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 good wings, pool tables, and darts. Daily specials, listed on a blackboard, keep crowds coming throughout the week. Weekend nights at Smokin' Joes usually attract a younger set, but during the day, there's typically an eclectic group bellying up to the bar.
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 boxes in the city. A pool table and dart board on the second floor offer an escape from the crowds downstairs, which can sometimes get noisy. If hard rock and punk are your musical faves, then expect Smiling Moose to become one of your Pittsburgh haunts.
Just when you start to think that all bars on the South Side basically look the same, along comes the tropical paradise that is Tiki Lounge. Thanks to faux bamboo and thatched roofs, the place looks like it was ripped off the coast of a Polynesian island. Speciality drinks are delicious, and the fact that you get to keep the cool mugs they're served in helps make steep prices a tad easier to swallow. If tropical drinks aren't your thing, they also have a great beer selection. DJs spin hip-hop and pretty much anything that will get crowds moving on the dance floor.
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.
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 that you can write on your fellow patrons – don't wear white if you value your clothing. If you don't mind being a little crowded, the $3 cover is well worth the fun.
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 consistently votes Gooski's jukebox as the best. Play pool on slanted tables with resident pool shark Bob, easily identified by his floppy hat and long gray hair. Every Saturday, Gooski's hosts live bands.
With extensive draft and bottled beer options, local artwork, and live music, the BBT sits tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the South Side. Although it may sound trite, the BBT is the kind of bar where everyone really does know your name – or if they don't, they'll learn it quickly. Maybe it's the exposed brick and mellow lighting, or maybe it's the personalized service ... whatever it is, you feel like you're settling in for a comfortable evening at home with your closest friends.
In a neighborhood packed with bars, Jack's draws crowds night after the night with cheap beer and a high energy atmosphere. Young, boisterous patrons raise mugs and voices, vying to be heard over the powerful sounds of rock and hip hop. Pool sharks advised to arrive early, as waits are long and competition fierce.