It’s officially August. So, if you’re looking for an excuse to order an over-the-top, flamboyant cocktail… consider this your sign.
Summer isn’t over yet, and it’s still plenty hot outside. Take advantage of the season by soaking up the sun while sipping on (more than) a few frozen drinks!
From East Carson Street to The Strip District, we’ve rounded up our favorite bars in Pittsburgh to grab a frozen cocktail. We’ve got frosé and famous yinzeritas, and there’s something on this list for everyone.
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And as always, please drink responsibly.
Where to get the best frozen cocktails in Pittsburgh:
This new bar on the block in East Liberty is already making a statement with it’s thoughtful cocktails and ginormous pretzels (no really – have you seen these things?) We are already huge fans of Lorelei’s “Fresiling.” This frozen wine cocktail is made with Mosel Riesling, French apricot and elderflower liqueurs, fresh lemon juice, and a whisper of orange bitters.
Lorelei (124 S Highland Ave)
This Italian trattoria, located on Penn Avenue in Garfield, is known for their beautiful patio and delicious family recipes. The restaurant also offers homemade wine slushies, which are best enjoyed outside on their back patio, overlooking lower Lawrenceville.
Piazza Talarico (3832 Penn Avenue)
The Strip District
This popular Mexican restaurant in The Strip District offers an entire menu of frozen margaritas, including flavors like: strawberry, mango, jalapeño, and more. Other frozen drinks include the “Sombrero,” with tequila, kahlua, and milk, Skinny Margaritas, and Pina Coladas. Don’t forget to grab a package of homemade tortillas on your way out!
Casa Reyna (2031 Penn Ave)
Double Wide Grill
The Double Wide Grill offers one of the best patios in Pittsburgh, and what better way to soak up the sun on East Carson Street than with a frozen cocktail! The Double Wide Grill offers Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and Daquiris. Don’t miss out on the restaurant’s Frozen Mojito, which is a Double Wide specialty.
Double Wide Grill (2339 E Carson St)
Bird on the Run
Pair your spicy chicken sandwich with one of Bird on the Run’s specialty frozen cocktails. The restaurant currently offers Frosé, Negroni, Zombie, Moscow Mule slushies.
Bird on the Run (128 S Highland Ave)
Did you know you can spike any of Burgatory’s delicious milkshakes? The restaurant offers suggested alcoholic pairings with their decedent shakes. A few of our favorites include the “Burnt Almond Torte” shake with Amaretto, and the “Coffee + Donut” shake with Kahlúa. Each shake is spun to order, and Burgatory also offers vegan milkshake options.
Bloomfield’s new old-school bar serves up frozen cocktails from their aptly-named “Lushie” machine. The menu also offers beer and various classic and “sexy” cocktails, such as the “Oaxaca Old Fashioned” and the “Between the Sheets,” made with cognac, rum, cointreau, lemon juice, and orange peel.
Tina’s (4114 Main St)
One of the most popular eateries downtown, there is always something new and exciting spinning in Tako’s alcoholic slushie machines. The frozen concoctions change frequently, but past drinks include a frozen Negroni and blood orange margaritas. Stop in to see what new drinks are being served!
täkō (214 6th St)
Howl at the Moon
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Stop by for live music and plenty of frozen drinks at Howl at the Moon, located on 7th street in Downtown Pittsburgh. This dueling piano bar offers various slushy cocktails, including: Frozen Whiskey Sour, Spiked Creamsicle, Frozen Hurricane, Frozen Basil Blender, Frozen Peach Old Fashioned, and many more!
Howl at the Moon (125 7th St)
Arsenal Cider House
The only thing better than cooling down with a crisp glass of Arsenal Cider is cooling down with a Arsenal Cider slushie! Arsenal now offers a rotating selection of frozen cider drinks. The flavors change frequently, but past favorites include Rhubarb Sorbet and Snowbound Cinnamon.
Our Josie's Faraway Vacation is "a refreshing blend of sweet, smooth, spicy and citrus that makes for a chill thrill of a treat" and "the most transportive frozen cocktail in Pittsburgh" (@halbklein, @pittsburghmagazine). Mahalo, Hal! Check out Hal's full list of "The Eight Best Frozen Treats in Pittsburgh" on the Pittsburgh Mag website. #tiki #🌴
It shouldn’t be a surprise that everyone’s favorite Squirrel Hill tiki bar also offers a rotating selection of decedent frozen cocktails. One of the popular frozen menu staples is the “Josie’s Faraway Vacation,” with Batavia Arrack (indonesian rum), Jamaican rum, lime, Curacao, basil, chili, ginger, mint, and coconut.
Hidden Harbor (1708 Shady Ave)
Pork & Beans
Perhaps the drink of the summer, the “Frozen Rocket” at Pork & Beans looks like everyone’s favorite childhood popsicle, but with a very adult twist. This drink features cruzan rum, great american blueberry moonshine, grenadine, lemon, lime, and 7-up.
Pork & Beans (136 6th St)
A list of frozen drinks in Pittsburgh would not be complete without Mad Mex. This popular chain has an entire menu of frozen margaritas made from real fruit. Each drink is tart, frosty, and served with an optional salted rim. Flavors include: Black Cherry, Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Sangria Blur.
There are few drinks as Pittsburgh as the “Yinzerita” at Steel Cactus. This drink lives up to its name, featuring a margarita goblet with an inverted IC Lite sticking out of it. The drink has become so popular, it is now available in seven flavors: traditional, strawberry, pomegranate, mango, raspberry, and peach.
The Harris Grill is known for many of it’s longstanding traditions (bacon night, anyone?), one of which being the restaurant’s signature frozen cosmopolitans, which are half off Monday through Friday during happy hour.
Rooftop bar? Check. Outdoor pool? Check. Frozen cocktails? Check! Pittsburgh’s only rooftop pool lounge has many frozen drink concoctions to help guests unwind in the sun.
Sky Bar (1603 E Carson St)
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