This article was originally publishing on September 22, 2017 on Southern Exposure
Whether you’re looking for a place to throw back a few beers with your friends or you want a spot to savor a cocktail on an evening out, there are plenty of bars around Pittsburgh to serve your needs. The next time you’re heading out for a drink, make sure you stop by one of these best bars in Pittsburgh.
Offering skyline views of the businesses and hotels in downtown Pittsburgh, The Summit serves up good times to go along with its cocktails. You’ll find theme nights, such as Bingo Tuesday and Name That Tune Wednesday, as well as a selection of board games you can enjoy while you’re sipping your drink. The signature cocktail here is the Leora, made with strawberry vodka, blackberry, and basil. You’ll also find a menu that includes options like smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese and deviled egg carbonara.
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle
Located just down the street from the David L. Lawrence Convention Centerand in the heart of the Strip District, Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle is an authentic Irish pub that offers all the live music, dancing, food, and drinks you could want. On the menu you’ll find Irish classics like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and Irish potato cake. No matter what you order, you can wash it down with a pint of Guinness, Harp, or Murphy’s. If you’re not into beer, there’s also an extensive Irish whiskey menu, as well as wine, scotch, and other mixed drinks.
Butterjoint is a cozy bar that manages to pull off casual and sophisticated at the same time. Situated in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh, you’ll find a food menu that includes small bites like pierogies and hamburgers. The comprehensive drinks menu has draft beers, house cocktails, classic cocktails, and pickle backs. Additionally, you’ll find a wine menu with sparkling, white, rosé, and red options by the glass or bottle.
Downtown Pittsburgh might be the last place you’d expect to find a tiki bar, yet tucked away in a neighborhood in Squirrel Hill is Hidden Harbor. This unique and kitschy hangout offers plenty of themed drinks to enjoy. The Curse of Pele comes with rum, grapefruit, lime, and pineapple, and the Rum Cannonball has rum, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, and mint. If you’re stopping by with friends, consider one of the shared drinks. The Jaguar Shark serves two and comes with gin, lemon, pineapple, peach, and ginger, and the Atlantis serves four and has two-dozen exotic ingredients.
Jekyl & Hyde
If you love Halloween, you’ll feel right at home at Jekyl & Hyde. Decorated like a haunted house every day of the year, you’ll find spooky themed drinks like the Frankenstein, which has tequila and pineapple juice, or Dracula’s Kiss, which is vodka and cola. There are also special events throughout the week, such as karaoke on Thursdays and happy hour.
No matter what type of atmosphere you’re in the mood for, when you’re ready to savor a good drink in Pittsburgh, you can find what you’re looking for at one of these top bars.