What could be better than an ice-cold frozen cocktail after a long, hot day at a Pirates game or an exhilarating game of volleyball with your friends? Not much else quenches the thirst or cools you down like a frosty margarita, sunrise cooler or even a frozen hot chocolate. Check out these five best places in the ‘Burgh for the aforementioned, plus a host of other great frozen concoctions.
1601 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
A rooftop bar and lounge, a members-only pool, private cabanas and an expansive view of Pittsburgh’s iconic skyline – what could be more relaxing? Try a frozen drink from Skybar’s sister Local Bar + Kitchen, and kick back with your friends for a unique night out, unlike anything else you’ll find in the South Side. Be sure to check back to Skybar’s website often, as events are continuously added and hours change based on South Side happenings, private events and weather.
2302 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Could The Library’s take on a Creamsicle, complete with Whipped Pinnacle vodka, Marshmallow Pinnacle, orange juice and vanilla ice cream sound any more delicious? How about a Dirty Banana or a Caramel Pretzel? Head down to The Library and try all of its delicious frozen alcoholic drinks paired with a tantalizing entree or dessert. Take in all the South Side has to offer during your visit and enjoy a relaxing night with great conversation at The Library.
2000 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Pair your crazy cool, refreshing frozen mojito with one of Kaya’s signature fish, beignets or ox tail dishes and prepare for a delicious night in Pittsburgh’s shimmering and bustling Strip District. Cool vibes from this Caribbean-themed lounge are sure to satisfy everyone in your party; be sure to snag a table on Kaya’s outside patio while you sip your frozen delicacy – the Strip is certainly a people watcher’s paradise. Kaya, out of all of the selections on this list, is the priciest, so buyer beware. Be sure to thoroughly analyze the menu if you’re on a budget, or head on over for happy hour, where you’ll enjoy the same drinks and food earlier, and with more elbow room.
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5747 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Two words: frozen mimosa. Two more words: frozen cosmo. Top if off with one of Harris’ signature dishes and your dreams just came true. If Harris Grill could be any better, its frozen cosmo is half off Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Grill also has quite a quirky sense of humor, so go prepared to be amused with the menu. The patio is a great place to sit on a humid summer evening, sipping your delicious frozen beverage, nibbling on an awesome app and enjoying great company. If you’ve never been to this Pittsburgh staple, what are you waiting for?
4104 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Hands down, the best Pittsburgh bar for live music, hoppin’ events and great service can’t be found anywhere else but Brillobox. An uber-hip, modern feel gives this unique eatery and bar nearly five stars on each Yelper’s review. The best part about the Brillobox’s drink selection is that its frozen drinks come straight from a Slushie machine – you can be a kid and drink your alcohol too. Enjoy the diverse crowd, stay for Brillobox’s unbelievable music and don’t tell us that we didn’t warn you.
Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.