Best Gay Bars In Pittsburgh

January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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Pittsburgh has a great singles’ scene thanks to the unlimited nightlife venues and countless bars scattered throughout the city. From cool dive bars to swanky upscale lounges, there’s a watering hole for everyone, including a particularly nice selection of gay bars where you can catch up with old friends or meet new ones. Lesbians and gay men alike are sure to find these local bars welcoming, diverse and above all, fun! Show your gay pride with like-minded individuals at these five bars considered to be among the best gay bars in Pittsburgh.

Images Bar
965 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-9990

Young, gay professionals are plentiful at Images, a nicely renovated gay bar located on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Regulars report a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy a mix of DJ music, dancing, reasonably priced drinks and Thursday night karaoke. Images also offers a full bar with happy hour specials, making it a preferred bar for relaxing and mingling with friends after a long day of work. While this bar tends to attract gay men, women are welcome as well.

146 44th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 687-2157

Whether you are gay, lesbian or bisexual, Cattivo invites you to its Lawrenceville location where you can proudly be yourself. Despite its upscale décor, this isn’t one of your pretentious Pittsburgh bars but rather a laid-back, fun watering hole where you can drink and dance during Cattivo’s retro nights, catch a Steelers game with your friends on the bar’s TVs or belt your lungs out during karaoke nights. Come thirsty and leave room for the buffalo chicken pizza or any of the other varieties that locals claim to be among the best pizza in Pittsburgh.

Real Luck Café
1519 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-7832

Try your dating luck at Real Luck Café, Pittsburgh’s premier gay dive bar for men and women. If you’re looking to meet someone who loves pets, this is the place for you thanks to the pet-friendly deck where pet parents can drink and meet like-minded individuals alongside their furry friends. Real Luck Café never charges a cover and often offers great giveaways and free food to accompany the bar’s cheap drinks. Real Luck Café is located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District and is open seven days a week.

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5801 Video Lounge & Café
5801 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 661-5600

This Shadyside lounge-café combo is one of the area’s best gay bars that earns consistently high marks from both gay and straight patrons. With its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, exceptional staff, variety of nightly events and daily drink specials, 5801 Video Lounge & Café is sure to become a regular hangout. Grab your friends and engage in some friendly competition every Wednesday for free Absolut Poker League games or form a team and participate in the 5801 Dart League on Thursdays. While you play, drink up the unbeatable drink specials, including $1.50 off all Absolut drinks and $3.50 Long Island ice tea deals.

941 Saloon
941 Liberty Ave. #1
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-5222

Ask any 20-something or 30-something gay man or lesbian where the coolest gay bar is and their responses are sure to include Liberty Avenue’s 941 Saloon. If you’re looking to party and dance all night, 941 Saloon’s fun theme nights are the time to do so. Happy hour specials only add to the fun along with plenty of room for dancing and mingling with singles, perfectly mixed drinks and a lively weekend crowd. Stop in for free pool and jukebox nights and see for yourself why 941 Saloon tops the list of Pittsburgh gay bars.

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

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