So, you know when you’re watching The Real Housewives and they go out for a drink? That’s the vibe we wanted for these cocktail spots. Somewhere kind of fancy or with tons of character. The kind of place where you feel a little bit special and pampered and can get an amazing cocktail. So grab your friends, ditch the Real Housewives drama, and let’s meet up for a drink!

The Whitfield

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We love The Whitfield. Their Lobby Bar has amazing snacks, and we’d love to try one of each house cocktail, thanks. Plus you can’t beat their daily happy hour from 4:30-6:30.

Over Eden

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You knew we had to include Over Eden, right? With one of the most unique views of the city, it’s the perfect place to catch up over a drink or two. And we love that we can enjoy the nice weather outside, and still see the views from inside when it’s, well, too Pittsburgh out.


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Pretend you’re in Italy at Grapperia! While they specialize in grappa – an Italian brandy – and grappa cocktails, they also offer a full bar. Plus you can get a flight of grappa to really taste what it’s all about.

Bridges and Bourbon

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If you haven’t heard of Bridges and Bourbon, it’s because they just opened. We can’t get over how beautiful their cocktails are, not to mention how many they offer! Seriously, check out their Instagram and then let us know how many to include in the reservation.

Floor 2

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Does anyone else feel like important just by walking into Floor 2? Their food is delicious, the bar is gorgeous, and we love that some of the cocktails are named after Pittsburgh – like the market st. spritz. We’ll be sipping away on it all summer!


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Lorelei has an extensive cocktail menu, and it’s broken up into sections like ‘Citrus-y’ and ‘Spirit Forward’. Order a few snacks, and we’ll be here all night for sure.


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Remember when we told you about Station’s innovative cocktail program? Well, you had to know we’d include them on our list! Come on, can’t you just picture the Real Housewives ordering their latest table side infusion cocktail?

or, The Whale

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A restaurant in the old gym of the former Salvation Army building? or, The Whale has outdone itself with its ornate 1940s character. Not to mention their handcrafted cocktails – we can’t decide which one to order first!

Butcher and the Rye

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Anywhere that has a whiskey wall with over 600 whiskeys, two bars, more than 15 featured cocktails and 12 cocktails on draft needs to be on this list of course. Do we even need to say anything else about it besides “whiskey wall”?


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Did you know the Omni William Penn had a speakeasy during the Prohibition? The space was then used for storage for years before they brought it back to its 1920’s fabulousness – where you can drink from a wide array of cocktails today.


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Those who have been to Acacia love it. Those who haven’t been yet usually walk right by the boarded up windows and newspaper-covered door. But trust us, once you find it, you’ll keep going back for their distinctive rotating cocktails.

The Commoner

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If you’re looking for an extensive bar menu, The Commoner is your place. We love their signature cocktails, especially with their clever names. Anyone want to join us for The Bucs Make Me Drink?

Kingfly Spirits

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Kingfly Spirits is another recent addition to the Pittsburgh beverage scene. They’re distilling anything they can think up in an amazingly restored building. The copper still is the focal point of the operation – as it should be.

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Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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