When the sun is shining in Pittsburgh, getting outside is mandatory. And the only thing better than basking in the sun, is soaking up some rays with a cold beer or craft cocktail in hand. Rooftop drinks anyone?
If you’re in the mood for a trendy, fun night on the town this summer, be sure to check out Biergarten at Hotel Monaco. Overlooking downtown, this spot is nine stories above street level and is completely open for optimal fresh air enjoyment. The German-influenced food and European beer list are sure to impress, while the fun pub games will bring out your inner kid. Grab your crew and play a game of supersized Connect Four, all-weather corn hole, Jenga, or garden chess.
Sienna Mercato/Il Tetto
Sienna Mercato’s Il Tetto is another Cultural District spot that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Located on the third floor of the restaurant, this beer garden and pizzeria features amazing views of downtown. The inviting and cozy atmosphere is perfect for happy hour or grabbing a drink after seeing a show in town. Boasting 32 draught beers and an impressive list of wine and classic cocktails, you’ll love the views and the atmosphere at Il Tetto.
For an upbeat yet casual scene, The Library in the South Side is the perfect spot to hang out. The cute and cozy patio space is perfect for unwinding with a cocktail after work in the summer. Small plates and draft beer makes happy hour fun and satisfying. Grab a bite to eat and post up with your friends to enjoy all that the South Side has to offer.
Six Penn Kitchen
Six Penn Kitchen offers a casual atmosphere in the center of the Cultural District, making it the perfect destination for enjoying the downtown vibe. The beautiful and spacious rooftop lets you soak up fresh air and sunshine while enjoying the energy of the city. The American-style bistro menu offers savory and satisfying plates for you and your friends to enjoy before or after a show at Heinz Hall or the Benedum. Add Six Penn to your itinerary during a night out at the theater.
Carson City Saloon
Relive your glory days of college at Carson City Saloon in South Side. This high-energy sports bar is in the middle of the South Side’s nightlife and has a fun, youthful vibe with a rooftop for outdoor drinking. Show off your skills in the beer pong tournaments or chow down on some wings. Whether you’re still in school or a young professional, Carson City is sure to bring out your inner party animal.
BRGR in East Liberty has become a staple for burger lovers in the Burgh. The covered rooftop prevents you from getting drenched even if it starts to rain, while several tables in the sun let you soak up some rays on gorgeous summer days. The handcrafted burgers are sure to satisfy your hunger and the spiked milkshakes can’t be beat. You’ll love the energy and excitement of this up-and-coming area of the city.
What’s better than a frozen yinzerita and some chips and guac to make you feel like you’re on vacation? Steel Cactus’ Shadyside location has a beautiful rooftop deck with a full-service bar and dining options so you can grab some tasty and authentic Mexican food while enjoying the scene on Walnut Street. Come in for lunch or dinner, or stay late into the night for a fun Cantina party. Boasting Shadyside’s largest rooftop deck, the space is also heated during the chilly spring evenings, so the fun never has to stop.
Local Bar + Kitchen
If you’re looking for an all-season rooftop to grab a bite to eat, Local Bar + Kitchen has you covered. The rustic space features a heated and enclosed rooftop patio to keep you comfortable and cozy all year round. The casual atmosphere features American fare that’s perfect for brunch or happy hour while the bar scene comes to life after hours in the heart of the South Side scene.
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Rooftop Shindig
For something completely different, be sure to check out the Rooftop Shindig, run by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Located on the top level of Theater Square Garage, this event is perfect for making the most out of beautiful nights in the city. This event is meant for all ages and is free to attend. Bring your own chair and enjoy live music performances, a movie, handcrafted food, and specialty cocktails. This shindig must be added to your summer to-do list.
Coming soon: When New Amsterdam reopens they’ll have a rooftop bar to go along with a totally overhauled look, inside and out.