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Pittsburgh doesn’t exactly seem like a standout city in regards to its singles’ scene, but locals know that their town does indeed offer several great singles’ spots. Thanks to the growing number of bars, clubs and nightlife events concentrated throughout the city, there is no shortage of places to meet someone. The trick is knowing which bars attract the type of singles’ crowd you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking to settle down or you want to connect with someone for dinner and drinks, these five Pittsburgh bars are a great option for singles looking to mingle.

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

Single men will have their pick of pretty women at Wexford’s Cabana Bar. This bar is especially popular during the warm weather months when the city’s 20-somethings and 30-somethings gather for more than just the fun, laid-back, beach-inspired atmosphere that features fire pits, sand, hammock chairs, a dance area, palm trees and outdoor seating. Put your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand with nightly specials that draw a younger crowd looking to drink, dance and let loose like it’s spring break.

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen
1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-5656

Classy, intimate and impressive describe both Eleven Contemporary Kitchen and the type of singles you’re likely to meet at this Strip District Bar. This is a fine choice for getting to know someone over drinks as the bar offers a hard-to-beat happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where you can indulge in conversation and $6 cocktails, wine and select menu items. If all’s going well, you may even want to stick around for dessert; there’s plenty to share thanks to the broad selection of cakes, ice creams, pies and cheeses. There are also brandies and even dessert wines if you desire something to help you loosen up a little more. Eleven Contemporary Kitchen is located on Smallman Street.

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

Gather your girlfriends, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party at Seviche, the city’s best happy hour and tapas restaurant. Skip the weekend watering hole and venture to this Nuevo Latin bistro on a Monday for its salsa night with free dance lessons. What better way to heat up your love life than with a little hip-shaking salsa? Take the party from the dance floor to the bar for happy hour specials that include $5 mojitos and cocktails, specialty tapas items, $4 wine glasses and $3 beer. Seviche is located in the center of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

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

If you can’t seem to find “the one” because you’re just too busy to date, Olive or Twist can help you make the right connection quickly with its speed dating events. This Cultural District bar offers regular speed dating nights for singles of all ages, from 20-somethings to single professionals ages 55+. If speed dating isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it; Olive or Twist is also one of Pittsburgh’s top-rated bars for happy hour specials and networking. Mix the two and you’re sure to find a match at this chic bar that caters to the professional crowd.

Mad Mex Robinson
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 494-5656

Mad Mex in Robinson Township is one of the best places to hook up with fellow singles. Its location is central to a variety of communities making it convenient to step away from your usual watering hole and meet people from around the city. Expect a younger crowd at this Mad Mex location, particularly during happy hour. The restaurant prides itself on being fresh and funky and its menu and atmosphere certainly reflect that and helps attract a singles’ gathering of the same vibe.

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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with today’s 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