August Henry's City Saloon
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 48
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
2.21/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated W, 11 Aug 2010.
Despite having a nice big sign out front, I still almost managed to walk past this place. The entry was through a wide vestibule, far enough back from the street that I could not tell if it were actually open. I was light on options on this trip so I decided to press on and see what was what. Lo and behold, it was open! Not an auspicious beginning to my visit.
Things never improved, either. Of the seven (7) CO2 taps, Sam Adams' Summer Ale and East End Big Hop were the only worthy ones, rounded out by Guinness on N2. The three-door cooler had two shelves - one for domestics and one for micros. That's it?!? The depth and variety just were not there. On the opposite end of the back bar were the imports, but there was no improvement. It just seemed like a whole bunch of beers that you could get anywhere and had probably had before. The ambiance had the feel of a place trying too hard to be an old-time(y) bar. The bar and back bar looked old but did not feel old, more faux old, as if it had been transplanted from and old, defunct establishment. I also disliked overhearing ownership/management openly discussing issues with their staff with other staff members. It struck me as highly unprofessional. I would not recommend it at all were it not for its dahntahn location. It becomes a choice between here or the latest Sharp Edge and I wasn't too fond of that place, either. At least here, it ain't spendy!
02-19-2011 22:50:56 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
2.79/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | $$
After Sharp Edge and before crashing at our hotel nearby, the wife and I stumbled upon August Henry's. One of the few bars open along Penn Avenue in Downtown (the "Cultural District" to ben exact) on a Thursday night.
This is the kind of bar that has been around forever and a day but doesn't really stand out. Only a bunch of die-hard drinkers going at it on a Thursday night, and a hurried, sweaty bartender who seemed to be high on something not quite legal.
I picture this as the kind of bar you grab a quick one before a train ride or a flight, or maybe before getting in your car and driving to the suburbs. It's that kind of place, if you know what I mean.
Eight taps: East End Big Hop, Penn Brewing Pale Ale, Rivertown Scottish Ale, Yuengling, Guinness, Stella, Shock Top... plus a couple of taps, including Chimay, Franziskaner, Delirium and a bunch of BMC.
This place deserves no room on Beer Advocate, even if it was added ten years ago. It is not terrible, but it definitely is not beer-centric.
05-28-2014 05:41:47 | More by DoubleSimcoe
August Henry's City Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.