2001 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1520340.428647 -79.977621
Neighborhoods: Southside Flats
Greatest Beer Selection – love this place... If your looking for a chill atmosphere, then look no more. Smokin Joe's is where its at. Great place to start your night out. affordable drinks. and easy to find parking
#2 bar for beer in the south side – I love Smokin' Joe's, good service, good food, great beer. It's like a neighborhood bar, a place where they know your name (which i like.) The ONLY thing that is missing from this bar, that makes it #2 is that they should definetly consider is #1.writing the alcohol content of each beer and #2. writing the description of each beer on their beer list. Other than that, this is a great bar for beer lovers!
Impressive beer selection, average bar food. – The only reason to go to Smokin' Joe's is to drink beer. They don't have a particular well-stocked liquor bar otherwise, and the food is pretty average barfood fare that is not worth mentioning. The selection of beer, though, is spectacular and makes this bar a real standout on the South Side. The draft selection is pretty good, but the real treat is the huge row of coolers behind the bar hiding what must be hundreds of beer varieties. Whatever you might crave, it seems, is to be found. From Negro Modelo to Baltika to Chimay to Dogfish Head. It's all there, and the prices are pretty good too compared to what you'd pay at other joints on Carson Street.
Great bar – This place has a wide variety of wonderful beers on tap. The Double IPA was a treat. They make a decent, but not great, plate of wings. Despite ordering the hottest sauce, it was pretty mild. This place is comfortable, neatly decorated, and the staff is friendly, this is my choice to replace Chiodo's, which beer lovers of Pittsburgh over a certain age will always miss.
Excellent starting point for south side night – I have started too many nights at Smokin' Joes and ended up staying there all night.
The upstairs room is good for private parties - only if the jukebox is working!!!
CROWDED!!!!!!! – Most of the time quality and service will outway inconvienience in my book but Smokin' Joe's is the exception!! Their bar is poorly placed at the entrane of the bar. Normally this would not be a problem except for the fact that between the bar and the opposite wall is a space of about 2 1/2 ft. When this place get's packed you better plan an hour in advance for a bathroom break to allow time for manuvering through the sometimes rowdy crowd. On slower weekdays however this may not be a problem. Overall they have a out of this world beer selection, if you can make it to the side of the ber before closing!
Beer galore and cheap liquor make this a South Side staple. – The Scene
Like most narrow bars in the South Side, Smokin' Joe's has a three-sided bar facing massive beer coolers and an assortment of liquor. Three old-fashioned belt fans whirl overhead, and mirrored beer advertisements cover the walls along with photos of industrialized Pittsburgh. Beyond the bar is a seating area and a pool table leading to the upstairs bar used on busy nights.
Smokin' Joe's doesn't have a stereotypical customer. Two girls gossip in the window tables and a couple, toting laundry, sit at the bar. A bunch of men stare blankly at the football game, breaking their gazes long enough to order another beer or to argue about a play. Weekends are busy with a large college crowd.
With a whopping 50 beers on tap and 250 beers in the coolers, experimentation is a must. Varieties include Guinness, Franziskaner and Paulaner, plus an impressive array of domestic beer and microbrews.
Best selection of bottled beer in town – Great place - a large variety of bottled beer and an everchanging selection of draught beer. I prefer it when it's more quiet in there - it can get busy, but nothing too uncomfortable. Bartenders are knowledgeable about the beer and service is very good. Prices of the drinks are better than almost any other place as well. A pint of Guinness is cheaper here than almost any other place I've ever been.
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