140 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522240.443025 -80.002410
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am; Sat 3pm - 2am; Sun CLOSED until Fall
Neighborhoods: Downtown (Central Business District)
Olive or Twist is Pittsburgh's premier martini bar & is adjacent to Heinz Hall, the Renaissance Hotel, and a short walk across the Clemente Bridge from PNC Park. Olive or Twist and the Lounge Upstairs @ Olive or Twist are located at the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Olive or Twist has been recently honored as "Best Place to Buy a Martini" - Pittsburgh's City Paper & "Voted Best Martinis" - www.BarSmart.com. Olive or Twist is the spot for Happy Hour, which runs from 4-6pm Mon thru Fri. Our Happy Hours Includes: $1.00 off all draft beer & $2 off specialty martinis, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir $4.00/glass, & food specials along with a full dining menu. Olive or Twist always has something fun during the week such as: Wine Down Mondays - $4 glass specialty wine selection, Tiny tini Tuesdays - 3 Martini flights, Mojito Wednesdays - $5, & Smirnoff Thursdays - $5 cocktails.
Best Mixed Drinks In 412 – This is the only bar I go to downtown. Relaxed atmosphere, great mixed drinks, couches, hot crowd. The upstairs is amazing - exposed brick mixed with a bartender named Ian who makes outstanding martinis.
best kept secret in pittsburgh – me and my friends used to go out all the time. and we were getting sick of the same old bars and some of the other neighborhoods so we wnet out downtown. We LOVE this place. They have the coolest upstairs lounge in the city and the hottest bartenders and cocKtail waitresses. (lol) We went to a wrap party there it was the bomb.
It's a chill relaxing atmosphere where you dont' get macked on too bad. But always fun too with DJs on some nights. Now we always either start out here or end the night here regardless on the weekends. Highly recommend the Pom martinis and mojitos.
best drinks around, awesome bartenders – I just moved to pittsburgh recently and stumbled upon this wonderful spot in the downtown area. Everytime we go there, it is always happening but not too crazy. They have a nice sophisticated mixed crowd and it's a great place to chill on the weekends...relaxed comfortable atmosphere, great music. Drinks are in the mid to high range but well worth the price with the stiff pours and quality liquor. Highly recommend for a good party !
Awesome daytime bartender, terrible management – I have been going there for several years now, and the bar has gone downhill in a number of ways. The staff changes overnight so to achieve "Regular" status is impossible. The daytime bartender, Sam, is really personable and makes everyone laugh. If he is super busy, he is the only one bartender and can come off as curt, if not downright uninterested, but one bartender and 50 ppl i can see where it comes from. He is alot of fun usually knows what someone drinks after the first round, and he keeps them coming. Also, trying to contact anyone in order to book a party is impossible. I called three times in one week and the manager was in a meeting the entire time apparently. Waste of time. Prices change weekly. Drinks a year ago are almost a third more expensive now. Capitalizing on he drink tax much? I love the space, if you can get there during the day Sam is great, as well as Donna at night, but other than that don't waste your time.
Incredibly, unbelievably overrated – Just got charged more than $13 for one glass of beer and one Scotch and soda using a bar brand. Can't imagine what anyone sees in this place. Many other bars in town have nicer furniture, music, lighting, etc. Location is not worth the price. The staff was bitchy bitches. When I asked if the bill was correct, I was told, "gas now costs more than $3 per gallon." That might be an appropriate comment if I drank gasoline and not alcohol. I will never, ever go back and I hope the place goes out of business soon. I would say that the only reason it is still there is its location.
nice aesthetics, TERRIBLE bartenders – iv been goin to the upstairs lounge at olive or twist since last july.Until recently i enjoyed the service.I was a loyal customer because the bartenders upstairs were personable & made the best dirty martinis for my friends and i.I have always recommended OT & held a party for a friend there in which we got amazing service from the 2 girls who usually waited on us and happily overtipped them.The BAD part:latley when i have been going there isnt a familiar face in sight,there are all new employees behind the bar,normally not a prob,except none of these new faces are friendly & they dont know what the hell they're doing!!! as a former bartender myself i can relate to being a bit flustered but this was outta control!Every bartender behind that bar,with the exception of one guy, looked like a chicken with their head cut off.One girl couldnt take more than 2 drinks in an order w/o looking like her head was gunna explode and another smiled nervously & tried to avoid customers(try hiring based on experience not looks alone)...do you want to make money???finally when i got to order my 2 ketel one dirty martinis & 2 blue moons the girl who got them completely screwed up! I was given 2 martinis NOT shaken and i watched her pour the olive brine on top of them! does the management here just hire any idiot?i then waited about 10mins to have her fix them and when she did they werent even worth the new skyrocketed prices i had to pay,also i was given 2 miller lt drafts for my blue moons TWICE until i watched the girl pour the beer from the blue moon tap and i had to tell her the lines were crossed when she insisted they had to be blue moon.We only stayed cause the cocktailwaitress, the only personable one there, pleasantly offered to take care of us.I have met the manager and he is just a schmoozer, no wonder this place has gone downhill. hire competent bartenders if you want to keep this place open & try to filter some straight men in there as well. ~a very disgruntled customer
Great drinks & food when you can get served. – This is a great place in a great location on 6th Street for pre/post game or Theater or Symphony. The food is excellent. Crab cake sandwich and ahi tuna appetizer are winners and lots of interesting choices on a surprisingly upscale menu. Obvious pros in the kitchen. But on a busy night, if you are not at the bar be prepared to wait a long time for service. The staff is friendly enough, just appears to be no organization in how they handle the table service. If they can solve that problem this place has a menu and location that can't be beat and I'd gladly give it 5 stars.
Above average for lunch – Just went to Olive and Twist for lunch with 3 colleagues. It was dark as the tables are all the way in the back of the space. The menu was nice and our server was pleasant. Food was very slow in coming out of the kitchen though, but every table was full.
Downtown has so many cool spots finally – Wow...those are some amazingly harsh words by customers with apparent anger displacement. I found this place to be a treasure and didn't even know there was a second floor.
And if the place is so lousy, I wonder why said customer was beating down the door to get in?
Finally this city has many options to go out downtown for.
BEWARE WHEN WANTING TO BOOK A PRIVATE EVENT – BEWARE! Olive or Twist advertises that they can host private parties but beware of doing that! They're customer service leaves a great deal to be desired. After leaving numerous voice messages and emails for the "Events" Manager I had to go to the Manager, Steve, to discuss what type of event I was looking to host there (a reception for 70-80 people). Steve sent me back to the "Events"Manager, Emily, who needs to take a few course in customer service. She was SLIGHTLY interested in listening to me and my events needs, until I said I needed the private party area on Friday night. I was looking to spend at least $5000 for one evening of food and cocktails but she said the Manager prefers not to book private parties on a Friday, but, she'd get back to me. Well, after ANOTHER 3 calls and 2 emails later...I'm still waiting. When I eventually called Steve back, he too was less than accomodating. He seemed "bothered" that I was calling and didn't even offer my other options (say....ANOTHER NIGHT!) I'm glad my husband doesn't run his business as theses two individuals do or we'd be bankrupt. These two would benefit from some lessons in customer service. After being a customer there for a number of years I'll NEVER spend another penny there and I will be sure to let everyone know of the lousy customer service they can expect from Olive or Twist. Maybe I'm better off not having my reception there...from the "service" I have received from them I can only expect they would have found some way to ruin my reception.
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