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Carson City Saloon
1401 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
P: 412-481-3203

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Sports bar in the heart of the historic Southside, known for it's 64oz Papa Smurf and awesome Pittsburgh game time specials! Check out our new ROOF TOP deck! Check us out on Facebook and ...

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Bar Hours

Mon. - Fri.5:00pmtil1:45am
Dance floor
Look & Feel
Bar Size
Dance Floor Size
Dining Size
Bottled Beers
Draft Beers
Mixed Drinks
Frozen Drinks

Beverage Prices

Beer Types Domestic Import
Draft Beer Draft $3.50 $5.00
Draft Beer Bottles $3.50 $5.00
Draft Beer Pitchers $10.00 $24.00
Frozen Soda Mixed Shot




Mixed Drinks




Review Staff Review: 10

Review Staff Review: 10

By: Paul Shushnar

The Carson City Saloon is one of the newest as well as one of the most interesting venues around. The Restaurant and Sports Bar is located in the old bank building at the corner of 14th and East Carson Street across from the Strabucks Coffee.

How old? The building was constructed in 1896 and was originally the German Savings Deposit Bank. The building is a combination of Greek and Roman Architecture. They have done a great job of remodeling the place into a three-story bar. The upstairs vault is now the handicap/unisex bathroom and the downstairs vault is a VIP room. Full of sports memorabilia, this place is truly a family owned business started by three brothers that have set out to open a place with everything they look for in bar. With five large HD televisions and 15 screens at the booths, this would have to be considering a location to catch a game whether it be the Pirates, Penguins or Steelers.

A complete menu ranging from appetizers, soup and salads to sandwiches and burgers makes this is not only a great spot to stop by after work but for lunch as well. Wednesday Nights will be acoustic country nights and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.

This is a place worth stopping by to checkout.

Weekly Specials, Happy Hours & Events

Weekly Specials, Happy Hours & Events

Sunday Specials & Events No Cover

Half Priced Corona / Silver Margaritas All Day!

Monday Specials & Events No Cover

Happy Hour: $2 You Call It Drafts From 5-7pmDaily Special 5 - 7pm Featuring $5 Small Plate Appetizers 45 Cent Wing Night (eat In Only) 7-10pm With $2 Bud Light Drafts From 5-11pm

Tuesday Specials & Events No Cover

Open Only For Game Day And Private Events. Want To Host An Event? Call 412-481-3203 And Ask To Speak With A Manager!

Wednesday Specials & Events No Cover

Happy Hour: $2 You Call It Drafts From 5-7pmDaily Special 5 - 7pm Featuring $5 Small Plate Appetizers $1 Blue Moon Drafts And $3.50 Crown Royal Drinks From 10-midnight

Thursday Specials & Events No Cover

Happy Hour: $2 You Call It Drafts From 5-7pmDaily Special 5 - 7pm Featuring $5 Small Plate Appetizers $1 Yuengling Drafts And $2 Captain Drinks 10-midnight! Featuring Dj Midas Starting At 10pm

Friday Specials & Events No Cover

Happy Hour: $2 You Call It Drafts From 5-7pmDaily Special 5 - 7pm Featuring $5 Small Plate Appetizers $1.50 Coors Light & $1.75 Blue Moon Drafts From 10-midnight Featuring Dj Fish From 10pm-close

Saturday Specials & Events No Cover

A Pitcher Of Miller Lite And Four Shots Of Fireball For $18 From 11:30-10pm $2 Miller Lites From 10-midnight Featuring Dj Layth Starting At 10pm

User Reviews Average User Rating: 9

User Reviews Average User Rating: 9

By: Lexinikole - Sep 30 2015 @ 11:12 AM

User's Rating: 7

Carson City Saloon is a fun place to go any night of the week! They have GREAT drink specials. They have a rooftop bar that is perfect for warm summer nights. The food is great as well, their menu features traditional bar food favorites! It's perfect for any age and you are guaranteed to have a great time!

By: Nami_zara - Jul 16 2015 @ 08:36 AM

User's Rating: 9

Went there on a girls night out, cool atmosphere and really good specials. it is a smoking bar though so if you do not want to smoke like cigarettes you might want to go to the top floor where they have the roof top open. Over all a really cool bar for the Southside. Will def be going back.

