Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-02-2012 16:53:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Well Fat Head's sucked, so we came to this place. It's a relatively small place, a British pub knock-off, featuring Brit cuisine, cask ale, and a diverse beer list that leans towards more mild and sessionable beers, but still has lots of other stuff to offer. There is a smallish but comfy bar, and a fairly small dining area, simple decor, and a couple TVs for you sports fans.
The beer selection really dragged me to this place. While it's not the hugest selection in the world (or even on the street), they had lots of local options from places I'd didn't see anywhere else in the city, with a collection from Rivertowne, Lavery, and even a couple East End brews that weren't even on at their brewery. So extra points for that. Having four casks is a good option, and many of the beers, as I said, were British in nature, with still enough selections overall to keep everyone happy.
There were a lot of good food options, and I had to throw around a few options before settling on the toad in the hole, similar to my wife's bangers n mash, both of which were very tasty and in great portions. Prices were decent all around, though some of the entrees were a bit on the pricey side.
The bartender was great, and never kept us waiting for anything. He was busy so we didn't get to chat, but from his recommendations to other nearby patrons, it seemed his beer scene knowledge was pretty spot on.
The Carson Street area kind of really sucked crowd-wise, but at least the bars were ample, and in the unlikely case I ever find myself back there, Piper's is most likely where I'll be.
05-20-2012 01:02:12 | More by Rifugium
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Wow i love this place. The place is always very clean, well lighted and loaded with tv's, usually playing football, both nfl and soccer. Great selction of craft beers on tap, around 12-15 and plenty of bottles. The bartenders have always been great, really friendly, down to earth and will suggest a beer for you. The prices of tabs are right on with everyone else, and some beers are 16-20 oz pours! What really makes this place great is the food! This is usually my last stop in south side cause this is were i eat my sober up lunch/dinner. Food is always top notch, fresh and plenty of amount for your dollar. Anytime im in south side, i stop here without even checking the tab list. Love it, for sure stop in for a beer and a bite to eat.
05-16-2012 21:58:10 | More by wvsabbath
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This is not only a great place to find some good and interesting beers on tab but one of the best places in the US to watch Football (soccer). I have been to Pitt twice in the last six months and both times made sure I spent time here.
I went to watch the football but loved the beer. Each time they had 2 very interesting beers for the cask and a good selection of beer on draft. The selection is reasonably priced and varied.
This is a bar during the day time for footy fans. It is open early with lots of people there for the games. It is a Scottish pub .
I have had breakfast there twice everything my family and I ate was excellent. I had the lamb shepherds pie ... Wow. My wife loved the bread pudding. Food is reasonably priced
Football beer and food this the place
The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable
04-15-2012 02:28:44 | More by Gratefullawyer
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have visited Piper's quite a few times for drinks and occiasionally food.
Piper's pub is a thin place, with the bar on the left when you walk in and seating in the back.
20 oz Imperial Pints for 5.37 including tax. Pretty good price if you ask me.
About 20 taps and a cask at all times. Extensive bottle selection. All of this can be found on the website. The cask is always well-cared for, and normally it is something hard to find and tasty. The taps include beers of both typical and more interesting varities. There is almost always something from East End on-tap, which I love. There is also a huge selection of whiskey.
The service is pretty friendly and prompt. Even when the place is packed, I have never waited too long for a beer.
The vibe that Piper's is going for is a UK/Irish pub-type feel. If you come in during a soccer (football) match, the place will be packed.
The food is Irish pub food, and it is done pretty well. I like the Reuben.
Overall, I really like Piper's, and for the area it has the best prices. Definitely worth a stop.
02-19-2011 18:38:02 | More by Hojaminbag
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great time overall, we arrived around 10:30pm on a Saturday night. The bar was totally crowded, almost impossible to even pass through let alone find a place to stand. And it was really noisy but I could see they had a reasonable selection of some great beers (check out their website for the current beer list).
I noticed that the back dining area was only about 20% capacity so I thought I'd see what it took to get a table. "Dining only until 11pm" I was told by the hostess. I told her we'd already eaten but would be getting desserts and appetizers along with some beers and she gave in and got us a table for 6.
The menu is very interesting and rather modest-priced with traditional UK-style menu items, some rather interesting and traditional and not found easily elsewhere. My shortbread ice-cream dessert was fantastic, the shortbread was the traditional harder Brit style and very enjoyable. The cheese and breads appetizer was great, with some interesting looking cheeses.
