The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, making now the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the your favorite brew at one of the city’s beer gardens. While Pittsburgh’s nightlife scene has long been pulsating with pubs, dive bars and college watering holes, what many visitors, and even locals, may not be aware of is the number of great beer gardens located throughout the city. From laidback rooftop hangouts to modern hotel gardens, these outdoor drinking spots should be a must-visit on your list of bar alternatives. Here are the top five best beer gardens located right here in Pittsburgh.
2705 S. Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Beer drinkers love the setting of South Side’s Hofbrauhaus, which boasts a spacious and authentic Hofbrauhaus atmosphere, but when the weather warms, it’s the restaurant’s beer garden that is the true favorite of locals. Step outside and enjoy stunning views of the river and Hot Metal Bridge along with your favorite brewed-on-the-spot beers. You can’t go wrong with any of Hofbrauhaus’ classic Bavarian brews or seasonal beers. With plenty of seating, this German-influenced beer garden is ideal for large groups looking to party long into the night.
942 Penn Ave., 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you think the city’s downtown area isn’t the right fit for a beer garden, Il Tetto Rooftop Beer Garden will have you thinking twice. Located high atop Sienna Mercato Italian Restaurant, Il Tetto is one of Pittsburgh’s hidden gems. More than 30 draft beers, classic cocktails and wine combined with light fare make this rooftop beer garden a fun and satisfying alternative to a traditional bar. The next time you’re feeling thirsty in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, perhaps a visit to Il Tetto is in order.
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
One of the city’s newest and lesser known beer gardens can be found at Hotel Monaco on William Penn Place. With views of Mellon Square, this newly renovated and opened hotel combines a beautiful mix of modern and traditional to preserve Pittsburgh’s iconic flair. During the region’s warmer months, Hotel Monaco will welcome guests to its rooftop beer garden located on the hotel’s ninth floor. There, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of beers, cocktails and wine.
2401 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Whiskey lovers will love to gather in Wigle Whiskey’s Whiskey Garden, which combines a beer garden atmosphere with the flavor of whiskey. The Whiskey Garden opens seasonally each May and remains open until September. Bask in the summer sun while cooling off and kicking back with your favorite cocktails, including a Duke of Earl. Raise your glass at its Spring Garden Ave. location, situated roughly three blocks from Penn Brewery.
1507 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Any beer garden named by the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” as one of the nicest outdoor dining venues in the city is certainly worth a visit. Spring has not only brought with it nicer weather and baseball season, but the opening of the Carson Street Deli Beer Garden. Stop in during the course of the season for its many special events hosted in this lovely, low-key hangout and unwind with your favorite brews. An expansive menu boasts a nice selection of seasonal brews and locally brewed beers that go great with the deli’s small plates, salads, sandwiches and more. Carson Street Deli Beer Garden is located in the city’s Southside neighborhood.