Pittsburgh’s Best Beer and Cocktails

Pittsburgh used to be known as a shot-and-a-beer kind of town (and still is, if you know where to look), but now there’s a bustling nightlife with countless great options for dinner and drinks. Downtown has countless great options for dinner and drinks, and the craft beer and craft cocktail movements are alive and well here. No one will look down on you for enjoying an Iron City or a shot of Fireball, but if you want something a bit more creative, here are a few can’t-miss spots to grab a drink:

Roundabout Brewery

There’s no shortage of locally brewed beer in Pittsburgh, but like any city with a burgeoning brewing scene, there are standouts. The Roundabout Brewery is an unassuming cinderblock building on Butler Street in the city’s trendy Lawrenceville neighborhood that contains what some say is the best beer in the ‘Burgh. Stop into the small tasting room for a pint at the bar or a growler to go. It’s hard to make a bad choice, but the Ginga Wheat is especially satisfying on a hot summer day.

East End Brewing Company

Widely regarded as the founder of Pittsburgh’s craft beer movement, the East End Brewing Company began brewing in the city’s Larimer neighborhood in 2004 and recently expanded to a second location in the Strip District. The Big Hop IPA and Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale are favorites, but East End is constantly brewing unique seasonal beers.


Down Butler Street at the intersection with Main you’ll find the Bierport, one of the city’s best bottle shops. An added perk? Grab any beer in the shop and take it next door to Row House Cinema, a single-screen theater that plays movies from a different theme every week.

Full Pint Brewing Company

The North Versailles-based Full Pint Brewing Company (pronounce that ver-SALES to sound like a local) opened the cozy Wild Side Tap Room in Lawrenceville to give city folk easy access to its wide variety of beers.

Hidden Harbor

This charming tiki bar in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood offers an impressive selection of tiki and tiki-inspired cocktails, and gin-lovers should definitely try the Fassionola Fizz. If you find yourself with nothing to do in the middle of the week, head to Hidden Harborfor “Weird Science Wednesdays,” when the brains behind the bar concoct “weird molecular and science-forward takes on tiki cocktails.”

Butcher and the Rye

Those in the market for whiskey should look no further than this two-story downtown bar and restaurant. The Butcher and the Rye’s Whiskey Wall is adorned with more than 600 kinds of whiskey, and the outstanding cocktail list offers plenty for whiskey-lovers and the whiskey-averse—though if any bar is going to change your mind about a disliked spirit, it’s this one.

Allegheny Wine Mixer

The Allegheny Wine Mixer offers a thoughtful list of wines from around the world that changes often, but don’t feel like you can only visit if you’re a connoisseur. The staff is friendly and will take the time to find a wine that you like and excitedly share recent additions to the menu.

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