Chiodo's Tavern

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Type: Bar, Eatery

107 W. 8th Avenue
Homestead, Pennsylvania, 15120
United States

(412) 461-3113

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by henkster:
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Enjoy it while it lasts. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette, a Cincinnati developer will be replacing Chiodo's with a Walgreen's.

I visited Chiodo's two weeks ago and echo the sentiments of others. The atmosphere is made by the Pittsburgh memorabilia - a personal favorite was the article about Prince Charles and his interaction with Joe Chiodo. Joe was there to welcome us, show us around, and recommend some of his favorite beers (he stressed how much he loved Duvel). He's really quite a character.

The selection (particularly bottles) was good - especially considering this is a blue-collar, neighborhood bar in the quintessential blue-collar city. They carried a selection of English, Belgian and US micro-brews. We enjoyed bottles of Konigshoeven Blond and Quadruple, along with the mystery sandwich, before we had to leave for the Pirates game. I wish we could have stayed longer, and hope we can return before it is gone for good.

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The bar has about eight different draft beers selections, none of which are anything to write home about. But the bottle selection is very good. The bottles are very reasonably priced, with a $3.00 micro cooler and a $3.00 import cooler. The beer is very good but the magic of this bar is the atmosphere! Chiodo's Tavern has been in the same location since 1947. The place has many artifacts ranging from old Steeler team pictures to reminders of when Homestead was the steel capital of the world. The service is very good. A very big plus is that the original owner Joe Chiodo is around a lot. He talks to the bar patrons when he is there, and is very helpful (he once gave my bother and I directions to avoid Carson Street).

Overall this bar does not have the selection of a D's, but it is still a very good bar. I recommended that any person in Pittsburgh should come here and raise a glass to Joe.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Pronounced Key-o-doe, let me say this bar more than anyother in the Pittsburgh area deserve some accolades. If you talk to the owner, Joe Chiodo he will tell you that this 57 year old establishment has paved the way in serving microbrewed beer. When you walk into this place once your treated like a regular, warm and friendly atmosphere with history spread throughout the place. Everything from shoes that Joe made to pictures of him during WWII are hanging from the walls and ceiling, classic in everyway if your looking for the bathroom look for the bedpan on the wall. If you visit in the warmer seasons check out the back area you feel like your hanging out in Italian vinery. Quality is unquestionable in every regards here, and the service is dead on the bartender supplied us with tasting glasses the entire time of our mini BA tasting session. Selection great mix of local PA micros and a slew of imports, this is the original beer bar of Pittsburgh located in a former steel town. Food: I didn't get to try but next time I go I will order the mystery burger. All in all this establishment is a legend, and one that I will spread the word to toward every beer enthusiast or average joe sixpack the existence of this place.

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in Homestead, just over one of the billions of bridges that are Pittsburgh, is Chiodo's Tavern. It's a stone's throw from a mediocre at best Rockbottom brewpub and drinks at Chiodo's after dinner turned out to be the saving grace of a bad brewpub experience evening. Yay!!!
They've got a half dozen taps, and a whole hell of a lot of bottles. Not your run of the mill bottled collection for the most part. I haven't seen "dab" in a bar in like... ever. Lots of German and Euro imports, good Belgians, big bottled Chimays, Deliriums, Corsendonks, etc. Hell, a set of 3 Weihenstephaners. They've got 3 coolers of beer behind the counter. Not a crazily extensive regional micro collection, but some nice stuff. I had a Victory Hop Devil and a Lancaster Milk Stout. The bar's got a dozen and change seats and some tables along the back wall. There's a side room for dining and out the back door lies an outdoor patio with a bunch of tables. It looks quite comfortable out there. The decor inside is old sports equipment, photos, posters and the like. Stuff on top of stuff on top of stuff on top of stuff. Apparently, this establishment has been in business for over 50 years and was a pioneer in the Pittsburgh area in the serving of micros and craft beers.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Chiodo's is in Homestead, right off of the High-Level Bridge on 8th Street.

Atmosphere: A blue-collar bar for a blue-collar part of Pittsburgh (the billboard on the side of the building describes Homestead as "the former steel capital of the world"). Inside, there's all sorts of memoribilia hanging from the roof, along with pictures galore hanging on the walls, and commendations to the owner from Senators and Pittsburgh's mayor.

Quality/Selection: Now, picture your neighborhood bar serving micros and quality imports. Chiodo's has 3 coolers, one for micros, one for less expensive imports, and a 3rd cooler with their 22 oz/750 mL selection. The beers inside aren't bad either. The micro cooler had Victory, Yards, and Southern Tier, to name a few; the import cooler had Kostritzer, Stella, and more ethnic beers such as Tsingtao, Zywiec Lager and Birra Moretti, to cater to Pittsburgh's diverse ethnic background. But it was the 3rd cooler where the beer really shone. Duvel, 3 varieties of Weihenstephaner, Arrogant Bastard and 7th Anniversary, Konigshoeven Blond, Tripel and Quad in 750 mL bottles, Chimay, Delirium...a simply great beer selection.

Service: I was definitely impressed with the service. Even though the Pitt game was on TV, we were still served promptly. Prices were quite reasonable too; our imports were 3 dollars a bottle, and a later Duvel was only 5! In addition, it was also a pleasure to meet Joe Chiodo, the owner of the bar since 1947. Joe was a true gentleman who geniunely seemed to enjoy beer, took the time to walk around and meet the patrons, and even offered us directions home from Homestead.

Chiodo's is what I think the craft beer has been missing as a whole; a sense of community. It's a great deal of fun to sit down with everyday people and watch football (ie, scream and cheer at the screen). A truely interesting place to drink, along with a proprietor that's as much a city institution as the bar itself, make Chiodo's a new favorite place in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I'm glad QWEXSTER1 threw in this entry, this place is simply a classic bar not to be missed by people with an affection for blue collar beer drinkers. The hanging ceiling paraphenalia is just amazing to behold. An old buddy in grad school was also a Homestead police officer, and me and the buddies would love to slink into this dark joint and swill with him. Always had a good selection of bottles here, the introduction of more tap offerings was more recent and had just begun by the early 90s, when I moved out of the area. A great contrast to a "ferny" brew pub...

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Homestead is a former mill town where steel mills lined the river belching smoke and fire into the air. And where plenty of workers drank beer in Chiodo's. This is the quintessential neighborhood bar, but with a twist. The ceiling is covered with everything from hundreds of bras to sports paraphenalia and old bicycles. A shuffle board is still available to play in the narrow dimly lit bar. The twist is the owner was one of the first in the area to give craft beers a go. Before Hop Devil was the East Coast standard he had it on tap. Sure he has Bud on tap, but expect a few micros. Bottle selection is enormous with plenty of Belgians and national craft breweries. Chiodo's is famous for the mystery sandwich which you'll just have to order to experience for yourself. Nearby on the riverfront a new upscale shopping development called the Waterfront is packing in the crowds, but Chiodo's still is a traditional milltown bar with the guts to try something other than the usual macro-swills.

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Chiodo's Tavern in Homestead, PA
4.19 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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