This past Friday, I was invited to check out the new Sly Fox Pittsburgh Taphouse located at 300 Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh. To kick off their arrival in the Pittsburgh market, the folks at Sly Fox hosted a private soft opening and invited some industry friends.
With so many awesome breweries throughout the city, and surrounding towns, it’s nice having a craft beer option right in downtown.
This wont be the only location for the Pottstown, PA-based Sly Fox Brewing within the city. They are also planning on opening a location in the city’s South Side neighborhood, just across the bridge from the Downtown Taphouse.
So, what did I think of the space?… I think you need to go there as soon as possible.
Let’s first talk about the food menu. I didn’t eat while I was there, but I noticed a large menu of pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, salads and.. wait for it… pierogies. Yes, the guys at Sly Fox put the Pittsburgh staple on the menu, and they looked awesome!
Even better, their pierogies are oven-baked and available in multiple flavors: buffalo, jerk, garlic parmesan, BBQ, traditional (sour cream and onion). I’m super excited to make my way though this list over time.
Now, for the beer… with this location being a little on the smaller side, I was fully anticipating a smaller beer menu. I was incorrect.
At the present time, this location had 12 of their beers on tap, including the Vulpulin IPA, Alex’s Lemon Wheat, and O’Reilly’s Stout. They also had 6 beers available in cans as well as growlers and kegs available as well.
So the beer and food are great.. what about the atmosphere?
Being located in downtown has it’s pluses and minuses. Heading there, I was super worried about parking, but actually I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty vacant parking garage right next door to the place. (Plus) It was $10 (weekend rate) and I found a spot right by the exit. (Super Plus)
I was kind of shocked at how nice the place was inside and outside. The inside is inviting and casual. The bar draws you in and the brick oven pizza maker makes you want to stay and try the food.
The patio also provides an awesome view of the Point from your seat. So, if you’re the type that enjoys eating outside on a nice day, in a relaxing spot, the Taphouse is for you.
All-in-all, I think Sly Fox is putting together an awesome spot right in Downtown. My wife and I both agreed that we’d have to come back from some Friday evening Happy Hours in the future (or maybe a FBH meetup – wink wink).
Also looking forward to checking out the South Side location when it opens.
Welcome to the 412, Sly Fox!