In the picturesque city of Pittsburgh, where innovation and steel coexist peacefully with rivers and bridges, a vibrant custom known as “Happy Hour” comes to life as the workday draws to a close. Pittsburgh offers the ideal happy hour for visitors and locals alike, making it the ideal place to decompress and appreciate the city’s distinct charms. This guide will take you from the hip neighborhoods of Lawrenceville to the famous streets of the Strip District, providing you with a detailed overview of the best happy hours the city has to offer. It’s your pass to the greatest drink specials, mouthwatering appetizers, and friendly settings where you can socialize with friends and make new ones. Take a trip with us to the best happy hour spots in Steel City, making sure your evenings are filled with delightful experiences.
Federal Galley is a bar and food hall in North Short across from PNC Park. The venue is large and features an outdoor patio for fun. It’s always lively at Federal Galley, and there is a wide range of craft beers offered and artisan cocktails to enjoy. The food is just as impressive and features unique dishes like fried chickpeas and Hawaiin-inspired pork bowls.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – 1/2 off beer, wine, and cocktails.
It’s time to head to Market Square and enjoy happy hour at a great sports bar. You can watch your favorite teams all day at City Works. The bar features 90 craft beers on the menu, as well as wine and cocktails. For a happy hour, you can also enjoy small bites or stay for a meal from their American pub-style menu.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $2 off all local drafts, the backyard flight, hard seltzers, well drinks, wine glasses, half-price bar bites, which include our pretzel bites, cheese curds, popcorn chicken and fried pickles, plus our kung pao cauliflower, buffalo chicken dip, and queso dip.
There’s always time for tacos, and Condado Tacos has some of the best in Pittsburgh. Located in the Strip District, you can enjoy a classic Mexican menu and happy hour drinks. Nothing goes better with tacos than margarita drinks, and you’ll find Condado has margarita specials during their happy hour. The Gran Classico is my favorite if you can’t decide which to drink.
Happy Hour Deals: Weekdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $9 smoky’s nachos, $20 three buds, $8 seasonal margs, $8 gran clasico, $6 house margs, $11 house large marge, $25 house marg pitcher, $6 frozen, $6 skinny, and $1 off cervezas + bud light.
If you prefer a chic happy hour, you can head to Bridges & Bourbon. Located in the heart of the Cultural District, It’s the perfect spot to stop after a show at Benedum Center. The bar has seasonal menus that include local favorites like lobster toast and wagyu beef sliders. The artisan cocktails are some of the best in town at Bridges & Bourbon.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm – $8 B&B signature old fashioned, $6 tito’s vodka and a mixer, $10 classic cocktails, $9 selected wines by the glass, $5 house cut fries, $14 baked brie, and $17 charcuterie.
Eleven is a swanky bar and kitchen in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The menu offers new takes on American cuisine and an extensive wine and cocktail list. While simple, my favorite drink at Eleven is their classic gin and tonic. The bartenders know the perfect combination to create a refreshing drink.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $9 bites, $9 wines by the glass, and $9 cocktails.
You better have a hearty appetite if you’re heading to Primanti Bros. The restaurant is famous for sandwiches that can barely fit in your mouth. A classic restaurant, Primanti Bros, opened in 1933. The favorite dish among the locals is the Almost Famous Sandwich. Of course, Primanti Bros. features a great beer, wine, and cocktail selection to quench your thirst.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm – half price happy hour.
The Yard is a chain restaurant in Pittsburgh. It is a trendy place and always lively. The menus at each are similar, so you won’t have to worry about picking the wrong location. You can expect a mix of traditional pub dishes, including wings, flatbreads, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm & Friday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $1 off All Draft Beers, $4 Glass of House Wine, $5 Drink of the Day, and $2 off Appetizers (Dine-In Only). Friday and Saturday 10:00 pm to midnight Reverse Happy Hour – $1 off All Drafts and $2 off All Yard Cocktails & Mules. The Yard Brunch 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Basically Bottomless Mimosas (Limit 15 per guest) and Basically Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar (Limit 5 per guest).
After a long day in downtown Pittsburgh, you can enjoy a drink at fl.2 Modern American. They have one of the best wine offered in town, and the bartenders have a special list of late-night concoctions. I love the coffee by the fire. This cocktail combines Mezcal, coffee-infused Aperol, and Carpana Antica. Not just a bar, fl.2 is also one of the premier dining rooms in Pittsburgh.
Happy Hour Deals: Wednesday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm – $8 cocktail of the week, $8 wine by the glass, and $6 draft beer.
