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Form fresh ingredients to high end spirits, Pittsburgh bars are fast becoming known for great mixology. Just the right blend of spirits, and fresh flavors make for drinks that rival a meal for your attention. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy drinks after work or for a special occasion, here are some bars, restaurants and bistros in Pittsburgh that have mixology down pat.

Butterjoint At Legume
214 N. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-2700

Located in Oakland, Legume Bistro is known for its relaxed atmosphere and delightful menu. Legume's cocktail bar, Butterjoint, does for cocktails what Legume does for food. Some highlights of Butterjoint's menu are the 'Full Stop,' which is made with Boyd and Balir Vodka and green chartreuse blended with St. Germain and lemon. Looking for something a little more savory? Try the 'Peated Gibson,' a Plymouth gin creation with dry vermouth and Laphroaig.


2350 Railroad St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-6593

Located in the strip district, Cioppino not only has a fabulous, professionally curated wine menu, but a fantastic menu of cockatails as well. Try the Ginembere Fizz, which is Domanie de Canton and pear vodka blended with ginger beer, proseco and lemon. If you are feeling exotic you can try the 'Warm Stare,' which has Yamazaki Japanese whiskey and grand marnier with orange and lemon. It is perfect for sipping on the outdoor deck while people-watching in the strip.


1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-5656

Also located in the strip district, Eleven has a glamorous atmosphere with fabulous food and cocktails to match. Before your meal, enjoy an 'Americano,' which features Plymouth Gin and Aperol with blood orange juice. Need a pre-meal palate cleanser? Try the 'Eleven Mules' with Effen Cucumber Vodka, fresh cucumber, lime and house made ginger beer. Your palate will be ready for culinary delights that await you at your meal.

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Wigle Whiskey

2401 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 224-2827

The strip district is also home to Wigle Whiskey, a boutique distillery. At Wigle you can enjoy a straight tasting of several varieties of whiskey, gin and even tequila, enjoy a tour and take home a bottle of your favorite. It is also the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two with friends. Wigle's cocktail menu changes frequently and highlights the spirits created there. A customer favorite is the 'Pennsylvania 75' with Wigle aged wheat whiskey, tipple sec, vermouth, bitters and dry Champagne. Don't miss the "cereal milk" if it's on the menu; this drink has aged wheat whiskey, mole bitters, golden grahams soaked in milk and brown sugar.

The Summit
200 Shiloh St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412) 918-1647

Located atop Mt. Washington with sweeping views of Pittsburgh is The Summit. This classic cocktail bar is the place to enjoy drinks made with fresh ingredients and fine spirits. A fresh and fruity option is the 'Lecra,' made with fresh blackberry and basil combined with strawberry vodka, Aperol and Pamplemousse. If you would prefer a cocktail with a zesty zip, try the 'Michelada' with tomato juice, tequila, lager and lime with sriracha for an added kick. It's the perfect drink to spice up a simple salad.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at


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