Tender Bar Brings Craft Cocktails to Lawrenceville

The new Prohibition-themed joint will serve up classic drinks and comfort food in the former Arsenal Building.

Photo courtesy of Tender Bar

Tender Bar + Kitchen whips up craft cocktails
After a long period of inactivity, things are finally happening in Lawrenceville at the corner of 43rd and Butler in the former Arsenal Building. Tender Bar + Kitchen, a craft-cocktail joint serving American cuisine, will officially open next Friday — but in the meantime, you can stop in for a drink during its soft opening.

Tender, whose name gives a nod to the space's past (the building once housed a bank), will offer comfort-food classics like shrimp and grits, which will pair nicely with the drinks expertly created and selected by a band of liquor buffs (ranging from seasoned bartenders to wine gurus). Check out a virtual tour of the spot below in the gallery below (thanks to Tender's Twitter feed).

(Tender, 4300 Butler St., Lawrenceville; grand opening April 5; tenderpgh.com) —Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Noodlehead serves inexpensive, quick fare
Noodles have been taking Pittsburgh by storm recently — so much so that new Shadyside spot Noodlehead is constantly packed to the gills. The short menu lists straightforward (and steamy) options, like the street noodles No. 2 dish (pictured above), with shrimp tempura, bok choy, thin egg noodles, cilantro and a whole lot of zest (don’t fret — you can choose your spice level). To sweeten the deal, pair your meal with your favorite wine (the BYOB fee is just 50 cents per person!).

(Noodlehead, 242 S. Highland Ave.; cash only; noodleheadpgh.com; photo by Laura Petrilla) —K.M.

To see where else we've been dining, click here.

Wine event aims to make you a pro
Ever wonder how the professionals know where and when a bottle of wine was made just from a sniff or a taste? You can act just as confident, too, if you attend Taste Great Wines’ upcoming event, How to Taste Wines Like a Sommelier.
On April 9, wine expert Pete Hanowich will lead a tasting and discussion at the Sheraton Station Square. Learn first-hand about the techniques and lingo gurus use while sipping and scrutinizing wines (and nibbling on breads and cheese), and you’ll be sure to impress at your next dinner party.  

(Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 W. Station Square Drive, Downtown; April 9 at 6 p.m.; $50 per person; must be 21 or older, with reservations made in advance; 412/486-3946, tastegreatwines.com) —Emily Marmion, PM Editorial Intern

Edward Marc offers seasonal treats
No matter which spring holiday you celebrate, Eat Street's confident that we can all agree that chocolate's perfect any time of year. But especially now.
Local (favorite) chocolatier Edward Marc is creating batches of some of its finest seasonal treats; among them: jelly-bean bars (in white or milk chocolate), individual raspberry-truffle (dark-chocolate) eggs and nonpareils in a variety of spring colors (including orange, yellow and pink).
And be on the lookout for Edward Marc's newest product, Snappers, which will officially debut next month; the goodies will be sold at wholesale stores and comprise buttersnap pretzels, globs of caramel and Edward Marc's signature milk chocolate.

(Edward Marc Chocolatier/The Milk Shake Factory, 1705 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/488-1808, edwardmarc.com) —K.M.

Gallery: Go inside Tender Bar

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