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Kelly's Bar & Lounge

Not Rated.
Kelly's Bar & LoungeKelly's Bar & Lounge
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 18.8%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6012 Penn Cir S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206-3921
United States
phone: (412) 363-6012

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Photo of ThrashLibrarian
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%

I need to frequent Kelly's more often. I usually only end up there on Punk Rock Night, but it is only a few blocks from my house and they always have great beer on draft and the selection rotates frequently. They don't have the biggest selection in town, but they always seem to have interesting stuff.

Megan F has been waiting the tables everytime I've been there. She definitely know all about beer and is able to make suggestions and recommendations.

I know this isn't cocktailadvocate.com, but the cocktails are pretty great there.

ThrashLibrarian, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +19%

ramrod666, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of NardiByNature
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%

I'll admit, I probably went on a good night. And I got super drunk. But I had a ball. The set is probably aged 25-35. A mix of local, European tourist (?), and hipster. Not exactly a typical go-to for the New England bro.

As a CMU student I don't typically stray from the Shadyside/Oakland haunts for a typical night of debauchery - Will Penn, Doc's/Marios, Peter's, etc. Well, I'm glad I did: this place is solid.

There was a DJ bumping some low-key 80s infused house music (think Blue Monday) and there was a very lively crowd on this weeknight. The bar was packed (but not crowded), people were friendly, and the bartender was an absolute pro. The dude knew a ton about mixology and cocktails if you're into that. The menu is full of innovative mixed drinks and classics as well.

As far as beer goes, I think anyone from the area would be impressed. There were like a dozen taps and they weren't typical. They featured a handful of brews from Church Brew Works and East End brewery. This place had Gratitude on tap... There were plenty of bottles around too but I didn't get that far.

Overall, I couldn't have been more impressed. It's sort of unassuming in a low key but undeniably gentrifying neighborhood: East Liberty. As far as the college set goes this is a well-kept secret: reasonably priced, a good selection, and top-notch service.

NardiByNature, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of shadyside
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

shadyside, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of scoob8000
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

On this our fifth visit to Kellys I finally decided to write a review..

I've been hanging out here with a good friend after visiting his 4mo old girl at childrens hospital.

We found this place on beerfly looking for a good place to have a few micros close to the hospital.

The first night here we were greeted by Megan, the bar manager. Soon as she saw our hospital name tags the conversation started.

Everybody here has been very caring about the situation. They even sent him home with some of their awesome mac n cheese.

I cannot say enough good things about Megan and the employees here.

ANYWAY... About the place!

The have about 12 taps, and the most mainstream of the bunch would be Guinness or Franziskaner.

Since the barleywine fest we've been enjoying one of the only kegs of East End Gratitude!

The prices are reasonable, and the food is utterly awesome! You have never had a better home made mac n cheese.

The bar can get a little crowded with about 16 stools and a dozen booths or so, so get here early.

The overall theme reminds me of a 50-60's bar or diner. Complete with porthole front door, neon sign and interior decor.

If your in this neck of the woods and want a good micro, check this place out!!

scoob8000, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

This place honestly blew me away, I'm still in shock that they carried the quality beers that they did. Sort of a hole in the wall, when we drove by while looking for parking I didn't even notice it. When you walk in you can tell this place used to be a diner, and I guess a couple doctors and a lawyer renovated and turned it into an evening hangout to spread their love of beer, opens up at 4 so no lunch going down here. When you walk in dim lights and some punk going on put according to the bartender they have funk and soul night with a live dj, and a more indie rock inspired night of the week as well. Service a couple bartenders, females with tatoos and piercings galore serving up such beers as 90 minute IPA, Lunacy, BROTH scotch ale, Prima, and Old Ho right there I was amazed. Then bottle selection they had recently sold out of the Three Philosophers and they had a specialty beer from Achel that I got to have a taste of. Amen, for this underground gem of a beer bar. Hear the food is tasty and when I was walking out of the bathroom the waitress was passing me with a serving tray full of aromatic bar food I wanted to follow her to table and beg for some food, well anyway I didn't eat maybe next time.

