is heavy on typical pub/bar food, offering numerous sandwiches, burgers, "munchies", steak, etc... The quality however, is much higher than your typical hole in the wall pub or local watering hole. While it is by no means the best food I have ever had I did enjoy the Sandwich and Pierogies I ate and think that Fat Heads does a nice job sprucing up and altering familiar offerings.

Beer - Wide selection capturing a variety of different styles that will likely please the pallets of nearly any Beer Drinker (although I am not sure of how often they offer some of the "rarer" beers but for my purposes the selection is top notch). I also really appreciate the fact that they update their Beer Menu online daily so that you can plan when you want to visit based on the beers they have available.

Service - Service is on the whole fine. There are times when it can be quite crowded and you can expect to wait for a table or be forced to stand around the bar rather than find a seat on a stool. Service thus varies in my experience, sometimes slower but I have never had any outrageous waits for either food or ordering a beer.

Miscellaneous - Nice, but small and slightly pricey bottle shop located above the restaurant and bar that also sells neat merchandise such as shirts or mugs. Parking can be a hassle since you typically must try and find street parking somewhere off of the main drag on the South Side. One time I had to park many many blocks away on a Friday night.

Overall - One of the best beer bars in Pittsburgh as far as selection is concerned. a MUST try for anyone even remotely interested in trying new/different beers or people looking to revisit old favorites.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited this restaurant on a beatiful weekend in June.

The place was packed, probably the busiest place on East Carson all-day. We got there just before a long line formed outside the front door.

The draft beer selection is glorious. Lots of local brews, and lots of hard to find US craft beers. I tried the North Coast Pranqster Belgian Strong Pale Ale (out of this world) and their resident Fathead's Sorcerer Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

The food menu was good. I was expecting greasy bar-food for the most part. It was pretty diverse, although not quite as hippie-influenced (I actually don't mean this in a negative way) as some other similar eateries.

Their Bay of Pigs sandwhich was fantastic. Basically a Cuban sandwich, but with their extra-spicy barbecue sauce (I was warned that it would be very hot). They do have a milder sauce for those not interested in lots of pepper spice.

Great beer, great food, great atmosphere, all at a pretty good price considering the quality of the beer ($6 for a world-class draft is not a bad deal). I wish that I lived closer to this establishment.

Photo of Rifugium
2.55/5  rDev -41.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

So I guess I'm going to have to be the bad guy (once again) and bash this place, but whatever; I call them like I see them, and this place was pretty horrendous.

First of all, as soon as we drove into the Carson Street area and saw the scene and the crowd, I had a bad bad feeling in the heart of my bottom. It didn't help that it was Saturday evening, but the crowd was about as douchey as you can possibly get, with all the brosephs and biddies out for a night on the town. The bar itself was pretty busy, which isn't usually a turn-off for me--obviously popular spots are going to be busy, and I have plenty of patience to wait for a bar spot--but the crowd was obnoxious and trashy, and not giving off a good vibe.

But I did eventually snag a spot at the bar, as it wasn't quite as busy as the dining area, so the wife and I took a seat. And waited. And waited. And waited. Three bartenders behind the bar, and not so much as a passing glance. Like I said, I have plenty of patience--in context--but even I have limits. It was busy, but not THAT busy, to the point where 3 bartenders bs-ing behind the bar couldn't even acknowledge us.

On the plus side, the beer selection here was quite good with a lot of diversity in styles. But my question is this: doesn't Fat Head's brew their own beers? I was really interested in trying their beer, but when a bartender FINALLY approached us and I asked which house beers were on, she told me "none." Well...how can a place not serve their own beers? Not even one? I know they're not a brewpub, and the actual brewery is in Ohio, but...not even one? Maybe I missed something about this place, and maybe I didn't. But by that time, I'd had enough. I turned to wife, nodded to the door, and left without even ordering a single beer.

So basically, **** this place. If I was brand new to the beer scene, and I walked into this place during a slow hour, I'm sure I'd be pretty impressed. But in the reality that is the here and now, I am not impressed. If I ever find myself on Carson again, I'll be at Piper's. I'll take better service and a better crowd over a slightly more impressive tap list any day.

Photo of Advocate_Ames
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had an epic lunch here the other day. The hamburgers are wonderful. The draft selection is above average (42). If you go here try the Fathead's Headhunter. It was a wonderful IPA. The bottle shop upstairs is lacking. I didn't see over 200 different beers to choose from as advertised. The upstairs area is more of a gift shop than a bottle shop & their prices are not great compared to other establishments.

4.0 on selection because of the 42 taps & it had over 50 different bottles of beer in their shop to choose from. Most places don't have either those numbers.

3.5 on service because it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. The bartender was polite and will give you samples to try. Beyond that don't expect much.

Overall this place was a delight. I will be back. I even left with a growler of the Headhunter IPA & bought an overpriced 6 pack of their TBA Collaboration Brown Ale which was pretty good.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere - Really cool bar/pub feel. Clean, tons of room, huge glass windows in the front so you dont feel like your inside a closed building.

Quailty - Great list of beers on tap. The bottle room upstairs wasnt nothing too special, bout 100 different beers, but they didnt have any fathead beers there bottled, was a disapointment for sure.

Service - Was greeted at the door, seated really fast, and bartener was cool, friendly and knew about the beers he had on tap.

Selection - About 30 taps, nice selection of all styles, ipa;s, stouts, even a few dubbles and tripels.

Food - N/a

Value - The tab prices were average to decent compaired to any other bar in a major city ive been in. Cant wait to go back for some headhunter and the other exclusive fathead brews!

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Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
96 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.