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Guys have to be 23 to enter, while girls need to be 21, and there are strict dress and behavior codes at this two-floor bar. There's a cover charge, but Thursday is College Night, with great drink specials.
More of an ultra lounge than a club, the two-story Villa is open Wednesday through Sunday. It has a more upscale vibe and dress code. There's a great tapas menu, two large bars, VIP and lounge seating, and valet service.
This high-energy, multi-level nightclub has a VIP bar, VIP rooms, a huge dance floor, and is within close proximity to Barroom and Saddle Ridge (country saloon).
7 E. Carson St.
This bar and dance club has various events, including after parties, bikini contests, and "Party Like It's New Year's Eve!" nights. Inside, you'll find red velvet, LED lighting, and booming dance music.
Diesel is a multi-level club and lounge with DJs and local and national live musical acts. A 1,200 LED computer-controlled lighting system on the dance floor means the lights move to the music.
You'll find chic, attractive decor with European flair, full cocktail service, specialty drinks, and VIP table service. Dolce is more of an ultra lounge than a club, and there's an enforced dress code.
2829 E. Carson St.
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A "rock-n-country saloon," Saddle Ridge has line dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. Country music makes this bar a little different, as does the mechanical bull.
Rizzo's Margaritaville is a cheap bar with Mexican and American bar food and a wide range of people. It's a great place to watch Pittsburgh sporting events, as the bar has six big-screen televisions.
2200 E. Carson St.
This bar and restaurant is an average-priced bar, but there are drink specials every day, and half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Shady Grove has mainly a 20-something crowd on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Great place to catch Pittsburgh sports games.
William Penn Tavern
William Penn Tavern is an eclectic sports bar with live bands on Tuesdays.
Tiki Lounge is a retro re-creation of the tiki bars of the 1950s and '60s. The cool interior includes waterfalls and statuary, and tropical cocktails are served in tiki mugs. The facilities are clean, and atmosphere is very bright.
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon
McFadden's is a great place to head after a Pirates or Steelers game. It has a definite college/early-20-something crowd, and there are contests, a patio, two large rooms, and music.
This two-floor bar has bars on both floors, pool tables, darts, and a large selection of beers on draft. Casey's also has a midget waiter who serves you shots.
1811 E. Carson St.
Get there early because this hole-in-the-wall hidden in the South Side gets packed. They give out toys with the drinks, and the place is decorated with lots of fun stuff.
1101 Bradish St.
Hofbrauhaus is modeled after a traditional German bier hall. There's live entertainment nightly, a bier garden with a great view of the city, and excellent German and American fare. The best times to go are between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Hofbrauhaus is a unique and memorable experience, with freshly brewed biers and the "shot ski"-four shots are attached to a ski that everyone tilts to drink from at the same time.
Mario's South Side Saloon
Voted "Best College Bar in Pittsburgh," Marios's has karaoke on Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is a great place to watch Pittsburgh sports. Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins have even been known to hang out here and even brought the Stanley Cup to Mario's after they won in 2009. There are weekly specials, most of which go from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., and there are $4.50 bombs every day, all day.
Logan's is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar, but drinks and food are cheap, and there are beer specials every night of the week.
301 N. Craig St.
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Every Friday and Saturday is the under-21 party for 15- to 20-year-olds. Proper dress and ID are required. There are four bars serving bottled water, various sodas, Red Bull, and iced tea. There are also occasional all-ages live music shows.
The Andy Warhol Museum
This museum has a permanent Andy Warhol collection, plus rotating temporary installations. It's a great place to go on a Friday night if you're not 21 or if you want an alternative to the bar atmosphere. It also has a live music venue.