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The summer season in the Pittsburgh region is a great time to experience the local bars to share a special occasion with friends or family. The ambiance of the historical areas of downtown Pittsburgh, Cultural District, Strip District and surrounding neighborhoods are perfect locations to get in the right mood to party and share with others. Here are five places that will jumpstart a birthday, bachelorette party or a ladies night out that fulfills a party celebration with all the preparations in order for a fun-filled day.

Cabana Bar
100 Village Club Rd.
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 934-7876

The Cabana Bar has the feel of a Caribbean vacation without leaving the comfortable confines of the Pittsburgh region. There are fire pits, sand, dance floor and relaxing hammock chairs ready for your enjoyment, and the atmosphere is like being on a beach with no cares and a chance to party the night away. A DJ is certain to set the mood and the events, drink and food specials are perfect for a birthday bash, ladies night out or special occasion. There are beer specials, Sangria and Margarita pitchers during the week, and the weekend sets the trend for drink specials with $5 Long Island’s, Bomb Pops and Arnold Palmer’s. The casual walk down the steps at the Oxford Club in the North Hills leads to the pulsating musical beat, and time to kick back and celebrate with happy hour specials throughout the night.

Olive Or Twist
140 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 255-0525

If you’re looking to book a private party, birthday or bachelorette outing, then head to the Cultural District and choose Olive or Twist to celebrate a special occasion with friends or family. There is an upstairs lounge and VIP room to host a private gathering, and rocking Happy Hour specials Monday 4 to 6 and Tuesday – Friday from 4 to 7. There are selections of special drinks Monday to Friday, and there are reduced prices for $4 Goose Island drafts and Pinot Noir, $7 Belvedere cocktails, $5 house wine, $7 Grey Goose cocktails and on Friday a $7 Absolut cocktail. The party doesn’t end there as there is live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday and to enhance the special occasion there is a chance to try appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

930 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 697-3120

Walking into Seviche is like a transformation from Pittsburgh to South Beach, as the salsa sounds, Cuban artwork and Art Deco furnishings will get any special celebration in the party mood. Party planners and guests can get reduced Happy Hour drink specials from Monday to Saturday, 4:40 – 6:30, with $5 Tapas items, $5 cocktails and $3 Latin beer. Seviche aims to please and there are special event days on Monday for $3 Corona and Corona Light for Salsa Night, Tuesday is show your I.D. for 22% off your bill, Wednesday has a $20 Bottle of Wine Night and Thursday is D.J. Scar from 9:30 – 12:20 with drink specials. Make sure you call for reservations and Kylie Mathews, General Manager, will set you up with a 3-tier Party Package for your special day memory.

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Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
139 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-5700

Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room is the perfect location to experience the nuances of the vibrant downtown area of Pittsburgh and the Cultural District. Party-goers can relax and enjoy the cozy atmosphere, and a carefree chance to let your hair down and dig right into a hand-crafted pizza, pasta or dessert. Happy Hour is scheduled Monday – Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 with $5 house wines by the glass and $1 off craft beers or go off the grid with Proper cocktails. There is always some type of upcoming event happening and make sure to call for reservations to make for a more intimate gathering.

Hidden Harbor
1708 Shady Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA  15217
(412) 422-5040

The exotic setting at Hidden Harbor beckons the start of a celebration and cocktails with expressive names pack a powerful punch of wonderful ingredients. Make sure you make the Happy Hour drink selections that runs Tuesday to Friday until 7 p.m. and the $6 Maggie’s Rum Daiquiris, $6 Appleton Rum Fashioners and $4 pork sliders can make any party happen in style. Be on hand for a DJ and Tuesday’s Tiki’s Time Machine for Tiki cocktails and Wednesday’s Weird Science when science takes over the Tiki cocktail scene. The casual atmosphere and colorful drink glasses that are adorned with Tiki swizzle sticks, flowers and fruit make for a memorable ladies night out.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at