Pittsburgh Dive Bar Guide

A Divey Midwest / East Coast Mixture

Pittsburgh is everything its reputation makes it out to be, a city full of hard-working people with a mix of Midwest roots and East Coast aspects that make for a unique environment. Luckily, that atmosphere is conducive to dive bars, a host of neighborhood-specific dives throughout the city creating numerous must-visit destinations to get a taste of the real Pittsburgh.

One of the most no-frills dive bars in the city is White Eagle, setting a standard difficult to match when it comes to a straightforward, corner neighborhood dive bar. Under a block letter sign in a white stone corner of an otherwise brick building, White Eagle is known for its affordability and its signature drink offerings, the pudding shot (exactly what it sounds like) and “rocket fuel” (you’ll have to find out on your own).

Nearby, Jack’s Bar keeps the divey appeal of the White Eagle but wraps it in rainbow neon, creating a siren song of a dive bar on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Opaque glass blocks line the exterior of the building, giving that neon something to bounce off of before cajoling drinkers inside to the shotgun-style space. Completing the dive bar spectrum in Pittsburgh is Bob’s Garage, a year-round Christmas dive bar that boasts over 10,000 lights. The space once featured a rotating set of seasonal themes, but the holiday set proved so popular that its bright, tinsel-filled intensity is now unleashed throughout the year.

Pittsburgh’s dive bar spectrum is filled with countless other options, each reflecting the neighborhoods and communities they serve. But no matter their nuances, each Pittsburgh dive bar feels like something uniquely “Pittsburgh” in a way that makes for a great, divey experience.

Pittsburgh Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Blawnox

Bob's Garage

1372 Freeport Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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Bloomfield

Lou's Little Corner Bar

4924 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Bloomfield

Sonny's Tavern

630 S Millvale Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Four Mile Run

Big Jim's in the Run

201 Saline St
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
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Lawrenceville

Remedy

5121 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Lawrenceville

Take A Break

3825 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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North Side

Riggs Lounge

1208 Brighton Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
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Oakland

Gene's Place

3616 Louisa St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Point Breeze

The Evergreen

7330 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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Polish Hill

Gooski's

3117 Brereton St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Polish Hill

Rock Room

1054 Herron Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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South Side

Brewski's

801 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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South Side

Jack's Bar

1117 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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South Side

Jekyl & Hyde

140 S 18th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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South Side

White Eagle

2300 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Strip

Lefty's

2021 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Other Dive Bar Options

Allegheny Elks Lodge

400 Cedar Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Bar 11

1101 Bradish St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Blue Moon

5115 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Conley's Bar

5245 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Cousins Lounge

203 Grant Ave
Millvale, PA 15209
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Dee's Café

1314 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Genoa Pizza

111 Market St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Hemingway's Café

3911 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Huszar

627 E North Ave #4844
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Kelly's Bar & Lounge

6012 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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Le Mardi Gras

731 Copeland St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Murphy's Tap Room

1106 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
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Nadine's Bar & Restaurant

19 S 27th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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R Bar

2883 W Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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Red & Irene's

136 S 20th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Rullo's Bar & Grill

65 Station St
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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Scarpaci's Place

307 Shiloh St
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
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Shale's Café

1208 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Sidelines Bar & Grill

621 Evergreen Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
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Squirrel Hill Café

5802 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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Talerico's Bar & Grill

2300 Duss Ave
Ambridge, PA 15003
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Tammy's Place

1354 Goettmann St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Verdetto's

814 Madison Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Yesterday's

501 Greenfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
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