Fat Head's Saloon

Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1805 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-1770
United States

(412) 431-7433 | map
fatheadspittsburgh.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.34
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
226
pDev:
8.99%
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cratez from Canada

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What I had: East End Big Hop Harvest Ale (cask), Yards General Washington Tavern Porter (draft), Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA (draft), The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale (draft), South Side Slopes headwich.

What I liked: Bustling approachable atmosphere, friendly patrons, massive well-organized beer list, efficient and welcoming bartenders, delicious world-beating sandwiches, great retail store upstairs, mind-blowing IPA.

What I disliked: Aside from having to wait a few minutes for our seats, nothing really.

Would I go back? Definitely.

Overall Rating: 96

Jan 29, 2020
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Craighead from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Vibe: Expect to wait, but "chill out man, have a beer". Fat Heads has a uniqueness to it that will comfort anyone from a single man to a big family. It's really a pleasant place.

Quality: Fresh taps, and well taken care of. I'd be surprised if you ever get a dirty head-killing glass or a flat beer. You can tell that these people care about the suds, the people, and the food.

Service: It's a busy joint, be patient, but honestly - the service has always been top notch.

Selection: Always in rotation, but there will definitely be something here to please the crowd, especially if you're eating. The spicy foods go extremely well with the IPA's on tap, but there are plentiful flavors in all different categories. Bottom line, you'll enjoy the Fat Heads brews at the least. The other taps are bonuses.

Food: If you have an appetite and a reasonable palette you can close your eyes and point at the menu and be blown away. The food is so good it's frightening. I have yet to be disappointed.

Overall: If you are still debating going by the time you read this, I'm not sure what to say. It's a must-visit-family-friendly-awesome-pub.

May 08, 2017
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glass_house from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If I know I'm going to be in the southside, it's tough to pass up a stop at Fat Head's. Huge selection of house beers, as well as beers from all over the country. Best happy hour in Pittsburgh. Most people don't realize Fat Head's was famous for their sandwiches long before their world class beers. Try one and you'll realize why.

Feb 23, 2017
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Started going here in 1993 when the the boss and his wife would stop in every night. My name is on the first Wall of Foam plaque. Beer selection is excellent. If you get a Headwich , the kielbasa with pierogies is fantastic. My favorite time to go now is at lunch on a weekday. Not to busy but you can sit at the bar, relax, and talk to some local South Siders. A must go to place if you are in Pittsburgh. Before it was retired, Youngs Old Nick Barely Wine Ale was my beer of choice.

Jan 27, 2017
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Very upbeat vibe...surprisingly big on the inside, bar on the left, table area on the right. addition tables in back of bar, an outside courtyard, as well as, space upstairs. (did not go upstairs). Bar seat 10-15. Looked like about 40 taps, half their beers, half guest. I had the Sunshine Daydream, Midnight Moonlight, & the Oompa Loompa... all very enjoyable. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. I did not try the food, although I was tempted by the plates I saw passing by. They sell bottles to go.

Jun 19, 2016
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Not a fan of the location. Took forever to get there from downtown, and parking seemed impossible. Good thing we took an Uber. Surrounded by college bars and the like. However, once inside, I relaxed; such a chill place to talk and drink GOOD beer. Big selection. They were out of the beer I wanted the most (tweaked out Hippy Sippy), so I settled for Head Shrinker. Solid IPA, falls short of Head Hunter and Hop JuJu. Additional guest taps were solid as well.

Upstairs is a to-go shop with apparel and beer. Next time in Pittsburgh I'll give the food a shot.

May 08, 2016
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Brock from California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

An old favorite. Food selection perfect for beer. Highlights: South Side Slopes, Beauty and the Beasty, wings, "nachos". Plenty of fresh taps with good variety. Great service most of the time. No place I'd rather go in the 'burgh. Little bit of a warehouse vibe, but come with a few friends, order a round, and you won't think twice about that.

Feb 06, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Decently diverse tap and bottle selection due to it being a specific brewery's brewpub. FOH and BOH were a bunch of jaded apathetic spinsters. But the waitstaff and bartenders were cool. Rocked golden tee for a solid hour. Win. The food landed me in a coma that I came out of with diabetes mellitus. But the portions were fair for the higer priced menu items. Wish they offered a bit more diversity in terms of pour sizes.still great beers.

