Cool Neighborhood Bars & Hangouts

January 29, 2011 3:00 PM

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Gooski's is a true working-man's bar. (Credit: Yelp)

Gooski’s is a true working-man’s bar. (Credit: Yelp)

beer84634861 Cool Neighborhood Bars & Hangouts

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One of the best things about Pittsburgh is the abundance of unique neighborhoods around the city – each with its own individual flavor and distinctive vibe.  You can really tell a lot about a community by the folks gathered at the local watering hole.  With a little help from our friends at Pop City ( Pittsburgh Magazine (, we’re taking a look at a few cool neighborhood bars and hangouts!

Gooski’s in Polish Hill

3117 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If you’re looking for an upscale urban bar, Gooski’s in Polish Hill isn’t for you; but if an unpretentious, smoky space is what you seek, you’re in luck!   The bar’s own Facebook page touts it as the “perfect dive bar,” with its “graffiti laden restrooms, smoky pool tables and… awesome jukebox!” Gooski’s seems to fit right in with the locals as well.  “With a clientele that’s half working class patrons that have been going there since it opened… half tattoos and mohawks, Gooski’s is a good representation of both what the neighborhood has been and what it has become,” sums up Pop City’s John Farley (Full Article:

Redbeard’s Bar & Grill on Mt. Washington

201 Shiloh Street
Mt. Washington

With a dozen high-definition TVs, a cozy courtyard and conventional “pub grub,” Redbeard’s Bar & Grill on Mt. Washington is “a local fave,” according to Pop City’s Caralyn Green (Full Article:  While you’re checking out the view, be sure to give the homemade potato chips a try!

D’s Six Pax & Dogz

1118 S. Braddock Ave.
Regent Square

The vast selection of brews at D’s Six Pax & Dogz helped this Regent Square hangout snag a spot on Pittsburgh Magazine’s ( “Best of Pittsburgh” list back in 2008; but that’s not the only reason D’s made our list of favorites!  As PopCity’s John Farley writes, “D’s storied ‘beer cave’ is loaded with over 1,000 domestic, import, and microbrews. Highbrow beverages meet some of the finest lowbrow cuisine in the land, resulting in a veritable postmodern filling of the stomach!”  (Full article:

Point Brugge Café

410 Hastings Street
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Pittsburgh Magazine readers voted Point Brugge Café in the heart of Point Breeze as the “Best Neighborhood Joint” in a 2009 poll and the steady stream of regulars who visit to the café each day likely agree!  Modeled after European bistros, the café has become a popular gathering spot over the years.  The menu features diverse fare ranging from Belgian-style fries to a mustard crusted salmon entrée.  Point Brugge Café features an impressive selection of specialty cocktails, wines, Belgian beers and more!

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

4412 Liberty Avenue
Bloomfield, PA 15224

Though it’s no swanky bistro, the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is a bit of a local landmark nonetheless. Located in Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy,” the BBT prides itself on being “The Polish Party House!”  With Pierogies to Kielbasa in addition to its large selection of bottled beers, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Silky’s Pub

5135 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15224

Another Bloomfield spot worth a stop for the more discerning patron is Silky’s Pub. Pop City’s John Farley listed Silky’s on his list of East End bars with the best food (Full Article:  “With a different drink special every night of the week, and an innocent until proven guilty claim to be the best BLT in town, Silky’s is a great spot for a late dinner,” Farley writes.  But, he warns, “The intimidating mountain of extra crispy slices is best left to the seasoned carnivore.”

Best Neighborhood Bars in Pittsburgh

(Photo Credit: Obey House Tavern)

Obey House Tavern

1337 Steuben Street
Pittsburgh PA 15220

Its own website describes Obey House Tavern in Crafton Heights as “what a neighborhood bar should be.”  With daily kitchen specials, a 2-hour happy hour with 50-cents off drinks and a free jukebox – not to mention live acts like “Gum Band,” how can you go wrong?!

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  • Seth Aaron

    check out Tin Cup Cafe in Homestead

  • Chris

    What about Jack’s on Carson.

  • Gerry

    Mullens’s on Carson is one of the best local bars in an area where local bars are everywhere.

  • mo

    sidelines in Millvale…best wings in the burgh!

    • JohnnyD

      This bar is horrible! Cokehead wannabes.

  • hickey

    the hop house in greentree

  • hey

    Redbeard’s has the worst service ever! Only time I stop there is if I have 3 hours to kill….sidelines in millvale does have good wings! But their Cheesesteak Pizza and Fried Pierogies are awesome too!

  • rob


  • Beerman

    Hough’s in Greenfield. Good food, great beer.

  • Burgh's_Sucks

    how about Burgh’s Pizza and wings in Bridgeville…they have the absolute worst service in the entire city. their place is called Burgh’s PIZZA and WINGS, however it would take about 2 hours to get a pizza. I arrived there on a TUESDAY evening, not even a weekend, at 6pm, I did not get my pizza unitl 8:45. several other people left without recieving their food. the waittress was absolutly ashamed that it was taking so long. she even gave us free nachos so we wouldn’t starve to death. this happened on two other occasions. I will never go there again.

  • PC

    I agree Sidelines in mIllvale has great food and drink specials. $2 Ice teas on Saturday and not those 8 oz ones you get at other bars

  • edie

    The Bar at 2132 East Carson – great burgers! And always clean.

  • Bob Lozano

    Turdburgular’s in Shadyside has good well drinks and 1/2 off nachos on Monday’s. Don’t forget to tip the towel boy.

    • Kordell

      Do you have any info on Turdburglar’s franchise opportunities.

  • A loose moose regular

    Check out the Loose Moose on Brownsville Rd in Baldwin. Specials everyday. Good bartenders. Great food.

  • terri

    McMinn’s on Willow Avenue in Castle Shannon. RIGHT ON THE TROLLEY LINE. Nice little homey feel neighborhood bar with great, inexpensive food. Their burgers & salads are AWESOME. They have a beer cheese dip for fries that is to die for. The best out of the way bar in the South Hills.

  • lee

    i can’t understand why nobody mentioned dee’s on southside, it has reasonable prices & the friendliest bartenders in pittsburgh.

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