Top 9 Spots for Happy Hour in Squirrel Hill

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Squirrel Hill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

It has seen it’s fair share of changes over the decades-- but one thing has always remained constant-- this is a great area for a happy hour. Perhaps it’s because of the close proximity to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University-- but Squirrel Hill is always bustling with busy people who want to relax at the end of the day. It’s also one of the most cultured areas of the city-- with theaters, shopping, and art galleries that attract people from all over the city. So what better way to experience a Pittsburgh happy hour then in the the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill?

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1. Hidden Harbor

Visit a tropical oasis for happy hour

decor at hidden harbor

Image courtesy of Hidden Harbor. A great spot for a tropical happy hour in the middle of Pittsburgh.

1708 Shady Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Tues-Thurs 5pm-12am

Fri-Sat 5pm-1am

If you’re looking to relax in the style of the islands-- look no further than Hidden Harbor. Modeled in the fashion of “American tiki,” this bar knows how to make some serious cocktails. So much so that their mixologists have consistently won awards for their innovative list of creative drinks.

In true tiki fashion, there are also drinks that are meant for sharing-- which come in a large bowl complete with umbrella straws. So if you’re looking for a fun, lively spot for happy hour, look no further!

“Really fun bar to have a few drinks and bring a few friends to. The bartenders are very friendly, knowledgeable, and are open to making any accommodations you want to ask for. They also really put on a show, so make sure to grab a bar seat to see the theatrics.” - Yelp Review

2. Pino’s Contemporary Italian

Fine Italian and fantastic wine bar

pino's italian
Image courtesy of Pino’s. Have some authentic Italian cuisine as you enjoy your happy hour.

6738 Reynolds St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Tues- Sat 4pm-10pm

Pino’s has delicious Italian cuisine that is served in a wonderfully inviting atmosphere. But most importantly, they have an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list.

If you’re planning to stop in for happy hour, make sure to grab a glass of one of their many wines and just wind down.

If you’re not sure what to choose-- or want to try something new-- not to worry, they have wine and spirits experts on staff available to assist. How many happy hour spots can say that?

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“What a cute & cozy Italian cafe! Adorable bar with many wine & beer selections. All our food was delicious: mussels, pasta marinara with a meatball, bolognese, & lobster & shrimp” -Yelp Review

3. Squirrel Hill Sports Bar

The perfect spot to unwind after work

squirrel hill sports bar
Image courtesy of Squirrel Hill Sports Bar. A great place to enjoy a Pittsburgh happy hour.

5832 Forward Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Mon-Sun 4pm-2am

Squirrel Hill Sports Bar is a great place to meet up with friends after work or class. It’s a casual atmosphere that welcomes everyone. There’s always new craft and local beers to try, and their pub food is pretty amazing too.

If you happen to stay past the traditional happy hour--  you’re sure to be entertained by karaoke, live music, and even an open mike night. There’s always something fun happening at this local bar.

“I really like Squirrel Hill Sports Bar. They have a wide variety of beers, their tap selections are good, nice seating, pool tables, open mic nights, good eats and service.” -Yelp Review

4. Independent Brewing Company

What better place for a happy hour then a brewery?

independent brewing company
Image courtesy of Independent Brewing Company. The beers at this spot are all local to Pittsburgh.

1704 Shady Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm

Thurs-Sat 5pm-12am

Independent Brewing Company is a fantastic place to stop in for happy hour if you like local, craft beer. In fact, that’s all they serve. They want to promote the smaller, local breweries around Pittsburgh that might not have the ability to ship their brews very far.

This place is always packed for happy hour-- full of customers waiting to try the next Pittsburgh craft beer. Because it serves only local brews-- you can rest assured this is some of the freshest beer you’ll taste anywhere!

“A hidden gem! I came here yesterday for a Galentine's meal with my friends and was pleasantly surprised to find that the food was DELICIOUS.” -Yelp Review

5. Murray Ave. Grill

An old school establishment with a great happy hour

murray ave grill
Image courtesy of Murray Ave. Grill. A cozy, neighborhood bar with a great happy hour.