By: Alva Amanda - Oct 16 2012 @ 06:41 PM

User's Rating: 9

This is by far my favorite bar in the Southside to watch the Steeler's games. Everytime I go I have a good time here.

Pretty much all they have to offer here is great, the food and drink specials, the poeple that wrk there,and especially the rooftop bar that opened up mid September this year. They have alot aof drink selections and the food is GREAT. All in all i just LOVE this place and got alot of my friends to love it as well!

By: Carfarr - Oct 15 2012 @ 05:53 PM

User's Rating: 9

This is by far my favorite bar in the Pittsburgh area, It's impossible to have a bad time here. Everything about this bar is perfect. The music, the drinks, the atmosphere, the employees, the NEW rooftop bar. If you have never been there before I suggest you go as soon as possible and get a poppa smurf fishbowl drink. Don't try to drink it yourself though! Its also the best place to watch a Steelers/Pens/Pirates game..besides at Heniz, Consol, or PNC of course!

By: L.o.l.a. - Sep 21 2012 @ 03:52 PM

User's Rating: 7

One of the best game day bars on East Carson. Good specials, lots of promotions and giveaways, and always a different crowd. Weekends start out pretty good but can get overly crowded. Prefer for games or the last bar of the night. Overall great atmosphere.

By: Gretalian420 - Sep 13 2012 @ 02:49 PM

User's Rating: 9

Carson City is definitely one of my favorite bars in south side. I've never been there when its overly crowded and there is always a good drink special. On weeknights its good to go out with a group for a more chill night and on the weekends there's a good crowd, but not overcrowded. I've had a lot of good times here at happy hours, I won free 311 tickets when the coors light girls were there one night, and my one friend reserved the 2nd floor for a going away party in July that had a great turnout. I really like the 2 level set up and can't wait to check out the rooftop bar!

By: Tessalauren89 - May 02 2012 @ 08:30 AM

User's Rating: 8

i was at this bar for a charity and promotional event. i got there early to eat and had the hangover wrap which was DELICIOUS! i didn't get to drink much while i was there, but i noticed they had some cool choices, such as a fishbowl type drink for under $20. the prices all seemed pretty reasonable. we did happen to have a server that was slow and did not pay much attention to our table even though they weren't busy, but i really have no major complaints. the atmosphere is really pretty cool, though, high ceilings, cool decorations, and a basement where the bathrooms and private party rooms are that's huge!

By: CurtO - Feb 11 2011 @ 09:29 AM

User's Rating: 10

I've been to Carson City Saloon way too many times. But why? Mainly because it's a great bar, great food, top notch bartenders, energetic DJ (weekends), great game day drink specials, and fun crowds.

If you haven't been there lately, the place has changed a little bit. There is another bar located towards the front, right to the left of the front door. Also, the glass that separated the bar from the tables has been taken down, which really opens up the place. There is still the downstairs room for private parties and well as a good sized upstairs...both downstairs and upstairs have their own bars as well.

Food stops being served at 10pm (I believe), but it's not just greasy bar food. The place just gets way too packed on some nights for it to make sense to try and serve food all night.

Bartenders/waitresses are fun and attentive. Not sure if they have a rule to only have attractive friendly ones working there, but that's the only type I've seen employed there.

The DJ that seems to be there any time I'm there is DJ Dale and DJ Redhot. They are always willing to give a shout out to a birthday or any special occasion. The music they play has switched as well a little, for the better. You will need to stop by to see what you think.

Gameday drink specials? Yeah, the best. When our team scores, the number of the player is how many cents you have to pay to get the special. With each score, the special changes. But what remains the same is whatever the player's number that scored, you pay that price in cents. So if Max Talbot scores, you pay 25 cents for the special.

The only negative I can think of is that they don't take Discover as a form of payment. Since I usually only bring that card with me I have to bring cash. But whatever, it doesn't stop me from going.

By: Srgomerez - Feb 03 2009 @ 04:21 PM

User's Rating: 9

We traveled from Toledo, OH to watch the big game and Carson City Saloon was the most mentioned place to watch the game on Southside. Needless to say, we were not disappointed in the bar or the game. We were first in line at 7am and were able to grab the best table in the place, well worth getting up early. Our servers were absolutely some of the best we have ever had, constantly checking on our needs even through the mass of humanity during the game. I can't remember our first server's name, but both her and Melissa were fantastic! The food was also a big hit with our group, as everything tasted great and the portions were actually too big. Once again, I would just like to thank everyone from Carson City Saloon for a super time, great job!!!! We come to town 3-4 times a year and will make sure your place is on our list of must stops!

