Make up for all the times you could barely scrape together enough cash for a cheap beer at your local dive bar and treat yourself to the ultimate night on the town with a chunk from your tax refund. Don’t worry if you didn’t get any dough back after filing. There are plenty of lounges and bars that can give you a rich VIP experience with their atmosphere and amenities. Pop a bottle or raise a glass to a hefty tax refund, or the end of tax season, at these upscale bars considered among the best in Pittsburgh.
Drum Bar At Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The view from this stunning space is enough to lure you to the Rivers Casino’s chic cylindrical bar, but it’s what’s inside that truly makes this North Shore hot spot an awesome place to celebrate the end of tax day. Drinks are priced slightly higher than other bars throughout the city. But happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday offer great prices on the bar’s draft selections and cocktails. On Friday and Saturday, live entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to midnight give the bar a party vibe with its synchronized lights and music. Head to the casino area and throw a few bucks toward the blackjack table or slot machines and take a chance on doubling your tax refund.
25 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If champagne is more your style, Perle is the perfect place to toast to tax season. This cosmopolitan style lounge combines a Pittsburgh party atmosphere with European sophistication for a diverse venue that delivers big on entertainment and drinks. Enjoy music from the city’s best DJs in its luxury lounge that’s ideal for socializing, dancing and drinking during happy hours, held Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Dress is evening wear for ladies and formal attire or tailored business wear for men. Perle is located in Pittsburgh’s Market Square.
2108 E. Caron St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
With a slew of indulgent amenities and a sophisticated atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Acacia is a favorite of those looking for a classy night on the town. Step inside to a beautiful, speakeasy-style setting where you can transport yourself back in time and unwind after the stress and hassles of filling out your taxes. Your tax return will be well spent on the bar’s cocktails, including favorites like That Louis Guy, Whiskey Mule and The Bees Knees as well as bourbon, scotch and whiskey drinks. Acacia is located on East Carson Street in the city’s South Side.
Diesel Club Lounge
1601 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Experience the ultimate in VIP treatment at Diesel Club Lounge where you and your crew can reserve your own private table, room or booth for an unmatched evening of table service. Splurge on your favorite vodkas, champagnes and tequila, including a $525 bottle of Cristal, a $300 bottle of Dom Perignon or a $280 bottle of Stoli Elit in the white mezzanine VIP lounge. A fine selection of rum, scotch, sparkling wine, gin, bourbon and whiskey are also available on Diesel’s table service menu. Celebrate in true celebrity fashion at this multi-level club and music venue located in the city’s South Side neighborhood. Business casual dress is required.
1114 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Treat yourself to an amazing view along with incredible drinks at the LeMont Lounge, situated high atop Mount Washington in the legendary LeMont Restaurant. Arrive early for easy listening piano music starting at 7 p.m. Follow this with a late dinner featuring exclusive menu items like LeMont sliders, colossal shrimp cocktail and filet kabob. Toast with an extensive selection of wine and generous cocktails from the elegant bar. Dress attire is required.
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.