The Pittsburgh Pub Guide - Pittsburgh City - Downtown

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??? A plain, clean and tidy, friendly pub with the bar on the left and booths on the right. One draught beer and the usual bottles. The food looks to be good value. A music system with an eight track player was playing a local radio station when I was there. A nice collection of bric-a-brac above the bar includes Six Million Dollar man, Return of the Jedi and Pacman lunch boxes and a Snoopy telephone.
The name on the front of the building had been painted over when I visited.
Last visited December 2001
Forbes Avenue / Wood Street
Ace's Deuce's Lounge   5th / Stevenson
The Bridge This nice small hotel bar in the new and extremely impressive Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is decorated with arty photographs of some of Pittsburgh's bridges. Domestic draughts include Pyramid Hefe-Weiss, served by a very efficient staff. The free nuts were a proper selection. 6th Street / Duquesne Blvd.
Chez Kimberley A rather dubious-looking strip club. Liberty / 10th
Chas's Market Street Tavern   Market Street / 1st
Circle Bar   Forbes / Market Square
Club Elite An up market strip club, I'm told. French Street / 9th
Dowe's on 9th A very posh looking jazz club. French Street / 9th
Duke's Lockeroom   5th / Magee
Froggy's This nice bar with bare brick decor is always busy with a friendly crowd when I visit. The top floor bar has a large balcony with a view of the Monongahela River, and Station Square and the funicular beyond. On the ground floor is a large restaurant and a bar open until 02.00. Live music upstairs. A sign stuck over the TV screen says "Read a book"!
Last visited 2002
Market Street / 1st Avenue
Jamie's Local brews plus one from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewery are on sale in this pleasant bar with nicely understated decor.
Last visited May 2001
Market Square
Landmark Tavern A splendid interior with tiled walls and floor in this bar/restaurant. It's a shame that the plasterwork ceiling is spoiled by a large air conditioning duct. They serve the standard range of draught beers and the food looks good.
Last visited July 2000
Market Square
Lantern Lounge   Smithfield Street / 1st
Liberty Avenue Saloon A gay bar, I'm told. Liberty / Smithfield
Liberty Bar A small friendly corridor bar concentrating on daytime trade (They close at 19.30 during the week). The beer and food are exceptionally cheap, with a different special deal each day of the week.
Last visited September 2000
Liberty / 10th
Mark's The usual bare brick decor in this very pleasant friendly bar which opened in September 2001. There's a restaurant at the back. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Last visited April 2002
Penn Avenue / 9th Street
Mick McGuire's A very nice "Irish" corridor bar with a long counter on the left and booths on the right. Of course, being Pittsburgh, there's no trace of anyone Irish in there! Regulars get a mug with their name on to hang behind the bar. The food - burgers and sandwiches - is pretty good. I was surprised this place wasn't busier when I visited on a Friday lunchtime.
Last visited September 2001
Market Square / Greame Street
Olive or Twist This newly opened bar takes the bare brick and girder decor to excessive lengths - still I suppose it saves paying a plasterer! The ambiance is up market. Draught beers include the rather nice Pyramid hefeweizen.
Last visited May 2001
6th Street / Penn Avenue
One Mellon Center There's a bar in the bottom of this skyscraper.  
Papa J's   Boulevard of the Allies / Market Street
Primanti Brothers This Pittsburgh institution sells domestic beers on draught as a sideline to their food business - a range of sandwiches with fries in. [In English - A chip butty] Market Square
Pub A very nice hotel bar, decorated with sports memorabilia and brewery neons. Ten taps including Guinness and Bass. The bar food comes highly recommended although I haven't tried it myself.
Last visited February 2002
Hilton Hotel, Commonwealth Place
River City Inn   PPG Square
Ruddy Duck There is a rectangular island bar counter in this pleasant hotel bar, the decor of which includes a number of stuffed ducks. Draft beers include Augustiner Dark. The food looks good.
Last visited February 2001
Ross Street / 6th
Sammy's A nice interior with a tiled floor. The friendly lunchtime crowd were enjoying their sandwiches and drinking a selection of domestic draughts and Guinness.
Last visited March 2001
Forbes / Smithfield
Sammy's   Liberty / 9th
Seventh Street Grill A plain pleasant corridor bar serving the usual range of domestic and imported draught beers. Good food. There's more dining space downstairs.
Last visited May 2001
7th Street / Penn Avenue
Sidekicks   Liberty / 10th
Smithfield Cafe   Smithfield / 7th
Souper Bowl   5th / Washington
Sportshaven This place is closed and derelict. Liberty / 10th
Tap Room This bar, situated in the ground floor of the impressive William Penn Hotel, has a very pleasant interior with wood panelled walls and leather chairs. They serve the usual range of domestic beers plus Guinness on tap, and the bottles include Chimay Rouge. The menu, as well as some excellent food (Filet Mignon recommended), has a section for cigars! Use the rear entrance to the hotel, on Grant Street.
Last visited March 2001
Grant / 6th
10th Street Blue CLOSED Liberty / 10th
Top of the Triangle What a superb view - Truly stunning! This up market restaurant and bar is located on the 62nd floor of the tallest building in Pennsylvania, the rather boring-looking CSX tower. I understand they have lost their lease and have now closed.
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Last visited March 2001
Grant / 7th Avenue
Up Over Jimmy's   Smithfield Street / Boulevard of the Allies
Big Z The enormous sign outside might have lead you to think that this plain friendly bar was actually a hamburger joint. One domestic draught beer and the standard range of bottles were available. Whenever I went in for my breakfast (excellent value) the place always seemed to be empty, which is probably why it is now CLOSED.
Last visited March 2001
Liberty / 10th

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