The Best Winter Cocktail Bars In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Photo of Shyla Watson
17 November 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can get pretty chilly during the winter months. Along with hot drinks, cocktail beverages have been known to warm your insides and bring color to your cheeks. Discover the city’s best cocktail bars here.

Kaya Welcome Sign | ©Mary-Ann Alberga/Flickr


Who would’ve thought that there’d be a tropical oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh? Well, Kaya is just this. Refresh yourself with fruity sangria, margaritas, a mai tai, mojitos, and more fun Caribbean drinks, all complete with a tiny umbrella. If you want to keep it simple, beer, wine, rum, scotch, and tequila are also featured on the extensive drinks menu. Be sure to check out their daily happy hour to get half-off of the regular price. Additionally, Kaya serves delicious, eclectic Caribbean cuisine. Stop by for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Brunch comes complete with early-morning drinks, like mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Drinks and Conversation at Olive or Twist | ©Yelp Inc./Flickr

Olive or Twist

You’re guaranteed to find one or two James Bond-esque gentleman at this intimate martini bar and lounge. At Olive or Twist, you can have your drink shaken not stirred, sweet or tangy, and strong or stronger. The lounge provides an alluring atmosphere, with industrial brick walls and chic, modern decor. Curl up in a private booth or sit at the bar, and engage in stimulating conversation with a few Pittsburgh locals. There are more than 20 different kinds of martinis on the menu, in addition to wine, beer, and other ‘on the rocks’ drinks. For food, order anything from nachos to filet mignon. But, whatever you do, try the almond cream cake.

Wine Bottles | ©Etcetera Wine Bar/Flickr

Bar Marco

Less is more at Bar Marco. Step into a classy, yet comfortable, environment and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and tasty bite to eat. The Bar Room features a few specialty cocktails and delicious meals, such as scallop risotto and steak. Also open on the weekends, this is a popular place for brunch, where guests may dine on smoked salmon Benedict and corn pancakes. But this is just the Bar Room – Bar Marco is made up of both the Bar Room, and the Wine Room. More on the exclusive side, the Wine Room is reservation only with a tasting menu and wine pairings. The prix fixe experience is two-hours of dining on a seven-course, seasonal menu, with wine specially paired to tasted with each meal. This is no honky-tonk or tavern, but it’s a great place for a special, elite experience.

Tender Bar | ©Dmitry Boyarin/Flickr

Tender Bar & Kitchen

Take a journey to the past at Tender Bar and Kitchen. Converted from Pittsburgh’s Arsenal Bank building, this premium cocktail bar offers patrons an early 20th-century experience, where times were simpler and cocktails were crafted with exceptional care and skill. All drinks featured on the nearly seven-page menu are made with the freshest ingredients and finest alcohol. The bartenders are friendly, attentive, and creative with their craft. At Tender Bar & Kitchen, drink a cocktail that was made to perfection, then follow it up with a tasty kitchen item, such as flatbreads, steak, burgers, and more.

Beer Sampler | ©Jaryl Cabuco/Flickr

Industry Public House

Reminiscent of a warehouse, this industrial-styled pub isn’t what you think. Rather than dank and dark, the pub is open and inviting. The brick walls are beautifully paired with creative lighting, large windows, and open seating. The menu features more than 15 signature cocktails, 40 beers on tap, more than 20 wines, and what seems to be an infinite amount of whiskey. Bring your friends and coworkers to happy hour to enjoy drinks and food at a reduced price. Speaking of food, Industry Public House serves delicious American fare such as wings, flatbreads, burgers, and even tastier dishes. This is also a popular place for brunch, so make a weekend reservation to enjoy all the morning drinks available.

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