Taps: 60 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Rudgers73:
4.41/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was the second place that I went on my recent trip to Pittsburgh, PA.
You walk in and see a long narrow bar that stretches back to an open area with pool talbes and the like. The first thing that got my attention was this florecent glow from behind the bar. 6 cases FULL of over 200 different kinds of bottled beer. Wow. Then you look along the bar and notice about 30 more taps with a wide range of selection. Lots of cigar smokers, but not too overwhelming. I started with a Samual Smith's RIS, my girlfriend a sierra navada pale ale. Really cool place, wish I had more time there.
09-28-2006 16:31:05 | More by Rudgers73
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3.21/5 rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
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 +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in hear after hitting the tiki lounge and was very impressed.
we walked in and it was tight in front of the door but opened up in the back so we found seats at the bar.
the selection was awesome great bottle list great taps to many to list.
the service was good they handed me a book with the beer list and knew everything on it and were able to steer me away from some of the crap.
the food was good all we got was wings the burger and fries but was good bar food.
good beer good food good service would go back anytime
01-27-2012 08:19:33 | More by Kwak
4.43/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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 johnmichaelsen
4.58/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Been here under two types of circumstances. late night on a weekend, and afternoon mid-week. I'll review according to the latter, as that's typically when beer geeks go out to be beer geeks.
A- feels a little divey, but in a very comfortable way, like a real steel city bar ought to. people are cool, mind their business generally and if they do chime in on a conversation it's usually beer related, and nobody was drinking crap. [this is in contrast to the weekend evenings, when it's the usual E.Carson Street Crowd, and when I was there on such a night a group of about four yuppie types dressed in button-up collared shirts looking like they should have been in line at a velvet rope club about to be rejected by the doorman, came in ordered Bud Lights and started the adolescent posturing one would expect from a kid on his 21st birthday, but these guys had to be late 20's early 30's, boasting that they were Jets fans not Steelers, then asked me if I was a jets fan too. my responce was that they needed to go back to the hotel bar before they got hurt, they didn't listen, and while waiting for a cab to go back to my folks I did see them get their asses rocked by some other fellow Yinzers, that they were starting with in somkin' joe's]
Quality of what they have is stellar. lots of good brews and tons of Local stuff (props for supporting the local beer scene unlike the main competitor Fat Heads, which has no business being in the burgh at all). other than that, lots of reigional beers, and tons of good stuff from the country, continent, and world over.
Srvice was great Both trips. the bartenders know enough of what they are talking about when it comes to beer to help out even the most novice of palates find something from the world of craft, and they are super friendly too, even if they are swamped with E.Carson weekend tourists (as I call them).
Selection is likely the best in the Burgh. 60+ (more like close to 70) taps, and a LONG bottle list. Also like I said before, examples from each of Pittsburgh's breweries/brewpubs, and lots of PA beer on top of that, while still having a ton form the country/world over.
Didn't eat here.
prices aren't bad, they take little advantage of location for pricing.
I like the place, but if I want to sit and enjoy a beer here afternoon, if I'm out with a herd of friends for the infamous E.Carson Pub Crawl, I'll still want to take a longer stop than usual here and quickly have a pint or two of some GOOD beer.
[again, all review points are based on the experience midweek in the afternoon]
01-20-2011 21:38:37 | More by irishevans
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Smokin' Joes is incredible !!! A massive selection of great on-tap beers (65?) and also cool tshirts ha ha.
It's not as large or as deco-impressive as a place like FatHeads but on the other hand it's a bit more down to earth and it's less of a restaurant and more of a bar with some decent food.
There's a great digital jukebox that always seems to have something playing, or you can pay and select your own music which will eventually play. That's a plus over most of the other local venues which have pre-canned music playing or sports tv games running.
A definite place to visit, more than once.
11-21-2010 08:10:44 | More by therica
Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh, PA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.