Kelly's Bar & Lounge


13 Reviews
Kelly's Bar & LoungeKelly's Bar & Lounge

Type: Bar, Eatery

6012 Penn Cir S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206-3921
United States

(412) 363-6012 | map

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place honestly blew me away, I'm still in shock that they carried the quality beers that they did. Sort of a hole in the wall, when we drove by while looking for parking I didn't even notice it. When you walk in you can tell this place used to be a diner, and I guess a couple doctors and a lawyer renovated and turned it into an evening hangout to spread their love of beer, opens up at 4 so no lunch going down here. When you walk in dim lights and some punk going on put according to the bartender they have funk and soul night with a live dj, and a more indie rock inspired night of the week as well. Service a couple bartenders, females with tatoos and piercings galore serving up such beers as 90 minute IPA, Lunacy, BROTH scotch ale, Prima, and Old Ho right there I was amazed. Then bottle selection they had recently sold out of the Three Philosophers and they had a specialty beer from Achel that I got to have a taste of. Amen, for this underground gem of a beer bar. Hear the food is tasty and when I was walking out of the bathroom the waitress was passing me with a serving tray full of aromatic bar food I wanted to follow her to table and beg for some food, well anyway I didn't eat maybe next time.

Update, stopped in yesterday afternoon around 4 when they open and tasted a couple fine brews from Heavyweight and got to see their small but quality menu. My buddy Bart and I split some potstickers and each had a salad with all green leaf lettuce no Iceberg sprinkled with craisins, walnuts, goat cheese, and chicken topped with some Vinegarette very good salad. More praises to the small little underground beer bar, Megan the bartender was cool as hell and her and her hubby spin funk, jazz, and soul on Tuesday nights. Monday they were playing some cool low key reggae, however I have been there on the punk nights a different establishment all around.

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This bar is basically in the artist neighborhood of Shadyside, and this is the clientele that this bar serves to. Walking in it looked like a bar setup from the past. The bar itself has about a dozen stools and booths off to the side.

The quality and selection of beers is very good. Kelly's has 12 draft selections, which include: two Rogue beers, Yards, two Victory, two Heavyweights, and some common imports. The worst beers on tap were Yuengling and Guinness. They also had a good bottle selection with Penn and Ommegang to name a few breweries represented.

Overall this is a very good bar. It is a nice place to get away from your everyday sports bar. However, Kelly’s is a night bar only.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: Kelly's Bar certainly doesn't look like a craft beer bar; The 50's neon sign and door with porthole make the place look like another dive bar. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and in fact the retro nature of the bar adds to the charm. Inside, the bar features reddish-pink walls, pink neon lighting, white column lighting, and a jukebox playing lounge jazz. This is definitely one of the more unique bars that I've been to. The clientele includes the artistic types from Shadyside, so it's not a very loud and rowdy place, which is a nice change of pace.

Quality/Selection: Kelly's features 12 taps, with Yuengling and Guinness being the most macro-ish. The remainder are all micros or imports, with Heavyweight (including the Broth Scotch Ale OneTimeOnePlace), Victory, Yards featured. The bottle cooler contained interesting bottles including Victory, Penn, an Achelse Kluis, and the first place that we'd seen Three Philosophers in the Pittsburgh area.

Service: The service seemed to be reasonable, and the prices were quite good; our Broths cost only 4 dollars each.

We'd tried to make it here a few times, but the bar didn't open until later, so wasn't until yesterday that we could actually sample the place. It was worth the wait, though, as Kelly's was a unique experience, with a charm all its own, and this is certainly a place I'd go back to again, especially since it sits right on the trip between the Church and D's.

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Kelly's Bar & Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA
4.03 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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