Located just a block off of Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington, this bar/restaurant has been a local favorite for longer than I've been going to bars. I has the look and feel of a classic "public house" where the entire neighborhood would good for gold drinks and lively socializing.
It's big too! There is a large main bar area, a nice sized dining area, a private/overflow area and even a two-table pool and dart room just off of the main bar. Back when it originally opened this place would have been considered a mega-bar compared to all of the long-narrow bars you typically find in Pittsburgh.
I was greeted before I even sat down, my order was taken quickly, my drink was constantly refreshed, and my bartender had the rare combo of being both super-friendly and amazingly hot. The menu was average sized, and consisted mostly of bar type food and yet included a nice salad selection and some vegetarian options. I thought the prices were just a touch too high for a neighborhood location, but they are not by any means over the top. They did have a lot of staff on hand, and let's face it, this is Mt. Washington - real estate isn't cheap.
I ordered hot wings, and my wife (who likes to mix it up) had the black bean burger. I hate two things about ordering wings in a restaurant that I've never been to before. This first is that you may end up with tiny little nubs from what has to be baby chickens, and the second is when the cook doesn't leave them in long enough and the skin comes out rubbery. No worries at Bigham Tavern, the wings themselves were on the large size and the skin was crispy. My wife's black bean burger, according to her, was a little dry but was made perfect after she added some honey-mustard sauce to it. I don't think the bar can be blamed for the dryness as I've never heard of a juicy black bean burger.
The lunchtime crowd I experienced was a mix between white and blue collar, and in age from the early 20's to the retired.
The beer selection was pretty broad, with a 15 head tap system and a giant cooler stuffed with bottles even beer snobs will find 5-6 different beers to enjoy!
Overall this may be my new Mt. Washington hangout! Between the crowd, the service and beer selection - it has everything I look for in a bar.