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From the moment you first walk through the doors of Butcher and The Rye your eyes are immediately drawn to the staggering selection of whiskey and bourbon displayed behind the bar on shelves go up so high that the bartenders need a ladder to reach the top shelf. While the focus of this bar is quite obviously its whiskey selection, the talented barkeeps also serve up some well-crafted cocktails, beer and wine. While the downstairs vibe is an eclectic cross between tavern and hunting lodge, the upstairs area is more elegant in design. The food served here is quite delicious as well, and with delectable and unusual options like Wagyu Flank Steak, Crispy Pig Wing and Pig Candy alongside the usual bar favorites, you certainly will not have any complaints.
Bar Marco is one of the hip highlights of Pittsburgh's Strip District, offering fresh local cuisine, craft cocktails and an exquisite wine list. A menu of small bites, larger plates and delicious cocktails changes regularly, but guests can always expect incredibly tasty selections of tapas sourced from nearby providers. In fact, all of Bar Marco's charcuterie items come from Crested Duck Charcuterie, located in the nearby suburb of Beechview. The majority of the cocktail list consists of in-house creations, inventive alterations of classic cocktails, or straightforward renditions of already-perfected classics such as the sazerac and negroni. Perfect for a taste of Pittsburgh, Bar Marco is an upcoming hot spot in this already-trendy district. Their famous weekend brunch is hosted on every Saturday and Sunday from 10a to 3p.
Bringing authentic Mexican flair and the country's undeniable carnival zest to Pittsburgh, is Cantina. Located in an up-and-coming neighborhood, it has gained tremendous popularity, much credited to its easy-going ambiance, delicious food, and fantastic libations. Indulge in dishes like fajitas and quesadillas or opt for slightly adventurous varieties like the Tijuana Street Dog - bacon-wrapped avocado and jalapeno. Try the cacahuates - spicy, roasted peanuts that go best with a pitcher of Sangria and some great company. But don't miss out on the enticing concoctions; they are bound to keep you coming back for more. During friendly weather, the patio makes for a welcome alternative to indoor seating.
Ever since its establishment in 1954, Le Mardi Gras in Shadyside has served awesome, potent drinks that have become legends in the 'burgh. The bar has a fresh, fun New Orleans theme evident in the colors used, frescoes adorning the walls and Mardi Gras masks scattered around the place. The lighting is dim, which helps in uninhibited gaiety that usually is an integral feature of Le Mardi Gras.