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Jan 21, 2010 07:47 AM

Cocktails on Mt Washington? (Pittsburgh)

We have some friends coming into town for the weekend and we have late-ish dinner reservations at Vivo on Friday night, but we were thinking of running them up the incline for cocktails earlier in the evening.

When the weather in nice, we usually just try to snag an outside table at Coal Hill Steakhouse (or whatever they're called these days), but are there any other solid options for drinks+view without a dinner reservation?

Has Isabela opened their cocktail lounge yet? I heard they were going to convert the 1st floor dining room into a lounge. Their website says "Coming Soon".

Any ideas?

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  1. I would go to Monterey Bay. It's a great bar and about the finest view anywhere on the Mount!

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    1. re: Burghfeeder

      I agree. The best view from Mt. Washington.

    2. Here's a follow-up.

      We ended up going to Isabela ( Friday evening around 6pm and had an absolutely lovely time. The first floor is a small bar/lounge area with just 2-3 tables and a few stools at the bar - very intimate. Further, we had the whole place to ourselves the entire time we were there. Quite a little hidden gem and we'll certainly be returning. Great attentive bartender and we also had a nice conversation with the pastry chef. Super place for nice intimate cocktails, a great view, and even a bit of food.

      Thanks for the recommendations! Monterey certainly does have the best view, but I generally tend to avoid it because of the corporate feel and the mediocre at best food. Granted, that probably wouldn't be an issue for just cocktails, so perhaps we'll try it another time.

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      1. re: skoledin

        Glad to hear that you had a good time. I've heard nothing but good things about Isabela and need to go there. It is in a great location and the view from there is tremendous also. Even though I recommended it, I agree with you about the food at Monterey Bay...I reallly do like the bar though.