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Smokin' Joe's

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

31 Reviews
Smokin' Joe'sSmokin' Joe's
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2001 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203-1901
United States

(412) 431-6757 | map
smokinjoessaloon.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Taps:
60
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 11/23/07. This was our second stop on our Carson St. jaunt.

Pretty narrow main area with nice, long bar with about 18 or so barstools. The narrow walkway extended to the back of the tavern. The place was dimly lit with wood and brick decor along with hardwood floors and dark green walls. Some decorative tin ceiling tiles and fans added to the ambiance. Throw in some TVs, video games, a digital jukebox, pool table and some tables in back, and you get a pretty good picture of this place. They also have an ATM on site.

Service was prompt and friendly. We didn't order any food, but our beer orders were taken before we even sat down and they were promptly served to us.

The selection was pretty damn impressive. All in all, they had about 54 taps with tons of interesting offerings including Rogue, Lagunitas, Troegs, Magic Hat, Legacy, DFH, some west coast stuff, Belgians, imports and more. All of their selections were clearly written on a chalkboard above the bar with the ABV% and state/country of origin. Bottle selection was huge and easy to view, with approximately 200 different beers including 12oz., bombers, bottled conditioned selections and more.

Overall, this is a great beer bar with a fantastic selection. Though smoking is permitted, it was smokey at all. The music was at a good volume and it was only moderately crowded for a Friday night. One complaint, though, is that both beers I got weren't quite as fresh and I was hoping. Perhaps both taps were a little out of date. On a side note, there was a guy with tourettes and no teeth sitting next to us, which made for an interesting hour or so. But I'd stop back solely based on their selection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dacord421
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JArt
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of DanU
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of evan35
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 1.5

small, service is average at best good selection of beer, below average bar food,
I go in the afternoon, not my cup of tea later in the evening

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of basickness
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75

the service has sucked everytime i went, but they have a great selection on tap and in bottles. worth a shot if youre on carson. def not a super party atmosphere, but good enough to keep entertained. ive had a the food a few times and its TYPICAL bar food, do not plan to be impressed.

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Photo of Kwak
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in hear after hitting the tiki lounge and was very impressed.
we walked in and it was tight in front of the door but opened up in the back so we found seats at the bar.

the selection was awesome great bottle list great taps to many to list.
the service was good they handed me a book with the beer list and knew everything on it and were able to steer me away from some of the crap.

the food was good all we got was wings the burger and fries but was good bar food.
good beer good food good service would go back anytime

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Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

After my stop at Fathead's, I thought I'd poke my head into Smokin Joe's before calling it a night (it's just a a couple blocks down the street).

The first thing that struck me about Joe's is just how small the place is. As you walk in, there's a sizeable long bar on your immediate right, with a few tables and chairs far in the back, down a narrow hallway. There's also a couple of table and chairs up front by the bar area as well, but still... 40 or 50 people in this place would completely fill it up. Otherwise, there are a few flat screen TV's over the bar area, and the usual bar brick a brack throughout. Atmosphere is very informal and laid back, and I found this to be a very comfortable place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the beer list, this place completely blows fatheads out of the water. They advertise 60 beers on tap (I think there were a few less today), and then there are over 200 beers in bottle as well. Interestingly, despite the heavy emphasis on good craft beer on draft and bottle, Joe's also had miller lite and bud lite on tap (the bartender said they had just removed the bud lite tap handle, but it was still on the menu). I was a bit surprised, as they also had both beers in bottle format, and in my experience, macro drinkers could generally care less whether there swill is in bottle, can or on draft. In any event, the selection here is otherwise just outstanding, with a much more varied and diverse selection than what I had over at Fatheads.

As for service, I thought it was pretty good. My bartender (Mike) was quick and knowledgeable, and was able to handle a good size Saturday night crowd with practiced ease. I was also impressed by his handling of the crowd, which generally seemed to consist of many college age patrons, some of them very much the worse for wear. When a couple of attractive, extremely drunk young women came in for a round of cherry bombs, he very politely advised them that he couldn't serve them. Naturally, the women were not pleased with this response (though clearly the last thing they needed was any more alcohol), but the bartender maintained a polite and professional attitude throughout, despite the threats and verbal abuse from the young women.

Prices were some of the more reasonable I came across in Pittsburgh. It seemed to me that on average they were in the $4.50 a pint range, and that included tax (most of the other places I visited would tack on tax to the listed pint price).

I liked this place a lot and wouldn't hesitate to stop by again any time I'm in town.

Note: This is a great place, but the service can be a bit lacking when it comes to updating the beer list. Always be sure to ask if there are any changes or update to the beer list; there are usually a number of selections that are incorrect. Last time I was there the list indicated they had hopslam (it had blown several days earlier), and the list and "new beer" chalk board made no mention of the Nugget Nectar they had recently tapped. It's not enough to make me go elsewhere (the beer selection is always excellent), but it can be annoying.

Have had several food items, all of which were completely forgetable and unremarkable. I ordered the wings last time I was there, as I couldn't recall what they were like. After I got them, it was pretty clear why I couldn't recall what they were like. Not awful, but nothing distinctive or remarkable either. Hopefully I'll remember not to order them again next time I want to order food (I normally get food at Piper's Pub across the street, and suggest anyone else planning to order lunch or dinner do the same.)

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Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh, PA
4.11 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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