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Fat Head's Saloon

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Fat Head's SaloonFat Head's Saloon
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(412) 431-7433 | map
www.fatheadspittsburgh.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
215
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
Taps:
42
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 215
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Brock
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 highly overpriced menu items. Wish they offered a bit more diversity in terms of pour sizes.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Dualscar
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of troygreer
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of StevensBrewing
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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!

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Photo of misternebbie
1.88/5  rDev -56%

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

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Photo of outoffocus
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mclugnut
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of GregA135
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place has great beer and food! The sandwiches and burgers are fantastic and they have a great selection of beer along with their own line of beer! Head Hunter IPA is a must when you go here. It is an excellent IPA! They have an assortment of food to order. If you ever visit Pittsburgh, PA head down to South Side for Fat Head's Saloon! You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of teddybear60
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Amazing selection of food. I've never had a bad meal here. It's around $6.00 for a beer on draft which is a little high, but could be higher, however the Fat Head brews are great. Try the southside slopes sandwich, also the chicken parmesean soup is so good if they have it when you go there.

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Photo of Mbegley11
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Place was busy when we arrived. (Around 5 on a Saturday night). Bar area was filled but bartenders were still available. Beer selection on tap was varied and all unique and many more on bottles. Food was decent (pub food) but I didn't really go there for the food. Head Hunter was very good. I look forward to going back.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is probably the go-to beer spot in Pittsburgh located right on the main bar street on the south side.

Really nice selection of their own beers that is complimented by a similarly nice selection of other beer from the likes of Great Lakes, DFH, Troegs, SN and others.

Had wings which were very good as was the service. This is defintiely worth a visit if you are in Pittsburgh, especially if you have never had Head Hunter IPA.

This bar is also a very good size so there are no issues getting a seat here.

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Fat Head's Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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