Last call may come and the bars may close at 2 a.m., but that doesn’t mean your Pittsburgh partying has to end. If you’re looking for a place to hang out past closing time, Pittsburgh’s got some great options, whether you want to keep on dancin’ or if you’re looking for a bite to eat after a night of fun. Here are five of the best places to check out after bars close in Pittsburgh.
1139 Penn Ave
Keep on dancing well after last call at Hot Mass, a small “nightlife co-op” on Penn Ave. that hosts DJs every Saturday night into Sunday morning. The party starts at midnight and lasts until 7:00 in the morning, truly letting you go all night long — thanks to the fact that it’s technically considered a private club. And even though Hot Mass is particularly popular with the city’s gay community, it attracts all kinds of people looking for a late-night good time, and the dance floor is always packed.
If you’re interested in doing a little gambling, hit Rivers Casino on the city’s North Shore, open 24 hours with slot machines and table games running all night. If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the casino’s café until 5 in the morning. Although the casino does regularly host live bands and DJs, most wrap up by around midnight–but their summer concert lineup is still worth looking into if you’re interested.
Need something to eat in the late hours after the bars close? Head to Cambod-Ican Kitchen, open until 5 a.m. and conveniently located on Carson St. on the city’s South Side — right near all the bars. Cambod-Ican’s fusion of Cambodian and American cuisines is known for its wontons and kabobs, as well as chicken on a stick. The restaurant is also BYOB, so as long as you have the receipt with you, you can enjoy one last drink even after the bars have stopped serving and closed.
46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Ah, the quintessential Pittsburgh sandwich, topped with coleslaw and fries. If you find yourself craving a Primanti’s sandwich, stop in for one after hours — the restaurant’s primary location in the Strip District is open 24 hours, while locations in Oakland and the South Side are open until 3 a.m. Although Primanti’s has many other locations across the Pittsburgh area, most close at 2, just like the bars.
Ritter’s Diner understands your late-night food needs. Thursday through Saturday, the Bloomfield establishment is open 24 hours, ready to feed you after a long, late night out, whether you want dinner or are ready for breakfast — and you’ll probably still find it busy in the wee morning hours. The diner serves typical American fare and even has vegetarian-friendly options, but be sure to have cash on hand, as Ritter’s does not take cards.
Janelle Sheetz is a 20-something closed-captioner by day, writer by night, just outside of Pittsburgh. She also regularly contributes to AXS.com and Examiner.com, and her writing has also been featured on The Billfold and Neutrons Protons.