Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Transcribed from notes dated T, 27 July 2010.
I am saddened to report that this place is a mere shadow of its former self. Stosh, the original owner with the place having gone to his sons and daughters, passed away in October 2006 and his presence is sorely missed (by me, anyway). On the one hand, I am glad that they are still open and doing business, but on the other, the original grittiness is gone.
Entering, there was a short vestibule followed by a door which opened onto the bouncer's station (Stosh's usual position), complete with ID scanner. The short, straight bar was on a left-oblique with the kitchen aft of it, back towards Liberty Ave. A lone, two-door cooler (Wah!), with five shelves each, sat at the end of the back bar. The back bar was beveled mirrors with a bank of seven (7) CO2 taps and one N2 tap. The stage was still all of the way aft and the wooden bear and Native AmeriCAN stood guard at its edge.
Food: The food is still par excellence! The picture gives you an indication, but Stosh was old-order Polish and the food is traditional eastern European with the real bargain being either the Red or the White Platter, patterned after the Polish flag. I waffle between the two each time and never leave hungry.
Beer: It was still good, but the depth and breadth of the selection was no longer there. Stosh prided himself on having an array of eastern European beers that was second-to-none, but the reduction in number of coolers limits them.
Ambiance: Stosh was not a stickler for cleanliness outside of the kitchen, but a an extensive water leak coupled with his daughters' taking charge of the clean-up has led to a loss of years of patina. He was a fan of both live music and spoken word/poetry events and I hear that the music continues, but I'll bet that the hardcore bands that used to play are not the fare now. I was truly disheartened to hear that Dyngus Day had devolved into a nightmare and had to be discontinued. There was nothing like seeing the interior covered over with Vizqueen (plastic sheeting) the day after Easter so that we yahoos could run around squirting each other with water pistols. Apparently, some frat boys did not understand the concept and it led to a fist fight. Too bad.
12-18-2010 14:17:32 | More by woodychandler
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3.49/5 rDev -3.3%
Went on a Thursday night. What a treat! $1 beers in a fridge full of the most random assortment of beers that you'll ever see next to each other. Best was the Stoudt's Fat Dog. Drank a lot of those for very small amount of money. It was very hot inside but they allow everyone to spill onto the sidewalk with plenty of outdoor seating. The atmosphere is communal and friendly and I ended up getting invited to a drunken game of kickball under the Bloomfield Bridge with some hipster types. Loved it! Others in the fridge were some Sam Adams, Schell (??), and weird Hawaiian malternatives. It was fun and if I lived in PGH I believe I would be a Thursday night regular. Also, try ordering a Sweaty Mexican - a shot of Tabasco and tequila. Weird.
07-26-2007 22:46:49 | More by clickpush
3.5/5 rDev -3%
The BBT is a couple blocks north of Church Brew Works. The place is a small Polish restaurant that has a fairly good beer selection. The tap selection is all macros, so don't come expecting to have a draft. They have two coolers full of craft beer. A small cooler behind the bar has many imports including many Polish beers. The cooler in the middle of the restaurant is fairly big and stocked full of craft beer. They mostly have the regional micros that are everywhere in Pittsburgh. The service is ok...we had to ask to get a glass but the bartender was knowledgeable about Polish beer and was trying to get more. The place was not that big; the bar itself only had 8 stools.
This bar does not open until four and they have a ten dollar min. for credit card purchases. The beer prices were low, but buyer beware...they had a few beers that were passed the drink by date
03-25-2004 06:13:07 | More by cupbeerman
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Atmosphere: The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern doesn't look much like a craft bar. The outside looks a bit run-down (though they do have excellent painted signs visible coming up Liberty Avenue. The inside is multi-leveled, with a bar on the left with velvet stools, and a dining room in the back up a couple stairs. The theme is very Polish, with a Polish flag, pictures of the Pope and other such decoration. The people there are hardly party types, but the typical blue-collar Pittsburgh yinzer.
Quality/Selection: Though BBT didn't have a great tap selection (Franziskaner was the main craft beer available), the bottles could hold their own with quite a few other bars. As expected from a Polish bar, some of the beers available include Lomza (but sadly, no Okocim or Zywiec porters). There were quite a few micros in the cooler. Several Victory beers were in the cooler, along with hard-to-find beers like Crooked River and Summit. Though there were a few probably beyond code beers in there (Whirlwind Wit), most seemed fairly up to date.
Service: The service seemed quite good here. Our original bartender told us about the homemade pirogies available and seemed to be friendly. Once he left, the second bartender talked mostly to what seemed to be regulars, but he was kind enough to chat with us about the Polish porters and how they hoped to get them in and even where we could possibly find them in town (we didn't, sadly).
Food: I didn't have the food on my trip, so I didn't rate it. The BBT, however features a regular pub menu. Its calling point, however, is the Polish food they feature, with favorites such as pierogis.
BBT is clearly not a Sharp Edge/D's. With a few selections that stand out, good ethnic food, and its proximity to Church (only a couple blocks up the hill on Liberty Avenue), the BBT is worth giving a try.
03-25-2004 05:04:10 | More by beergeek279
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
I had a buddy in grad school who lived in this neighborhood, almost was trapped here when a nearby train derailed and spilled toxic waste in 1986...lots of atmosphere punctuates this funky joint. Food is Polish -- Keilbasa (or "Kolbossy", as pronounced by Pittsburghers) and Perogies abound. The beer selection was always good, Penn Pilsner and Penn Dark ever since they were brewed, decent selection elsewise. The interior is a little odd, a little worn down, a good lack of plants, tables and chairs that don't match. I used to trip on the step up to the back level all the time. A dive with good beer, lots of nights with live bands, and a lot of local tradition.
07-31-2003 20:49:09 | More by ADR
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh, PA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.