Taps: 60 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.21/5 rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
the service has sucked everytime i went, but they have a great selection on tap and in bottles. worth a shot if youre on carson. def not a super party atmosphere, but good enough to keep entertained. ive had a the food a few times and its TYPICAL bar food, do not plan to be impressed.
05-10-2013 17:10:24 | More by basickness
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in hear after hitting the tiki lounge and was very impressed.
we walked in and it was tight in front of the door but opened up in the back so we found seats at the bar.
the selection was awesome great bottle list great taps to many to list.
the service was good they handed me a book with the beer list and knew everything on it and were able to steer me away from some of the crap.
the food was good all we got was wings the burger and fries but was good bar food.
good beer good food good service would go back anytime
01-27-2012 08:19:33 | More by Kwak
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
After my stop at Fathead's, I thought I'd poke my head into Smokin Joe's before calling it a night (it's just a a couple blocks down the street).
The first thing that struck me about Joe's is just how small the place is. As you walk in, there's a sizeable long bar on your immediate right, with a few tables and chairs far in the back, down a narrow hallway. There's also a couple of table and chairs up front by the bar area as well, but still... 40 or 50 people in this place would completely fill it up. Otherwise, there are a few flat screen TV's over the bar area, and the usual bar brick a brack throughout. Atmosphere is very informal and laid back, and I found this to be a very comfortable place to hang out with a beer or three.
As for the beer list, this place completely blows fatheads out of the water. They advertise 60 beers on tap (I think there were a few less today), and then there are over 200 beers in bottle as well. Interestingly, despite the heavy emphasis on good craft beer on draft and bottle, Joe's also had miller lite and bud lite on tap (the bartender said they had just removed the bud lite tap handle, but it was still on the menu). I was a bit surprised, as they also had both beers in bottle format, and in my experience, macro drinkers could generally care less whether there swill is in bottle, can or on draft. In any event, the selection here is otherwise just outstanding, with a much more varied and diverse selection than what I had over at Fatheads.
As for service, I thought it was pretty good. My bartender (Mike) was quick and knowledgeable, and was able to handle a good size Saturday night crowd with practiced ease. I was also impressed by his handling of the crowd, which generally seemed to consist of many college age patrons, some of them very much the worse for wear. When a couple of attractive, extremely drunk young women came in for a round of cherry bombs, he very politely advised them that he couldn't serve them. Naturally, the women were not pleased with this response (though clearly the last thing they needed was any more alcohol), but the bartender maintained a polite and professional attitude throughout, despite the threats and verbal abuse from the young women.
Prices were some of the more reasonable I came across in Pittsburgh. It seemed to me that on average they were in the $4.50 a pint range, and that included tax (most of the other places I visited would tack on tax to the listed pint price).
I liked this place a lot and wouldn't hesitate to stop by again any time I'm in town.
Note: This is a great place, but the service can be a bit lacking when it comes to updating the beer list. Always be sure to ask if there are any changes or update to the beer list; there are usually a number of selections that are incorrect. Last time I was there the list indicated they had hopslam (it had blown several days earlier), and the list and "new beer" chalk board made no mention of the Nugget Nectar they had recently tapped. It's not enough to make me go elsewhere (the beer selection is always excellent), but it can be annoying.
Have had several food items, all of which were completely forgetable and unremarkable. I ordered the wings last time I was there, as I couldn't recall what they were like. After I got them, it was pretty clear why I couldn't recall what they were like. Not awful, but nothing distinctive or remarkable either. Hopefully I'll remember not to order them again next time I want to order food (I normally get food at Piper's Pub across the street, and suggest anyone else planning to order lunch or dinner do the same.)
07-03-2011 11:31:10 | More by John_M
Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh, PA
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.