9 Pittsburgh Bars and Clubs to Check Out After Dark

February 21, 2019
Culture & Art
jason wolfe
Image courtesy of Jekko

Pittsburgh after dark, take a tour of the city through its nightclubs and bars to get a real sense of what this city’s about.

Anyone who’s an avid traveler will tell you, to really get to know any city you need to wait until the world goes to sleep and the city comes to life. The best way to experience any new place is from the bat’s eye view.

With Pittsburgh popping up on a lot of people’s radar in recent years, there’s a whole new interest in the City of Steel, and the best way to get to know us is to get a drink with us. From local watering holes to Berlin-style after hours clubs, there’s no better way to get your finger on the pulse of the city is to experience it after dark.

That’s why we put together this guide to our City of Bridges’ bars and clubs. Be sure to check out each of these hot spots to see the Pittsburgh the way it was meant to be.

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Seven

Seven
The go to downtown night club in Pittsburgh, Seven needs to be on your list for next weekend. Photo from Seven Yelp
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Downtown
130 Seventh St

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Mon-Sun 4PM - 2AM

Anyone who’s gone out in Pittsburgh knows it’s a city of bars. There aren’t many club spots to check out.

“Good spot if you are visiting!” - Yelp Review

This has been changing in recent years, but that doesn’t change the city as a whole tends to prefer it’s more laid back feel. That being said, Seven breaks the mold.

Touting Downtown Pittsburgh’s only full sized dance floor, Seven is the place to let loose and have fun with your friends. Host a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, holiday, you name it here, and you’re sure to have the time of your life!

Cavo

Cavo
The essential Strip District nightlife spot. Photo from Cavo’s Instagram
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Strip District
1916 Smallman St

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Wed-Thu 5PM - 10PM
Fri-Sat 5PM - 2AM
Sun-Tue Closed

Ok, I know we just said that Pittsburgh is a city of bars, but we’ll get to them.

“This place is amazing...I have never been disappointed with good old Cavo!!!” - Yelp Review

Right now it’s all about Cavo.

The quintessential night club right in the heart of the Strip District, Cavo offers 3 rooms with 3 vibes so you can experience the mood you’re feeling in the moment. If you’re looking to really go wild, check out Cavo. Where else in Pittsburgh are you going to find girls in the walls?

Mixtape

Mixtape
Kick back and listen to some great tunes at Mixtape. Photo  from Mixtape’s Instagram.
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Garfield
4907 Penn Ave

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Tue-Thu 2PM - 12AM
Fri 2PM - 2AM
Sat 7PM - 2AM
Sun-Mon Closed

We told you we’d get to the classic Pittsburgh bar, and here it is!

This is one of the most hip bars I've been to in Pittsburgh...

At Mixtape experience the chill feel of listening to your favorite mixtapes we all used to make.

A classic cocktail bar and cafe, enjoy a sip of your favorite drink that’ll give you whatever buzz you’re looking for as you hunt for that perfect track.

“...There's great music playing in the background, beanbags to sit on, and (interestingly) a no-tip policy because they pay their bartenders a living wage with paid sick leave. All tips are donated to charity!” - Yelp Review

The Goldmark

Goldmark
Come see why Goldmark, Lawrenceville’s newest installation, was voted Best Bar two years in a row. Photo from GoldMark’s Facebook
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Lawrenceville
4517 Butler St

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Tue-Thu 8PM - 2AM
Fri-Sat 6PM - 2AM
Sun-Mon Closed

Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

“One of my absolute favorite places to dance in Pittsburgh, the DJ's that play here are always spot on with their music.” - Yelp Review

With a trendy new bar or restaurant popping up seemingly every night it can be hard to keep up. But GoldMark stays ahead with it’s laid back and trendy atmosphere.

Voted Best Bar in Pittsburgh in both 2016 and 2017, it’s time you check out this bar to see what all the hype is about.

Jekyl and Hyde

Jekyl and Hyde
We know you’re really here to scope out the next hot Karaoke spot. We’ve got you covered. Photo courtesy of The Great Pittsburgh Pub Crawl
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South Side
140 S 18th St

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Mon-Sun 7PM - 2AM

Looking for something off the beaten path? Into more of the ooky spooky than most?

“Good vibes and great prices for their drinks! This little dive bar serves dark, spooky, and slightly cheesy vibes with generous halloween decor.” - Yelp Review

We’ve got you covered with Jekyl and Hyde.

One of the coolest little bars in town, it’s Halloween 24/7 365 in this corner of Pittsburgh’s South Side. Check them out for karaoke night or any one of their other hit event nights. An absolute must if you’re checking out the Pittsburgh nightlife.

Room 16

Room 16
Take a look at that disco ball at the top of this picture and tell us you wouldn’t have a great time here. Photo from Room 16’s Facebook
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Strip District
1650 Smallman St

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Fri-Sat 9PM - 2AM
Sun-Thu Closed

Remember that club night scene we said is slowly creeping in to the Pittsburgh nightlife?

“The dance floor is huge, the bathrooms are always clean, and there are multiple bars so none of that waiting for drinks” - Yelp Review

Well here’s a perfect example of a club that’s changing the game.

Room 16 is the classic club you’re looking for for a high energy night of fun and drinks. With a full calendar of events, be sure to check out their Facebook page so you go for the perfect night.

Bar 11

Bar 11
If you’re looking for a great atmosphere on you night out in Pittsburgh, look no further than Bar 11. Image courtesy of Cindy Laura
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South Side
1101 Bradish St

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Wed-Sat 8PM - 2AM
Sun-Tue Closed

Sometimes known as Pittsburgh’s Narnia, Bar 11 is the best kept secret of the South Side.

“Easily one of the most unique bars I've ever stumbled across.” - Yelp Review

Locals know it as a place to let loose, where anything can happen, and now it’s time you experience it too. If you’re visiting the city and want to get a feel for the best of Pittsburgh nightlife, this should definitely be on the list. Be sure to check out their Facebook for events too because the lineup can make the night!

Belvederes Ultra Dive

Belvederes Ultra Dive
Image courtesy of Jekko
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Lawrenceville
4016 Butler St

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Mon-Sun 11AM - 2AM

Another one of those ultra trendy bars in Lawrenceville we were talking about, Belvederes is the one stop shop for the best time ever.

“Belvedere's is our go-to place for dancing!” - Yelp Review

With rotating DJs, 2 bars, a large dance floor and 2 pool tables, this place is the perfect place to have a good time next Friday night.

A converted roller rink, check out their Facebook to see when their next roller night is! The theme nights are real at this place too, so be sure to check those out too. Maybe hit up Emo night or maybe Divas night! It’s all good at the Ultra Dive.

Le Mardi Gras

Le Mardi Gras
We haven’t been giving you the dive bars you really want and we know that. You just want to sit back in a smokey, dark room and sip some whiskey, we know. Well, here you go. Photo courtesy of Le Mardi Gras
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Shadyside
731 Copeland St

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Mon-Sun 4PM - 2AM

Everything you need to know about Le Mardi Gras can be found right on their Facebook page.

“If you are interested in a genuine, laid back bar experience, look no further! Le Mardi Gras is truly special.” - Yelp Review

“Serving the stiffest drinks in all of Pittsburgh since 1954!” That’s really what it’s all about isn’t it? Good drinks at a bar that’s seen the neighborhood come up around it.

Check out this smokey den next time your in Pittsburgh for some Parisian meets Cajun flair along with your Steel City experience.

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