Update, stopped in yesterday afternoon around 4 when they open and tasted a couple fine brews from Heavyweight and got to see their small but quality menu. My buddy Bart and I split some potstickers and each had a salad with all green leaf lettuce no Iceberg sprinkled with craisins, walnuts, goat cheese, and chicken topped with some Vinegarette very good salad. More praises to the small little underground beer bar, Megan the bartender was cool as hell and her and her hubby spin funk, jazz, and soul on Tuesday nights. Monday they were playing some cool low key reggae, however I have been there on the punk nights a different establishment all around.

WVbeergeek, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

Atmosphere: Kelly's Bar certainly doesn't look like a craft beer bar; The 50's neon sign and door with porthole make the place look like another dive bar. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and in fact the retro nature of the bar adds to the charm. Inside, the bar features reddish-pink walls, pink neon lighting, white column lighting, and a jukebox playing lounge jazz. This is definitely one of the more unique bars that I've been to. The clientele includes the artistic types from Shadyside, so it's not a very loud and rowdy place, which is a nice change of pace.

Quality/Selection: Kelly's features 12 taps, with Yuengling and Guinness being the most macro-ish. The remainder are all micros or imports, with Heavyweight (including the Broth Scotch Ale OneTimeOnePlace), Victory, Yards featured. The bottle cooler contained interesting bottles including Victory, Penn, an Achelse Kluis, and the first place that we'd seen Three Philosophers in the Pittsburgh area.

Service: The service seemed to be reasonable, and the prices were quite good; our Broths cost only 4 dollars each.

We'd tried to make it here a few times, but the bar didn't open until later, so wasn't until yesterday that we could actually sample the place. It was worth the wait, though, as Kelly's was a unique experience, with a charm all its own, and this is certainly a place I'd go back to again, especially since it sits right on the trip between the Church and D's.

beergeek279, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of jasonm
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

Kelly's is a fun place located on the Penn Circle in the rapidly revitalizing area of East Liberty near Shadyside. Go through the port-holed door and enter a bar that's like a 50s diner meets dive bar, but with good results.

Beer selection focuses on quality, with 12 taps that rotate frequently and no macros. You can always find East End beers on tap, and usually more than one. Bottle selection again focuses on quality, not a lot, but its mostly all good.

Apparently most of the service staff was turned over several months ago. The current staff in my experience has been friendly and attentive.

The clientèle is a mix of hipster, punk rock, and yuppie, with an eclectic selection of music being played (you're equally likely to hear The Smiths, Stevie Wonder, The Carter Family, or Slayer). Its a fun vibe but I usually end up feeling old and unhip. It can also get loud and smoky at times, so be warned. If I were 10 years younger and single, Id probably hang out here all the time. Evenso, its still a fun place to stop by for some great beer and atmosphere.

jasonm, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of cupbeerman
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%

This bar is basically in the artist neighborhood of Shadyside, and this is the clientele that this bar serves to. Walking in it looked like a bar setup from the past. The bar itself has about a dozen stools and booths off to the side.

The quality and selection of beers is very good. Kelly's has 12 draft selections, which include: two Rogue beers, Yards, two Victory, two Heavyweights, and some common imports. The worst beers on tap were Yuengling and Guinness. They also had a good bottle selection with Penn and Ommegang to name a few breweries represented.

Overall this is a very good bar. It is a nice place to get away from your everyday sports bar. However, Kelly’s is a night bar only.

cupbeerman, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%

This was the first pub of the night on a pub crawl with my gracious host. The atmosphere here is very cool, diner-chic, 50's in feel, heavily smokey, but quite OK. Quality of my beer was very good, and the service was friendly, but very slow, which is OK by me. Selection was good with some local micros, a few macros, and quite a few imports, a nice bottle list as well. East End IPA was damn good on tap. A nice hipster, locals bar that is definately worth checking out if you are in this part of town. Very close to the Sharp Edge too. Another bonus. A cool PITT bar.

francisweizen, Jul 07, 2005
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Kelly's Bar & Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.