Smokin' Joe's


31 Reviews
Smokin' Joe'sSmokin' Joe's

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(412) 431-6757 | map

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Reviews by portia99:
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

A - Layed back atmosphere..casual, a bit rustic and lived in for appearance. A large bar with manhy seats with ripped uphostery, about half a dozen tv's playing mostly sports related programs. Behind the bar are 4 or 5 bottle cooler filled completlely tih locals and high end craft beers. 60 taps and 1 cask beer of very high quality beers and a few rarities. A pool table and some seating spaces in the back...played a couple of games of pool...pretty quiet on a Monday night, mostly filled with locals. We fit in pretty easily though and traded friendly insults with the Buffalo Sabres fan bartender as we watched the Bruins send them packing to the off season.

Q - Quality of beer available was excellent. At least 55 of the 60 taps were unusual and high end craft beers - Founders, East End, Stone, Terrapin, Sly Fox and many others. As a sampling, we had Founders Sappy Slappy, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Oak Aged Wake & Bake, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Brooklyln Cookie Jar Porter...pretty rare and interesting stuff on tap, for sure.

S - Service was very friendly, especially compared to other Pittsburgh beer bars we visited. Went thru 2 shifts of bartenders and all were very friendly and enjoyed some sports heckling with the out of towners...Beers were always poured with no delays...bartenders were definitely on top of thingsk and ready to serve.

S - Selection was amazing...I rarely go to bars and find so many high end offerings that I have not already had the chance to sample. We stayed for 5-6 hours and sampled many beers, all of which were new to me....a great thing for sure...especially considering the abilitlity to try a couple of true rarities in the beer world.

F - Food was of good quality. Sampled a Caesar salad, chicken wings, french onion soup, quesadillas and a pretzel...all were good, but none were truly outstanding. Definitely shouldn't be disappointed with the food here, but other places in the neighborhood seemed to be a notch above here.

V - We kept looking at the menu and couldn't believe how cheap items were. Sandwiches and appetizers in the $3-6 range...really cheap, especially for being in the city. Overall the prices are very good and the selection of food and beer make this a good destination for some brews and food when in Pittsburgh.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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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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