Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the holidays in Pittsburgh as well as the one of the most convenient times of the year to get everyone together for a pre-Thanksgiving outing. Whether you’re hosting out-of-town friends or the in-laws this Thanksgiving, you need a space to entertain your guests and introduce them to the many wonderful sides of the city. From old college pals to extended family from all over the country, these five Pittsburgh bars are a casual, fun and accommodating way to spend your black Wednesday, no matter who’s in your brew crew. Welcome in friends and family by sharing a few drinks at these local watering holes considered the best black Wednesday bars in Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny Wine Mixer
5326 Butler St.
Lawrenceville, PA 15201
Lawrenceville’s The Allegheny Wine Mixer is a great option for those Black Wednesday drinkers who prefer a Barbaroux to a Budweiser. Sip on the lounge’s limitless selection of white, red and pink wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and wine cocktails that pair wonderfully with its cow, sheep and goat cheeses, chocolates and meats. If you’d rather chug a beer, there are nearly 20 different kinds available on tap or by the bottle as well as a variety of liquor, including whiskey, bourbon, cognac and rum for those who prefer something a little stronger. With an iPod loaded with 60s beat and garage music, 50s R&B, glam rock and girl groups filling a casual lounge featuring the bar’s self-proclaimed bad art, The Allegheny Wine Mixer is nothing like the pretentious wine bar stereotypes.
3630 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
With its iconic culture and unique eats, Pittsburgh is often best experienced by out-of-towners at the city’s many sports bars where customers can dine, drink and cheer on its legendary sports teams like one of the locals. Pittsburgh Sports Bar is happy to welcome your out-of-town family and friends at its black-and-gold-themed bar located on Library Road in Castle Shannon. Black Wednesday is the perfect night to get a taste of Pittsburgh with its 25-cent wing night and unbeatable drink specials or take on The Habanero Hellfire Challenge, a 15-minute dare to tackle 12 of the bar’s Habanero Hellfire wings. If you can’t handle the heat, stick to the menu of classic Pittsburgh bites and wash them down with the best local brews.
The Library Pittsburgh
2302 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If you simply don’t have the space in your home to host all of your out-of-town guests for pre-Thanksgiving festivities, gather the gang and reserve a private room upstairs at the spacious and casual The Library Pittsburgh. Catch up on memories over the restaurant’s party menu selections, including salads, small plates, main entrees, pastas, sides and desserts, then head to the stylish bar to keep the party going with billiards and booze. The Library Pittsburgh offers a broad selection of red and white wine, 80 micro brews and more than 25 signature drinks named after various classic literature and characters, like James & The Giant Peach, Grapes of Wrath and Captain Hook’s Beard. This Black Wednesday, let The Library Pittsburgh take care of the details while you simply relax and enjoy the company of good friends and family over scrumptious American cuisine and signature cocktails. Reserve your private event space by contacting The Library Pittsburgh’s event coordinator at (412) 715-9344.
3911 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
With everyone back in town for the holiday, Black Wednesday is one of the easiest days to reconnect with your former college roommates, frat brothers and sorority sisters. What better place to reminisce about your crazy college days than at Oakland’s Hemingway’s Café, consistently ranked among the city’s best college bars. Unwind at the bar with Hemingway’s more than 22 varieties of draft beer or 12 20-ounce cocktails or gather 10 of your closest friends and reserve a private room that includes a 10-percent discount on all menu items. Fill up on liquid courage with happy hour specials on Blue Moon, Miller Lite and Yuengling Pitchers, then take the stage and belt out your best ballads during Wednesday karaoke night for an unforgettable reunion.
200 Quinn Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
You wouldn’t think of bringing an under-21 crowd along to the typical Pittsburgh bar, but celebrate your Black Wednesday at Latitude 40 and all ages can tag along because this premiere entertainment destination is so much more than just a bar. From booze and bowling to dancing and dining and even gaming and concerts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this two-story, 65,000-square-foot venue. Split an appetizer sample platter and toast to a blessed Thanksgiving over the bar’s selection of well liquors, house wines and domestic drafts, then gather the family for an evening of food, fun and memories. Head to Latitude 40 this Black Wednesday to enjoy half-priced video games, $2 bowling games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music from Pittsburgh’s own Radio Tokyo.
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.