Updated May 23, 2019
We made it through another Pittsburgh winter, all. Cue confetti.
That’s something to celebrate — with a drink, preferably. Now that the sun is finally showing its face, these are our top 10 picks for outdoor drinking, with preference based on beverage options, views, and vibe. Cheers.
Why to go: Hard ciders, Civil War history, and a patio hidden away from Penn Avenue traffic
Pro tip: The growlers are called “Daily Rations” as a nod to the early days of the Federal Allegheny Arsenal when troops were given a daily whiskey allotment.
Why to go: We have two words for you: Boozy Huggies. Yes, the Little Hugs you remember from childhood are back with a 21+ version, courtesy of bartender Alex Dando. Also on the rooftop above Kimpton Hotel Monaco: Slushies and a solid beer list, plus jumbo Jenga and giant Connect Four.
Pro tip: When it’s really busy with a wait to get to the rooftop, stop by The Commoner (located on the building’s basement level) for a drink to pass the time. Now on the menu: “The Bucs Make Me Drink” and “Sex on the Mon Wharf.”
Where: South Side
Why to go: The giant patio along Carson Street is ideal for a side of people watching with your BBQ and beer.
Pro tip: You can see the bar’s TV from the patio, ensuring that you won’t miss any Pirates action.
Why to go: The large outdoor beer garden at Grist House is packed on the weekends with beer drinkers and their furry friends (it’s a dog-friendly establishment) because the chill atmosphere and the craft brews are that good.
Pro tip: Check the food truck schedule before you go.
Why to go: This rooftop bar boasts some of the city’s best skyline views — all with a transparent retractable roof in case of (inevitable) rain. The cocktail list includes all the classics (negronis and Moscow mules), along with Il Tetto originals.
Pro tip: Start with dinner first at Emporio: A Meatball Joint on the first floor below Il Tetto (a.k.a. “the roof”.)
Where: Strip District
Why to go: An evening on the back deck at Harp & Fiddle is like hanging out on a friend’s porch toasting with Guinness. Weekly acoustic performances called Guitars Under the Stars are held under the back patio’s twinkly lights.
Pro tip: You can check the live music schedule before your visit here.
Why to go: Hang out on this patio overlooking Butler Street at this low-key Butler Street classic. Sing your heart out at karaoke on Thursdays.
Pro tip: Check out the beautiful mural. Discussing his work, artist Dan Kitchener told Nak You Out, “I think people can relate to a rainy city at night.” Yup, definitely.
Where: Strip District
Why to go: This massive courtyard offers more than a dozen wines (including the pink stuff for your “rose all day” goals), lots of local beers, and cocktails. Head upstairs to grab a slice from Romulus Pizza al Taglio.
Pro tip: The courtyard is great, but also check out the balcony for sunset views.
Where: Troy Hill (Washington’s Landing)
Why to go: With its riverside patio, an afternoon at Redfin Blues offers a chance to watch boats glide along the Allegheny while you sit shoreside. Beat the dinner rush and head to Redfin for a bit to eat and a mid-afternoon cocktail.
Pro tip: You’re probably going to want to buy a boat after this experience, just a fair warning for your bank account.
Why to go: With fresh margaritas and other summery drinks to sip, an afternoon at Round Corner feels likes an afternoon at the beach (minus the ocean).
Pro tip: Make it a private party and reserve a cabana fit for a dozen friends.
Why to go: Atop The Oaklander Hotel, this brand new spot boasts quite the view of the Cathedral of Learning and Oakland, plus great drinks.
Pro tip: Make it a staycation and book a room at The Oaklander.
For even more outdoor bars, Made in Pgh lists 58 of them.