A city that for many years revolved around industry and took pride in its legendary sports teams, Pittsburgh boasts many comfy watering holes, where working folk congregate in the evenings and fans catch up on the latest sports coverage. At these places, it's not style or ambience, but cheap beer, hearty grub and most of all, a congenial crowd, that make or break business. For an authentic Pittsburgh experience, be sure to order the tried and true pierogi. Adopted from Eastern Europe, the pierogi is a dumpling most often filled with cheese, sauerkraut, onions or meat and is one of the most popular menu items at local bars. To try one, look to places like Church Brew Works or Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. Trendier editions on the after-hours landscape, especially along East Carson Street, appeal to young professionals and well-heeled visitors. So if you're looking for something a bit more hip than a crowded corner pub or sports bar, be sure to check on the scene there.
Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.