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Bocktown Beer and Grill

Not Rated.
Bocktown Beer and GrillBocktown Beer and Grill
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

690 Chauvet Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15275-1043
United States
phone: (412) 788-2333

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bocktown

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 12am
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am

(Place added by: WVbeergeek on 11-16-2006)
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Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

First things first I used to work here and I'm friends with virtually everyone involved with Bocktown, however the same goes for the Sharp Edge, D's, and Fathead's except for the whole being employed thing. I've been looking for good beer in Pittsburgh for over five years now, and I definitely have a respect for folks who are serving the good stuff. However, when you meet another beer enthusiast and not just another person with a business interest than your instantly impressed. Chris Dilla aka BocktownGal gets just as excited over new beers coming into the Burgh as we do, not because of a new product but because it's a new beer to cross her palate.

Atmosphere, well I'm not going to get into light fixtures or dark woods. I'm going to introduce you to a diverse crowd of people that are being turned onto craft beer in a very corporate chain restaurant area. Take a seat at the bar, the outdoor patio, or get tucked into one of the booths and you'll find one thing to be true. And that universal truth of Bocktown is the fact that everyone here is focused on the beer, from the 16 ever rotating taps to the people scanning the multiple glass doored coolers. Definitely a place I bring my friends, professional acquaintances, and family even with a newborn baby girl and a three and half year old boy. Thank god my girlfriend has found a passion in dark beers because that's always a selling point when pitching Bocktown for dinner or a night out in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Quality I judge that on the caliber of brews and the freshness those are two things never compromised here. Come here to find local brews no one else is carrying or the seasonal brew that had you craving the change of weather.

Selection allow me to just list off the last draft menu when I was there this past weekend. East End Monkey Boy, Victory Golden Monky, Penn Pils, Heavy Seas Hop Cannon, Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator, Anderson Valley Blarney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Troeg's Sunshine Pils, Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB, Great Divide Hercules DIPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale with a keep the glass promotion, New Holland Red Tulip Ale, Southern Tier Jahvah, Penn Weizenbock, 2005 Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, and Sea Dog Blueberry Ale. Honest to god something for everybody on draft and if you can't find one of 16 taps than check out the 400+ bottles on hand.

Come meet Chef Scotty and Mike in the kitchen these two hold it down. Definitely an awesome mix of food, bar food they got it, steaks, salads, burgers, or wings. Plus the daily special sheet has some pasta dishes that will knock you out everything from scratch daily with local products emphasized and beer used in the kitchen especially Penn Dark, Pils, and Weizen three flavors that can do alot in the cucina. Reasonable prices across the food menu, however be cautious in the beer cooler don't let sticker shock get in the way if your in the mood for a beer it probably warrants the price on it every thing is marked up the same across the board depending on costs so enjoy.

WVbeergeek, Apr 10, 2008
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I come to Pittsburgh 4-5 times a year and I hardly ever skip this place. First time I was here was a couple of weeks after it opened, Christmas 06. I was very impressed with the beer selection and quality. Now after God knows how many visits over the past six plus years, I'm still happy everytime I walk through their door. Finally getting around to giving them the review they deserve. Don't miss this place if you're in the area. Great beer and food.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

This is the anti-strip mall restaurant, that happens to be located in a strip mall. Clearly, there has been thought put into things here. Decor is nice and well done; you don't feel at all like you are in a huge shopping center. Big bonus points for no lights in the coolers. Selection is thorough, and I actually saw things I haven't seen anywhere else in Pittsburgh. It bums me out when I see that a restaurant won't cook a burger below medium though. They always end up coming well done and cooked through when that happens. And people are saying they are focusing on higher quality food? I don't see that. Not with a pre-processed and smushed to smithereens beef patty. My compliments to the chef/cook for still being able to turn out a nice enough burger though. Will adjust my score and comments on service if I visit again as I don't want to base my entire opinion based on one experience.

RblWthACoz, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Beerparrot
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Chris and Tara command alot from a deserving staff. Lots of beer knowledge, good service and a most pleasant atomosphere, especially sitting outside on the patio on a cool night.

