Pizza always tastes good, but there’s something beautiful about munching on it at 2:00 a.m. with a group of friends.
As the Pittsburgh bar scene keeps growing, it’s important to keep track of all of the spots around the city that are serving food into wee hours of the morning. These late night kitchens have your back, because no one likes waking up their roommates at 1:30 a.m. while trying to make Mac & Cheese in the dark.
From the heart of Oakland, to the Streets of the South Side, don’t miss these restaurants serving delicious food after hours…
Butterjoint, the beautiful and tasty sister restaurant to the Oakland classic Legume has a kitchen that stays open until midnight, Monday – Saturday. That means if you’re craving a juicy burger, or a plate or pierogies (not to mention a world-class cocktail), Butterjoint is happy to serve. Don’t forget to start your meal with the Smoked Bluefsh Pâté – trust us on this one.
Butterjoint (214 N Craig Street)
The Original Hot Dog Shop (“The O”)
Even if you didn’t go to college in Pittsburgh, you immediately feel like a bright-eyed undergrad every time you walk into The Dirty O. This late night eatery is filled every weekend with everyone from regulars, to noisy college student fresh from the bars. An Oakland classic since 1960, The O opened right next to Forbes Field during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 World Series Championship season. The shop, of course, serves up fries and hotdogs, but the burgers and subs are also worth checking out. The O is open until 1:30 a.m., Thursday – Sunday.
The Original Hot Dog Shop (3901 Forbes Avenue)
Barb’s Corner Kitchen
The diner staple in Lawrenceville knows what bar-hopping folks want at 11:00 p.m…. breakfast. Barb’s Corner Kitchen has been located in Lawrenceville for over 25 years, and specializes in breakfast fare – we’re talking omelettes, hash, and plenty of toast. As tiny as it is, there is plenty of room for your entire squad. Late night begins at 11:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and ends… well, whenever it ends. And, even if you don’t make it at night, don’t forget about it for brunch the next morning!
Barb’s Corner Kitchen (4711 Butler Street)
Let’s get real – any pizza consumed at 1:00 a.m. is going to be good. However, the best thing about Spirit’s “Slice Island” pizza shop is that it actually is delicious. Baked fresh on homemade focaccia bread, with mozzarella that is pulled in house, this is where you want to be when you get late night munchies. Spirit’s kitchen serves until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday.
Spirit (242 51st Street)
Most people understand that Pittsburgh is the place to come to if you want french fries on your sandwich. What not everyone realizes, however, is that we serve these over-the-top sandwiches 24 hours a day. The original Primanti location on 18th street in The Strip is open all day and all night. If you’re out late and hungry, no rush. Primanti’s will be there.
Primanti Brothers (46 18th Street)
Another 24-hour Pittsburgh classic sits on Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield. Just as Ritter’s is the place to be at 10:00 a.m. on a Sunday, Ritter’s is the place to be at 1:00 a.m. on a Saturday. From people getting off work, to partiers indulging after a night of drinking, the place is packed. Their diner-fare is classic, and their pierogies are delicious. Even if you are just looking for a 24-hour pierogi hookup, Ritter’s has you covered.
Ritters Diner (5221 Baum Blvd.)
When Condado moved into the Downtown dining scene earlier this year, one of the first things people gravitated towards was the fact the shop is open until 2:00 a.m. every night. Late night dining is somewhat lacking in the Downtown area, and tortillas stuffed with guacamole were certainly a welcome addition. Additionally, Condado’s extensive tequila and mezcal list is also flowing until that time, but please don’t blame us for any resulting hangover.
Condados Tacos (971 Liberty Avenue)
Butterwood Bake Consortium
Late night tacos and pizza, yes, but what about late night dessert? That is what Butterwood Bake Consortium specializes in. Not only does the shop sell whole cakes for parties and events, but guests can also try their cakes and pies by the slice. Pair it with a cup of locally roasted coffee, and it’s the perfect late night treat. This Victorian-styled cafe and bakeshop is open until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Butterwood Bake Consortium (5222 Butler Street)
Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar
Four words – truffle fries until 2:00 a.m. That is exactly what Wingharts on the South Side is offering late night diners in Pittsburgh. If you’re out on the town and craving wings, a juicy burger, or gourmet mac-and-cheese, Winghart’s kitchen is open until 2:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The bar’s whiskey bar is also open until this hour on the weekends.
Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar (1505 E Carson Street)
It wouldn’t be hard to locate an Izakaya open until 2:00 a.m. in Japan, and Umami is offering Lawrenceville the same service every weekend. Umami is the ultimate spot to roll through in search of Japanese street food, including robatayaki, takoyaki, and plenty of ramen. On Friday and Saturday, this (delicious) kitchen stays open until 2:00 a.m.
Umami (202 38th Street)
Kelly’s Bar and Lounge
This East Liberty watering hole is where all paths lead around midnight any day of week. Let’s state the obvious: the spot has a killer patio, local draft list, and $4 cocktail special every day its open. They also have a kitchen serving their famous mac & cheese, and flavorful hush puppies until midnight, Monday – Saturday. No matter the occasion, it’s always a party at Kelly’s.
Kelly’s Bar and Lounge (6012 Centre Avenue)
Pittsburgh is lucky enough to have a spot serving vegan Polish food period, not to mention until midnight five days a week. From 10:00 a.m. to midnight, this quaint Garfield (or is it Bloomfield?) spot offers 21+ hours where guests can enjoy drinks from their adventurous cocktail bar while munching on kluski śląskie and pierogies with sauerkraut.
Apteka (4606 Penn Avenue)
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