Taps: 12 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by irishevans:
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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)
01-20-2011 22:33:38 | More by irishevans
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
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
4.07/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
There is a lot of stuff to choose from here. And it's a very clean bar. Very clean. Televisions on of course. What bars are there in Pittsburgh that do not have televisions on playing sports? I would like to see a list. Service is attentive. The South Side for me is kind of off limits anymore as things have gotten pretty out of control on the weekends with obnoxious and out of control jackasses. Even though the weekdays are probably calmer, I am just turned off to it anymore; at least for a while.
If you are doing a crawl, this is a good spot to hit up.
01-11-2013 01:27:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Smaller craft beer bar located on the opposite side of the street from the Birmingham Bridge. Very quiet, clean and low-key for a bar on the Southside. Definitely more 'up-scale'.
Stopped in for happy hour. Nice craft beer happy hour deals. Pints were $3.00 and appetizers are half off as well. There are some other non-beer related drink specials as well.
A decent sized bar with seating for about 12-15 comfortably. There are a few tables around the bar as well. In addition, there are also tables for dining. Seating is sufficient and this area looks to be mostly people having food.
They have a decent about of craft beer. Nothing 'exotic' or 'rare' but more than enough to satisfy. They have 10 craft beers on tap and 2 macros. The craft ranged from one of my favorite brews all-time the Monkey Boy Hefeweizen from East End to Troegs, Founders, Bells, Rogue, Terrapin, Great Lakes and Great Divide.
They also have a pretty decent selection of bottles. The selection has similar breweries that are on tap but also had some Sierra Nevada, Stone, Sam Adams, Brooklyn, Sam Smith, Osker Blues and some Franzi Dunkels.
Overall, this is a quiet low-key place on the Southside. Decent selection, good prices without all the madness and crowds.
04-01-2011 10:56:54 | More by IronCitySteve
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Love going to this place for one the happy hour is a mere 3 dollars a pint and runs from 5-7 and 9-11 and two they have all you can eat wings every Tuesday for only 8 bucks. Awesome.
Their bottle selection is rather small but most prices are reasonable for bar prices. Most of the beers on tap are pretty good. I remember getting a Heavy Seas smoke on the water, Great Divide Rumble, and even Rouge Shakespeare stout on Nitro for a mere three dollars, can't beat that!
I have no idea what their regular beer prices are but I guess to compete they would have to be under 5 bucks so if you stay longer than happy hour it will not get to pricey.
I love their wings and you can get your fill on Tuesdays. They have hot flavors like Dante's Inferno, along with dry rubs, honey and even some pretty nice BBQ. Especially enjoyable during the happy hour.
Very nice bar on the south side that I really have to make time in going to again someday.
10-05-2010 04:36:21 | More by DrDemento456
The Library in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.