1720 Murray Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Mon-Sun 11:30am-1am

Murray Ave. Grill is the type of place you hang out in-- one that you feel comfortable going to no matter what time of day it is. Serving up some amazing food-- along with a variety of cocktails-- helped cement this place as a go-to favorite in Squirrel Hill.

Their happy hour has the same kind of vibes-- that of a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where you drink amongst friends. This is a great spot for an after work cocktail!

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“Murray Avenue Grill was a very tasty tonight. I came to Pittsburgh on vacation to visit family and was very impressed with the food that I had for dinner here.” -Yelp Review

6. The Warehouse Pub & Grub

New to Squirrel Hill but quickly becoming a favorite

warehouse pub and grub

Image courtesy of Warehouse Pub & Grub. An all around great spot for some drinks and appetizers.

1731 Murray Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Mon-Fri 4pm-2am

Sat-Sun 2pm-2am

The Warehouse Pub & Grub is a new place in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood to grab a drink for happy hour-- or to catch the game. They offer different specials each night-- including a double dose of happy hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This spot is quickly turning into a local favorite-- with grew brews on draft and some delicious pub food, it’s no wonder. Make sure you stay past happy hour and check out their live entertainment.

“The Warehouse is in a really convenient location next to the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill. I like stopping in for a beer or two after work. The owners and bartenders are very friendly and have really worked hard to make this a comfortable and fun place.”- Yelp Review

7. Silk Elephant

A great Thai spot that has an amazing happy hour

silk elephant
Image courtesy of the Silk Elephant. Make sure to check out their extensive wine list when you stop in for happy hour.

1712 Murray Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm

Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

If you’re in Squirrel Hill and looking for a different spot for happy hour, consider the Silk Elephant. This is a fantastic Thai restaurant that also has an extensive wine list-- offering selections that pair perfectly with the cuisine.

Make sure you pair your wine with some of their Thai tapas-- delicious finger-friendly food that was made for happy hour!

“Incredible food that will leave you wanting more. The ambiance of the venue is sweet and lovely. It's located on the lively Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill so you can't go wrong there!” -Yelp Review

8. Green Pepper

Relax for happy hour-- Korean style!

green pepper

Image courtesy of Green Pepper. Try this Korean bistro for happy hour next time.

2020 Murray Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Mon, Wed, Thurs-Fri 5pm-10pm

Sat-Sun 12pm-2pm, 5pm-10pm

In the eclectic neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, you can find all kinds of different ethnic restaurants. The Green Pepper is a Korean bistro that not only has an amazing selection of of entrees and appetizers-- but also quite a collection of wine, beer, and spirits.

Make it a point to stop in here if you’d like to try some new dishes-- and have a couple of cocktails-- amongst friends. They even offer a BYOB service if you would prefer to bring your own!

“First time having Korean food here in Pittsburgh and it brought me back to my roots! Loved it all!” -Yelp Review

9. Silky’s Pub

A local, neighborhood bar with a great happy hour

silky's pub

Image courtesy of Silky’s Pub. A no frills pub that is a favorite amongst Pittsburghers.

5135 Liberty Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Mon 3p-12am

Tues-Thurs 11am-1am

Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Sun 11am-12am

Silky’s Pub is the perfect place to stop in to after a long day-- or a long week-- of work. Friday happy hours get pretty packed-- especially in the warmer months when the patio is opened.

This is also a great place to catch the game-- and catch up with friends. With friendly service and good prices, this will quickly turn into your favorite happy hour spot!

“Silky's is a nice neighborhood establishment with a diverse crowd. Nice beer selection and tasty basic bar food. Well done, folks!” -Yelp Review

No matter which place you choose to relax at, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. GiftYa is accepted at all the places above-- so get out there and try their happy hours! Did we miss your favorite place for happy hour in Squirrel Hill? Let us know what yours is in the comments!


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