Food selection is good, best she-crab soup ever!
Beer selection, we were drinking beers that had just come into Pittsburgh before others were geting them. Can't beat that plus they have beers that are no longer available elsewhere. Watch for their specials, plus the BIG bottle specials on Sunday which favor the wallet.

Can't go wrong with good beer and great food, they definitely have a winner!

Beerparrot, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of weller1js
3.4/5  rDev -19%

Have been to this place a couple of times passing through the Pittsburgh area, always nice to find a place with a large beer selection.

Atmosphere: the restaurant is located on the end of a strip mall, with a narrow and deep dining and bar area indoors, as well as outside seating (I have yet to sit outside when visiting). The front dining area features booths opposite nine beer bottle coolers and the bar area. All-in-all, the place seems a bit cramped with tables set up between booths and the bar, which can make it seem very crowded at times.

Service: typical pub service, seemed a bit slow at times, but it was busy on my last visit so it was reasonable wait under the circumstances. They also bagged up my to-go beer selections, which was nice.

Selection: about 11-12 taps to choose from, nice range of items, the occasional out-of-season on there as well (they had Troegs Mad Elf on tap in July). Their bottle selection is presented in an 8-9 door cooler case, fairly good selection from local/regional microbrews to harder to find selections (especially in PA given their archaic and bureaucratic beer distribution laws), also a fair amount of imported crafts.

Food: hasn't dissapointed me yet, typical pub food menus, some items with Pittsburgh-style touches. They also pride themselves on being part of the "localvore" movement, with much of their ingredients from the area. Their fries are top knotch as well, hand cut Idaho potatoes customizable with 30+ toppings to add to them, large servings of fries with a fair price.

Value: I would say that the food and on tap prices are reasonable/a bit pricey, but their bottle prices, even with the to-go discount had a higher markup than expected. Not a place I would go regularly to stop up on some different beers, but very good food and on-tap selections.

weller1js, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Alkey
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

I had a chance to visit this place with some friends late thursday evening. First thing i noticed was the many colorful craft brew advertising signs both outside and indoors and the many self serve coolers for their bottle selection.

We had been place at a table pretty much instantly as we walked in and the waitress took our drink orders. They had a nice selection of craft beers on tap and a huge selection of over priced bottles.

As we enjoyed our first order of beers we browsed the menu for some tasty eats. At that time I noticed small bugs or gnats flying around us and one even took a swim in my beer.(they had the doors open all night to the outside beer garden so the bugs most likely came from there) I thought of saying something but just fished it out and continued to enjoy my beer.

After the food arrived we all shared a bite of the many things we had ordered. Most of the food i had tried was average to good and seemed a bit to expensive.

We finished eating and browsed the giant bottle selection before enjoying the beer garden for one last drink. The cheap flimsy plastic tables could sure use an upgrade.

Overall the experience was just average/good but lacks anything to make me want to return. I might though someday as I remember seeing signs for live music and special events on weekends.

Alkey, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of AMDGFenter
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

I have been to this place multiple times. Pretty small place, tucked into a random strip center in the consumerist mecca that is Robinson. Honestly, when I come with my buddies, we come for the Bocktown Burger. Probably one of the best burgers I have ever had. Their other burgers simply do not compare to this one. Fries are also very good here. They always have craft beer on tap, but some of it can be hit or miss in terms of selection and quality. Also, there are no deals or a happy hour, which is definitely a bummer. Large bottle selection, but I have never gotten any because of the price mark-up. Service is pretty meh, as waiters usually don't ask to refill your water and are generally pretty slow. A burger, fries, and a couple beers will run you $20+. In all honesty, if I just want good beer for cheaper, I head over to Mad Mex or Sharp Edge during their Happy Hours. However, I really do enjoy this place solely for a Bocktown Burger, Fries, and some good beer.

AMDGFenter, Apr 18, 2011
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Bocktown Beer and Grill in Pittsburgh, PA
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.