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Craft beer connoisseurs have long been exploring their cities in search of the tastiest craft beer. In Pittsburgh, craft beer bars are aplenty, so finding the best places to enjoy a good brew requires a bit of self-reflection and location consideration.

From local dive bars to upscale hot spots, a good brew can be found across the Steel City. If you’re looking for the top craft beer bar contenders, we’ve got a list for you.

Carson Street Deli and Craft Beer Bar

Located in Pittsburgh’s bustling South Side, the Carson Street Deli and Craft Beer Bar is a local favorite, offering an inviting atmosphere and events every month. This location carries over 300 craft beers and also boasts a reputation as one of the top delis in Pittsburgh. Try their Balboa sandwich with one of their hops selections for a combo that will make your mouth water.

Twitter: @Bestbrewdeli

Beerhead Bar & Eatery

Formerly branded as The Beer Market, Beerhead Bar & Eatery offers approximately 500 brands of beer at any given time. If you’re looking for live music, plenty of seating, and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, this is your place. Whether it’s a Lager, Grout, or Stout, they’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Stop in and try a 3 Sheeps Baaad Boy paired with the New Orleans Chicken entree.

Twitter: @Beerheadbar

East End Brewing Company

If you’re looking for local brews from the Pittsburgh area, the East End Brewing Company offers their drinks in The Strip District and on Julius Street in the East End. Brewing since 2004, this company’s pubs offer big bottles, tastings, pints, Crowlers, and Growlers to go. Explore the 35 different beers that they offer throughout the year and you can even ask for a tour and learn about their brewing process. If you like Pittsburgh food trucks, then you’ll love the East End location on most Fridays and Saturdays. Need weekend plans? Check out the East End Brewing Company and all that they have to offer.

Twitter: @EastEndBrewingCo

The BeerHive

One of the most visited places in the Steel City is The Strip District neighborhood. Among all the shops and tourist favorites sits another major craft beer bar, The BeerHive. A family-run bar located on Penn Avenue, this place is in a perfect location to accommodate plenty of new visitors. Choose from a selection of over one-hundred different bottled beers, growlers, bomber bottles, and 12 taps. With comedy shows, trivia nights, and good eats, there are plenty of reasons to check out this local bar. Walk in and ask the bartender to pick out a craft beer for you; you won’t be let down.

Twitter: @TheBeerHive


Located between Lawrenceville and Bloomfield, Brillobox is a hip spot with plenty of craft brews and cocktails to make any visitor smile. This bar hosts local and visiting bands, offers an array of food items, and is in an up-and-coming part of the city. Stop into this local favorite and enjoy one of their craft beers on tap and a burger.

Twitter: @Brilloboxpgh

Independent Brewing Company

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, this upscale tavern features local, craft brews and a classy atmosphere fit for your next date night. With a draft list that highlights brews from across Pittsburgh and into Indiana, you can give your taste buds a chance to expand their beer culture. Hungry? Ask for their Margherita Melt and a Pittsburgh brew and enjoy the always tasteful music that they play. The Independent Brewing Company won’t let you down!

Twitter: @IndependentPGH

Craft beer bars are a great place to enjoy some tasty drinks and meet with friends. In Pittsburgh, the best craft beer bars span across the city, but don’t just take our word for it, try out some (or all) of these places and find the bar that speaks to you.

Looking to grab a growler full of craft beer and hosting your own party? Read Steps to Hosting a Party in Your Apartment Clubhouse for some fun and creative ideas.

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Hi, I'm Candice McDermott, a freelance writer and Pittsburgh resident. I'm a lover of all things quirky and fun, with a passion for writing, drinks, photography, DIY crafts, and great food! Feel free to checkout some of my other writings and introduce yourself. Cheers! Visit candicemcdermott.com.

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