Drink Up

How to take your enjoyment of cocktails to the next level (literally).



May equals warm weather. Warm weather equals sipping cocktails outside. Sipping cocktails outside equals … rooftop party! Sipping libations at elevated levels has become a serious trend in Pittsburgh, and although there are limitless porches and patios to choose from, some of the city’s coolest open-air venues are several stories up. Here are some favorites.

Mario’s East Side Saloon
Not long ago, Doc’s was a smoky college hangout in the heart of Shadyside, known for pub food and late-night darts. When Mario’s took over, the place was renovated, rearranged and indoor tobacco was banned — and the place has never looked better. Pizzas and pitchers on the expansive rooftop have become a staple of Shadyside nightlife.

(5442 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/681-3713, mariospgh.com)

Local Bar + Kitchen
Known to locals as, well, Local, this earthy restaurant prides itself on indigenous ingredients. But there’s another claim to fame: Management alleges that the upper story is the largest heated and enclosed rooftop deck in South Side. And when darkness falls, sports fans can watch games on colossal projection screens. Savor a pint of craft beer during happy hour, or visit during one of Local’s acclaimed rooftop parties.

(1515 East Carson St., South Side; 412/431-1125, localpgh.com)

The Library
Beer and bibliophilia have been a great pairing since the dawn of civilization. But The Library is more than a book-themed beer hall: Look beyond the laden shelves and recycled pages to find a quaint outdoor nook. Surrounded by high walls and festooned with lights, this is the perfect place to crack a good novel — or sip a great brew.

(2302 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/381-0517, thelibrary-pgh.com)

Six Penn Kitchen
When it comes to outdoor seating in downtown Pittsburgh, nothing compares to Six Penn. You’ll find an elegant bar, a panorama of skyscrapers and even potted trees. On warm evenings, Six Penn’s porch is a magnet for those wishing to throw back a post-show nightcap.

(146 Sixth St., downtown; 412/566-7366, sixpennkitchen.com)

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Review: Salt of the Earth

Review: Salt of the Earth

Brandon Fisher is the latest chef behind Salt of the Earth’s modern-American dishes.
2014 Pittsburgher of the Year Award: The Fred Rogers Company

2014 Pittsburgher of the Year Award: The Fred Rogers Company

Sharing the DNA of the father of children’s television, the Fred Rogers Company reinvigorates a beloved legacy while creating new hit characters and content that help children to grow, giggle and learn.
Update: The McMutrie Sisters' Mission 5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake

Update: The McMutrie Sisters' Mission 5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake

Jamie and Ali McMutrie were PM's 2010 Pittsburghers of the Year after airlifting 54 youngsters to safety. Now, they have forged a relationship with a major global player to continue their work to prevent struggling Haitian families from surrendering children to orphanages.
PittGirl's New Year's Resolutions for Pittsburghers

PittGirl's New Year's Resolutions for Pittsburghers

Four ways to make the city even better in 2015.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Destined to be a Classic: Pittsburgh Penguins 'Christmas Vacation' Parody Video

Destined to be a Classic: Pittsburgh Penguins 'Christmas Vacation' Parody Video

Evegeni Malkin is priceless at the end.
This Weekend: Chris Jamison & the Steelers, Pens & Ugly Sweaters, Mayor Undercover

This Weekend: Chris Jamison & the Steelers, Pens & Ugly Sweaters, Mayor Undercover

Some cool things to watch out for this weekend in the ’Burgh.
#Oops — Or, About that Headline . . .

#Oops — Or, About that Headline . . .

Once in a while, no good deed goes unpunished.
Now Online: Two New Cameras to Keep an Eye on Pittsburgh’s Bald Eagles

Now Online: Two New Cameras to Keep an Eye on Pittsburgh’s Bald Eagles

A Murrysville security company has installed the new cameras, which provide sharper images of the Hays eagles.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Review: Salt of the Earth

Review: Salt of the Earth

Brandon Fisher is the latest chef behind Salt of the Earth’s modern-American dishes.
2014 Pittsburgher of the Year Award: The Fred Rogers Company

2014 Pittsburgher of the Year Award: The Fred Rogers Company

Sharing the DNA of the father of children’s television, the Fred Rogers Company reinvigorates a beloved legacy while creating new hit characters and content that help children to grow, giggle and learn.
Update: The McMutrie Sisters' Mission 5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake

Update: The McMutrie Sisters' Mission 5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake

Jamie and Ali McMutrie were PM's 2010 Pittsburghers of the Year after airlifting 54 youngsters to safety. Now, they have forged a relationship with a major global player to continue their work to prevent struggling Haitian families from surrendering children to orphanages.
PittGirl's New Year's Resolutions for Pittsburghers

PittGirl's New Year's Resolutions for Pittsburghers

Four ways to make the city even better in 2015.
Penguins Profile: The Fearless Patric Hornqvist

Penguins Profile: The Fearless Patric Hornqvist

The Penguin winger fits in easily with the team, thanks to his infectious personality and his mad dedication to confounding opposing goaltenders.
Rev It Up: This South Side Pittsburgh Loft is Unique and Unusual

Rev It Up: This South Side Pittsburgh Loft is Unique and Unusual

This three-story home melds all of the comforts of home with the sleek look and efficiency of industrial design.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags