Claddagh Irish Pub

Claddagh Irish PubCladdagh Irish Pub
18 Ratings
Claddagh Irish PubCladdagh Irish Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

407 Cinema Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-2373
United States

(412) 381-4800 | map

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hit this up with rjochman over New Years weekend to catch the Steelers game.

A: Lot's of friendly people. Most were watching the game, seems like it would be a good place to a). watch a game and b). have a good night life.

Q: Very good quality. Place has tons of back rooms, all are very clean and well maintained. Really a place you could make your own.

S: Our bartender was pretty good. Handled a full bar basically by herself. Made good suggestions to my friends on their beer and food selection.

S: I was impressed overall with what they had. I ordered the St. Nikolaus Bock Bier, they also had the typical Irish brews, along with Magic Hat #9, among others.

F: The food was really good. I got boneless wings with their Guinness BBQ sauce and it was phenomenal. Really reasonably priced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lastmango
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Stopped here one evening thinking I was going to have an Irish bar experience. I have been to great places in Baltimore and DC. Instead, they played hard rock music while I was there. No Irish music. Asked for a Jameson 18 year and they said they might have a little bit left. Bartender left the bar and came back with something . . . but it was questionable as to whether it was 18 yr.

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Photo of muc1987
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Bone53
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.75

The only time i come here is on Tuesday's for $2.50 pints. All day. Thats the best deal your going to find in Pittsburgh. They almost always have Two Hearted, Great Lakes and Penn Brewery rotation, and if your lucky a couple other solid craft offerings. Eat before you come here though because their food is a utter disappointment. Play it safe and order fries if you must

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Photo of misternebbie
2.11/5  rDev -40.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 3 | selection: 1.75 | food: 2

just ok, not real a craft beer destination , passable C/ C minus

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Photo of StevensBrewing
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of robgage
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Why did I go to Claddagh? The wife's sister in law had a birthday dinner scheduled to be across the street at ugh...the Cheesecake Factory. Long wait of course there, so I lead the crew into the nearest watering hole to at least pregame with some drinks.

Oh yeah and to unwind my tightly wound sister in law, who needed to relax. It was her birthday, so what's Claddagh all about, Irish themed pub...modern bar and draft system. It just makes me want to puke, the thought that I was hanging out here instead of down the street at Piper's Pub.

They ordered some appetizers that were passable, but it's sad that the Southside Works has like 2 or 3 Irish themed pubs...just kill me. The things you will do for family, we should have dragged her over to Hofbrauhaus for a couple liters.

No complaints I guess, SNPA, Guinnes, or Smithwick's...maybe a couple more exciting things (craftier options), but I'm sure this place sells truckloads of Irish car bombs. That was the vibe I got.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of rjochman
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good place to compete with the surrounding places to choose from on the South Side.

Great atmosphere. Layout of the pub is really nice with plenty of hd tvs and different areas of tables/rooms.

Good selection of beer and food. They have Smithwick's Guinness, Bass, Harp, and plenty of other beers to round out the selection. Beer did seem to be a bit expensive but it seemed like they had several options for specials depending on the day of the week and if their is a sports game(home or away) that day.

Portions of food are pretty good and seem can be shared to save some money.

Will definitely being going back for some Saturday morning soccer matches and other sporting events.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

To put my review into context: I've been here a couple of times since it opened, but my most recent visit was after my party & I were told by Hofbrauhaus that it would be a two hour wait til we were seated. Normally not a problem, but we were hungry, so we skipped across the block to Claddagh, making the evening a sort of "Epcot Center" tour of dining/drinking establishments.

The place is essentially an American restaurant cloaked in "Irish pub" decor -- they give you a pager, there are wait staff buzzing all around, things you just don't see in pubs. It's all part of the balance of attempting authenticity while giving the patrons what they're used to, I get it. That said, the vibe is still pretty charming & fun in a kitschy sort of way.

The beer selection is just a notch above most chain restaurants, with emphasis on pub-like staples: Guinness, Boddington's, Harp. A few macros, Sam Adams, Belhaven Twisted Thistle (my first choice), & I think I saw some other bigger craft brewers at another tap station (#9 comes to mind). Something good to be found, for sure, but not really a place for tap diversity -- albeit, still more taps than most Irish pubs you'll find. I'd even like to see more Irish stouts, but those seemed relegated to Guinness.

Got a chance to look over the menu in our short wait -- some predictable Irish pub offerings, with some Americanized offerings (wings?). Food was decent -- got the curried fries, (& I'll say, not the best curry I've had), & cheese plate to start off (pretty scant portions here), but the fish & chips were substantial & pretty good. Even better, the fish & chips was BOGO. Sweet!

