Birmingham Bridge Tavern

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Birmingham Bridge TavernBirmingham Bridge Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

2901 Sarah St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-2327
United States

(412) 381-2739 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A buddy of mine told me that I would like this place. My wife and I decided to stop by here for a beer on a Saturday night.

Set a few blocks off of the main drag, it's hard to just "stumble" upon this place. A bonus is that parking is easy here...very different from anywhere else in the Southside!

A large bar runs down the right side of the establishment. Some seating (mostly high top tables) is off to the right. Exposed brick walls and a tin ceiling fit with the retro decor found throughout the area. There are a few TVs mounted throughout the place, darts, a jukebox and a touch-max.

I think there are about 20 taps...10 of which seemed to be dedicated to craft beer. They also have a cooler housing about 50 different bottles, mostly domestic craft offerings.

The service was good, maybe even slightly above average. They had three bartenders working and there were probably 25 or less patrons inside the place.

I did not try the food, but I am told that it is excellent. That will be part of my next trip.

This is a great place to get a quality beer (had a Moylander DIPA and an Oak Aged Yeti that night) without having to fight the crowds at the more popular establishments.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jrb378
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I would of given even better rating, but being a smoking bar takes away from the atmosphere.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of misternebbie
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another place I had frequented a lot during my college days, only to find myself stopping there more often now.

Nice and spacious (for a Pittsburgh bar) - usually ample seating at the bar or tables, also an upstairs area that is usually set aside for bands or private parties. The place is usually reasonably clean, same with the bathrooms...although sometimes you have to dodge darts to get in the Men's room. Also hosts an impressive jukebox.

The beer selection, decent. Probably close to 20 taps, a few micros and some 'tweeners (Yuengling, etc) and a decent selection of micros. Lots of regional, Troegs, Sly Fox, Furthermore and some others, Southampton, Bells, Founders. Maybe another 50 or so bottles to choose from...always good, never great.

Service has always been fine, and acceptable. Never had an issue and the bartenders do well in serving you when the place is busy.

I havent eaten here too often, mostly on wing nights - but they are quite good. Great quality, and the sauces are awesome and there are a good bit of them (recommend Eric the Red sauce). They also have $1 burger nights, which you get what you pay for.

My major issue with the place is that smoking is allowed inside downstairs. Not too many places allow that around here anymore, and I hate coming home with stinky clothes and a dry throat. Not to get into a debate about civil liberties and the such, I just prefer non-smoking venues.

Overall, a good laid-back place for some decent beers. Just requires a shower and change of clothes afterwards.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Definitely a hidden gem of South Side beer bars it's down about 4 or 5 blocks past Smokin' Joe's by the newer South Side Works area but it's a block to the right off of Carson Street located on Sarah. Corner bar with a lively day time lunch crew nice small neighborhood bar with kickass beer selection the drafts included Guinness, Penn Kaiser Pils and Ofest, Sam Adams Lager, Yuengling, Lagunitas Impy Red, New Castle, Sierra Nevada Pale and Harvest Ales, and Bell's Ofest...that's ten pretty quality draft folks than I peeped the bottle selection and saw some Great Divide brews including their Fresh Hop Pale, Stone 10th with other supporting cast members, Lagunitas Freak Out, Victory stuff plus seasonal Weizenbock, Great Lakes, Boulder, Bell's, North Coast, Yard's, Troeg's, etc, etc. Nice bottle selection we have ourselves a beer bar folks. Cool chick bartenders working keeping my glass full and I could only imagine what a cool place this is during happy hour or later in the evening. Everyone there was eating but me so the food must be decent.

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Photo of beerphan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

edit: 11/17/2007
They have added another 12 taps and have been carrying some really good brews.

edit: 12/3/2007

Tap selection is not quite as good as it used to be. Observed over the course of 4 or 5 visits.

Pittsburgh hidden beer bar gem!! Nestled in a far off corner of the South Side, Birmingham Bridge Tavern is just what the doctored ordered.

I visited on a weeknight hoping to get a pint of East End Harvest because i heard it was on tap there. The east end wasn't tapped yet but there was plenty others to choose from. When i asked for the harvest ale, the bartender (who ended up being the owner) said that they had it in the cellar, but it wasn't tapped. After i gave a sad face, she said give me 5 minutes and it was tapped and pouring. Unfortunately, (kind of) when i said Harvest Ale, she thought i meant Sierra Nevada Harvest. So it wasn't East End but who cares, the Sierra Nevada Harvest was great, and by tapping that keg BBT became my go to bar on the south side for good suds.

Arcadia Hopmouth DIPA and dogfish 60minute were also on tap along with about 8 other high end craft brews. The modest cooler was packed with craft beers including many PA offerings, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Victory and stoudts to name a few. They have belgians, great divide, bells, great lakes, southern tier, dogfish, and many other choices. Not as many beers as Smoking Joes or Fatheads, but the atmosphere more than made up for the lesser selection. (which is impressive, nonetheless) Also, mixed sixers are available and seemed to be reasonably priced.

The food seemed to be mostly burgers, sandwhiches and apps. But it was tasty and well proportioned.

The have one of those jukeboxes where you can download plenty a good tune.

I stayed at the bar on the first floor, but the place has three floors with the 3rd reserved for private parties and the like.

If smoking joes and fatheads are just becoming too much for you, like me, you'll love the BBT. Give it a try next time you're in the southside.

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Birmingham Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh, PA
3.8 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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