Food & Drink

The 11 Best Patios in Pittsburgh

Published On 07/14/2015 Published On 07/14/2015
Adam Milliron/Courtesy of Biergarten
Redfin Blues
Rossilynne S. Culgan/Thrillist
Uptown
Adam Milliron/Courtesy of Biergarten
Rossilynne S. Culgan/Thrillist
Rossilynne S. Culgan/Thrillist
Courtesy of Steel Cactus
Courtesy of Double Wide Grill
Shiloh Grill
Courtesy of Skybar
Courtesy of Laura Petrilla of Il Tetto
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1. Redfin Blues 1000 Waterfront Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Washingtons Landing)

On an island in the Allegheny River, Redfin Blues offers waterside drinking and seafood eating and skyline viewing.

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2. Pusadee's Garden 5321 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Eats like fresh Thai spring rolls, pad Thai, and curry can be enjoyed in the lush outdoor garden, a retreat filled with vine-laden pergolas and fresh flowers, or in the cozy dining room on a cooler day.

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3. Uptown 1014 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Uptown is a rooftop lounge and is indeed located in Uptown Pittsburgh. With two dozen beers on tap, a lengthy wine list and plenty of cocktails, Uptown has got you covered.

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4. 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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5. The Church Brew Works 3525 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (Lower Lawrenceville)

The Church Brew Works is a brewpub set in a restored church built in 1902. The sanctuary serves as a beer hall, with glorious brewing equipment situated at the head of the room, where the altar once stood. Light shines through stained glass windows, setting a heavenly scene for you to indulge in lunch, dinner, and pub fare, like soups, salads, appetizers, like oven-roasted buffalo cauliflower with crumbled bleu cheese and the crowd-favorite pierogies, with sautéed onions, melted butter, and sour cream. Beers on tap are the Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale, Pious Monk Dunkel, and the ThunderHop IPA.

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6. Il Pizzaiolo 8 Market Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

It’s probably a lot of work and expense for Il Pizzaiolo to import fresh ingredients from Italy regularly, but it's worth it to genuinely represent Neapolitan pizza. Order the classic Margherita DOC, which is fired in a 1,000-degree oven and topped with fresh basil and creamy mozzarella. The Market Square location is in the heart of the city and offers a more elegant, sit-down dinner with a long wine list (Chianti pairs well with the DOC).

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7. Steel Cactus 5505 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (Shadyside)

Steel Cactus in Shadyside has a huge roof deck and it's always a party. Plus it has got all the essentials: burritos, tacos, margaritas and Coronas.

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8. Double Wide Grill 2339 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side Flats)

The patio at Double Wide is great for people watching, and there's a special section for dogs! The restaurant focuses on barbeque meats and vegan options, plus there are more than 30 craft beers on tap. DW frequently offers meal deals and hosts community events, so any day is a great day to stop in for some food and good times.

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9. Shiloh Grill 123 Shiloh St, Pittsburgh, PA 15211 (Mount Washington)

Shiloh Grill has an incredible city view, and Tuesday's are Bacon Night which means baskets of bacon are only $1 at table seats and free at bar seats.

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10. SKYBAR 1601 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Skybar is like a slice of Miami in Pittsburgh. The rooftop lounge and pool are open during the afternoon, and at night a transparent cover encloses the pool so you can sip on frozen cocktails and champagne with no fear of getting wet.

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11. 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.