By Ashley Close

Many Pittsburghers appreciate a good beverage; and as the holidays approach, there are plenty of places that offer seasonal cocktails to help add to your holiday cheer.

cider Guide To Holiday Drinking In Pittsburgh

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Hours: Weds-Thurs 4pm -8pm; Fri 4pm-9pm; Sat 12pm -9pm; Sun 12pm-4pm

If you are looking for a great local spiced cider, check out Arsenal Cider House in Lawrenceville. Brewed in house, they are rapidly gaining a cult following of loyal customers. With no less than a half dozen options on tap (and even a gluten free option!) stop buy and pick up a growler for around $20. A selection of their brews can also be found on tap at bars around the city including New Amsterdam in Lawrenceville and Fat Heads Saloon in the South Side.

margaritas Guide To Holiday Drinking In Pittsburgh

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Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 2 am
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For something not found on your typical Holiday drink menu, try Mad Mex’s Margaritas. They always have the standards of Black Cherry, Kiwi, Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Lime. But, every month features a different seasonal flavor. Fall and Holiday offerings can include Apple Cider, Cranberry, Pumpkin, and Peppermint! If a 22oz margarita isn’t your thing, they also offer an array of seasonal brews including Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ales.

stk31178sbs Guide To Holiday Drinking In Pittsburgh

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Hours: Mon-Weds, Sun 4pm-12am; Thu 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
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For the best selection of beers in the East End, Bites and Brews has you covered. You will not be at a loss to find that perfect seasonal brew, either on tap or by the bottle. Sarah, from Bites and Brews gives us a rundown of her holiday drinking tips.

    What is your favorite Holiday Cocktail? I love Guinness with butterscotch schnapps and vanilla vodka. You can also stop next door at 1947 Tavern and they can make you a Pumpkin Martini.

    What is your favorite/popular Winter Beer? Rogue Yellow Snow IPA.

    What holiday drink specials did you have last year/will you be running this year? We always get in Victory Breweries winter beers and they will be at $3 a pint.

    Do you have any tips for spreading Holiday Cheer? Tipping well. For everyone. Tip your hairdressers, tip your servers. Always tip really well. Also, and this should go without saying, but bring a designated driver. Or at least call your cab early. Do not drive drunk.

Ashley is a native of Pittsburgh with an English degree from Chatham College. She spends her time stalking the New Kids on the Block on Twitter, and making wishlists on e-commerce sites she cannot afford. She also does yoga. Sometimes. You can follow her on twitter and maybe someday she’ll say something interesting.


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