Max's Allegheny Tavern

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Type: Bar, Eatery

537 Suismon St
PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212-4924
United States

(412) 231-1899 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Pondfish:
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4.6/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

If you like german beer and german food this is the place to go. Interior is "old Pittsburgh" and straight out of the 1880's. Not much has changed inside the main barroom in well over 100 years. Germans's on tap usually have Spaten, Wurzburg, Bitburg or other good representatives. They use the correct glassware. Barside has a coin activated piano that plays rolls and the floors are tiny hex tile. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. This is a neighborhood place that has endured. Must have been founded to service the german community that were some of the first immigrants. The food here is outstanding.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brother_rebus
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Recently I was mulling the list of Pittsburgh landmarks (bars and restaurants) and realized that Max's is an institution. But it's kind of an under the radar one, if that makes sense. Stepping in here is like stepping back in time. Which is also the same for the food menu, which would normally be off-putting, but somehow works here. It's nice to be able to find a place that still has it's original self on full display, and Max's is just that. Suggested. And, The Penn Brewery is not too far from here, if you want to make a tour of it.

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Photo of Woody188
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

In the Heart of the Olde Allegheny section of the Northside of the City of Pittsburgh. The food is German Style and very homemade with great care given to the quality. The beer selection is a cross between Good German beers and the blue collar Pittsburgh Beer drinker selection. It's not a big place but if you enjoy good traditional German food with Good German beers then you will enjoy this little hidden treasure that has been in Da Burgh for many many years. It is sometimes difficult to find a parking spot though, because it is essentially in a neighborhood area with on street parking, but drive down a block or so and you will find a good size public metered lot, Remember to feed the meter.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Atmosphere and prices are the best things about Max's. Tap list isn't much to speak of. Obviously it's German heavy - Spaten, Warsteiner, Hacker-Pschorr - and they also had Bell's Oberon. I ordered a Köstritzer Schwarzbier. I can't say they use proper glassware when all three beers at my table were served in a mason jar, but that's OK. It fits the old school vibe.

The drafts were $4.90 each, but many of the sandwiches are less than six bucks. Very healthy portions, even if the food is not all that healthy; half a reuben with a side of potato pancakes was enough for me. Most of the menu is filled with German classics, so come here if you like varieties of schnitzel and sausage. There are plenty of other sandwiches though, like burgers, chicken and the ever-present Pittsburgh fish sandwich. There is a sizable dessert menu that includes (of course) black forest cake and German chocolate cake but also three servings of apples: pie, fritters and strudel.

It's mostly an older crowd, which again fits the vibe. There are several dining rooms decorated with old photos of the city. But the main bar room is the place to be. There is a cool old red neon light behind the bar, and I love the tiled floor. If you sit at the bar or under one of the colored glass chandeliers at a nearby table, it's not hard to feel like you're in the Pittsburgh of several decades ago.

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Photo of cupbeerman
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Max's is located on the North Side, about 1 mile from Penn Brewing. Max's is an old Pittsburgh neighborhood bar that has a good selection of German drafts. Upon entering there is a bar and a small dining room that seats about 20 people, decorated like an old tavern; the place is very nice. There are also two much nicer dining rooms as well for families.

The beer is almost all German; they have 9 taps, with six being German. The selection includes Franziskaner, Spatan, Hacker-Pschorr and a treat like Köstritzer Schwarzbier. The bottle selection is poor at best with a few Germans and Penn Pilsner. The beer is poured into a Mason jar that held no more than 10 or 12 ozs.

The service was friendly and prompt; however the prices for the beer are a bit high. I did not have the food this time but they have a German menu. Overall Max's is worth a stop if ever in the area but I would not go out of my way to stop here.

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Max's Allegheny Tavern in PIttsburgh, PA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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