5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Pittsburgh.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try


Kelly's Bar & Lounge

6012 Penn Cir S, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

One sip of the swanky Manhattan (whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters) can turn a lowbrow beer-drinker into a sophisticated socialite.


Club Cafe

56-58 S 12th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Order a gimlet and the bartender serves it perfectly: gin and a splash of Rose's Lime Juice, shaken then strained.


Palm Court at the Omni William Penn

530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

A Tom Collins begs to be sipped in style--indulge under a swanky chandelier at this stunning hotel bar.


Lava Lounge

2204 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

The sidecar--a potent concoction of brandy, Cointreau and sweetened lemon juice--will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over.