Dec 07, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Fat Head's brewery makes excellent beer so they always a great selection of their own plus they always have a decent selection of other breweries beers and at least one cask beer on. The food is usually great bar food but there is always a ton of it so if you get an appetizer you better split a sandwich. The vibe is quasi hipster funky colors on the walls. Service has always been very good there, if you get a growler fill please ask them to bottom fill it otherwise they crank open the tap and you have 64 oz of flat beer to take home with you.

Sep 30, 2015
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cosmo4u from New York

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Everytime I go to Pittsburgh I make sure I go out of my way to make a stop at this place. The beer selection is amazing and the food is over the top! I havent had one bad thing off the menu in all my time going here. The bartender saved me money sending my down the street to a beer distro to buy a case of beer instead of buying it there. Staff are super friendly and have always made me feel like a local

Sep 19, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Awesome place

Must visit if you are in or near Pittsburgh

Tons of great FH beer, over the top chow...get ready to pig out, enjoy great beer and have a very good time.

Really enjoyed my visit

Sep 16, 2015
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Dualscar from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If you are a fan of Fat Head's and live in Pittsburgh this place is a must. The food alone is great enough to make you wanna stop by, with unique and delicious appetizers, meals and of course a great selection of Fat Head's finest. A lot of the food even includes some of their drinks or hops used as ingredients to really make the flavors shine. I have only been twice now but really have a craving to head over again soon as every trip so far has been a delight. Note: A lot of my servers were very knowledgeable about the different beers and offered me pairing ideas as well, but not all seem to know it all!

Aug 11, 2015
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OGFGabv from West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place has everything I need. Great food, great people, and last but not least, some of the best beers brewed anywhere. Definitely my "go-to" spot in the burgh. Friendly staff, and did I mention they have half off happy hour? Why go anywhere else in Pittsburgh? To be honest, I don't.

Jul 09, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited on a Wednesday evening. Place was very crowded. Sat at the bar.

V - Bright, a little bit loud, clean and new, a decent beer vibe, but just as much of a sit down and have a great burger place. Kids were not with me, but seemed kid friendly as well. 4.25

Q - Proper glassware, clean glassware, no complaints - 4

Ser - It was a bit slow at the bar, but when I had their attention everything from my beer to my burger arrived quickly. Of course, friendly and helpful. Just enough chatter. 4

Sel - A wide selection of Fat Head beers, with at least ten more from other breweries. This was a late June visit, but I was disappointed there weren't a few more heavy, roasty, high ABV beers on tap. 4.25

F - Had a burger. Fantastic. Good home made potato chips as well. 4

Jun 29, 2015
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

The service and food were terrible. They don't serve flights, so it's impossible to taste the wide variety of beers that they have on tap. It's typical of other brew pubs in its Vibe, but the overall quality of the experience was greatly diminished by the poor food and poor service as well as the limited numbers of beers that could be tasted.
The waitress had little knowledge of the beers on the menu.

Jun 07, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Overall a very good experience; would go back in a heart beat.

Beer: They had about 40 taps; 20 guest taps and 20 Fat Head's beers. No flights but they are coming in another month. Good mix in styles, tried 2-3 very good ones, especially Head Hunter. Head Hunter bottles to go too which is awesome, and they do growlers.

Food: Huge menu, we had wings, a chicken sandwich, and perogies. All were great; great bar food.

Service: Awesome. Waiter was knowledgeable about the food and beer, gave helpful opinions, and came by to refill our glasses all the time.

Great place.

Jun 02, 2015
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troygreer from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Fat Heads is a strange part of the beer scene in Pittsburgh. Nestled in a very "college friendly" area, it struggles to be a place that I would ever want to frequent.

The atmosphere was pretty decent. Looks and feels more like a restaurant than a taproom but there is a good amount of seating both at the bar and the dining area. We tried several times before to check the place out but it was packed to the gills.

Selection - While they have a large amount of Fat Heads beer on tap, they have a greater amount of other breweries on tap. It was just another reminder that it was a restaurant first, tap room for Fat Heads second.

