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Packs & Dogs

Not Rated.
Packs & DogsPacks & Dogs
BA SCORE
89
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

223 Shiloh St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15211-1623
United States
phone: (412) 431-1855

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @packsanddogs

Notes:
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(Place added by: mgbickel on 12-06-2009)
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Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

I would consider this place to be a hidden gem for sure!

You walk into the dining area which is set up cafe style. The back half of the store has a number of coolers lining the left wall and a counter lining the right. The 300+ bottles are both in the coolers available for mix and match as well as in various six packs to go.

The beer selection is awesome. They have a large number of craft beers and some imports. Lots of local stuff available. The best part is that all the pricing is clearly marked. And speaking of pricing...I found them to be up to $3.00 cheaper per bomber than some of the bigger beer stores...

This is a place you should visit for sure if you are making a cooler stocking run...great selection and prices.

mgbickel, Dec 07, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of jakethomp
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Straight no frills establishment with a none to serious feel. Get a sixer or a few bottles, some natural casing dogs, stay or be out. Don't mind there aren't many brews on tap, but enjoy in the variety of bottles ever changing that are available.

jakethomp, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

$14.75 for a bottle of Enjoy By to go. $14.75.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that visiting this shop has probably been the final push for my consideration in leaving Pittsburgh. The price of beer in the Pittsburgh area is more than San Francisco and NYC. And I'm over it.

My observations of the place: Clean on the inside, but frankly a bit bland. Everyone there looked about 3 months past their 21st birthday. Some of them about 3 years shy. Not my scene. If you know the Mt. Washington area, you'll know what you're getting into. Long line of coolers is clearly lit and cleanly organized. Prices posted for most, from what I gathered.

This very well may be the last new place I visit in Pittsburgh.

RblWthACoz, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.7%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Preluderl
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Made my first trip to Packs and Dogs recently after a couple of... colorful phone conversations with the staff.

Atmosphere - Nice little eat in place. Good bar space, decent amount of tables. My first occurred just after their major renovation so unfortunately I never saw the old space people speak of.

Quality - Food was tasty except for the cheap, bagged shredded cheese they use on the dogs that looks and tastes plastic. Come on now, a quality natural casing dog and then you throw that plastic cheese on there? I know it's cheaper, but that killed it a bit.

Service - My tip was premeditated by Packs posting on Facebook that they had received in a pretty rare brew that I wanted to get my hands on. This is a GREAT service, by the way. Follow them on Facebook and they post each time they get something new in. Initially, after seeing the message on Facebook, I called to confirm they did in fact have it. Had a very strange conversation with someone who, after asking several people, said they did NOT have it. Come to find out when I visited that they did and the person who answered (and apparently the ones asked) didn't know what they were talking about.

Selection - Limited taps, but the bottle selection is large and versatile. Individual bottles and mix and match sixers available for a reasonable price.

Food - See above under "quality"

Value - Prices are reasonable and average for the area. No complaints.

Preluderl, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%

So head's up: I'm reviewing this in October 2012 and Packs and Dogs has only just finished a major renovation this month! I liked this place a lot before but if you've been before, it's a lot different now on the inside. The menu and quality beer are the same though, but it's much more of a "bar" now than it was.

The atmosphere of this place was kind of "quality disguised as dive" before, but now they've removed the dive disguise. It's a nice place inside, good bar seating, a few big screens for sports and otherwise light on staff but staff is quite friendly and knowledgeable.

You order at the counter still, which is fine, and then they call you to come get it. No problem.

Food wise, it's basically hot dogs. See the name. They have burgers too and good fries, and the dogs vary in types and toppings, pretty much everything you can think to put on a dog. The dogs are the best in town, except maybe for D's which is a good distance away.

The beer choice is pretty small on tap (only 6 or so) but rotates regularly. Bottles, on the other hand, range in the hundreds and also regularly rotate to include seasonals and rare pickups. There's bargain stuff and pricey stuff and everything in between.

Can't beat the price, the dogs are cheap and the beer is fair. I love this place and I go a couple times a month without fail.

Cylinsier, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Listen up these folks know beer, the owner I spoke with seemed equally excited about the Mission beers that they have been getting in on a regular basis. They had about every variety of Mission that's available in the bottles, plus a slew of other PA and other micro favorites. Coolers line the whole side of the back left hand portion of this exceptional beer bar on Mount Washington, c'mon we've all found ourselves on Mount Washington with our lady friends posing in some cheesy pics with the Burgh lit up in the background, while putting ourselves through this Pittsburgh rite of passage we might as well eat some lesser fare meaning great hotdogs, burgers, and fries and drink world class ales and lagers in the process of it all. There are some well known restaurants on Mt. Washington Monterey Bay, the Tin Angel, and the Georgetown Inn, etc. That's what makes this place so ballsy, it's in a slice of Pittsburgh that is traditionally upscale, yet has kept it real in regards to high quality beer, a couple sofas, flat screens, and a diner style seating facing their flat top grill that they cook on. Every city deserves ample tube shaped meats this is just one place offering such a variety, and they appeared to do it well.

WVbeergeek, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of toolbrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Visiting a friend in Mt. Washington area and he took me here. Some tables outside and a lounge area inside. In the back is a food counter with seats and some glass cases of beer.

Good selection of PA brews and some gems. They also have some decent taps and will fill growlers. I had a hot dog - the closest to a Chicago-dog.

All in all a good stop for mix-6ers and bombers. Some of my haul: NC Whales Tale; 21st A Monk's Blood & Hell or High Watermelon Wheat; Yards General Wash & T. Jefferson; Knot Stock - Furthermore; Lancaster Milk Stout; Oskar Blues Deviant Dales; DFH Urkontinent; Blue Point Hoptical Illusion; Full Pint Chinookie IPA; Terrapin Hopsecutioner; Mission Dark Seas RIS.

toolbrew, May 09, 2012
Photo of zrab11
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%

A- The Atmosphere was nice. Had a diner feel and look with about 10 or so Sliding glass cases full of beer and wine on te left wall. Had the counter and kitchen on the right wall and a few tables as u walk in

Q- Quality was good. Didn't see anything past its "best by" date

Ser-Service was lacking alittle bit. They asked if they could help me wth anything once. I said well im from Indiana. im looking for beers i don't get there. the employe said "ok well we have lots of brews im sure you can find some not in ur state" Wished he would of been alittle more help but he was still nice.

Sel- out of the 10 sliding cases of beer. about 6 were of craft beer. Had alot of brews no in my area so i was pleased of the selection

F- didn't eat any

V- Prices seemed very reasonable so i was happy

Overall-this was a nice little stop to pick up 2 random 6 packs of local PN beer. would go to again, if i ever travel to that state again.

zrab11, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jmshulk
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Can't really add much that others haven't already said. It's a dog and pack shop and has a nice lounge type area and a old restaurant style bar you can eat at. I didn't get any of the food, but I'd be willing to try it out some time.

The selection seemed pretty good, but two of the beers that I picked up were beyond their "best by" date. Partly me being careless, but one was a month and a half past. If that's the kind of thing you're a stickler for, be sure to check the bottles.

Given that the prices were reasonable and and there was a wide selection I'd go back again to try the food and pick up some more beer, I would just be sure to check for freshness dates.

jmshulk, Jan 09, 2011
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Packs & Dogs in Pittsburgh, PA
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