When it comes to interviewing potential employees or closing the big deal within your company, sometimes your favorite local watering holes just aren’t enough to impress out-of-town professionals. Thanks to the city’s wide variety of bars, pubs and lounges, however, there are still plenty of options for sharing business drinks. Whether you crave an intimate space to discuss private matters or a large event space where you can welcome and entertain an entire company, you’ll find it in Pittsburgh. Wine and dine your clients and colleagues at these Pittsburgh bars that offer an ideal atmosphere and menu for business drinks.
The Carlton Restaurant
500 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
You’ll really impress the company CEO with your business presentation when you deliver it at the award-winning The Carlton Restaurant, rated among the city’s most classy restaurants and bars. With a prime location in the BNY Mellon Center for downtown employees, The Carlton Restaurant oozes elegance, affluence and professionalism with its opulent interior. Order from the more than 550 selections of wine and clink glasses to your business successes over dinner. For out-of-town business travelers, The Carlton Restaurant is a true downtown treat.
1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If great food is just as important to your business meeting as great drinks, Eleven is the only Pittsburgh bar that you’ll need to visit. Described as a contemporary kitchen, Eleven’s chefs use only the finest seasonal ingredients to craft an exquisite happy hour menu that serves up the right amount of food and flavor. Munch on oysters, pierogies, soft pretzels and barbecue pork and wash them down with chardonnays, wines, vodka drinks, martinis, sangrias and whiskeys. If your business drinks need some additional privacy, reserve one of Eleven’s seven event spaces that seat anywhere from 12 to 60 guests.
Cioppino Of Pittsburgh
2350 Railroad St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15289
Combine business with pleasure at Cioppino of Pittsburgh, which offers several options for dining, drinking and entertaining. Kick off your business meeting over dinner in the restaurant area or rent out the private dining room for larger business events. If your clients or colleagues smoke, head over to Cioppino’s cigar bar where you can access free WiFi and enjoy more than 20 cigars along with specialty cigar bar cocktails, martinis, after-dinner drinks, beers and cognacs. A beautiful mahogany and leather interior add a sophisticated, masculine appeal that’s perfect for important meetings with the company bigwigs.
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
1111 Airport Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15231
If you’re flying into Pittsburgh to meet with your fellow business professionals, you’ll appreciate the convenient location of Olive Press tucked away inside the adjoining Pittsburgh International Airport’s Hyatt Regency. Unwind from your flight with a relaxing cocktail prior to your business meeting in the comfortable modern lounge located within walking distance of your terminal. Present your business proposal over light bites, including finger foods and sandwiches, with a glass of red or white wine. Seal the deal and celebrate over bottled beer or a classic cocktail, like a black cherry pom martini or an Arnold Palmer, a Pittsburgh favorite.
203 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Fee WiFi, a convenient location near Pittsburgh’s business district and accommodations perfect for larger business dinners make SoHo an ideal choice for business drinks with clients or colleagues. Whether closing a deal or interviewing potential employees, you’ll appreciate the cool, casual atmosphere that features a sleek black bar, modern touches, a full bar with martinis, beer and wine and an expansive menu of burgers, desserts and salads. Happy hour specials that include half-price appetizers and beer-of-the-day deals are offered Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SoHo is located on the city’s North Shore.
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.