Yaaaaay Sharp Edge! This place was my introduction to real beer. I just moved back to Pittsburgh and went there last night for the first time in over six years. Even better than I remembered. Great Belgian selection, yummy food, good folks.
The first time I went here I was truly overwhelmed. Belgians are my favorites and their tap selections are unreal. Ambiance of the places leave some to be desired, but it didn’t bother me too much because I was there for the drinks! All proper glassware served, super knowledgeable, friendly and honest staff. Bottle selection is also rediculous, but nowadays, I’m able to find much of those locally, as it can be pricey there. If you’re a Belgian fanatic like me, it’s a must to stop here.
Pretty good selection, especially for Belgians. Really enjoyed the food the times I’ve visited. Service was average, but it could have just been an exceptionally busy night, I’m not sure. Either way, I liked the place.
bth122 (19) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | September 16, 2010
Plain and simple the king of the belgium beers in Pittsburgh. Good food also. I like the Buffalo burgers and the sweet potato fries. I have been here many times. Just a bit pricey. They do also have a good selection of American microbrews on tap.
Ambiance is very nice and mellow, a bit dark inside, but inviting. Service is pretty fast and also the bar tenders and waitresses have a good amount of knowledge on beer. Selection is on par with other good beer bars in Pittsburgh in general, but if you like Belgians, the selections is awesome. Food is good, quality, better than bar food but not really upscale. Value points are decreased because the food is a bit pricey as well as the taps, unless you go at happy hour in which they have half off belgians. Overall a decent place to go, especially for belgians, but be prepared to spend.
I have gone to the original Sharp Edge many times, and figured it was time to throw a rating out there. The place is slightly hard to find, if it is your first time going there, or if you are unfamiliar with Pittsburgh. Once inside, you’ll find the atomosphere to be complimentary to enjoying food and drink. It is slightly dark inside, but warm, cozy, and slightly European in its feel. The tap selection rotates, and tends to feature European classics, hard-to-find beers in draft form, and good craft stuff. Their bottle selection numbers in the hundreds, and is more extensive than anything I’ve seen in this area. However, there are two major drawbacks to this: 1. The bottle selection tends not to change. The menu has been the same for at least five years. 2. Beers, whether on tap or via bottle, are prohibitively expensive. I’ve paid nearly twice the going rate for stuff there compared to other places in the area. I’m happy to pay a premium for hard-to-find, old, or stuff requiring intensive brewing practices, but not for something I can get on tap down the street. The food is good, but not life-changing. One really good time to go is during happy hour, when all Belgian drafts are 1/2 price and food is discounted. Overall, worth visiting, but be prepared to get off of your wallet.
Excellent place with a massive selection of beers from around the world, and as expected, a concentration on Belgium beers. Food is very good and overall the entire place is a value as you can eat and drink with a group of friends for less than $100. Amazing, and one of the many reasons to love Pittsburgh. Highly recommend this place although there isn’t much to do after visiting so be prepared to take a taxi somewhere else in the city.
This place had a bit of peculiar atmosphere that I wasn’t entirely enamored with. But, it seemed very Pittsburgh. I think the weirdest thing was that they had MANY Belgian beers that I’d never heard of, but that upon further inspection learned weren’t all that exciting. The prices were a bit high and the staff was a little curt. I’d come back here, for sure, because they had a great selection and lots of local stuff.
I love this place so much, that I now buy kegs from their suppliers. It is dangerous to go here without a DD since the great Belgians on tap are high ABV. That is a warning to those who want to frequent this place. The wait staff is nice for the most part... go during happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30pm M-F for 1/2 off. And try the European Beer Festival during the end of June each year. It is worth it!