Heading to Pittsburgh? Already live there? Whether you're a native or new to the city, checking out a rooftop bar is one of the best feelings of discovery. Lucky for you, Pittsburgh has a lot of them! We were able to narrow the list down to six. Here are the places that you should be sure to go to - and remember, take the bus or use a ridesharing app if you have to!
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Relax at these 6 Rooftop Bars in Pittsburgh!
1. Il Tetto
In the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Il Tetto invites guests into a gorgeous urban oasis. Lights are suspended between exposed brick walls, and panoramic views of the city skyline can be seen in the open air or under the retractable glass roof. You can choose from 36 drafts, cocktails, and wine. There is also a menu with gourmet bar snacks; however, if you’re hungry for something heartier, head downstairs to Emporio or Mezzo—two restaurants under the same roof.
Address: 942 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2. Steel Cactus
Located on the South Side, the Steel Cactus offers authentic Mexican cuisine in a fun atmosphere. Its semiprivate rooftop bar can be reserved, which is perfect for parties or corporate events. Enjoy happy hour every weekday from 5-7pm, which features very affordable drinks and snacks! Each day features something different during happy hour, such as ½ price bottles of wine or $2.75 bottles of Dos Equis.
Address: 1831 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
3. Biergarten At The Hotel Monaco
You don’t have to be a guest at the Hotel Monaco to enjoy its German-inspired Biergarten. Featuring a huge list of European beers and hearty German bar bites, you’re sure to love the menu here. Come with friends to enjoy the pub games throughout the bar, such as cornhole and extra-large Connect Four. Its location in the Central Business District make it a perfect spot to unwind after work.
Address: 620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
4. Terrace On Fifth
Terrace on Fifth is the largest outdoor lounge in Pittsburgh. Located in the Uptown District, this bar features a fully enclosed penthouse bar for chilly nights. Lights are strung above the patio area, creating an inviting atmosphere to enjoy a drink with friends. On Fridays, Terrace on Fifth features a DJ after 4pm.
Address: 1014 Fifth Avenue Fourth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
5. Local Bar + Kitchen
Casual American dining meets rustic décor at one of the largest rooftop bars on the South Side. Local Bar + Kitchen is great because it has a full menu as well as a full bar. It’s also a top destination to watch any of Pittsburgh’s sports teams compete on flat-screen TVs. Its reputation for friendly service as well as its huge bar selection make it a must see rooftop bar!
Address: 1515 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
This trendy rooftop bar, aptly located in Uptown Pittsburgh, offers two dozen beers on tap as well as a long list of wine and cocktails in the summer months. Summer weather also brings out acoustic artists, creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. While other rooftop bars in the area close early, Uptown is open until 2am most nights—perfect for relaxing after a night out or an exciting game.
Address: 1014 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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This article was written by Missy Fackler.