The Steel City is no stranger to bars. In fact, Pittsburgh has the most bars per capita of any city in the United States, with 12 bars per 10,000 residents. Whether it’s needing a drink after a long work week or just having fun with your friends, the perfect time for a drink is ALWAYS. Behold, the 15 best bars in Pittsburgh to grab a drink.
Top Bars in Pittsburgh
Located in the Historic Werner Building in East Liberty, Lorelei is a must-visit cocktail bar and beer hall. We adore the outdoor seating area, which is great for a cool summer night or a really nice date night spot.
Named after the rock and the mythical siren whom sat upon it, Lorelei offers German and Alpine inspired food and drink choices. We recommend their white & orange wines, as well as any of their traditional German beer options.
We can’t talk about bars in Pittsburgh without talking about this place. Brick Shop is a genuine neighborhood favorite. With signature dishes using locally-sourced ingredients, and delicious cocktails, this is truly a must—try place.
Situated in a former trade school, the interior features an exposed brick fireplace and contemporary light fixtures. Brick Shop features FOUR different menus – global wine, beer & cider, crafted cocktails and food! All of their menus are truly a global experience with traditional American, French, Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Caribbean options.
Hidden Harbor in Squirrel Hill is one of the coolest bars in Pittsburgh! This modern tiki spot features over 20 original cocktails, as well as, wine and local craft beer. Their menu includes traditional tiki-inspired snacks, salads and shareables and sandwiches. Our go-to order is the Hidden Harbor burger paired with a Frozen Miami Vice and a beer (or two)!
Pro tip: Hidden Harbor is located directly next to The Independent Brewing Company — so you can visit two awesome bars in Pittsburgh in one trip!
Who’s looking to lift their spirits?! Known for their “transformative experience” Kingfly Spirits celebrates tradition, quality, and creativity. They make each of their spirits, in house, using thoughtfully sourced, local and global ingredients. In line with their spirit—making process, each of their cocktails are also made using their “own tonics, seltzers, and syrups.”
Did someone say craft cocktails and lite bites?! With an impressive cocktail and food menu, Bar Botanico’s atmosphere is unlike any other. Definitely try the Cool Hand Chuke made using gin, Carpano Bianco, cucumber, mint, celery and lime. It’s literally a fresh, naturally grown garden in a glass and it’s FAB!
Pro tip: try the cheesy garlic bread – you won’t regret it!
If you’re looking for an immersive experience, head over to Bridges and Bourbon. Their menu boasts a huge selection of cocktails, bourbon, whiskey, rye, wine and more. Plus, each drink is served in a visually pleasing manor (seriously, just look at that bird glass). All of their food items are prepared to the same level of standards! The best part? They have happy hour Monday—Friday from 4PM—6:30PM!
Similar to the cozy-laid back bars in Italy, Grapperia is bringing unique, modern cocktails to the Burgh. In addition to their cocktails, Grapperia also features a full service bar offering a variety of Italian wines, as well as, local and imported craft brews. All of their food items are prepared to compliment the drink of your choice. We suggest ordering the expresso— with a shot of booze!
The Forge is all about craft cocktails with a Mediterranean twist. Along with wine and drafts, The Forge offers 8 seasonal cocktails, as well as, house favorites. We always like to try something new each time we order, however, our favorite is def the Sabich—a halved pita stuffed with hummus, fried eggplant, egg, tomato, cucumber, tahini and amba.
Lawrenceville is Pittsburgh’s hotspot for unique bars. One of the local favorites is Allegheny Wine Mixer, a small casual wine bar, which focuses on serving cocktails, wine bottles and beer!
To complete the experience, AWM offers a selection of cheese, toasties, and chocolates which pair beautifully with your choice of drink.
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Pittsburgh has the perfect vibe for the craft brew and bar industry to boom. The city is home to unique bars that generate a lot of interest from near and far. Beer, food, and memories with friends, what more could you ask for?! Start planning your visits to these awesome bars in Pittsburgh, today.