HERE’S YOUR COMPLETE PITTSBURGH SUMMER HAPPY HOUR GUIDE
We can finally say it with confidence: it’s just about summer in Pittsburgh. While the official start date hasn’t quite happened yet, with 80-degree days ahead of us and al fresco dining options popping up all over the place, it’s feeling like summer in the city. If you’re looking to change up your happy hour spots from places that are indoors and cozy to places that are outdoors and lively, here are the best some of our best suggestions — now all you’ll need is a post-work crew and your favorite pair of sunnies for stealthy people watching.
Kaya. Head to the Strip District for some serious sidewalk table options at this longtime favorite. Happy hour brings half-priced cocktails from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., along with Kaya’s tried-and-true menu of Caribbean fare.
Round Corner Cantina. Pittsburgh’s OG favorite patio is still one of the best places in town for post-work drinks when the sun is still shining. We can’t wait to snag spots in the Instagram-worthy cabana and post up with a discounted michelada, margarita and some street tacos from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
Umami. Have you been to Umami while it’s still light outside? When the sun shines in through the second-story windows, it changes the whole vibe of the usually dim and neon-lit restaurant. Snag a seat at the bar from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for discounted sake, Japanese beers and low prices on shareable bites.
Union Standard. It’s well documented that we love the shrimp cocktail and a glass of rosé at the bar at Union Standard. But there also is a case to be make for $1 oysters alongside $6 proseccos and $4 drafts. Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Bonfire. Roasted carrots & shishito peppers, ginger BBQ pork belly lettuce wraps and the rest of the snacks at this new two-floor South Side spot are discounted from 5 to 7 p.m. along with $2 off all drinks. We have a feeling once you start snacking a dinner order won’t be far behind. Bonus: Sunday happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m.
Feeling a Little Fancy
Hidden Harbor. Whether you head indoors to the Hawaiian-inspired bar or outdoors to catch the last of the sun at one of the sidewalk tables, Hidden Harbor is at the top of our list for summer happy hour destinations. From 5 to 6 p.m., get discounts on their perfectly over-the-top tiki drinks that just look like summer.
Wigle Tasting Room. Served on a silver tray with all the accouterments, the build your own Manhattan at Wigle’s Downtown tasting room will have you popping that pinkie out as you sip on your handmade cocktail. After, switch to one of their $5 classic cocktails like a tumeric ginger punch or PA pickle back. Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Eleven. This could easily be in our OG category as the $7 wine, cocktail and small plate menu here is legendary. Grab a seat on their street side patio and starting living your best damn life. Fair warning though, this happy hour is a bit early from 4 to 6 p.m. so make sure you get of the office a little early!
Dog Friendly Spots
Federal Galley. It’s no secret that any spot that’s dog-friendly is always at the top of our list, and Federal Galley’s massive outdoor patio is perfect for happy hour with your pup. Certain beers and cocktails are half-off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and the wide selection of restaurants at the dining hall-style eatery make it great for the happy hour crew with picky eaters. Added bonus: it’s pooch friendly!
Walter’s. It’s hard to argue with an outdoor patio filled with lawn games and picnic tables, especially once the weather really breaks. Walter’s is the happy hour spot for groups looking for a bit more activity along with their booze, but the cheap beers and cheap tacos don’t hurt, either.
Merchant Oyster Co. For a taste of New England in the heart of Lawrenceville, Merchant Oyster Co. is your spot. If you’re lucky enough to snag a spot at one of the outdoor picnic tables, you’ll enjoy seriously good people watching during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Grist House. Sunshine, dogs everywhere and a beer (we are fans of the Hazedelic Juice Grenade) in your hand. It’s what we’d call the good life. Monday through Friday 5 to 7 p.m., $1 off all pours.
Lorelei. The happy hour beers are flowing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. alongside their more traditional Wednesday through Friday 5 to 6 p.m. with $2 off all drafts. With the happy hour savings, you might as well go ahead and order that pretzel too.
Museums. Happy hour doesn’t have to be all about drinks, why not throw some culture in there? Both the Warhol (Good Fridays 5 to 10 p.m. half off admission) and the Carnegie (50% off regular admission weekdays after 3 p.m) hack their admission prices for those looking for a something more than a pint glass.
Ace Hotel. Not all happy hours are created equal. Example, Ace’s 7-day-a-week happy hour running from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with specials on drinks and snacks.