The on-tap beer selection had a good 2 dozen offerings that were all interesting and some are difficult to find even in the more wide-offering bars in most cities.
The server was very friendly and helpful, and drinks and various foods were brought rather quickly.
The bar was so noisy that it carried even back into the dining area, one negative point. But it was offset by the great vintage ambience and traditional shaped-plaster ceiling and decor which were early 20th century at latest, and worth preserving. I was glad they hadn't been ruined by sound-decreasing drop-down ceilings so the noise was a trade-off. Think of it as "traditional ambience" ha ha.
Overall, a great experience and we hope to be back soon.
11-19-2010 04:41:48 | More by therica
4.05/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Reminds me of a quaint Irish or British style pub. Football matches playing on the big screens, nice wood bar.
The beer is mostly English Style beers with some craft brews as well. There are approximately 25 taps and they do have a decent bottle beer selection as well. They do have some macro's as well. One of the things this bar specializes in is Scotch. Not being a Scotch drinker, I can't really speak knowledgably about it, but it is quite extensive.
The food here is really good. While I do enjoy coming in and trying some of their beers, the food is what I enjoy the most.
This is a wonder little place on the Southside. There is not a huge college crowd in here normally. Great food, a respectable beer selection, tons of scotch!
08-19-2010 15:26:23 | More by IronCitySteve
4.22/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Piper's usually gets overlooked, for both being an Irish pub in a college bar neighborhood, and being across the street from Fat Head's...but this place is legit.
Used to frequent here alot in college on Thursdays and happy hour bar crawls. Only recently had I begun to gain a better appreciation for what it really is.
The beer selection is quite good, little specks of all different styles and lots of English/Irish choices. They also serve solid American micros and always have something good on cask. Tons of scotch and Irish whiskey as well.
The food, as far as Irish cuisine goes is unmatched in the area. So many outstanding choices, and always incredible lunch and dinner daily specials.
My major beef with the place though, is that more than half the place is set aside for tables for dining customers. This makes the bar area quite small (and NARROW), it isnt a place you want to go with a large group of people and have a good comfortable time. They usually open up the seating to bar customers after 11, but by that time the crowd is already dying down a bit.
The service is great, even when its bad. Last visit I ordered a Smuttynose Porter, and was given the draught Root Beer instead, though it was delicious my order was promptly corrected. Later on, my girlfriend had ordered an Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, and it was quite sour/bad. The bartender promptly replaced her drink without questioning. They do pour the best pint of Guiness in the city, complete with shamrock imprint in the head.
Always worth a walk past, and a visit assuming you can get in and find a spot to stand.
03-16-2010 20:56:15 | More by Stigs
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here last weekend when Fathead's was on an hour wait and we were hungry now. Glad we did.
The front of the pub has a typical Irish Pub type of feel with a long, dark wood bar and some tables behind, with soccer on every TV. The back is a rather brightly lit dining room with three more TVs showing yet more soccer. Lots of patrons rooting on their squads made the atmosphere quite lively.
Most beer is of the InBev/Diageo variety with a nice smattering of craft beers. I enjoyed a Big Hoppy Monster on this visit. Other good craft choices included Old Chub, East End Big Hop and Smutty IPA.
Food was far beyond expectations for this type of place. All ingredients were fresh, well seasoned, tasty and promptly served. We'd go back anytime.
11-19-2009 20:11:21 | More by sholland119
5/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Jan. 8 ,2009 - Since this is my first trip to Pittsburgh I'm scouting out different places to sample the local ambience. Having lunched and tasted some brews we departed the saloon and looked across the street to see another establishment call Piper's Pub. Could that mean bag pipers? Well upon entering we see a pleasantly ornate bar and were immediately greeted by some friendly people. The bartender knew about every one of the beers on tap and in fact could blend them to make some interesting concoctions. Yes, I could almost hear the pipes while sipping the Belhaven Scottish Ale. All kinds of Lagers, Ales and Stouts are present and at a reasonable price, especially the Choklat Stout. The number and selection of cask beers will be a welcoming sight to the discerning beer drinker ready to enjoy brews as they do on the other side of the "pond".
Special thanks to barkeeps Chris, Alex and Tim
01-15-2009 03:42:48 | More by outdoorbrewer
Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh, PA
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