By: Minx - Jan 25 2009 @ 04:07 PM

User's Rating: 9

Located in the old bank building, Carson City Saloon is often one of the top names to consider when looking to watch any Pittsburgh sports team. So, on the Monday before Christmas my friend and I set out to watch the Pens game in more of a public forum than we usually do and there was only one place I considered going.

The Experience
My friend is a diehard Pens fan and knows every player's name (and life story it seems) but I'm more of a casual fan, and I wouldn't know one of the Pens players if I came across him in a bar (trust me, I know this from experience.) We arrived just 30 minutes before the start of the game and there were (and I understand this is not normal) open tables and open bar stools at the bar. We opted for the bar and picked a prime spot right in from of one of the televisions. There was a group of younger guys sitting at one end of the bar who would eventually drew us into a quarters war and a fair number of people that filtered in to sit at the tables or at the bar.

During games the volume in the place is reasonable, allowing conversation but also awareness of what is going on on the television. Every time the Pens score there is a drink special, the first I believe is any draught domestic (I forget for how much but it is spare change I'm sure), the next is cherry bombs (I think they are a dollar; word of caution, it is cheap cherry vodka so keep that in mind when accepting), and the next is grape bombs (I think, but by this point I was in a heated battle of quarters and not really paying attention to what my friend was agreeing we would consume.)

Overall the atmosphere is playful and friendly and I can see it being a very fun place to watch a game when the bar is packed; I mean we had a great time and there might have been 20 people total in the place given the upcoming holiday.

The Space
The space is pretty straightforward. You walk in and directly to your right is a long bar against the wall and on the left are high top tables, a partition, and more tables. The kitchen appears to be in the far left corner and the stairs (both up and down) are in the right corner. There is a large screen directly across from the door, two large flat panel televisions mounted above the bar and another two flatscreens mounted on the opposite wall. I did not venture upstairs on either time I was there so I'm not really certain the layout but there appeared to be additional seating and as usual when there is a balcony, people will enjoy standing by it and watching the action down below. The bathrooms are located downstairs at the end of a relatively roomy (if not a bit long) hallway and at least the girls' bathroom had a reasonable amount of stalls and was fairly clean.

The Crowd
Since it was the Monday before Christmas there were, I'm sure, less people in the place than on a normal hockey night in Pittsburgh. Most of the patrons were men of varying ages and everyone seemed pretty courteous and friendly. We even got sucked into a game of quarters with the guys at the end of the bar.
Though there seems to be a slightly less diverse age range on the weekends the crowd still seemed friendly and courteous. Obviously it's a great deal busier on a Satruday night than it was the Monday before Christmas; in fact it was difficult to get in the door let alone to get to the bar. However, once you reach an area of the bar without barstools patrons generally are willing to move aside for others to order. There does seem to be more men than women on any given night and on the Saturday I was there it seemed the crowd was less willing to mingle and more focused on the people they came with. There isn't anything wrong with that, but its something to keep in mind if you are striking out on your own one night.

The Staff
All of the staff was extremely friendly and were constantly watching our glasses to make sure we didn't need another drink. Whenever any drink specials were offered there was always someone who checked in with not just those sitting at the bar but also those at the tables to determine whether they were interested in taking advantage of the drink special – no need to seek out a server or bartender. The work uniform is casual, a simple Carson City shirt or tank top, most of which seem to be offered up for sale to patrons should they want one to take home.
While McFadden's might have been given BarSmart's hottest bartenders award I think the staff at Carson City deserves the honor. Not only are they hot they are also very good at their job; even when the bar is packed and difficult to reach, the second someone needed anything they are there.

The Drinks
There is a fairly nice selection of beers on tap as well as bottles and they even had a hard cider (it was Woodchuck I believe but hey, beggars can't be choosers); there was the usual liquor selection, nothing to brag about but all the standards were there. The mixed drinks seemed decently strong and the prices were decent overall with some actually being lower than average for the South Side.

