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The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to do it than with a wonderful seasonal cocktail? Happy hour is the ideal time for catching up with friends or unwinding from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while enjoying the city’s best drink and food specials. You won’t have to search long to find one-of-a-kind drinks and atmosphere; these five bars and lounges have got you covered. Make plans for your next holiday meetup at these happy hour hotspots.

Sienna Mercato Il Tetto
942 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-2810

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Il Tetto at Sienna Mercato is one of the city’s most unique rooftop spaces for beer, wine, cocktails and light bar bites and a fine choice for your holiday happy hour. Don’t let the concept of a rooftop beer garden deter you from visiting during the cooler months, as Il Tetto boasts a retractable glass roof that allows its patrons to enjoy spectacular views of the downtown and their favorite half-priced happy hour drinks. Sip on seasonal drinks like hard ciders, classic cocktails including its Sienna Manhattan or Aperol Spritz, and a nice selection of red, white and sparkling wines. If you’re hungry for light bar fare, Il Tetto serves a variety of pizzas as well as snacks, such as Salumi Board, spiced roasted nuts and beef tatare. Visit Il Tetto for your next happy hour plans at its Penn Avenue location in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

25 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-2058

For an upscale feel at a downtown location, plan for a girl’s night happy hour at Perle. Saturday is specifically geared toward the ladies and includes complimentary drink du jour for all ladies and surprise desserts served throughout the night. Bottle service is complimentary as well for parties of 10 or more. This European-styled champagne lounge features one of the city’s largest drink menus, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love, including champagne and sparkling wines, hand-selected beers, an assortment of white and red wines, vintage bottles, liquors and specialty cocktails. If you can’t hit up ladies night, wrap up your workweek with Friday night happy hour from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose one of Perle’s unique champagne cocktails, such as its Cham Cham with hints of black raspberry, or its Ice Queen that mixes champagne with Hpnotiq liquor and lemoncello syrup. Visit Perle’s Market Square location for your holiday happy hour.

The Library
2302 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-0517

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The Library has become synonymous with happy hour in the South Side. With two happy hours scheduled each evening featuring great deals on small plates and drinks, this East Carson Street bar and restaurant is the place to go for your holiday get together. There are over 80 micro brews available in addition to wine and spirits. Drink your way through the extensive menu of signature drinks, which includes seasonal cocktails like a Dark & Stormy or a Bacon Bloody Mary. It’s not all about the booze though; the menu is an absolutely delicious collection of everything from pizzas and calzones to burgers, sandwiches, salads and dessert, too.

Speakeasy Social Lounge
Omni William Penn Hotel
520 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 281-7100

Your happy hour drinks will keep flowing at the Omni William Penn Hotel’s Speakeasy Social Lounge. Step inside to be transported back to the Prohibition Era complete with a diverse menu of single malts and blended scotch, whiskey, local beers, bourbon, highballs, champagne, fine wine and signature creations. Warm up with some an Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon 86 proof or try another seasonal drink, like a Maggie’s Farm Flip highball, a Tom Collins or a Double Rosemary Gimlet. Pair one of the light fare items with your choice drink. The fresh mozzarella and smoked tomato hummus are among customer favorites. Speakeasy Social Lounge is situated in the lower level of the hotel located on William Penn Place in downtown Pittsburgh.

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie
107 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 992-2005

The perfect holiday drink should be strong and warm, and that’s just what you’ll get at Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie. Enjoy rum-based cocktails featuring hot buttered rum, rich bourbons, and an evolving menu of winter drinks that highlight the bar’s seasonal ingredients like nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie’s happy hour is held Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., allowing you plenty of time to score awesome drink specials. Stop by the downtown Pittsburgh location and celebrate the season with a twist.

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Post Author: Jessica Wasik.