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Drinks, Dining and More with a View
With 90 unique neighborhoods and spectacular skylines, sometimes the best way to enjoy Pittsburgh is to head up. Take in Instagram-worthy views with this guide to rooftop bars, movies and dining for Only in Pittsburgh evenings.
A brand new rooftop spot in 2023 should be at the top of your list! Located atop Joinery Hotel in the heart of Downtown, the Christian James Rooftop Bar is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11 p.m. all summer long. Enjoy wine, beer and cocktails paired perfectly with cabanas, high top tables and panoramic views from Downtown to the South Side.
Located atop the 10th floor of The Oaklander hotel, Spirits & Tales offers patio and indoor dining with spectacular views of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and the Cathedral of Learning.
Come for the views, but stay for Chef Chris Noonan’s menu of French classics with a modern flare, made with Pittsburgh ingredients, accompanied by one of their refreshing, ever-changing cocktails.
If someone asked me to describe my favorite vibe, I’d simply show them a picture of Cinderlands Warehouse. This sprawling, vibrant location features an outdoor patio on the second floor overlooking the Strip District, with plenty of room to spread out to additional indoor seating, gigantic bar seating and a first-floor game area with built-in bocce and shuffleboard.
IPA and sour fans, these brews will not disappoint and are always rotating in a soon-to-be-favorite beer. Don’t sleep on the menu - Cinderlands has a 3,000-square-foot kitchen to dish out delicious smoked buffalo chicken dip, smoked jumbo wings, poutine, pierogis and more.
As far as locations go, the Biergarten rooftop bar on the 9th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco may have the perfect one. With posh views of Downtown like the idyllic Mellon Square, it’s no wonder this is a happy hour, after-work and traveler hotspot.
While you’re enjoying the views, find a new brew with authentic German bottles of Spaten Optimator doppelbock, Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, Spaten marzen, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Tasty German bar food and a full array of pickles compliment every sip.
Take in a stunning Pittsburgh sunset at Over Eden Rooftop Bar, perched on a rooftop in the artistic Lawrenceville neighborhood with Downtown skyscrapers serving as the backdrop.
Snag a table early for their Sunday brunch once a month or make it an evening trip as you sip local ciders and indulge on desserts like tres leches cake and oat milk panna cotta.
Wear a swimsuit or whatever you like, but be ready to dance into the night. VIP service poolside is also available to make the night even more exclusive. If you come during the colder months, don’t worry; the glass roof closes to convert the space into a year-round picnic area on the grass.
If people-watching in the hippest part of Pittsburgh sounds like your jam, head on up to the second floor of New Amsterdam for sliders, suds and sandwiches.
The first floor is rocking with live DJs every weekend, karaoke on Thursdays and trivia nights on Wednesdays, making this a go-to spot for locals and travelers year-round.
Sienna Mercato offers three very different floors of restaurant concepts, from their lowkey meatball joint on the first floor to the open-air rooftop bar Il Tetto on the roof.
Overlooking Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, Il Tetto is also a great stop to people watch as visitors come and go from the theatres and convention center below. With 32 drafts, cocktails and wine, there’s always a reason to stay for one more drink.
Unmatched people-watching atop one of the coolest bars in the hippest neighborhood. What else do you need? In addition to great drinks, New Amsterdam's menu has some great finds including their mahi tacos (also available as Impossible tacos), fried mushrooms and sweet potato fries.
Providing unique views of Hot Metal Bridge, the South Side Slopes and our skyline, Eliza Hot Metal Bistro is a beautiful addition to rooftop dining atop Hotel Indigo. Happy hour specials, fantastic cocktails, live music events, a mouthwatering menu and more. There's always a reason to visit!
Located on the 7th floor (get it?) of AC Hotel by Marriott in Downtown Pittsburgh, this rooftop bar offers a great glimpse of the Convention Center, our bridges, the skyline and the Strip District. Also, Level 7 has maybe the best smoked manhattan in the city.
When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Strip District, head to the second stories of both Roland’s Seafood Grill & The Pennsylvania Market for fantastic flavors, cool drinks and the perfect view of the international market and shopping hub below.
Enjoy one of Roland’s famous lobster rolls or chowders or order a peach-basil martini or other summer cocktail from The Pennsylvania Market’s Top Bar, and see why no one does rooftop and outdoor dining with a view better than Pittsburgh.