By Daniel Cooper

Local bars and clubs are always looking for unique themes to attract patrons. While some are the typical happy hour specials or $2 Bud Light deals, others are far more imaginative. Below is a night-by-night listing of local bars that host these special theme nights!

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Mondays: AcoustiCafe Open Stage

Club Café
56 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 431 – 4950
Hours: Daily 6 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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Located in the Southside, Club Café is a small venue that features an open stage every Monday. Local artists are able to test out their home recordings to supportive audience members. Hosted by Chuck Rocha, the night is mirrored from successful open stages in both Nashville and New York City. This is a way for many artists to network along with patrons and similarly minded music peers. While featuring mostly acoustic soloists, you can find several bands trying out their new sound every Monday night. Grab a bite to eat and a couple of drinks as the night begins at 6:30pm.

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Tuesdays: Bacon Night

Harris Grill
5747 Ellsworth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 362 – 5273
Hours: Weekly 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. -Kitchen open until 1:00 a.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nothing says unique like ‘Bacon Night’ at the Harris Grill every Tuesday. Sit at the bar and receive delicious free bacon by the basket after happy hour. Relax at the outdoor patio and pay only $1 per basket of country fried pork until you can eat no more. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love bacon? Harris Grill is in the heart of Shadyside on Ellsworth Avenue.

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Wednesdays: Live Trivia

4104 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 621 – 4900
Hours: Tue to Fri – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Weekends 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Head over to Brillobox on Wednesday night for team pub trivia. Enjoy the open garage door on a cool summer evening while you and your team battle it out against other patrons. Competition can get fierce as you are playing for bar tab credits. Hipster music plays between the questions as a DJ spins the entire evening. Brillobox has one of the better craft beer selections under tap including many local breweries. While their menu leaves a little bit to be desired, the atmosphere is bar none.

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Thursdays: Karaoke Night

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 904 – 2279
Hours: Mon to Tues – 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Wed to Fri – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Ever been to the Round Corner Cantina? One of the most exquisite bars in Lawrenceville, the establishment specializes in mixed drinks while serving SoCal Mex style food. Every Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. El Karaoke is hosted by the hippie looking Doug Cronin. While providing witty banter between songs, Doug focuses on Spanish themed music. As the night goes on, the amusement ensues as wannabe singers let loose.

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Fridays: ‘80s Night

Lava Lounge
2204 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 431 – 5282
Hours: Mon – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.;
Tuesday to Friday – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Ready for a throwback dance party? Every Friday night, the Lava Lounge hosts one of the best ‘80s nights in Western Pennsylvania. The night attracts one of the most diverse crowds in Pittsburgh, from young punks to the over 40’s and just about everyone in between. Get there early to cut out a piece of real estate on the dance floor before it overflows into the seats. With a distinctive atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else, Lava provides a great source of entertainment even from the bar seats.

Daniel Cooper has lived in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He enjoys a wide variety of music and arts. On most weekends he can be found enjoying the public parks of the county.