There are plenty of Pittsburgh bars that offer an incredible dining experience along with a diverse selection of drinks, but not everyone is hungry for a full meal when they head to their favorite watering hole. Whether your craving is something crunchy, salty or sweet, or you prefer your night to be more focused on the drinks, free bar bites are the way to go. From unconventional treats like candy to more traditional bar snacks like peanuts and popcorn, you’ll find it all throughout Pittsburgh’s pubs. Crunch and munch at these five Pittsburgh bars with plenty of free snacks.
Someone Else’s Bar
3841 Willow Ave.
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Feed your sweet tooth at Someone Else’s Bar where you can get in touch with your inner kid with plenty of free candy, including jars upon jars of Hershey Kisses, M&M’s Blow Pops and Twizzlers, and the occasional free cupcake or Klondike. Owner Else Franzmann’s decision to provide patrons with free sweet treats stems from a simple desire to bring people together, and this bar does just that with great service and a clean, smoke-free atmosphere. What you won’t find here is traditional bar food but rather unique offerings like grilled cheese, chicken tidbits and a completely customizable half-pound Angus beer burger. Come for the drinks and stock up on the candy because Someone Else’s Bar offers no dessert menu; then again, with a steady flow of free treats, you certainly won’t be left longing for dessert.
The Park House
403 E. Ohio St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Nothing satisfies quite like the perfect combination of salty and sweet, except when you pair this delightful combo with more than 50 of the city’s best craft beers and a nice selection of fine wines. Popcorn and peanuts are plentiful at every one of The Park House’s bar tables and are the ideal snack for happy hour specials that include $2 off wines and draft beers. Free bluegrass music and trivia nights are favorites of the regulars who turn to The Park House for the free bar snacks.
Max’s Allegheny Tavern
537 Suismon St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
When the free buttered popcorn rivals the bar’s German fare, you know it’s got to be good. Sure, Max’s Allegheny Tavern gets high marks for its schnitzels, sausages and old world Bavarian favorites, but it’s the complimentary popcorn oozing in butter that really gets rave reviews. Locals and out-of-towners alike can’t stop talking about the flavorful, stick-to-your-fingers grease that they say truly adds to its deliciousness. Max’s Allegheny Tavern is consistently named among the best free popcorn in Pittsburgh.
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Kelly’s Irish Pub & Caribbean Island
1458 Riverside Drive
Beaver, PA 15009
Only at Kelly’s can you experience a taste of the tropics and Ireland in one visit. Situated on the Beaver River in Beaver, Kelly’s is a true hidden gem combining a Caribbean island atmosphere exterior with an enchanting Emerald Isle interior. Step inside this unique pub to find a treasure trove of free bar snacks on Steelers game days along with game time drink specials, regular free trivia nights and live Celtic music from local musicians. Check Kelly’s Facebook page for upcoming special events that promise even more free snacks and drinks.
Jack’s Rose Bar
1121 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
As one of the South Side’s oldest bars, Jack’s Rose Bar is considered by many locals as a Pittsburgh institution. With its bright glass-block windows and vibrant neon lights, it’s nearly impossible to pass by this Carson Street watering hole. Step inside and you’ll find it’s even harder to pass up the bar’s complimentary popcorn. Jack’s Rose Bar is nothing fancy, but its simple dive bar décor, incredibly low-priced brews and liquor served in overflowing pitchers and bottomless mugs and tasty free popcorn have helped this casual bar earn its place as a no-fuss South Side favorite.
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.