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Pittsburgh is fast becoming a hipster mecca bustling with affordable housing, a cool cultural scene and plenty of hip amenities. Neighborhoods like Lawrenceville, the Strip District, South Side and Bloomfield are now bustling with a hipster crowd looking for unique, eclectic and artsy hangouts. From classic dive bars to unpretentious theme bars, hipsters are flocking to the city’s best hip bars/hangouts, including these five considered most popular among hipsters.

Belvederes Ultra-Dive
4016 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 687-2555

Rock shows, dance parties and cheap drinks may be what first attracts Pittsburgh’s hipsters to Belvederes Ultra-Dive, but it’s this awesome dive bar’s nightly specials and events that keep them coming back. Favorite theme nights include neon 80s dance party, punk night, karaoke and Sunday’s sampling nights where you can try out any of the bar’s newest cocktails or tapped beverages. While you wait for your drink, play a game of pinball, darts or pool. Belvederes Ultra-Dive is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville area.

4104 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-4900

Funky, diverse and unassuming best describe this hipster haven. Brillobox, a Bloomfield-area watering hole that caters to Pittsburgh’s hipster scene, delivers big on a cool hangout that features an unbeatable menu, top-notch cocktails and a cool second floor that caters to the area’s best entertainment and events. If beer is your drink of choice, you can’t beat the vast selection of craft beers that includes booze from Pittsburgh’s Church Brew Works and East End Brewing. With all beers reasonably priced and constantly rotating, Brillobox is guaranteed to become a regular stomping ground for you and your hipster friends.

Tiki Lounge
2003 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-8454

Escape to this hipster hideaway situated in Pittsburgh’s diverse South Side streets that promise retro décor reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s. If you’re desperate for a taste of the tropics, you’ll find it at Tiki Lounge with its tropical cocktails served in funky tiki-inspired glasses. Like most South Side bars, Tiki Lounge is often jam-packed on weekends, but swing by during the week and you’ll find a mash-up of locals, including hipsters and yinzers. Tiki Lounge goes beyond the city’s typical themed bars to attract a cool crowd that’s always up for a good time.

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5121 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 781-6771

For an artsy hangout that’s sure to appeal to the creative hipster soul, there’s Remedy Restaurant and Lounge. A circulating art gallery featuring up-and-coming Pittsburgh artists lines the walls of the main bar. Special events like art exhibits, live music and dance parties make this eclectic bar a favorite, particularly among Lawrenceville hipsters. If you’re looking to get loose, there are 16 reasonably priced beers on tap as well as an upstairs dance party where you can mingle with fellow hipsters. Diverse music certain to expand your genre preferences can be heard regularly here. Remedy Restaurant and Lounge is located on Butler Street in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Nico’s Recovery Room
178 Pearl St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 681-9562

If you’re new to the hipster scene, Nico’s Recovery Room may be a good place to ease yourself in to one of the area’s best hipster bars. Head to this Bloomfield dive bar on a weekday evening for a quieter, more laid-back crowd or stop by on a Saturday for what many consider the city’s best karaoke night. If you don’t mind a somewhat smoky bar area and cheap beer, you’ll love this unpretentious bar. With a diverse, fun crowd and a solid selection of typical bar food, Nico’s Recovery Room is the quintessential hipster hangout.

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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