Pride Month has arrived in Pittsburgh, bringing with it over a week of love, fun and support for the city’s LGBT community. Parades, picnics, charity events and more will be taking place and all throughout the city, Pittsburgh’s bars are preparing to welcome celebrators with pride as only Pittsburgh can. Whether you’re gay or simply want to show your support while having a little fun, there is a place for everyone. From the most popular gay bars in the city to casual watering holes that draw a diverse drinking crew, here are the five best bars in Pittsburgh to celebrate Pride Month.
5115 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
If you want to celebrate Pride Month away from all the chaos of the city’s Pride March in downtown Pittsburgh, head to Lawrenceville’s Blue Moon. There, you will find a laidback atmosphere that serves plenty of drinks and just as much fun, a combo that has helped put this watering hole at the top of Pittsburgh’s best gay bars. A diverse crowd adds to the welcoming feeling you’ll be met with, no matter what your sexual orientation. Regular patrons rave about the awesome drag performers, accommodating and attentive staff, and great drinks. Take your party to the outdoor private patio or stay inside and enjoy the beauty of its English bar. Blue Moon is gay-owned and operated.
Easy Street Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
You don’t have to go to a strictly gar bar to celebrate Pittsburgh’s Pride Month. Easy Street Pittsburgh is a good pick for those looking to watch the fun and flair of the parade from its Grant Street starting point. Arrive early and grab a bite to eat from the bar’s menu and stick around between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for $1 off all drinks and half-priced appetizers during happy hour. With an extensive drink menu, featuring bottled beer, draft beer and martinis in some of the city’s most creative and delicious flavors, you’ll do exactly what Easy Street Pittsburgh’s motto promises: eat well, drink better.
There Ultra Lounge
931 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Conveniently located along the Pride March parade route, There Ultra Lounge is your go-to for the ultimate in entertainment. Whether you’re raring to take the stage during karaoke night or if you prefer to sit back and enjoy the amateur drag nights, this downtown gay bar has it all. You can’t beat its service industry nights, happy hour specials, and live music. There Ultra Lounge is situated on Liberty Ave. with great views of the parade route.
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965 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Another option for drinks along the Pride parade route is Images Bar. Located on Liberty Ave., this recently renovated gay bar is a preferred pick for those looking for a welcoming hangout with the best in drinks, dancing, music and karaoke nights. A full bar with happy hour specials and reasonable prices does not disappoint and is ideal for helping get the party started. Daily specials include $3 Captain Morgans, $4 Long Island Iced Teas and $2 Coors Light bottles.
PTown Bar Inc.
4740 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
If your pride party crew includes gay and straight, everyone will feel right at home at PTown Bar Inc. While PTown, which is short for Pittsburgh Town, is largely a gay bar, its location within walking distance of several universities and neighborhoods draws Pittsburghers from all walks of life, including straight, gay, college-aged and working professionals. For more than eight years, PTown Bar Inc. has been a favorite of Pittsburgh’s LGTB community with its nightly entertainment, drink specials and no-frills style.
Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.