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The Beer Market

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Reviews: 4
Visits: 23
Avg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
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110 Federal St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212-5708
United States
phone: (412) 322-2337

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Place added by: psuKinger on 08-02-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Visits: 23
Photo of Suezotiger
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I must preface this review by saying I went on a Friday evening on a night where the Pirates were away and didn't play until later that night, so I can't say much about how it is when it's busy. The selection is the best I've seen at any bar, both the draft selection of about 50 beers and a selection of about 500 bottles. When my first selection was unavailable there were plenty of other beers to try instead. The beer tasted great and wasn't any more expensive than I've seen for similar craft beers at other locations.

They don't serve food but you can bring in whatever you want, and they also have a food menu to order delivery from nearby restaurants.

Service certainly wasn't bad, but got a little slow towards the end of our visit even though the place was pretty empty. I can't say from personal experience how knowledgeable the servers are, but our waitress was friendly and apologized for taking some time to get our check.

Looking forward to going back, and I recommend going when there isn't a game next door.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Cross the street from the Pirates' terrific ball park

They have a shite ton of worthy brew on tap and in bottles (in huge refrig. units behind the bar)

Tons of TVs and typical garish sports bar kinda athmosphere.

Worthy beer spot in a very good location....go here...go to the game....repeat as many times as you can during the season

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Photo of psuKinger
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Beer Market is a welcome addition to the North Shore bar scene in Pittsburgh, for your Gameday Steelers and Pirates (especially Pirates) experience.

There is craft beer to be found on the North Shore. Bettis' has a modicum of selection, but the prices are on the hefty side. McFadden's has a little craft, but it's a "party scene". Tilted Kilt has even less craft, and additionally it's basically an Irish-themed mixture of a giant Applebees crossed with a Hooters.

Over by Heinz Feild, both the Rivertowne North Shore and the relatively-new "Pittsburgh Grille and Sports Bar" have been my two favorite North Shore watering holes on Gameday up until now. But on the other side of the North Shore, there is a new game in town, and it goes by the name of "Beer Market".

Atmosphere: is somewhat sterile. It's a big open place, with lots of TVs on the walls (generally filled with sports). There's a general *buzz* about the place before games, but that's probably true about every bar on the North Shore. Nothing extraordinary at all, in this regard.

Selection: is the best you'll do near the stadium, and by a wide margin. 50+ drafts, and several hundred (best guess: 500?) bottles available, presented in a well-organized beer menu, and contained in visible coolers stocked back behind the bartenders. A short wine list, combined with a clever beer-cocktail list, makes this an easy place to return to with your non-IPA-drinking-wife-or-girlfriend, if your situation is similar to mine.

Quality: I have yet to have a bad beer; the lines seem clean to me, and proper glassware has always been used. Perhaps most impressively, despite it's large menu, every IPA have ordered so far has been *fresh*.

Service: is impressive. Don't judge a book by it's cover, because the wait staff tends to be fairly knowledgeable. Waitresses are either all "good beer drinkers", or The Beer Market has a pretty solid mandatory training program going on. Based on the size of their beer menu, and combined with their location (people are gonna stop in on GameDays, good service or bad, at a location like this), the staff's knowledge has surprised and impressed me.

Food: A clever move, in my opinion. The Beer Market has no kitchen. They do, however, have a very professional-looking food menu, and waitresses ready to take your food order. They have arrangements with 4-6 other nearby restaurants, and will call in delivery orders for you, receive the delivery at the door, and serve it to you at your table. 1-2 other establishments refuse to deliver to the door (probably unhappy about the new-found beer competition), but the food policy is that their is no policy: bring in whatever you want, from wherever you want.

Value: Nothing about the North Shore is cheap. Parking isn't cheap. Tickets to the ballgame aren't cheap. The Beer Market is no exception. Relative to it's other craft-beer-competition in the area, these aren't the best prices (Rivertowne has better prices), but they aren't the worst prices either (places like Bettis', for example, cost more).

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Photo of Tedwarhc
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I will start by saying that I went to this establishment on a Saturday night and after a Pirates game, so it wasn't the best time to full test out a new spot.

The atmosphere was loud. They had live music and do often according to the signage. The crowd was a decent size but all well behaved. THe place is pretty large and has an open front so it is pretty roomy and not cramped.

They had over 40 taps and many coolers full of bottles and they were all quality. Many locals on tap and in bottles. They had a nice selection from all over the world with some decent Belgians on tap. I had a Petrus Pale and one other that slipped my mind. They did not have any BMC products on tap and none in bottles that I could see.

They had servers and bartenders a plenty, so the wait was never that long to get served and to get your order.

They do not have food in house, but do provide 3-5 menus from local beers and eateries that you can call yourself and have food delivered. This worked out well for my group that wanted pizza and not be at the place that was making it.

The prices were very reasonable for the PIttsburgh market and excellent for the North Shore/Stadium area. The drink tax was included in the price and most drafts were 4-8 dollars for proper pours.

Overall and nice spot and a great destination if you're on the North Shore.

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The Beer Market in Pittsburgh, PA
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