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.