Pittsburgh boasts several trendy boutique and high-end hotels these days, each of which has its own bar and restaurant—and in some cases, more than one. You don’t have to be an overnight guest to appreciate them though. Here are some food and drink recommendations for when you’re in the mood to hotel hop around town!
The AC Hotel: Level 7
Level 7 is a bar with a roof deck at the AC Hotel in the Strip District. The food menu consists of simple salads, small plates, shared dishes, and desserts. There are plenty of local beverage options, such as craft beer from East End Brewing Company or Boyd & Blair Vodka in a Lemon & Lavender cocktail. Stop by after work for happy hour and a light bite to eat.
The Ace Hotel: The Lobby Bar and The Whitfield
The Ace Hotel has become a weekend hot spot in East Liberty. The Lobby Bar is welcoming and includes cozy seating clusters that are just right for catching up with a group of friends. Grab a $3 Narragansett lager or swing by the espresso counter for a caffeine pick me up. The accompanying restaurant, the Whitfield, serves rich, hearty food—if you’re on a budget, go for brunch.
Distrikt Hotel: Evangeline and Or, The Whale
Evangeline is the downtown Distrikt Hotel’s stunning cocktail bar that overlooks a sweeping staircase and a vertical garden in the lobby. This is an impressive spot for a date or a special event. If you’re not into oysters, snack on the Cheese Board or the Truffle Popcorn. The attached restaurant, Or, the Whale, has unique décor, an upscale menu, and a lively atmosphere.
Fairmont Hotel: Andys Wine Bar and Floor 2
The Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh is home to Andys Wine Bar and the recently rebranded Floor 2. Both are warm and inviting and great for meeting people. Hang out at Andys for live jazz, a glass of red wine, and a burger. Visit Floor 2 for a wide range of food and drinks (all of which are delicious), excellent service, and the occasional celebrity sighting.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco: Biergarten and The Commoner
The Kimpton Hotel Monaco downtown has a rooftop bar called Biergarten that is a popular summer spot. It has oversized board games, a carefully curated beer menu, and long tables to share, so you’re almost guaranteed to make new friends here. The Commoner has classic American fare, creative cocktails, and the occasional live band. This bustling restaurant is just right for group dinners and drinks, so make reservations in advance.
Hotel Indigo: Eliza Hot Metal Bistro and Wallace’s Whiskey Room & Kitchen
Eliza Hot Metal Bistro is in the Hotel Indigo’s South Side location. Wallace’s Whiskey Room & Kitchen is in the East Liberty hotel. Eliza is quieter and a good place to mellow out at the bar or meet coworkers for a casual lunch. Wallace’s Whiskey is a fun venue with frequent live music, over 75 whiskeys, and hours from 6AM until late. Both are spacious and have affordable food menus.