2013’s bar business was booming thanks to several new bars popping up throughout Pittsburgh. From unique sports bars to trendy café-lounge combos serving up international cuisine and even a bar that brings a tropical feel to the city, there’s a hot spot for everyone to explore no matter what your taste. If you’re bored with your usual watering hole, these five newly opened bars promise to deliver plenty of good times and even better drinks.
Blue Line Grille
1014 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Pittsburgh hockey fans will be cheering after they score a winning night out at Blue Line Grille, the city’s newest premium sports bar located within walking distance of Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. Swing by before a Pens game for some pre-game drinks and snacks, including pen wings slathered in your choice of one of eight sauces, burgers and sandwiches, starters, salads and pizza. Wash your favorite bar bites down with Blue Line Grille’s signature drink “The Blue Lemieux” in the Sin Bin, the bar’s exclusive penalty box, or venture up to the 5,500-square-foot rooftop deck companion bar with prime views of CONSOL. Blue Line Grille is the brainchild of James Mendelson, owner of Doc’s Place Bar and Restaurant in Shadyside.
304 N. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
It’s often said that when one door closes, another opens, and that couldn’t be any more accurate for AVA and the former Shadow Lounge of East Liberty. A chic hangout combining cocktails and music, AVA transforms from a daytime café to a trendy and chill bar after dark where patrons can eat, drink, relax and enjoy an evening of music ranging from classic hip-hop to world. Weeknight specials and events are the perfect time to sample AVA’s 14 different craft cocktails, like Eviction Notice and Steel City Slam, and more than 30 awesome beers. AVA is located on North Craig Street in North Oakland.
1155 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Bridgeville’s Rumfish Grille allows you to experience a tropical, beach-inspired night out no matter what the season. Dine inside the open kitchen atmosphere or step outdoors to Rumfish Beach, a 15,000-square-foot patio, bar and stage space. In addition to serving up fresh and local items from its grille menu, including seafood appetizers, dinners and lunches, Rumfish Grille offers two happy hours most nights of the week with its traditional happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday as well as a beach happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. Treat yourself to canned or bottled beer, white or red wines, cocktails or frozen drinks while you dance, drink and dine to live music and special events. Rumfish Grille is located on Washington Pike just minutes from Interstate 79.
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Mexico City Sports Bar
409 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Downtown Pittsburgh’s newly opened Mexico City Sports Bar merges American and Mexican entrees and drinks for an unbelievable start to its Latin nights held every Wednesday and Saturday. Loosen up with your favorite drink then hit the floor for a dance lesson in salsa and merengue from Los Sabrosos Dance Company. Shake it up and get wild on the bar’s second level where you can also enjoy specialty drinks at the bar and live music on the stage. Although Mexico City Sports Bar has only been open since mid-September, it has fast earned rave reviews for its authentic Mexican cuisine, friendly service, happy hour specials and entertainment events.
Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
139 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Venture to the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and the aroma of fresh cheeses, black pepper bacon and Italian pastas is sure to lure you into the area’s newest bar-restaurant combo, Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room. Once inside, however, it’s the welcoming atmosphere, made-from-scratch recipes and countless tap beers that encourage you to stick around. Whet your whistle with the more than 30 draught beers from local and regional breweries, seasonal beers, wine and signature cocktails. Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room is the perfect post-game dinner and drink spot thanks to its prime location near the city’s North Shore sports venues, convention center and neighboring hotels.
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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.