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Piper's Pub

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Piper's PubPiper's Pub

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1828 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-1708
United States
phone: (412) 381-3977

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 31
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

At a recommendation from Chip Walton of Chop & Brew and Brewing TV fame, we headed right from the airport to get lunch at the Piper's Pub. This was a little old fashioned pub, filled with soccer fans eagerly watching "football" and putting back full British sized pints of beer. The bar area is small and somewhat loud, but gives a better view of the taps than the 1950's era restaurant seating in the back. They always have at least two cask beers (I had Duck Rabbit Milk Stout) and a very good selection of local and British ales. Lots of traditional English, Irish, Scottish fare are present in the menu and we both ended up with the tasty and incredibly mouth-scorchingly hot lamb stew. A nice way to ease into the beer culture of Pennsylvania!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

great pub with beers on cask year round. hand pumped . Good stuff!!!!

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Venison Sheppard's Pie, always something great on Cask, best on the south side

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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

As you may have heard, this is a premier spot for futbol viewing in the city, which helps to make it a very English style pub. Lots of different beers available. 20 taps at least, from what my memory tells me. Service is attentive and mature. Huge bourbon selection here also, from what I saw.

I hate the Southside (mostly during the weekend insanity), but this is a very good reason to make the trek down, despite the neighborhood being a real hassle sometimes. Not too far away from Fathead's if you want to make the two-fer.

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4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Very friendly staff with a great whiskey/local beer selection. Had dinner last night and was blown away by the food. Amazing! A great place to sit down and have a few pints without dealing with the 21-25 year old southside hooligans. Price is a little higher but reasonable when looking at the beer selections and they come in 20oz. glasses.

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by for the first time yesterday. It definitely won't be my last visit here...

As others have noted, Piper's pub is something of a English/Irish style pub, with 4 large screen TV's (that I saw), apparently playing almost non-stop English soccer (the bartender mentioned that on occasion they'll show soccer games from the rest of Europe and S. America, but for the most part, English league soccer is what's going to be on the telee here). Otherwise, the place has high ceilings in the bar area up front, but with a fair size dining room in the back as well. If one is into soccer (which I enjoy, but I'm not nearly as crazy about it as most of the crowd on this Saturday afternoon), this is a great place to hang out, shoot the breeze with your mates, and just enjoy the day. The vibe is very friendly and laid back here, and the bartender was quick and likewise pretty friendly. So I thought this a great place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the beer selection, they had roughly 35 offerrings, including two beers on cask from Flying Dog and Slyfox (the pearl necklace oyster stout and a pale ale). Of course Piper's pub has all the usual euro macros (guinness, bass, belhaven, etc.), but they also had a very nice selection of craft beer as well (mostly PA stuff, but also SN celebration, Stone IPA, Bells cream stout and 2 hearted, some flying dog and heavy seas stuff). I think they had at least 5 or 6 IPA's, and as that's what I was in the mood for (got a pint of headhunter and a glass of 2 hearted), I was quite happy. Given the quality of the tap list, I didn't ask about bottles, though I did see some folks down by the end of the bar with a couple bottles of macro swill.

Didn't try the food, but what I saw looked pretty good. I'll definitely order something from the kitchen next time I stop by (I suspect stopping in is going to become a habit for me). Prices were OK. Almost everything on tap was $5.75 a glass. In most cases that was for an imperial pint, but some beers (like the headhunter I ordered) came in a 16 ounce glass. Considering that the pub is located in the heart of Carson St. (within easy walking distance of Smokin Joe's and Fatheads), the prices here didn't seem too bad (though I should add that the $5.75 price does not include tax, which is added on when you get your bill).

One other thing here that I appreciated (especially after stopping by Smokin Joe's afterwards), is that the draft list on the bar was up to date. Unlike the menu at Smokin Joe's (which was completely out of date - close to half the beers listed were long gone), everything on the tap list menu was actually available. So extra marks for that as well. (if only the same were true with the online draft list. Today is 2/19/13, but the online draft list is from 1/27/13!)

Really enjoyed my time here...

Edit from 1/4/12. Stoppped in this past Saturday. Beer selection was as good as ever (they had sculpin today, as well as SN celebration on cask - had never seen that before), and this time I ordered the lamb and chestnut shepard's pie. The latter was pretty tasty, and I'm encouraged to see what else the kitchen can do. They even had college and NFL football on the TV. There's no doubt I'll soon be back.

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