On a Saturday night it was a bit brighter than I would like for a party bar but overall it wasn't too bad. I didn't find the additional lighting to really offer much, and in my opinion it would perhaps be better without them. As for the music, it is a good mix of the non-top 40 including many of Pittsburgh's favorite oldies-but-goodies (including Journey and Bon Jovi) much like what you would find upstairs at The Angry Inch in Washington, DC. This is a positive for me because the Angry Inch was a standby of my group of friends when I lived in DC and it is always nice to find a venue that plays different yet fun music. The sound seemed well-balanced overall, enveloping the space and never overwhelming.

The Details
There was no cover and no line on the Monday I went and a $2 cover on Fridays and Saturdays when there is usually a line of people waiting to get in. Parking is a fend-for-yourself situation, you find a spot on any of the streets remotely close to the vicinity and you take it – even on a Monday night it took a minute to find a spot – some are lucky and find spaces quickly but alas, I am not one of those people.

By: OhioGuy - Jan 20 2009 @ 10:34 AM

User's Rating: 9

I was in town for the AFC Championship and had a couple of hours to kill so I stopped by to check the place out. It was kinda busy when I got there - The Penguins were playing - and I got the last seat at the bar. Even though it was very busy, and there was only one girl behind the bar, I never waited with an empty for more than a minute or two. I didn't eat, but the food looked good, with some pretty big portions. I will definetly make it a point to come back when I'm in town again. Only negative I can see about the place is the smoking...but it is a bar, so what do yah expect?

By: MRMOJO - Nov 23 2008 @ 10:51 PM

User's Rating: 9

A bit small to be my pick for best sports bar....but I was very impressed with the food. They make great wings and the sauce is fantastic...not the typical bottled stuff or butter-laden goop.
Most noticable of all was how pleasant the staff are.
Very friendly!

By: Khizer - Oct 10 2008 @ 01:17 PM

User's Rating: 8

Great place to watch the game! Food was great, and that have a decent beer selection.

By: Trav84 - Aug 25 2008 @ 01:55 PM

User's Rating: 9

What a great bar to grab a bite to eat in and watch a game while enjoying a good beer. The food at Carson City is wonderful and they have great beers on tap. There are plenty of televisions to watch all the games on, and a great crowd of fans always there. It's a clean bar with great, friendly staff.

By: Schaeffer - Mar 31 2008 @ 10:24 AM

User's Rating: 8

This is a review of the upstairs part of this bar. Its a bit nicer than the downstairs on a crowded Saturday night. Upstairs you can find an area where you are out of the way and people are not pushing past you constantly to get to the bar. Upstairs you can get a table with your friends and there is a small bar that is actually kind of easy to get to because there are no barstools in front of it.
So if you are downstairs and feel like it is getting over-crowded I recommend escaping to the upstairs part of this bar.
Also they have a nice variety of beers on hand so you are not stuck drinking over-priced stuff unless you really want to.

By: Tnbst8 - Feb 20 2008 @ 02:14 PM

User's Rating: 9

Great place! This bar is awesome when there is a cover charge it is always low. The drink prices are reasonable. Service is great! The atmosphere on a Friday and Saturday night is fun! The bartenders are like Tom Cruise from the move Cocktail! Love this place!

By: Bjpriebe - Dec 26 2007 @ 08:49 AM

User's Rating: 10

Was there first time for Penguin game. Awesome!!! Bartenders were quick, courteous, and aware of my wants. Will definitely go again. My new favorite bar!!!

By: Chewbacca - Nov 04 2007 @ 02:10 AM

User's Rating: 9

OK now that I have cleared the Vesuvio's crumbs from my lap....

DJ Dale is awesome (I passed his name to get in too - it was about 35 minutes 'til closing time -- don't do this unless you know him or are a wookie who can fight off the masses), I was able to have a quick few beers at CCS while waiting for my pizza to cook at said perfect pizza establishment. I had a great time, I heard one of my favorite songs and what can I say?

CCS has stolen the bar going crowd from the strip in this town.. They are doing everything right. There is always a line to get in, it's always packed and they make GREAT food - (I am still awaiting a second chance at cheeseburger soup...sue me the stuff is good!!!)

The main point of this review is that THIS bar isn't even my preferred place to go in the Southside but EVERY time I have gone here it's been great!

