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Fat Head's Saloon

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BA SCORE
95
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133 Reviews
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
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A - We went here on a Sunday afternoon around early dinner time. A number of people waiting outside and inside was crowded with people waiting for tables. We initially came here just to grab a beer or two and move on to some of the other places down the street to check them out too. Very casual, decent sized bar and lots of tables available. Large board above the bar listing beers on tap and I especially liked the painted brewery/beer logos on the brick walls. Very low key place to sit and enjoy a couple beers.

Q - The beer selection was loaded with quality beers from many craft breweries and also several selections of Fathead's own beers. I had heard good things about their Headhunter IPA and was not disappointed. Plenty of beers from Stone, Troegs, Bells, Victory and many others on tap.

S - We eventually sat at the bar and found that the two bartenders on duty were mostly friendly and there was never a long wait to get a beer poured. Seemed like the sitdown areas were well staffed (maybe even overstaffed) too.

S - Good variety of beers from many breweries and hitting a wide range of styles. Something for everyone. Especially liked a couple of the house beers they were pouring too. A good mix, mostly of popular craft breweries, nothing too exotic or rare - but top quality all around.

F - Menu was expansive, but mainly consisted of pub appetizers, burgers and sandwiches...probably 25 different burgers available - made choosing something a tough decision. Ended up going with a pretzel with honey mustard, which was quite good, but maybe a bit too much salt on it, and some chicken wings which were also good - had a choice of maybe 10 different styles and heat levels - again something for every taste. Nothing fancy here but good nonetheless.

Overall liked this place - good place to stop for some quality brews. Definitely would go back, but there is some tough competition along this street.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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 eifster82
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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 Soloveitchik
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Rodosman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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 Craft_Imperial
3.5/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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 tpearsol13
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cmv60
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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 fredmugs
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 JArt
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hands down, my favorite bar in Pittsburgh. With Head Hunter always on tap, how could you go wrong?

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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 CMG-PSU
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

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