Dive bar enthusiasts, cocktail connoisseurs, and craft beer buffs -- Pittsburgh has the place for you all. Actually, it has a lot of places for you, from gritty to glamorous, and industrial to cozy, in neighborhoods throughout the city’s labyrinthine streets. Here are the 12 very best bars in Pittsburgh to get you started.
What you're getting: Prohibition-era classics
There’s something rewarding about uncovering a hidden gem of a bar. True to its name, Speakeasy is a genuine Prohibition-era bar forgotten for years as storage space before it was restored to its original glory, hidden in the basement of the Omni William Penn Hotel. The bar cranks out perfect spirit-forward Manhattans, Rob Roys, Old Fashioneds, and Moscow Mules. With a large group, order the herbaceous Blind Tiger punch (six servings of Batavia Arrack Van Oosten, Benedictine, Cherry Heering, chai tea, birch bark sour, ginger beer, and fresh fruit).