If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Pittsburgh guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Pittsburgh for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Church Brew Works to busy places like Bar 11 that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the South Side area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Church Brew Works


Church Brew Works was originally St. John the Baptist Church, and in 1996, the sacred building was transformed into a spectacular brewery like no other in the city. The room still retains the feel of a sanctuary with its lofty ceilings, but...  Read More

Squirrel Hill
Squirrel Hill Cafe


A neighborhood favorite, "the cage" (as it's familiarly known) snags students and locals with great deals on classic brews. Vintage decor and a working dumbwaiter hint at the institution's origin as a speakeasy back in the 1920s, and a winding...  Read More

Strip District


Dimly lit with beer signs tacked onto blood-red walls, Gooski's is the coolest dive bar in the 'Burgh. Order anything from a bottle of Iron City to a glass of Lindemans Framboise at some of the best prices around town. The Pittsburgh City Paper...  Read More

South Side
Bar 11


Bar 11 is a nice little hole-in-the-wall located off the beaten path, and its main draw is a fun-loving atmosphere. Drinks come with toy-like tops, water guns, and miscellaneous plastic goodies. Also, highlighters are freely passed around so...  Read More

Bites 'n Brews


Wander a couple blocks up Ellsworth Avenue from the UniMart and you'll encounter an oasis of barley and hops drinks and some darn good pizza, too. Bites 'n Brews offers exactly what it promises: a huge array of special brews and microbrews,...  Read More

Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub


If you're looking for a little slice of Ireland in Pittsburgh, look no further than Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle. From bangers and mash to a pint of Smithwick's, the place has everything one would expect of a traditional Irish pub. Harp &...  Read More



Smiling Moose, located on bustling East Carson Street, caters to the hard rock crowd in Pittsburgh. Tons of free shows and well-priced beers keep the place busy during most of the week. The Moose also possesses one of the best rock and punk juke...  Read More

Smokin' Joe's Saloon


Not many bars on the South Side have the brew selection that Smokin' Joe's does, and those that do aren't nearly as affordable. It's no surprise, then, that the main draw is the beer selection, both drafts and bottles. Other amenities include...  Read More

Shadyside Saloon


Shadyside Saloon offers the feel of a local neighborhood bar, but since it's in Shadyside, it offers many high-end beers and liqours. Regulars and infrequent visitors both feel equally welcome. Multiple TVs assure that if a Steelers game is on,...  Read More

Hemingway's Cafe


Hemingway's Café on the University of Pittsburgh campus is the stereotypical college bar. During the day, it's a great place to grab lunch and a couple of beers; however, at night, the place transforms into a packed campus bar. What pulls in...  Read More