1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Library

Not Rated.
The LibraryThe Library

Taps: 12 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2302 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-2110
United States
phone: (412) 381-0517

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thelibrarysspgh

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: Ksax on 03-03-2009)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I finally made it to the library, we used to shoot nine ball across the street at Shootz Cafe' but every time I'm in that place I get the since that there's going to be a shooting there. It was a Monday night and we already had a beer at Rivertowne Pourhouse and Fathead's, stopped in at Smokin' Joe's for a bottle of SN 30th Anniversary. Made here by 10:30 to catch the last half hour of happy hour. They had Stone IPA, Southern Tier IPA, West Coast DIPA. I stuck with the Southern Tier throughout the night it was drinking so nice. I got a bottle of Hoppin Frog Hop Dam to go for like 14 bucks, I guess that's comparable to bottle shop pricing. Although the tap selection was rather small I felt it was well though out and nicely selected. This place had a great vibe and we hung out here until closing time, even caught the half off appetizers which were huge, my pal Chad and I split the hummus and the sliders. Jeff was bartending nice guy quick with the refills, good experience overall. I liked the layout and the chilled out library theme, the upstairs was great with the pool table and nice open areas, I'm sad I missed out on the BA gathering here. It's hard to beat the happy hour on the food and drink here, pints for 3 bucks is a bit insane in the city.

04-16-2010 12:55:26 | More by WVbeergeek
More User Reviews:
Photo of shaneous32
shaneous32

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-19-2014 13:44:22 | More by shaneous32
Photo of


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

You rated this place. Consider writing a review.

03-14-2014 10:43:05 | More by
Photo of Saxboy10
Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2014 20:41:15 | More by Saxboy10
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

10-08-2013 23:17:10 | More by ejimhof
Photo of cpxc
cpxc

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$

Thoroughly impressed with the Library on Carson St. First time I visited the bar it was on a busy Friday evening. There was no place to sit downstairs, but was told about the upstairs "patio" section.

The beer selection was impressive as it had about 8 beers on draft, and a solid selection of cans and bottles in a cooler that you can see. The bartender was able to answer any question I had, and even printed a draft list for me. I went back a few days later on a weekday when it was much less crowded, was able to sit downstairs. Once again the staff was friendly and knowledgable. The draft beers were almost all different, and I ordered some amazing food. All their food is named after books hence the library. Great place to visit and try to go back as much as possible.

09-25-2013 21:39:57 | More by cpxc
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

There is a lot of stuff to choose from here. And it's a very clean bar. Very clean. Televisions on of course. What bars are there in Pittsburgh that do not have televisions on playing sports? I would like to see a list. Service is attentive. The South Side for me is kind of off limits anymore as things have gotten pretty out of control on the weekends with obnoxious and out of control jackasses. Even though the weekdays are probably calmer, I am just turned off to it anymore; at least for a while.

If you are doing a crawl, this is a good spot to hit up.

01-11-2013 01:27:55 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of PittBeerGirl
PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

The is a cozy, quaint craft beer alternative bar on Carson Street. They are really good with hosting local beer events and just making the community more knowledgable about craft beer without pushing anyone into it. The atmosphere is what you would expect for a bar named "the library" old books, maps, decorations like that and lots of smaller nook areas that reming you of the library in a mansion. This place is actually two stories-with the second floor having a pool table and a smaller bar.

The tap list isn't as jaw dropping as what you see at say, Fatheads...but the atmosphere is much less noisy and laid back. The menu is somewhat limited, but it offers some classic american bar food-and it has all been very good in my experiences here. The bartenders are always knowledgeable at least about what they have to offer and what style it is. They have also been known to have some of the rarer beers on tap here.

This is definately worth a stop if you are out and about in Pittsburgh as it is definately one of the better beer bars and isnt far from Fatheads, Pipers, OTB, or Smokin Joes.

But don't be like me and stop there first-because though I have always loved my time here there may have been one time where I wasn't already drunk when I arrived.

04-20-2011 01:10:11 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of IronCitySteve
IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Smaller craft beer bar located on the opposite side of the street from the Birmingham Bridge. Very quiet, clean and low-key for a bar on the Southside. Definitely more 'up-scale'.

Stopped in for happy hour. Nice craft beer happy hour deals. Pints were $3.00 and appetizers are half off as well. There are some other non-beer related drink specials as well.

A decent sized bar with seating for about 12-15 comfortably. There are a few tables around the bar as well. In addition, there are also tables for dining. Seating is sufficient and this area looks to be mostly people having food.

