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Gone Country: Best Southern-Style Bars In Pittsburgh

January 17, 2013 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: cadillacranchgroup.com)

(photo credit: cadillacranchgroup.com)

(photo credit: cadillacranchgroup.com)

(photo credit: cadillacranchgroup.com)

In a drinking town like Pittsburgh, there are bars that cater to hipsters, downtown professionals, the rowdy college crowd and, as of recently, cowboys and cowgirls. Country-themed and Southern-style bars have been growing in popularity throughout Pittsburgh thanks to their laidback, casual atmosphere, delicious drinks and down-home country cooking. If you’re ready to kick up your heels in country, western fashion, saddle up and visit the best Southern-style bars in Pittsburgh.

Saddle Ridge
7 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 434-8100
www.saddleridgepittsburgh.com

If you’re looking to do-si-do, bust out your cowboy boots and your comfiest Wrangler’s and boot scoot over to Saddle Ridge, a rock-n-country saloon located in Pittsburgh’s Station Square. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with country western dance. Saddle Ridge hosts free line dancing lessons every Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. If dancing isn’t your thing, drown your fears in a $2 drink special from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and hop aboard Bacon the mechanical bull. Arrive before 9 p.m. to avoid the cover fee.

Cadillac Ranch All-American Bar & Grill
1060 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 788-0777
www.cadillacranchgroup.com

Cadillac Ranch serves its country western atmosphere with a side of rock and roll at its Settler’s Ridge location. Ride the mechanical bull, and dance to a mix of modern and classic rock. Drink up the patio and bar’s happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that include $1 off select beers, $2 off all cocktails and $3 off the ranch’s selection of wine, and chow down on half-price appetizers like Cowboy Bites and Texas Wings.

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Bootsie’s Bar & Restaurant
699 O’neil Blvd.
McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 927-4943
www.bootsiesbar.com

There’s nothing more Southern than football and no better place to watch it than at McKeepsort’s Bootsie’s Bar & Restaurant. Cowboys will flip over finger-licking good jumbo wings and tender barbecue ribs while cheering on the Steelers. Cowgirls get their own special night every Friday with Ladies Night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., which includes $10 pitchers and music from DJ Chris. Whether you’re looking for a wild night out with your county crew or a laidback evening with a few cold ones, Bootsie’s Bar has it all.

Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse
565 Route 18
Burgettstown, PA 15021
(724) 947-1900
www.pepsiroadhouse.com

For the ultimate country experience in food, entertainment and drinks, make the drive southwest of Pittsburgh to Washington County’s Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse where the hottest musical acts in western Pennsylvania and throughout the country come to rock the roadhouse. The dinner show menu consists of roasted chicken, a half-rack of barbecue ribs, a baked potato, dinner roll, apple sauce and a dessert that can be paired with a variety of beer, mixed drinks, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Show your Southern spirit at upcoming country shows including local act The Hillbilly Way, Lee Brice and Randy Houser. Tickets to these shows are available on the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse’s website or by calling (724) 947-1900.

Peter’s Pub
116 Oakland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-7465
www.mypeterspub.comPete’s Pub goes country every Wednesday night for the bar’s country night featuring DJ BJ. This country night is just country enough to warrant an excuse to break out your cowboy boots and kick up your heels to the hottest country hits. When you’re done two-stepping, fuel up on $5 sandwiches from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. followed by a variety of drink specials, including Wednesday’s $5.50 fishbowls, $7.50 Smirnoff fishbowls and $2 Yuengling bottles from 10 p.m. to midnight. Peter’s Pub is located on Oakland Avenue in the city’s Oakland neighborhood.Related: Best Theme Nights For Every Day Of The Week

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.

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