Food & Drink

The Best Beer Bars in Pittsburgh

Published On 08/25/2015 Published On 08/25/2015
il tetto pittsburgh
Laura Petrilla/Il Tetto
The Beer Market PGH
Courtesy of Biergarten/Adam Milliron
Smokin' Joe's
Independent Brewing Company
Piper's Pub
Sharp Edge Restaurants
Park House
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1. The Beer Market 110 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The beer list here is huge -- like several hundred options huge. Selections range from Dunkelweizens to IPAs, and ciders to stouts. Pro-tip: you are allowed to get delivery straight to the bar.

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2. Biergarten 620 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Biergarten at the Hotel Monaco features an exhaustive list of European beer, like bottled German favorites the Spaten Optimator doppelbock, the Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, and the Spaten marzen, and Belgian Trappist ales and sours. German-inspired bar bites range from house-made currywurst and sauerbraten to giant pretzels and a full array of pickles. And if you think the highlight of the evening will be trying to pronounce all of this German after a few drinks, try your hand at any of Biergarten’s pub games, like Jenga, garden chess, and super-sized Connect Four, and see how long you can last.

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3. Caliente Pizza & Draft House 4624 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

This place knows whats up. What goes better with beer than pizza? Nothing. With more than 20 beers on tap, and a menu detailing each one's aromas, flavors, and hoppiness, you will never be lead astray.

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4. Carson Street Deli & Craft Beer Bar 1507 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Carson Street Deli allows sandwich fans to create their own, but why bother? The menu is full of crazy concoctions like the Donnie Brasco (buffalo chicken and egg salad) and the Big Porker (pulled pork topped with cole slaw). The bar is stocked with local brews that pair well with your hefty sandwich.

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5. Hough's Taproom & Brewpub 563 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

This brewpub has 73 rotating drafts and more than 150 bottles, with a focus on domestic microbrews and featuring a different brewery every month. Recent features included Southern Tier, Great Lakes, and Brooklyn Brewery.

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6. Smokin' Joe's Saloon 2001 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

At Smokin Joe's the focus is bringing to Pittsburgh the work of new breweries from around the world. There are 60 beers on tap, PLUS 350 bottles of offer.

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7. Il Tetto 942 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This space quickly established itself as downtown’s finest rooftop bar, offering 32 beers and cocktails on tap, plus a retractable roof and a view of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. There's a variety of wine options from California, Italy, Germany, Spain and Argentina. It's a great spot to hit if your friend group is split between brews and fine wine.

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8. The Independent Brewing Company 1704 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Despite it's name, this space is not a brewery, however all beers at Independent Brewing Company are brewed by western Pennsylvania brewers. The rotating draft list features brewers such as Draai Laag Brewing, Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, and Hitchhiker Brewing Company.

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9. The Urban Tap 1209 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

At The Urban Tap in Pittsburgh’s South Side, you'll find 40 beers on tap with plenty of great options from well-established breweries such as Founders and Dogfish. It also features a large, industrial interior and plenty of flat-screen TVs, making it a popular spot to watch the Steelers and Penguins on game nights. Whatever you do, though, don't leave before you try demolishing the Tap Burger, a thick, rare patty with roasted garlic aioli.

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10. Piper's Pub 1828 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

This bar is a top-notch pub experience, boasting dozens of Scotch choices, a draft list including Pennsylvania breweries, and beer on cask, plus eats like fish & chips and Guinness beef stew.

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11. The Park House 403 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Park House is one of Pittsburgh's first licensed drinking establishments, dating back to just after Prohibition. The beer list contains 50 craft beers, with about 15-20 on tap, such as Lagunitas, Deschutes, and Ommegang. Fresh popcorn and peanuts are free at the bar.

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12. Industry Public House 4305 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Located in Lawrenceville, this popular drinkery features American comfort food, delicious artisanal cocktails, and a great selection of craft beer in an industrial-inspired space. The prohibition-era architecture, open brick walls and metallic surfaces will draw you in, but the Entry Level Burgher (a stocky and thick square patty between two buns that are just crispy enough) and the full-service bar providing endless international drafts, cocktails and whiskeys will keep you there.