I ordered a hamburger and it was very bland. The burger was cooked properly so kudos for that but the meat had zero seasoning. The bun was equally bland and while the burger was large, I would have preferred a smaller, more flavorful one.

My experience was not a great one and probably will not go back. I wasn't impressed with the food or the beer and while the service was good, this isn't enough reason for me to return.

Jun 01, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Right in the heart of Carson St, this place seems to stay pretty busy. Selection is solid, with about 10 Fat Heads beers on tap, and about a dozen from other breweries. The food is awesome! My friend and I ordered a burger and sandwich and they are huge! One of the best sandwiches that I've had in a while. I'd definitely come back next time I'm in town.

Mar 16, 2015
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great spot for some tasty brews and good grub. They have at least 10 of their own brews on tap with a mix of year round (Head Hunter) and rotating / seasonals. They actually had a 2013 Vintage aged Christmas ale in addition to the fresh one. They also have a nice selection of guest drafts. Backwoods bastard was on. Happy hour specials are great. half off their beer from 3-6 M-F so $3 pints of Head Hunter! It seems there is always a decent wait for a table here so don't show up too starving. But they take your phone number and text/call u when table is ready. I enjoyed the southside slopes sandwhich (kielbasa and a fried perogi with sautéed onions and cheeee) would definitely recommend. Their food selection is insane. so many options and all sounds so good.

Dec 28, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

The OG Fat Heads, been there more times than I can count. Good sammies, great selection of FH and other craft breweries, as well as arsenal cider. Service can be slow at times because its always packed.

Nov 19, 2014
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StevensBrewing from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Huge portion sizes of fantastic food really make Fat Head's stand above the rest! You'll have to wait a bit for a table occasionally, but that wait is worth it once you see their very large selection of beers. Their own beers are great and they carry a slew of other craft brews you can enjoy.
Check it out if you're ever down on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Oct 14, 2014
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Had a very nice time here this afternoon with the wife and kids. Not as kid-friendly as the N. Olmstead location, and a bit crowded, but we came in pretty much during the lunch rush. Excellent tap list. Great Fat Head's choices on tap (I had Sorcerer and she had Hippy Sippy), and a bevy of other great brews to choose from as well. Wide variety of styles. I thought the waitresses/bartenders/greeter were really nice, especially as we brought in kids and a 6 month old in a stroller (I guess we contributed to the crowdedness)! The food was good, and there was a ton of it. Overall, just a fun time, and a no-brainer if you are in the area and enjoy great Fat Heads brews!

Oct 14, 2014
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -56.7%

Great selection and sandwiches, long waits for tables, rude staff,very drunk patrons,and the few times I was there it was mid afternoon ! Lots of kids, basically free roaming kids while there parents get drunk. On guy actually disciplined a kid by picking him up by his foot and holding him up toward the ceiling,while the crowd and staff roared with laughter, not for mature craft beer, shame because the potential is there

Aug 29, 2014
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fat Head's has the most consistently interesting tap list in the city. I can't really think of anything that would even be close. They seem to have really increased their own offerings, with around 10 of the draft lines for at least the last 6 months. Frequently top selections like IBUsive and Barrel-Aged Battleaxe are available, but it seems impossible to go wrong with a Fat Head's brew as long as it is a style you like. There are a bunch of styles that I have become interested in just by trying them here. They do a very good job of bringing in other interesting drafts too, and unlike a few of the competitors in and around the city they seem to do it within normal distribution channels. It can get crowded, and there isn't much room in the bar area. The food selection is extensive. It wouldn't be healthy to eat there too often, but you can't find better tasting bar food in my opinion.

Jun 05, 2014
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mclugnut from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This review is based on a single visit, though the experience was a good one and anticipate going back whenever possible. Atmosphere was friendly, patrons were friendly and polite and wait staff
cordial and knowledgeable. We got there at 2:30 pm and was told a 45 to 60 minute wait which ended up being only 30 minutes , by the time we left at about 4 pm it was wall to wall, can't even guess what the wait time was. Food portions were huge and all at our table enjoyed their meals. Beer selection was very good and varied. I tried their IPA and Imperial Red Ale and they were very good to excellent. Recommendation is a must visit when in the Pittsburgh area but expect a wait, as one would expect!

May 15, 2014
Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
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