Pittsburgh Bottleshop Cafe
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Taps: 31 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mgbickel:
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place has taken a few forms since its inception. The latest construction has opened up the floor plan nicely. Large "U" shaped bar in the middle of the establishment. Booths line one side and high top tables line the other. Coolers line the entire right wall.
Everything is clean and new. Lots of flat panel TVs around so you always have a view of what is playing. Good place to catch a game.
Service is good, but a little slow when the place is busy.
Great selection...they have rotating local and craft brews on draft and in the coolers. You can mix and match a six pack for one low price.
Good food...I haven't eaten here often, but when I have, it was good...not wonderful, but good.
Great place to stop by for a sixer. Can get really crowded on Friday and Saturday nights...but that is a good thing right?!
11-30-2009 14:23:42 | More by mgbickel
More User Reviews:
1.55/5 rDev -57.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped by on the way to Pens game Saturday afternoon. First time at this place and not very crowded for a late Saturday afternoon.
Atmosphere: Large open U-shaped bar that probably seats around 30. Hightop tables surround bar with approximately half dozen or so cold doors for beer take out on right of bar.
Service: Non-existent. So my wife and I pull up a seat at the bar. There was one other person at the bar, so with 3 bartenders (all nice looking women), you would think we could get a beer? Bartender comes over and asks what will we have. I ask to see Beer menu so she hands beer menu to us and walks away. We look over menu and decide what we want. Selection of beer is not bad and I liked that they order the beer by style.
After five minutes, she does not return. After 10 minutes, I guy sits down next to me. Same bartender immediately serves him a Miller Lite and again, ignores us. It turns out the guy is her father. 15 minutes later, another bartender has come on shift (again nice looking girl). All four bartenders are socializing in corner while completely ignoring customers. After 15 minutes of being completely ignored, we walk out and never to return. I could understand if they were busy but there were only 2 other customers at the bar at the time.
Overall: this place really is just a Hooters in disguise with some decent beer but that is probably doing a dis-service to Hooters because you would get better service there. Beer nerds would be wise to avoid this place as there are much better options. Sharp Edge Brasserie is about 10 miles down the road. Based on previous reviews, this seems to be the norm here so really not sure how you are supposed to get a beer unless you’re a father of one of the Hooters girls.
10-23-2011 14:35:12 | More by Kolsch
2.53/5 rDev -30.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
The owners should be able to improve this place easily, but it has not happened. They seem to hire pretty women, not people who wait on customers or know anything about beer or their beer drinking customers.
The tap selection is usually decent, but I am not so impressed with their overall bottle selection. It loos OK, but I rarely find things that make me happy. I can get a better selection from Giant eagle now, oddly enough.
Im always hoping for a big change, but it hasn't happened yet with the Bottleshop.
08-10-2011 12:19:01 | More by kuche
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
First time visit, not from the area. Passing thru and thought I would check out the bottle shop selection. Disappointed with the 12 door selection. All 11.2 or 12 oz bottles for 6-pack matching at $18 per 6-pack, $15 6-packs for domestics, Belgian bottles push it over $18. Very few 22oz or 750ml specialities and probably overpriced. Only 3-4 doors of actual craft beers.
Most of the location in dedicated to tables and bar seating. Very attractive waitresses, not sure about their beer knowledge. Was happy to see Green Flash West Coast, lagunitas IPA, Stone IPA, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.
My 1st beer was an excellent GF West Coast. 2nd was the Lagunitas IPA that was not correct, tasted like a blend of Chimay and a light pale ale. After 10 minutes of waiting she replaced it with a Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. She didn't inform a manager to insure it was the correct beer.
Like many other previous reviews, the service was slow at first, and parking at this location was challenging. The bar counter seats approximately 30 but there were only 20 people there and she didn't even mix and pour everyone else's drinks.
Now I'm just ranting. Guess I'm just accustomed to great service with better selection after living in San Diego.
12-22-2010 18:55:21 | More by dudasaj
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I drive by this establishment daily, and I wish it could be my "neighborhood bar"...but it can't in its current iteration.
Each time I've been there, I've been largely ignored (along with whoever I'm with) by the wait staff. I arrive prepared to eat, drink, and spend money. I wait many minutes (minimum: 15 maximum: 25) for the server to acknowledge the humans who are seated at the table, so we can order some beers and grub. By the time I'm asked, "What can I get for you?", I'm usually so annoyed that I order a single beer and something small to munch.
Unfortunately, getting a second beer is just as difficult. Most times I end up NOT ordering another beer, because I really would have preferred ordering that beer 20 or 30 minutes ago. Once I wanted another beer, but was simply handed the check, as if it was up to the server whether I was finished with just my single beer and pub fries.
I've heard that if you're a dude with money or a dude with looks, you'll get good service here. Unfortunately, I'm a chick who likes interesting beer, which apparently doesn't get me good service.
I truly wish I could recommend this place, because the beer is terrific (selection and price), and the food is good. However, the service is horrific.
10-24-2010 20:45:50 | More by motherofalldogs
3.29/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere- I'm torn here because the place looks really nice, but that's the end of the positives. This is setup to be constantly packed, even though they are currently doing construction. Music was way too loud and this bar seems to be trying to have it both ways. It reminds me more of a trendy hangout with craft beer as a bonus rather than the other way around.
Quality was about average, the beer that I had showed the tap lines to be clean and well kept, although it was a little on the warm side for the style.
Selection is above average, but in the near company of the Sharp Edge Brassiere, McGrogans, and Fatheads all within a short radius, there really isn't a reason to go here for something you can't find elsewhere. Probably the least varied selection in the area that still qualifies as a selection at all.
05-19-2009 00:18:34 | More by sonicdescent
Pittsburgh Bottleshop Cafe in Bridgeville, PA
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.