Service was good, can't complain here. Decent prices -- not cheap, but the few specials we ran into were nice. Like I said before, very much an Epcot Center kind of experience, aiming for the vibe & feel while keeping up the service expectations one finds at a chain restaurant. Not sure if the selection alone qualifies it to be included on BA, but overall a pleasant & kind of fun experience.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A: Located in the Southside works, this is your typical Americanized Irish Pub (not saying that is bad).

Q: The beer is fresh, no problems with that.

Ser: They always have plenty of staff on, waitresses and bartenders. Both are quite prompt, attentive, friendly and in general very good at what they do.

Sel: Pretty much what you would expect. Standard beers like Guiness, Bass, Smithwicks, Harp, Strongbow. They do have some bottles of Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. If you like whisky, they have a great selection.

F: The food is not that bad. I do enjoy Pipers Pub a lot more, but this is very typical of your chain restaurant irish pub food.

Value: I think the beer prices are rather high for the type of beers you are drinking, but I do realize that they are in a commercial area with lots of stores and restaurants, so higher prices are to be expected.

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Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

No, this place isn't authentic Irish like the Pour House in Carnegie (when it used to be authentic), but it isn't bad for a chain. With more and more chain pubs appearing I fear the real thing may become extinct.

They have a good selection of tap beers and whiskeys. The food I've had there a couple times has been good also. They have bands that play there weekly that range from Irish to contemporary. You could do much worse than stop in this place if you're in the area. Get's pretty busy Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Photo of chemicalghst22
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I have been in here 3 times and all but last saturday it was packed. Just stopped to get a beer while we waited for a table across the street at the Cheesecake Factory (drool). Its like everyone else said: Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Bass, and Sam Adams. Like the dummy I am I got a Guinness instead oh the amazing beer that is SN Pale Ale, and wouldnt ya know I was disappointed once again and mad at myself for spending $6.50 on over rated gross beer. But thats ok I had 3 SN Pale Ales at dinner.
The enviroment was very plesant huge 50"+ tvs at the bar (but soccer was on). The bar is a very elegant carved wood. Didnt try the food but I was eyeing up the guys turkey sandwich across from me!

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Photo of Pondfish
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is smack dab in the middle of the Southside Works, a renovated city scape that used to be all steel mills and is right near the "Hot Metal Bridge" There are many interesting shops and a river hiking biking path nearby. The bar is beautiful. All handcarved woods and looks to be one of a kind assembled in the old country. The decor is "modern" Irish, taseful and comfortable. Food is better than average for a pub and the beer selection is mostly European, not a huge selection but many to choose from..if you want huge go a mile down the street to the incomparable Fatheads. The newly opened Hofbrau Haus is around the corner from Claddagh's. I usually visit this joint whenever in town; not a chain, in an interesting part of town where you could easily spend a day.

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Photo of cupbeerman
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in the brand new South Side Works, Claddagh Irish Pub is a very good American Irish themed pub. Upon entering this location, there is a huge rectangular bar that could easily seat 40 people; there are also two dozen tables scattered around the bar as well. The place is littered with replicas of old ads and newspaper articles. The service was very good and friendly, even with the place just opening recently.

Overall there are four sets of the same dozen taps. The tap lists includes many of the common United Kingdom beers, such as Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks and Bass. Other beers include Stella, Hoegraden, Strowngbow, Yuengling, and their “house brew” which is Goose Island Irish Red. They give the option of either a 16 or 20 oz pours. The beers are served in Guinness brand glasses, were served up fast and the pours were very fair. I did not really get a good look at bottle selection, but I did see Chimay Blue, Sierra Nevada, and Sam Adams.

Overall this place is worth a stop; while it does not have the beer selection of other places in town, the building itself is amazing. Parking is in a garage about two blocks away, with (at the time of this report) the first hour being $3.00 and every additional hour being $1.00.

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Photo of grainger5
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Decided to visit this place as an alternative to Piper's Pub. As you walk in, you are greeted by beautiful decor that naturally welcomes patrons in. The joint is broken up into different "irish" theme rooms. Since it is separated into a number of different rooms, it appears that it is a small resturant but don't be fooled, it is larger then it seems. The quality gets 2 big thumbs up across the board from the wait staff to food. The beer selection is decent because they will only serve beers from across the Atlantic. Its nice to kick back a few brews that you don't traditional see stocked in a good beer bar. The food was delish and its a nice place to take a date or even a family.

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Claddagh Irish Pub in Pittsburgh, PA
Place rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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