To sum it up, I had a good time, the beers were REALLY cold, (which is nice 'cause that's all I like), and the crowd was even better.

I am still wondering about the DJ beer feeding device - it seemed to have two large 1 liter bottles of beer in it but was not being consumed?

By: SpicyPisces - Oct 30 2007 @ 09:46 PM

User's Rating: 9

I went there to watch a Steeler game. (the dreadful Denver game). Waitstaff was very polite and fast. Food was great and reasonably priced and you get alot. We were asked to leave because my friend was drunk and un-ruly. I do not hold that against them, I will give them a 9 because the location of the bathroom is down a pair of steps and down the hall. That's way too far, but they were spacious, bright and clean.

By: Stillthesame - Feb 14 2007 @ 04:13 PM

User's Rating: 10

Carson City is one of my favorite places to go since it opened last year. There are three floors but only the main and the upper floor have a lot of people. The restrooms are located on the bottom floor as well as the beer pong room.

They have a drink called "Call a Cab". They have 2 different kinds and both are good. They are $15. You are not allowed to order them by yourself but one person is capable of drinking it. They also have jello shots in plastic syringes which are pretty good.

I have never had a bad drink here. I love that there is not a minimum tab order. The entire staff is pretty fast. Even on a busy Saturday night, the owner grabbed me a drink since I had been waiting there for a minute. They have booths and there are waitresses who take orders. The booths all have TVs. The only bad thing about the tables upstairs is that you cannot add drinks to your pre-existing tab downstairs. You have to go downstairs or start a new tab.

Carson City is always clean - even on a busy night. There is usually a good mix of ages too. During the week, the crowd is a lot smaller. Some nights only about a dozen people.

By: Djcouple - Jan 18 2007 @ 12:04 PM

User's Rating: 10

After 7 months of drunk people, still one of the cleanest bars in the Pittsburgh area, and still one big party every night of the week.

By: Msella - Oct 21 2006 @ 01:12 AM

User's Rating: 10

Great New Bar - Bartender was very attentive, laid back atmosphere and there seems to be a lot of room. It was nice to be in a bar that size on the South Side that wasn't covered in grime or smell of stale beer. Would definitely go again for a happy hour.

By: DotNetRich - Sep 08 2006 @ 12:23 AM

User's Rating: 10

GREAT place to watch a Steeler Game. Can't wait to come back on the weekend. Pitchers of beer were a good price too and the music during the commercials was the best!

By: Natahley - Jun 21 2006 @ 12:23 PM

User's Rating: 9

Carson City Saloon is one of my favorite new places in the Southside. It has a laid-back atmosphere. The bartenders were very friendly, knowledgable, and never left me waiting, holding money out over the bar to get a drink. I had the special "call a cab"-- a rum drink in a huge margarita glass, meant for 4 people (shared by myself and one other person). Let's just say it lived up to it's name and more. Their other special "absoultely crazy"-- a mixed drink with several types of vodka-- is amazing, especially for the price ($3.50). They play a fun mix of music, from rap, to rock, to 80's, to 90's alternative that everybody was singing along to. The decor is cool, and the bathrooms didn't even lines. Overall, awesome place that I will most definitely go back to.

By: Tense - Jun 01 2006 @ 08:52 PM

User's Rating: 9

Just got back from stopping in at CCS (had to check out my new neighbor) I predict success for this place. It's a nice sports bar that's clean and looks to be pretty flexible. I love what they did with the old vault and open kitchen is nice. I always feel better if I can see my food being made if I choose. I only stopped in for a beer because I was working myself but the bar looked well designed and it was full. The sound system had a nice level to it and there are plenty of windows and believe me that's key down here. It looks to be a great place to watch a game with some friends and have some reasonably priced drinks. If I had to make a commentabout anything it would be about the menu. Don't get me wrong everything sounds great and the food that I saw looked generous and tasty. Personally I'm tired of going to bars that offer straight up pittsburgh bar food.But honestly that's just me I'm sure the rest of PGH will love it. I think that's why fat heads does so well, it's a pittsburgh menu with some creativity thrown in. There were a few things I would try for sure and hey when you are watching a game I guess you want the normal stuff anyway. But I would definitey go back and/or bring people with me. It just seems like a really nice spot to hang out. Good luck guys!

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