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10 Pittsburgh Dive Bars For Your Next Drunk Adventure

Folks in the Steel City know a few things. 1.) The Steelers, Bucs, and Pens rule. 2.) French fries go on your salad, your sandwich, and whatever else. 3.) Where you can find the best hole-in-the-wall bars to throw back a few cold ones. This list explores some of the best dives in Pittsburgh where you can crawl into a cold Iron City, make some fast friends, eat something greasy, and sing Donny Iris songs at the top of your lungs! Enjoy!

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1. Gooski's in Polish Hill

A legend in the Polish Hill section of the city, Gooski's is one of those bars loved by all in the neighborhood. With tasty bar food and a colorful group of regulars, Gooski's is a true dive and deserves to be first on this list.

2. Remedy in Lawrenceville


Deceptively big, Remedy offers two floors with which to party your ass off (plus a "secret" 3rd floor which is occasionally open). With local DJ's spinning on the weekends, the second floor is one of the most popular spots in the city to dance to hip-hop, 90's rap, house, techno, and EDM. The first floor has a very long bar with plenty of stools to sit and choose from one of the two dozen beers on tap! Last but not least, don't forget the back patio, a popular spot to get some fresh air during the summer months.

3. Bob's Garage in Blawnox

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Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, and no, this isn't for a special occasion. This dive located just outside the city limits in the suburb of Blawnox, is always covered from floor to ceiling in THOUSANDS of lights! Also, inflatable animals, tinsel, and whatever else they feel like throwing on the walls. A MUST SEE!

4. Hemingway's in Oakland

Sometimes easy to miss in all the hustle and bustle of the University of Pittsburgh, Hemingway's is a campus favorite. Packed most nights of the week, they have delicious food and drinks that students can afford.

5. Howler's in Bloomfield


Howler's on Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield is one of the most popular live music venues in the city. A friendly staff, great sound, and live band karaoke; Howler's is a great place to see punk, metal, and indie bands in Pittsburgh.

**Have you ever seen a cooler logo for a bar or restaurant? AWESOME!

6. Belvedere's in Lawrenceville


With a dance floor that's so large that once a month they have a SKATING PARTY (Down 'N Derby), Belv's is a great place for a night out. Cheap drink specials, a kitchen serving up a variety of treats (included veggie and vegan options), and a killer karaoke night. A great place to go dance if you don't feel like braving the crowds on East Carson Street.

8. Jack's in the South Side

A dive bar that thrives amongst the trendy and pricey spots on E Carson, Jack's is a go-to spot for yinzers, punks, and just about anybody looking to have a great time on the cheap in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

*Yinzer; noun - A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. An eater of sandwiches with slaw and fries. Drinker of Iron City. A "Pittsburgher".

9. The Squirrel Hill Cafe in Squirrel Hill

This tiny bar located at the corner of Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill, "The Cage" as it's known by regulars, is the everyday hangout for lots of neighborhood residents. With a solid menu of bar snacks (where the most expensive thing on the menu cost a whopping....wait for it....$5.75), The Cage is a spot where you can easily spend hours hanging with friends, throwing back some cold PBR's, and munching on some hot cheese balls!

10. Armand's in Bloomfield

The sign does not lie, Armand's has a damn good fish sandwich. It also has a warm atmosphere, cheap drinks, it's smoker friendly, and has a colorful cast of characters for people watching!

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