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Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 3:41am #

One thing I love about this place are all the hole-in-the-wall bars around the city and county, whatever.

I love going in somewhere and getting not just all the hip new beers, but Miller High Life in a can, ice cold. Some old-ass country or rock on the jukebox never hurts, either. johnny Cash, anyone? How about some Social D? No jukebox is really complete if it doesn’t play The Highwayman; you know you’ve arrived when you hear that tune.

Where are the best little bars around the city? I understand if you all don’t want to give up your secret spot, but they might appreciate any extra business. I’ll go first.

I ride through Brighton all the time, so one night I took my bike inside the Young Bros Bar, in the Heights area. It was clean and well lit, and nobody gave me any grief for bringing my bike inside, either. I put it over by the jukebox and enjoyed several cold beers. Overall, a nice place and the people were cordial. I also like the Carline Cafe…


Pseudacris

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Dec 10 2012 at 3:48am #

I like Kelly’s in East Liberty.


Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 11:44am #

Nied’s Hotel. Not sure about microbrews, but the dive aesthetic is solid. I have taken my bike inside many times. Great people work there.


edmonds59

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Dec 10 2012 at 12:24pm #

My garage, after a ride, tuning the bike on the workstand, the sun burning the horizon, any good hefeweizen, and something killer on WYEP. Beats any bar.


Marko82

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Dec 10 2012 at 1:30pm #

@edmonds, sounds like my kind of dive, but the hours are too erratic.


Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 1:44pm #

I second Nied’s. Nice people and a good fish. Pretty relaxing place. My favorite bars are ones without TV’s, but that is wildly hard to find in Pittsburgh. Eclipse in Lawrenceville doesn’t have TV’s, which is cool. Wish there was a bar like North Country in Slippery Rock around here. No TV’s, beer brewed there and great food. Ah well.


Pseudacris

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Dec 10 2012 at 1:46pm #

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Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 2:56pm #

Sweet, already some good input. Has anyone tried that musty-looking bar on Camp Horne Rd? I don’t recall the name but it’s on the left, as you drive toward the Giant Eagle. And I don’t mean the restaurant/bar, I’ve been there. Thanks for the info…


mr marvelous

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Dec 10 2012 at 2:59pm #

@ Val are you the Val i work with?


Swalfoort

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Dec 10 2012 at 3:21pm #

Wow! I’ve never known someone who went into Young Brothers. I’ve passed it a million times, and always wondered about it.

Which place on Camp Horne? The one that looks like a house, I presume. The name might be Marks ? Or the first names of a man and wife. I’ve wondered about that place too. Passed it a million times, always curious, never stopped.

In that same area, check out the Emsworth Inn at the end of Centre (at Hazelwood.) No convenient bike parking, but there is a parking lot in back that has a railing or two. Meets most of your criteria for a ride stop.


sew

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Dec 10 2012 at 4:20pm #

@ Val/Swalfoort – That is Marks Bar. I haven’t been in there in 15 years probably. It was a bit crusty.

Back in the day, no food, ancient pool tables, and a really small bar with a few regulars forgetting about the working day.

I like Ruggers on the Southside for a mid-ride stop. PBR talls in a can on special.


Swalfoort

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Dec 10 2012 at 4:51pm #

Sew’s comments about Mark’s being somewhat crusty reminds me of a long ago conversation with friends about whether it was possible to alter the course of a local drinking hole that was verging on crustiness simply by committing to going there more often, and bringing friends each time. I realize the question for most people would be “why?” But this establishment was unique do to location, change in zoning laws, etc. So there was a reason to want to keep it as neighborhood friendly and presentable as possible.

I never followed up with that friend. I don’t know if their plan was ever executed, or if it was successful.

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Anonymous

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Dec 10 2012 at 5:01pm #

@Ebby, I’m planning my infil route from Ben Avon, through Highland, specifically to have a beer at Nied’s. Update pending.

Pseudacris, that device is pure sweetness. I’m just afraid I might not be able to keep the grin off my face, because that could only be funny, at least at first.

Mr. Marvelous, I am not the Val you work with. Is that good or bad?

Swalfoort, believe me I contemplated it and checked it out a number of times before I ventured in. FYI, the crowd was people of both sexes and varying ages, and the bartender was courteous and on it.

@Sew, thanks! I wanted to say it was somebody’s first name but forgot to. Yeah, it looks like a white house, like the bar just might be in the dude’s living room. Righteous, sometimes the draw of those places, for me, are just checking them out once, and then looking for another spot. Can anyone tell me where any VFW or American Legion club houses are at, relatively near to any bike path? Gracias.


mr marvelous

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Dec 10 2012 at 5:08pm #

@val i work with a Val who i found out posts on here from time to time. She said she only posted about 15 times, you fit the description. Just trying to put a face to the name, i know 3 different val’s on this board


edmonds59

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Dec 10 2012 at 10:22pm #

I haven’t been in Big Jim’s in the Greenfield run for a decade and a half, but it seems to me like the kind of place to try the experiment swalfoort describes, like a bar Terraforming. I love the location, but might not be distant enough from OTB.

Also there is a true hole in the wall bar kind of diagonal to Big Jim’s, looks like a house, can’t think of the street (edit – Acorn street). I think there’s a Vfw down there too.


Anonymous

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Dec 11 2012 at 3:19am #

its been too too long (yes 2 x too was intended)

“The Cage” in Sq. Hill – bring on the bike stack(tm)* at about 1 am

* Bike Stack = 8+ bikes piled on each other by the window held together with toe straps.


