decent cocktails in Oakland, Pittsburgh
We have dinner reservations for tomorrow night at Legume and would like cocktails before. Are there any decent cocktail bars in the area?
I can't think if anything particularly worthwhile in that part of town (around the CMU and Pitt campuses), at least not what I would think of as a "cocktail bar". I'm assuming you're looking at walking distance from Legume...
I know the new Legume has a liquor license, have they not started any sort of bar program yet? It may be worth a call to check in case you already haven't.
If it doesn't need to be walking distance, then you have lots more options in Shadyside/EastLiberty/Garfield or downtown.
Unfortunately, we recently lost Embury in the Strip, which was really the go-to place for pre-prohibition style cocktails. Not sure there's anything in town that's comparable right now, but I'd love to be corrected.
It's sad that Embury is gone. While I'm not well versed in classic cocktails, the place that comes to mind for me is Dish on the Southside. They were able to make me a Pimms Cup which is about impossible to find in Piittsburgh. I understand that this might not satisfy your needs but it's still a good restaurant.
Good cocktails in Pittsburgh have become hard to find without Embury (and sadly, the original bartender who conceived the menu there is now in Chicago.)
The only good cocktails you'll find in Oakland are the ones you make yourself.
Meat and Potatoes, which is Downtown, has a very respectable cocktail menu--but I'd ask them to go easy on the simple syrup unless you like your cocktails sweet. Still, they had no problem making a perfect Last Word (off the menu), so I can't criticize them too much.
The cocktails at Yo Rita on the South Side are very solid (and sometimes very adventurous), but largely limited to riffs on Margaritas and the like in keeping with the format of the restaurant.