Difference between revisions of "Pittsburgh/South Side"
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South Side is a Pittsburgh neighborhood that contains more restaurants and bars than perhaps anywhere else in the city. It is bounded by Station Square on the west and extends 30 or more blocks to the east. On the north its boundary is the Monongahela river and it extends inland many blocks. The central artery is East Carson street on which most of the restaurants and bars are located.
Historically the area was home to the millworkers for the steel mills that once lined the Monongahela river. Since most of these workers came from eastern Europe there is a European feel to it: small homes built right next to each other, dozens of churches of various ethnic persuasions and even more neighborhood bars and small shops all mixed helter skelter together.
Today the mills are gone and shopping centers are springing up in their place. The older area is an interesting place to wander and people-watch because it is very dense and you can easily walk almost anywhere. It is one of the few places in Pittsburgh where, in the summer, people eat and drink at tables outside restaurants.
There are two main sections of South Side, aptly named the "Flats" and the "Slopes". The flats of course are near the river while the slopes begin several blocks south of the river and extend farther south up a very steep hill. On the flats are shops, bars, restaurants as well as many interesting homes and apartments. On the slopes are houses, hundreds and hundreds of narrow, tall homes, cheek-to-jowl with one another, perched precariously on the hillside. One area of the slopes, suitable for goats, is called, appropriately, Billy Buck Hill! There are dozens of streets and pseudo-streets (steep concrete and wooden stairs maintained by the city) which residents use to get up and down. No need for a workout at the gym if you use these routes.
There is also a pretty walk right along the river that extends for miles where from the woodsy bank you can view the sleek downtown area right across river.
From Downtown go south across the Monongahela river. There are four bridges you can use to cross the river. All intersect with East Carson Street after you cross the river. Beginning at the west end of Southside is the Smithfield Street bridge, which will take you directly to Station Square (an interesting stop on its own -- see below). You may also cross a little further east using the 10th Street bridge, then turn left on East Carson street for the South Side Shops and Restaurants. Farther east, you may cross the 22nd Street bridge, also known as the Birmingham bridge. Then turn right for the South Side Shops and Restaurants. Still farther east you may use the Hot Metal bridge, so-named because it was formerly used to transport ladles of molten steel from the blast furnace on one side of the river to the rolling mill on the other. This will take you directly through the South Side Works.
On the flats you can sometimes find on-street parking on the side streets and there are also some metered parking lots.
In the many ancillary buildings (some new, some original) that surround the station itself are a unique entertainment and office complex. One is tempted to use the term "mall", but that really doesn't cover it. In the space between the buildings you will find several artifacts of the steel industry past on display: huge ladles and furnaces and other equipment.
17th Street Cafe 75 S. 17th Street www.17thstreetcafe.com (412) 381-4566
Angel's Club - Restaurant 2604 Josephine Street (412) 488-2700
Bar Eleven 1101 Bradish St. (412) 381-0899
Bar South Side 153 S. 18th St. (412) 432-7000
Barry's Pub 1009 East Carson Street (412) 481-3480
Blue Lou's 1510-1512 E. Carson St. (412) 381-7675
Blue Note Cafe 1832 East Carson Street (412) 431-7080
Brewski's 801 E. Carson Street (412) 481-9140
Casey's Draft House 1811 East Carson Street (412) 431-3595 Casey's has a midget bartender on Monday's. He walks on the bar and dumps shots into your mouth.
Cupka's Cafe II 2314 East Carson Street (412) 431-9691
Cupka's I 46 S. 27th Street (412) 481-6262
Dee's Café 1314 E. Carson St. www.deescafe.com (412) 431-1314
Don's Green Front Inn 2341 East Carson Street (412) 488-3140
Excuses Bar 2526 E. Carson St. www.excuses.freeservers.com (412) 431-4090
Fat Head's 1805 East Carson Street www.fatheads.com (412) 431-7433 A giant beer selection. They have hundreds of beers.
Intermission Lounge 1908 E. Carson St. (412) 381-3497
Jack's Backroom 1117-1121 E. Carson St. (412) 431-3644
The Jaggerbush- Bar and Grille 133 S. 23rd St. (412) 431-5244
Kaworski's Tavern 132 S. 24th St. (412) 431-0160
Kopy's 80 S. 12th St. (412) 431-9282
Lava Lounge 2204 East Carson Street (412) 431-5282
Mario's South Side Saloon 1514 East Carson Street (412) 381-5610
McArdle's Pub 1600 Bingham St. (412) 431-9358
Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1611 East Carson Street www.eatatnakama.com (412) 381-6000
Onyx Inn 1011 E. Carson St. (412) 431-8958
Piper's Pub 1828 E. Carson St. www.piperspub.com/ (412) 381-3977
Primanti Bros. Blues Café 46 South 18th Street www.primantibros.com (412) 263-2142
Rumshakers 1224 E. Carson Street (412) 431-5910
Shootz Cafe & Billiards 2305 East Carson Street www.shootz-cafe.com (412) 488-3820
Smokin' Joe's Saloon 2001 E. Carson St. (412) 431-6757
South Shore Saloon 601 East Carson Street (412) 488-1960
South Side Caravan Club 1113-1115 E. Carson St. (412) 488-1505
The HKAN Hookah Bar & Lounge 2210 E. Carson St. www.thehkan.com (412) 381-1813
The Smiling Moose 1306 East Carson Street www.smiling-moose.com (412) 431-4668
Tiki Lounge 2003 East Carson Street www.tikilounge.biz (412) 381-8454
Walker's Pub 2024 Sarah St.