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)

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