Redbeard’s on Sixth is a laid-back sports bar in the historic South Side. It’s one of the best spots in town while drinking with friends to cheer for the local team. The wings are the star of the menu. They offer 17 different sauces, but Redbeard’s signature sauce is the best. The bartenders also create seasonal cocktails.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – $3 domestic draft pints, $3.50 well drinks, $4 house wines, and $1 off seasonal cocktails.
Comfort food is the name of the game at Industry Public House. Located in the heart of Lawrenceville, Industry is a great spot to start a night on the town. The industry features over 30 craft beers on tap, or you can choose from a variety of cans. Some of the best items on the menu include cheese pierogies, truffle fries, and burgers.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $2 off All Draft Beers, $8 Featured Cocktails, $2 off All Wine by the Glass, $10 Flatbreads, $10 Filament Fries, and $10 Pot Roast Sliders.
Steak and seafood lovers have to try McCormick & Schmick’s. This fine dining establishment is located in the elegant Piatt Place. During happy hour, you can enjoy food and drink specials. I encourage you to stay for dinner after your drinks to experience dishes like crab & shrimp stuffed salmon or the New York strip.
Happy Hour Deals: Weekdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Bites starting at $4, Well Spirits from $5, Wines by the Glass from $6.5 & Hand-Crafted Cocktails from $7.5!
You can find Revel a few steps away from Market Square. Revel attracts locals and travelers thanks to its fun atmosphere. It also hosts live music weekly. The bar features a freezer full of beers, ciders, and sours. Cocktail lovers can enjoy new and classic cocktails like the Revel feature or the old smokey.
Happy Hour Deals: Weekdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – $6 selection of 6 rotating craft cocktails, small bites, and sweet treats.
Grapperia is a cocktail bar in the heart of vibrant Lawrenceville. The vibe is cozy, and you can relax while you sip your cocktail. It’s hard to choose a favorite at Grapperia, but I’ve always enjoyed the Prosecco. If you prefer cocktails, I’d suggest the Asino. It combines vodka, Limoncello drink, ginger beer, and lemon juice.
Happy Hour Deals: Thursday night wine – $5 wine by the glass.
If you’re looking for fun while visiting Squirrel Hill, you can stop and say aloha at Hidden Harbor. This tropical-themed bar is always a party. From drinks served in skulls to smoking drinks, every cocktail is Instagram-worthy at Hidden Harbor.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday – Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $8 Daq Shack Happy Hour.
After visiting the Pittsburgh Public Market, stop into Bar Marco for a drink. This cozy bar is perfect for date night. While they make amazing cocktails, I suggest reserving the wine room with your friends. Here, Bar Marco delivers a 5-course menu paired with natural wines.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday all night and Wednesday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $6 cocktails and $10 rigatoni.
After a short walk to Grandview Avenue Overlooks, you can enjoy a stunning view of Pittsburg while sipping your favorite drinks at The Summit. Regardless of your preferences, you’re bound to find something to your liking on offer here. I’m a fan of their hot & bothered spicy tequila cocktail, but you can also order a wide range of cocktails, beers, and wines.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $6 house cocktails, $1 off bottles and drafts.
Lorelei is a great option if you love woodfired pizza. The restaurant is located in East Liberty near the historic East Liberty Presbyterian Church. It has a lovely outdoor patio and features a traditional beer hall as well as an Alpine wine and cocktail bar. Here you can enjoy specials on Golden Age draft and other cocktails.
Happy Hour Deals: Wednesday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, $2 off all draft beers and wines by the glass, and $3 off all featured classic cocktails.
Oyster fans should make Muddy Waters Oyster Bar their first stop in Pittsburgh. This raw bar and Cajun-inspired restaurant has some of the best seafood in town. You can choose from a wide range of oysters, craft beers, and fresh seafood dishes. They also have live music every Friday. You can find Muddy Waters near the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – $1.50 gemstone oysters from muddy waters oyster farm, & $2.50 featured east & west coast oysters, $8 boiler makers with clyde mays whiskey, $6 don wayne & hurricane cocktails, $10 off bottles of bubbles, and $20 off bottles of champagne.
Bonfire Food and Drink is home to master chef Chris Bonfili. Located in Southside, it’s an ideal spot for a fun happy hour or dinner date. They have a snack menu that includes mussels, Brussels sprouts, and more. The bartenders know how to make great drinks and can make the best old-fashioned.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $2/$3 off select snacks, drafts, and frozen cocktails!
Note: Happy hour times and specials may vary by day and location, so it’s always a good idea to check with the bar directly for the most accurate information.
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