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Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

14 Reviews
Sharp Edge Bistro on PennSharp Edge Bistro on Penn
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

922 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222-3706
United States

(412) 338-2437 | map
sharpedgebeer.com

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 07-02-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
3.33%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in during the lunch hour, didn't eat just enjoyed a few pints on the way to visit my sister out in Swissvale. Had a few beers that I had never seen on draft namingly Palm, the most boring and expensive Belgian I've ever had, steer clear of the Palm. Cuvee de Trolls while light slightly hoppy and super enjoyable. I didn't get the caged beer store between the front entrance and the restaurant/bar. Long bar lines the entire right side of the establishment except for a small lounge area with couches in the front of the house. A new brighter version of the Sharp Edge, less taps than I'm accustomed seeing in the original or the Creekhouse. I'm sure this is doing well in this location, but the drafts are really pricey. Come at happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 M-F to make this more affordable. I'm sure the food is solid, but I tend to play it safe with the wide array of burgers ostrich, kobe beef, buffalo depending on what you're in the mood for. I now they focus on the Belgians but this place seemed to really lack in the micro department at least draft wise. There were still a solid number of bottled options, just being a craft beergeek give me more options. I loved the Full Pint TriPA, probably the best I've had from them. Did I mention bottle chillers galore, I saw at least three of these things that can chill your bottle to perfect temp in a few minutes.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jrsaffert
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SaraRedd
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brown120
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of October
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice place that never seems too crowd too much, this Sharp Edge seems to always have an extensive selection of Belgians and seasonals. Prices are fair, and wait staff is generally friendly, although we were given a hard time once about splitting the check. I would recommend.

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Photo of JArt
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Deep selection, particularly Belgian and PA beer. Serves beer in appropriate glasses. A little pricy, but if you go during happy hour (4:30-6:30) all Belgians and crafts are half off. Makes it very affordable. Both times I've been we've had great service. Also do a fun "mystery beer" each night, for a gamble. Food is your average bar food, but let's be honest if you're on this website reading reviews you're going for the brews. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great selection of Belgians. Any place that has Duvel, Piraat and occasionally Chimay white on tap deserves a repeat visit

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Photo of greg4579
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dogleg
2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Rhleocp
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Sharp Edge was located close to my hotel. Good reviews made it my first choice to try.

Located on bustling Penn Avenue, it is blessed with a good location.

As you enter, there is a lounge like area to your right. Walk past that area for the bar. There is an elevated center section and table to your left and all the way in back. The serpentine bar must sit about 30. The décor is kind of blasé. I like all the Belgian beer memorabilia, but the carpet and tables and chairs look like they could be from a Lubbys or other chain cafeteria.

Heavy Belgian influence for draft and bottle choices. Still they have a nice selection of PA locals on draft and a huge bottle list with selections from both sides of the pond. You will have no problem finding multiple options. Note that the beer prices are pretty steep, but the PA sections are well priced and they have a mystery craft for only $4.50 per glass. Most of the glassware is 10 to 12 oz. but they do serve some beers in standard pints.

Service was harried during happy hour, but was friendly and was trying hard to keep-up with the crowd. Speaking of crowds, it is popular and their customers appear to be beer and wine centric.

The food is very good. I enjoyed both appetizers and main entrees on my visits here. I like their take on wings and thought their pizzas were a notch above normal.

This place is well worth a stop on your visit to Pittsburgh.

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Photo of rolltide
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of edmer68
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jhungryman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The wife and I were staying at a nice hotel in downtown Pittsburgh and Sharp Edge was the closest beer joint around. Not a lot of places open past 11pm on a Saturday night in the downtown area!

Lots of taps at Sharp Edge, 35+ and mostly Belgian: Duvel, Over the Edge (a Sharp exclusive), Karmeliet, Grimbergen, Chouffe, Lindemans, Silly Sour, Maredsous... plus a lot of Pittsburgh/PA brews and some special taps for Pittsburgh Beer Week.

Pricey all around, no doubt- nine and ten bucks for a lot of the drafts, and crazy stuff like $22 for a 2014 World Wide Stout. They did have a special on the Over the Edge "Triple IPA" so we didn't walk out of the joint too poor...

The menu was not updated but the bartender was knowledgeable and nice. They have beer to go (a bunch of bottles as you enter to your left) and growlers. We didn't try the food.

They close promptly at midnight, which is kind of a bummer but believe it or not most beer joints around downtown close even earlier.

Great? Definitely not. But it works in a pinch. I would go back if I'm staying in the area.

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Photo of mcewesr
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GregA135
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The food is excellent! I always try one of the burgers. They have different kinds of burgers like buffalo and elk. So far every burger I have had there has been amazing! The wings and appetizers are also good. A great/ vast selection of beer, but if you do go to Sharp Edge make sure you bring $$$. It can get expensive quick with the food and beer that you buy.

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Photo of robgage
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn in Pittsburgh, PA
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