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The Library

Not Rated.
The LibraryThe Library
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 80
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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:
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(Place added by: Ksax on 03-03-2009)
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Reviews by irishevans:
Photo of irishevans
4.08/5  rDev +2%

An interesting bar. only passed through the downstairs part of the place but looked alright, albeit kind of typical of a nicer Carson St. bar. the upstairs however is real nice. one little room with the bar, that has no stools, with ledges around the room , then the room with the pool table, then the room that looks like a study in a mansion. large leather sofa, several tables, book shelf with books to read, and the food menus are in the front few pages of the books. the crowd however, seems a bit elitist/hipster. you know the kind that go to such a place not so much to drink good beer in a comfy enviroment, but to be SEEN drinking what they precive to be good beer (while having no palate) while reading works from whoever the latest "non-conformist" favorite author is, and said hipster asses kinda kill a bit of the vibe (though the staff makes up for it).

as for the quality. the quality of selection is very very good, and this is likely the least expensive place on the south side to build your own 6-pack.

the staff are much more real than the usual escaped from upper st.clair or fox chapel borough to the "city" hipster type patrons. they know their beer, and they know how to help those who need it find what they like, and they really seem to enjoy talking about beer, local sports, music, or whatever comes up with a patron who is actually there for the beer. much props to the staff here, without them it would be just "too cool", or perhaps "too hip" a place to stomach.

the selection is awesome. they rotate the taps constsantly (like a few times a day I was told) with the exception of one. they are big fans of Scott's work here (East End Brewing) and won't take whatever of his they have tapped off until the keg is kicked. and what they have aside from his masterpieces are also great beers, and I'm pretty sure if you want budmiloors you have to get a can or bottle, but I don't recall even seeing those in bottles.

all in all, if you can ignore the self-loathing yuppies in denial, and deal just with who you go with and the staff, this place is awesome.

(heard the food was incredible, and cleverly named. but didn't eat here)

irishevans, Jan 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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ejimhof, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of cpxc
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

cpxc, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

IronCitySteve, Apr 01, 2011
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The Library in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.