After a long day, Pittsburgh’s nightlife opens its doors to weary workers and students. When the sun goes down, the city’s bars, dance clubs, casinos, coffeehouses and live music venues kick into gear. It’s true — Pittsburgh rocks after dark.
It’s easy to find a local watering hole, no matter where you end up in Pittsburgh: Oakland has Uncle Jimmy’s or Hemingway’s; Shadyside has Mario’s East Side Saloon or Harris Grill; Squirrel Hill has the Squirrel Hill Café. If you’re looking for a fun night out, Pittsburgh has much to offer.
Pittsburgh’s Central Business District keeps going even after the clock strikes 5. Downtown Pittsburgh offers bars and lounges from casual to upscale. Stop by the happy hour at Olive or Twist for their creative martinis. Take a walk down Penn Avenue for sleek restaurants and lounges (Sienna Mercato, Sharp Edge Bistro) or Liberty Avenue for some of the city’s popular gay bars (Images, There Video Lounge). Theatergoers can stop in at the Backstage Bar for a quick bite before curtain or even to take in one of the fantastic performances in the attached Cabaret at Theater Square.
Just across the Allegheny is the Rivers Casino, open 24 hours and boasting full-service restaurants, bars, shops and even an amphitheater. If cabin fever sets in, the Jerome Bettis’ Grille is just down the road, featuring award-winning dishes and specialty cocktails. Across the street is the stunning Stage AE, attracting touring artists who draw in enormous crowds.
Adjacent to Pittsburgh’s downtown is the Strip District, a narrow strip of blocks along the Allegheny River. The area mixes office buildings, specialty stores and novel restaurants among its popular nightclubs (CAVO, Cruze Bar, Mosaic Nightclub & Lounge). A Pittsburgh favorite is the Church Brew Works, a pub serving hand-crafted beers in a converted Catholic church. After a full night of fun, drop in at the original 1933 location of the famous Primanti Bros. sandwich shop, open 24 hours.
Across the Smithfield Street Bridge from downtown Pittsburgh is the charming Station Square, an indoor/outdoor shopping and entertainment complex beneath the Monongahela Incline. Open Thursday–Saturday, WHIM is an enormous nightclub with five separate bars and an innovative light display. For a more subdued evening, stop by Buckhead Saloon in the heart of Station Square and catch a game with fellow Steelers, Pens or Bucs fans. If you’re in the mood for something special, book a ticket for a Sunset Cocktail Cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper and enjoy cocktails and light fare as you view the sights along Pittsburgh’s three rivers.
Further along East Carson Street is the South Side, one of the most popular spots for Pittsburgh nightlife. Diesel Club Lounge and Club Café each play host to a wide array of live music. Take in a concert and finish the night at one or more of many pubs and coffeehouses that line East Carson (Beehive, The Library, Piper’s Pub). A little further down the street is SouthSide Works, an outdoor shopping complex featuring the 10-theater SouthSide Works Cinema.
Double Wide Grill
When the weather's warm, grab a seat on the patio and relax with a beer menu that features more than 30 brews on draught.
Enjoy hits from the ’50s to today at this dueling piano bar and brewery, located at Pittsburgh’s Waterfront.
Modeled after the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, this traditional German bier hall features beer brewed on site and delicious German fare.