They have a decent about of craft beer. Nothing 'exotic' or 'rare' but more than enough to satisfy. They have 10 craft beers on tap and 2 macros. The craft ranged from one of my favorite brews all-time the Monkey Boy Hefeweizen from East End to Troegs, Founders, Bells, Rogue, Terrapin, Great Lakes and Great Divide.

They also have a pretty decent selection of bottles. The selection has similar breweries that are on tap but also had some Sierra Nevada, Stone, Sam Adams, Brooklyn, Sam Smith, Osker Blues and some Franzi Dunkels.

Overall, this is a quiet low-key place on the Southside. Decent selection, good prices without all the madness and crowds.

04-01-2011 10:56:54 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of slander
slander

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Pittsburgh, for keg fills at East End again, and yes, I did sample, and everything, and some more than once. This far out, it'd be a shame not to take in the sights. Now navigating towards the river and over the bridge, some bridge, most any bridge really, and wandered the East Carson strip lightly. Late night at the Library, studying the beer list real hard...

It's a doublewide with the bar on one side, a 15 seat "L" shaped copper topped job painstakingly dinged with something hammerlike a billion times to mump the surface as such. Barback center holds a tall wood vertical shelving unit over a wider unit below with tiered booze. Doublewide glass front cooler to one side holding bottled selections, 5 dozen or so, and books & bottles atop and other things. On the other side, horizontal coolers with glassware above, and a wall mounted box shelving with a whole lot of pinnacle bottles, whatever the fuck they are. Oh, flavored vodkas, yeah, whatever. Flatscreens mounted to both sides of center, and a happy hour board up front. Some corner shelving with books and another in the corner over my shoulder, with a mocked up tin foil Stanley cup. To the rear, darts & some sort of poser Phil's golf game.

Tall vertical windows up front with smaller arched pieces above. There's probably a name for that. Strung 1,000,000 legged lighting strung along the entrance vestibule and windows, each with a glowing neon. Track spots over the bar, drop bell lamp trios up front and buttercup chandelier lampinings over the hightops behind me, another 2 raised roundies up front. Lino & wood floors, and a ceiling with a pressed dynamic but it may just be papered. Okay, this is definitely the case. A brick back otherwise and throughout, and some white walls over panel wood lowers. Brick pillar cut throughs and window peek-a-boos to the other side room; a dozen tables topped with newsprint or book pages or old maps there. A fireplace on the far wall with books on its mantle, mounted saucer lamps, light art, and paintings here and there.

Upstairs, a single pool table with a small bar & bar counters to the rear. Side room with 8 tables and access to a rear rear patio from there. Book shelf pieces dot the upper floor, and books lie stacked about.

And back barside, 4 stand up copper towers of 3 each (That would be 12 in all there, super sleuth). Craft from local hero (East End Monkey Boy Hefe), a player from down the road some (Troegs Dead Reckoning), west and west of west (Founders Centennial IPA, Bells Oberon & Best Brown, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Thirsty Dog Octoberfest, Terrapin Hop Karma IPA, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Michigan Screaming Pumpkin), and some crap macs (Blue Moon, Coors Light). I drank the Bells Oberon (wonderful, as usual) and Best Brown (not the best Brown, no, but still very good).

And 6 dozen bottles, 42 American craft and 19 imports. The American craft list is roughly a 50/50 split between local/regional (Penn, Full Pint, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, Great Lakes, Hoppin' Frog, DogFishHead) and not (Bells, Founders, 21st Amendment, Atwater, Blue Point, Oskar Blues, Brooklyn, Duck Rabbit, Rogue, Sam Adams, Boulder, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Stone, Terrapin). Nothing too terribly crazy on the import side (Rochefort 8 & 10, Chimay Blue, Delirium Tremens & Nocturnum, Samuel Smith Nut Brown & Oatmeal Stout, Franziskaner Weisse & Dunkel, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde), but some solid options just the same.

Food menus are pasted inside books thereby forcing you to pick up a book (you illiterate bastard). I got "the night before Christmas". Oh, it's $8, all you can eat wings night. I will engage. Started with the dry rub, which were unpleasantly all crazily bready, and not, you know, very good. I will try again, this time the garlic parmesan, and they score a meh. They got the better end of this deal.

It's a fairly chill joint. I just heard Jigsaw Falling into Place. I'm singing along, but like, on the inside. Good crowd, this time and the last. Beer seems to rotate through pretty well and the selection works fine, but the foodings, not so much, mind you they were just wings. I do like the "Let's go Penns" signage, as if...

03-29-2011 02:48:43 | More by slander
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
The Library in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.