Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by therica:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great time overall, we arrived around 10:30pm on a Saturday night. The bar was totally crowded, almost impossible to even pass through let alone find a place to stand. And it was really noisy but I could see they had a reasonable selection of some great beers (check out their website for the current beer list).
I noticed that the back dining area was only about 20% capacity so I thought I'd see what it took to get a table. "Dining only until 11pm" I was told by the hostess. I told her we'd already eaten but would be getting desserts and appetizers along with some beers and she gave in and got us a table for 6.
The menu is very interesting and rather modest-priced with traditional UK-style menu items, some rather interesting and traditional and not found easily elsewhere. My shortbread ice-cream dessert was fantastic, the shortbread was the traditional harder Brit style and very enjoyable. The cheese and breads appetizer was great, with some interesting looking cheeses.
The on-tap beer selection had a good 2 dozen offerings that were all interesting and some are difficult to find even in the more wide-offering bars in most cities.
The server was very friendly and helpful, and drinks and various foods were brought rather quickly.
The bar was so noisy that it carried even back into the dining area, one negative point. But it was offset by the great vintage ambience and traditional shaped-plaster ceiling and decor which were early 20th century at latest, and worth preserving. I was glad they hadn't been ruined by sound-decreasing drop-down ceilings so the noise was a trade-off. Think of it as "traditional ambience" ha ha.
Overall, a great experience and we hope to be back soon.
11-19-2010 04:41:48 | More by therica
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh, PA
93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.