Thanksgiving officially kicks off the start of the holiday season for many Pittsburghers who are welcoming out-of-town guests, dear friends and even a few outliers. With everyone in town, the eve before Thanksgiving is an ideal time to throw a black Wednesday get together. As many Pittsburghers know, nothing brings together old friends quite like a good beer and great grub. This black Wednesday, forget about cooking, uncorking wine and cracking open a beer at your house and spend your pre-Thanksgiving at these five bars ranked among the best black Wednesday bars in Pittsburgh.
The Hop House
5510 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Call up your college buddies and at The Hop House, Pittsburgh’s go-to for the best ale and wood-fired food. Reminisce about the good old days over wings and a large selection of domestic bottles and import beer with Wednesday’s specials that feature $2.50 Yuenglings until midnight and 20-cent wings from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Drink yourself stupid like you did in your college years with 24 specialty beers and nearly 20 types of draught beers, including Pittsburgh’s East End Brewing Big Hop priced at just $4.25. The Hop House also serves specialty pizzas such as buffalo chicken wing and double decker priced at $6.95 for an eight-inch pie to $13.95 for a twelve-inch pie.
D’s Six Pax & Dogz
118 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
If the eclectic mix of guests at your pre-Thanksgiving get together leaves you scratching your head for places to entertain, look no farther than D’s Six Pax & Dogz. While this Regent Square pub has been voted the winner of Best Hot Dogs in Pittsburgh for five consecutive years, D’s Six Pax & Dogz has more to offer than just award-winning gourmet hot dogs. Kids love the mac’n cheese-topped hot dog while the 21 and older crowd will lose themselves among the 1,500 various types of beer hidden in the beer cave. Kick off your Thanksgiving festivities with Wednesday’s daily special, a turkey dog and fries ($5.50), and wash it down with a Roy Pitz Gobbler Lager, South Tier Pumking or one of the other 1,000 beers in stock.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
171 Bridge St.
Homestead, PA 15120
Located in the bustling Waterfront area in Homestead sits Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, the city’s top choice for spirits, pub grub and music. Get the gang together and sign up for Rock Bottom’s Wednesday pool league, beginning at 7 p.m. where winners may earn cash prizes to help with their holiday shopping. Enjoy happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and live music from Good Brother Earl from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Share appetizers like the brewery nachos and say cheers over one of the many customized beers.
400 W. Pike St.
Meadow Lands, PA 15347
Scouring Washington’s Tanger Outlets with the girls for early shopping deals can lead to some unbeatable savings and utter exhaustion. Refuel with delicious eats and refreshing drinks at Beechie’s Place, located just minutes from Tanger Outlets and The Meadowlands Racetrack & Casino. Sip on a Beechie’s Breeze, have a Ghostbuster shot, and scarf down some wings, especially Beechie’s bourbon-flavored, a combination of barbecue and Jim Beam that comes with its own alcohol warning. Drink specials are offered on a variety of draft beer, domestic, imports and wine Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as penny pitchers every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Dish Osteria and Bar
128 S. 17th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The holidays are often the perfect time to reconnect with an old flame that’s back in town for a few days, and Dish Osteria and Bar, with its dimly lit, intimate ambiance, is one of the best places to do so. Make your black Wednesday reservations for this chic bar well in advance as its small space fills quickly, particularly late evening. Dish’s bar is one of the most beautiful and well-stocked in the South Side, which allows bartenders to craft incredible cocktails that range from refreshing mojitos to flavorful berry-flavored rossini. Reminisce over Dish’s signature lavender lemon drop martini ($8) or a rich la dolce vita ($9).
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.