If you’ve been itching for the perfect party to bust our your scrunchie, pull on your leg warmers or slip on your grooviest platform shoes, these five bars and nightclubs provide all the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s flashbacks you could dream of. One bar may even inspire you to dust off your old poodle skirt as you dance the “Jitterbug” and “Twist” during oldies night. If you’re tired of the same pretentious watering holes that blast the same overplayed dance hits, then get ready to take a trip back in time at these bars and nightclubs with the best retro nights in Pittsburgh.
4016 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Ultra dive bar Belvedere’s is bringing back the awesome ’80s with its Thursday NEON ’80s nights. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. with DJ Hatesyou spinning your ’80s requests and new-wave favorites. If the ’80s didn’t knock off your layered socks, ’90s nights are scheduled twice a month with ’90s dance jams starting at 9 p.m. Belvedere’s is located on Butler Street in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.
2204 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Lava Lounge heats up your Friday nights when DJ Doug spins the best ’80s music from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. From new wave to ’80s pop, Bon Jovi to Prince, you’ll feel like you’re back in 1986 again. Arrive early, do your best Pat Benatar impression during Lava Lounge’s happy hour karaoke and enjoy $1.75 Pabst pints and $2.25 Miller High Life pounders from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lava Lounge is one of South Side’s more popular dance clubs, so be prepared to share the dance floor when you bust out your best running man.
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Baja Bar and Grill
1366 Old Freeport Road
Fox Chapel, PA 15238
If you long for the days of “The Hustle,” “Bump” and “Boogaloo,” you cannot miss Disco Queen nights at Fox Chapel’s Baja Bar and Grill. You can hang loose with Pittsburgh’s hottest funk and dance band when its five members belt out the best ’70s and ’80s disco. From ABBA to Wild Cherry, you’ll dance to all your favorites during this funky disco party that kicks off at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover for this live event.
1100 Grove Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
For classic oldies, look no further than the Linden Grove nightclub in Castle Shannon. Every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., the club’s DJ Bugger returns to play the most memorable oldies tunes during Oldies Dance Nights. Linden Grove also occasionally hosts live oldies and Motown bands including The Elmonics and disco stars Dancing Queen. There is a $5 cover charge for Oldies Dance Nights that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet.
2003 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
For the widest range in music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, hit up the party at Tiki Lounge where the retro style of Tiki bars from the ’50s and ’60s comes to Pittsburgh’s South Side. BPM Deejays’ DJ Luke Duke spins everything from ’70s funk and disco to ’80s pop and rock and even ’90s hip-hop to create Pittsburgh’s ultimate party mix. If you love ’90s hip-hop, head to Tiki Lounge on Mondays for The Fever or come out Fridays and Saturdays for ’70s, ’80s and ’90s pop, rock and disco.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.