Anonymous

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Dec 11 2012 at 3:19am #

however, if you want a real dive bar – Cheifs in Oakland (craig near Center)


Marko82

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Dec 11 2012 at 3:54am #

Cheifs quit being a true dive bar somewhere around 1988 when chief’s daughter sold the place.


Anonymous

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Dec 11 2012 at 4:53am #

which would be about the time I last visited


bicycle heaven

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Dec 11 2012 at 5:14am #

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Anonymous

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Dec 11 2012 at 1:15pm #

Uncle Jimmy’s on Semple, true SoufOaklin diveness.


mark

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Dec 11 2012 at 4:10pm #

the rock room in polish hill… $5 gets you 3 beers and 20 pierogies… can’t beat that.


Pseudacris

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Dec 11 2012 at 4:27pm #

^plus a $12 dry cleaning tab to get the stench outta your coat!

Seriously, though, the Rock Room is great, but watch what you wear there.


HiddenVariable

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Dec 11 2012 at 5:31pm #

it’s hard to believe gooski’s wasn’t mentioned yet. i guess it’s not truly a dive bar, but it definitely has a vibe all its own, and has become sort of iconic, i daresay. plus: ping pong!


B.S.

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Dec 11 2012 at 8:40pm #

Murphies tap room in regent square, they allow me to bring my bike in. Also if your in swisshelm park try pub in the park, always good people, if you see a black redline locked to the pole outside, you’ll find me sitting at the bar with PBR in hand!


Anonymous

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Dec 12 2012 at 1:52am #

This is the best thread ever! Well, I launched on my errand yesterday to hit Nied’s Hotel and scope it out, but my mission was derailed by a friend.. and some beer. I ended up swinging by Iron City Bikes in Oakland, picked up a sixer of some IPA for the pre-ride festivities. We ended up going to Kelly’s, instead. Nied’s is still on my list.

Mark, that $5 deal sounds sweet but are the pierogies good? I will have to check that out, for sure.

@BH, thanks for the good word on Mark’s too, especially the jukebox intel.

To all, thanks for chiming in!


Pseudacris

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Dec 12 2012 at 3:46am #

@b.s. Regent Square has more racks lately! A couple between the bus shelter and D’s Dog & 6 Pack and at least one beside the convenience store.


melange396

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Dec 12 2012 at 3:48am #

houghs on greenfield ave is a great place to stop and reward yourself on the way up the hill. they have ample seating and multiple bike racks out front… and a bunch of awesome beers on tap


Pseudacris

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Dec 12 2012 at 3:52am #

Been meaning to try Houghs. Hows the food?


melange396

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Dec 12 2012 at 4:33am #

i think its pretty good. its better if youre into meat, but there are still veggie options.


parvipica

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Dec 12 2012 at 11:13pm #

i’ma go ahead and promote the bar i work at because i’d love to start serving people other than just my regular grouchy old yinzers, however much i adore them. if you’re ever in need of a very early breakfast boozin, Thunderbird Cafe in lawrenceville opens at 7am. the bar itself isn’t divey, but the clientele is. usually a good jukebox party happening, and food starts at 11. gigantic tv’s that i usually keep set to discovery channel, or cartoon network if i can get away with it.

so if you ever really need a hearty bloody mary before your morning commute, visit me!


Jacob McCrea

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Dec 12 2012 at 11:30pm #

Michael’s Pizza Bar and Restaurant on Sarah Street (South Side) is a cool little place.

Also, a great comment: “the bar itself isn’t divey, but the clientele is.”


Drewbacca

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Dec 12 2012 at 11:51pm #

“you’ll find me sitting at the bar with PBR in hand!”

Seriously??? They have all that GOOD beer at Murphy’s and you drink PBR? In public, none the less? Have you no shame?!?!


Anonymous

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Dec 13 2012 at 12:23am #

@Parvipica, do you guys have a super righteous Bloody Mary recipe in-house? Plenty of Horseradish? Is there a half-decent place to secure the bike, and keep an eye on it?


Anonymous

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Dec 13 2012 at 1:42am #

T-bird ftw :D


Marko82

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Dec 13 2012 at 2:18am #

Hey hey, anyone interested in an early morning bloody mary ride? Lots of free time around the hollidays….


parvipica

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Dec 13 2012 at 2:30am #

we don’t have a drink menu, per se, and our ingredients are limited, but we can be creative with what we’ve got. yes, plenty of horseradish and sriracha. i’ve got a few different pickled veggies i’ve been meaning to bring to the bar for bloody marys. there’s only one bike rack outside, but still a few sturdy signs and parking meters right outside the big front window.


B.S.

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Dec 13 2012 at 11:11pm #

@drewbacca: If I was going to have a single beer with dinner it would be a IPA of some sort, but I don’t go out often to have a single beer!! So yes I perfer cheap beer that I can predict how my body will feel the next day, besides if you see me at murphies I will have a miller light in hand. (they only have PBR in over priced glass bottles)


B.S.

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Dec 13 2012 at 11:12pm #

@drewbacca: If I was going to have a single beer with dinner it would be a IPA of some sort, but I don’t go out often to have a single beer!! So yes I perfer cheap beer that I can predict how my body will feel the next day, besides if you see me at murphies I will have a miller light in hand. (they only have PBR in over priced glass bottles)


Drewbacca

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Dec 13 2012 at 11:56pm #

Fair enough. It’s just that PBR is the last thing that comes to mind if I’m there! For me, if it’s cheap, it’s (draft) yuengling :)

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