One of Pittsburgh's hottest nightspots, Krista's Cantina is known for having some of the city's best wings. When the game is over but you're not, head over to Krista's, where the party keeps going. Open every night, this upper-class dive bar is a great place to hang with friends, offering great food and drink specials.
Unique from the rest of the Pittsburgh night scene, this members-only club is specifically for ages 15-21 only. Although it has the look and feel of a typical urban hotspot, Club Zoo was created to give the Pittsburgh youth any opportunity to party in a safer, drug-free location. No alcohol is served. With over 20,000 sq ft of space, multiple dance platforms and five bars, this is where the kids kick it on Fridays and Saturdays. Look up, and you'll spot the VIP room equipped with a sleek oxygen bar. Look down and see the dance floor glow below.
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 staircase leads to additional seating on the second floor. In the background, a jukebox plays a variety of tunes, from classic rock to jazz.
Combining intimate space and a sophisticated sound system, this club offers luxurious atmosphere and fabulous shows. Patrons enjoy comfy seating within 30 feet of the stage and a swanky illuminated bar that serves first-class martinis and your favorite bottled beers. A streamlined menu of appetizers, salads, and flatbread pizzas is available.
Touted as Pittsburgh's "First Video Night Club," Altar Bar is located in the building that used to house Sanctuary. Gone are the cocktail girls in Catholic school uniforms; in their place is an upscale bar with three private VIP areas, professional bottle service, and options to book anything from a single VIP section to the entire club for your own private party.
Most bars located in the Oakland area are packed beyond belief with college kids most nights of the week. Uncle Jimmy's is a different breed, acting more like a hometown tavern even while surrounded by places catering to hordes of thirsty college students. That's not to say it's dead or that college kids don't frequent the establishment – only that Uncle Jimmy's caters to those who enjoy relaxed atmosphere, easy-to-come-by seats, and pool tables sans long waiting lists. As with most bars, the clientele during the day consists mostly of older residents but switches to a mix of young and old as the night approaches. Cheap beer and great atmosphere have a way of turning first-time customers into long-time regulars.
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 today, the pipe organ has been replaced with a brewpub. Beers have suitably sacred names like Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, and Pious Monk Dunkel. The pub serves a range of creative lunches and dinners as well. Try Untraditional Pittsburgh Pierogies to start, and follow up with buffalo and wild mushroom loaf or tamarind glazed chicken. Homemade ice creams and cakes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Since 1982, Funny Bone has brought both local and nationally known comedy acts to Pittsburgh. The place features a full bar and dinner-show packages, and cover charges depend on the night and the talent that's been booked. Open mic night on Tuesday provides a chance for locals to get up on stage and do their thing. Past guests have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Elaine Boosler, and Robin Williams. Two-drink minimum.