Quality Inn University Center
3401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 683-6100
Fax: (412) 683-6101
Bars & Cafes
Bootleggers is located on the corner of Bates Street and Semple Street in the southern section of The University of Pittsburgh campus. It is usually filled with college students, and is busy even on weeknights. In fact, Wednesday is an especially busy night because it is karaoke night and Thursday brings crowds in for the wings. There are two main rooms. One is made up of a huge bar with surrounding seating. The second room is outfitted for billiards and darts. They serve inexpensive bar food (fries, wings, etc), drinks, and are well-known for their specials such as the Saturday night $1 well drinks from 9p-11p. It is a great place to go for a motley mix of people. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
Located near the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, Mad Mex offers a lively atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine. Dishes have interesting names like Heavy Duty Judy's Curry Chicken Burrito. The full-service bar offers an impressive variety of microbrews and some of the biggest margaritas you will ever see. This is not a place for a quiet conversation. The restaurant offers background music and loud conversation, and is perfect for a fun night on the town. The nightly special is from 11pm to 1am when food is half price. See website for menus, draft beer list, and locations all around the region.
Fuel and Fuddle is one of the more interesting bar restaurants in Oakland. It exudes a lot of energy, and the atmosphere is very hip. On the wall, a huge chalkboard lists the available beers. The beer selection changes often and to promote experimentation, they have plaques on the walls honoring those who have consumed obscene amounts. Many of the meals are made in the open-fire brick oven and come with a side of skinny fries, a mix of potato and sweet potato fries. The menu is amusing offering entrees and appetizers with names like, Big Fat Jerk and Rosemary's Breasts. The music is not too loud to talk but too loud for romance. Go with a group of friends and enjoy the scene. -Corinne N. M. Kenna
Established in 1960, The Original Hot Dog Shop started as a small eatery. As the success of Syd and Moe's restaurant grew, the news of their secret sauce spread, and more and more people came by to try what they were missing. Restaurant expansions and menu additions soon followed, and in no time this place was receiving recognition on an international platform with television coverage, newspaper articles and magazine publications. Even today, if you ask any alumni what they most remember about University of Pittsburgh campus, the answer will likely be “The O.” A variety of hot dogs, french fries, subs, wings and pizzas is what you can try out here. Don't miss out on their famous fries, which fill a large plate that you probably will want to share! This lively place stays open late, and is a great option for a late-night bite.
Excuses Bar and Grill has been a Pittsburgh favorite since opening in 1988. A gathering spot for the community, this watering hole is a great place to watch the live game on big screens. Enjoy a beer from their sizebale selection on tap that complements classic bar fare like chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, burgers, sandwiches and crab cakes. Their friendly bartenders ensure prompt service and a relaxed atmosphere. Grab a seat on their sidewalk or enjoy performances by local musicians indoors.
If you love to witness live music while sipping your cocktail, then this place is just for you. Located in the Southside Flats neighborhood, this hipster pub is jam-packed with youngsters having a great time. Theme nights, live music performances, spelling bees, karaoke and other small events are conducted regularly to entertain the crowd. A good range of alcoholic beverages including beers, cocktails and local brews are available here. Log on to their website to get a hint of the upcoming gigs and events.
Love Yogurt is a bright and casual little frozen yogurt joint. Come indulge your sweet tooth with one of their ample selection of flavors which rotate frequently and always reflect the seasons. From traditional flavors like strawberry and vanilla to more exotic flavors like green tea and taro, there is something to please every palate. They also have a large selection of treats to mix in to your yogurt from fresh fruit to the most decadent candy.
With classy, elegant interiors embellished with rich, dark wood furniture and just the right amount of lighting, Acacia makes the right moves from the very first time you set your foot here. If that wasn't enough, friendly staff, great music and professional barmen in their elements craft enticing concoctions that are sure to raise your spirits. Carefully mixed cocktails, a fine ambiance to match and extended happy hours are bound to keep you coming back for more.
Paparrazi is the kind of place where you will find twenty-somethings mingling with senior citizens. The two-story club serves delicious Italian and American dishes. Thursday through Sunday, live jazz bands get the place hopping. The theme is art deco, which makes the mirror-lined spiral staircase to the second-floor dining area a challenge after a few glasses of wine. When the weather is nice, patrons can dine outdoors. The restaurant also hosts private parties.
Smokin' Joe's attracts a mixed crowd, everything from college students to 30-something couples. The bar has one of the largest selections of domestic and imported beers in the Pittsburgh area. The drinks are served at a long bar that sports lots of wood and brass. The downstairs is always crowded, and somewhat noisy. The upstairs bar seems like a different place. It is much quieter and cozier. The back room on the first floor has competitive pool tables and dartboards. The full menu serves American dishes.
Blues Cafe provides just what the name says: the blues. Most nights feature a band playing blues music in the dark, smoky bar. Happy hour is held Fridays through Mondays. Patrons enjoy the mellow atmosphere, the cool sounds, and the award-winning burgers and sandwiches. There is some outdoor seating available.
Patrons will feel like they stepped into an English pub when they go to Piper's Pub. The wood paneling provides the perfect atmosphere for the English music and brews. Occasionally, bands perform here. Typical pub sandwiches and snacks are served throughout the day. The best thing about this pub is that it provides a quiet place to chat with friends. See website for menu, scotch and beer lists, brunch details, and soccer fan info.