Firehouse Lounge

★★★★★

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Live jazz in Pittsburgh is experiencing a "Renaissance" and although the overall following is not as strong as it used to be, it is refreshing to see so many new establishments hosting Live Jazz nights. The Firehouse Lounge has one of my favorite Pittsburgh performers, Etta Cox, on Thursday nights. I have not been to the Firehouse on one of the weekend nights, but I will tell you that this is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. The staff is friendly, go twice and they'll remember your name, the food is excellent (try the burgers), and how can you beat 1/2 off of wine bottles? The best part about this jazz night is that you can still hear yourself talk and you don't leave smelling like cigarettes, a big bonus.

The Firehouse Lounge is a perfect place for a first date or a night out with a group. Thursdays are great for an older audience especially lovers of jazz.

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★★★★★

Live jazz in Pittsburgh is experiencing a "Renaissance" and although the overall following is not as strong as it used to be, it is refreshing to see so many new establishments hosting Live Jazz nights. The Firehouse Lounge has one of my favorite Pittsburgh performers, Etta Cox, on Thursday nights. I have not been to the Firehouse on one of the weekend nights, but I will tell you that this is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. The staff is friendly, go twice and they'll remember your name, the food is excellent (try the burgers), and how can you beat 1/2 off of wine bottles? The best part about this jazz night is that you can still hear yourself talk and you don't leave smelling like cigarettes, a big bonus.

The Firehouse Lounge is a perfect place for a first date or a night out with a group. Thursdays are great for an older audience especially lovers of jazz.

Pros: Free Parking, Clean Environment, Tasty Food, Romantic

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Great food and wonderful service! Can't wait to go back in September when the dessert bar opens! My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary at the firehouse lounge...had a bottle of wine (1/2 price on Thursdays) and some really tasty appetizers along with some nice jazz music. Jessica was an awesome server. We'll definitely go back!

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★★★★★

Great food and wonderful service! Can't wait to go back in September when the dessert bar opens! My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary at the firehouse lounge...had a bottle of wine (1/2 price on Thursdays) and some really tasty appetizers along with some nice jazz music. Jessica was an awesome server. We'll definitely go back!

Pros: free parking, nice atmosphere, tasty & inventive food, awesome service

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My friends and I used to crave Firehouse nights out...before it began going down the ominous road that many failed clubs/lounges in Pittsburgh have followed.

In the past: great vibe- alternative/professional/hipsters- a great mix in general. Stiff drinks. The music ranged from fun top 40's to house to hip hop. Steel City Funk used to spin great house music in one of the rooms while the other room would have hip hop/dance music going on. The crowds moved freely back and forth and you were always meeting interesting people.

Current: In our last 3 visits spread out over the past 3 months, the only thing that remains from above are the stiff drinks. The crowd has gone ghetto-fabulous and music is bad hip hop in both rooms. Other fun clubs in the past have gone this way and are either gone or empty....Touch, Deja Vu, Pure to name a few. One can only wonder if Firehouse is going to follow this trend.

I'd love to give this place a great review but I can only hope that some its unique characteristics that made it so much fun aren't permanently lost.

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★★☆☆☆

My friends and I used to crave Firehouse nights out...before it began going down the ominous road that many failed clubs/lounges in Pittsburgh have followed.

In the past: great vibe- alternative/professional/hipsters- a great mix in general. Stiff drinks. The music ranged from fun top 40's to house to hip hop. Steel City Funk used to spin great house music in one of the rooms while the other room would have hip hop/dance music going on. The crowds moved freely back and forth and you were always meeting interesting people.

Current: In our last 3 visits spread out over the past 3 months, the only thing that remains from above are the stiff drinks. The crowd has gone ghetto-fabulous and music is bad hip hop in both rooms. Other fun clubs in the past have gone this way and are either gone or empty....Touch, Deja Vu, Pure to name a few. One can only wonder if Firehouse is going to follow this trend.

I'd love to give this place a great review but I can only hope that some its unique characteristics that made it so much fun aren't permanently lost.

Pros: Stiff Drinks

Cons: Bad music, crowd isn't what it used to be

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I just moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago, and so far this has to be the best thing this old steel town has going for it in the nightlife department. It's across the street from my house, so it didn't take long for me to stumble upon it's large wooden doors and inviting atmosphere. Perhaps I lucked out on the night I was there, but the owner navigated me through their drink menu, and I was shocked to see they were using products like acai juice, orange blossom water, and marmelades in their drinks rather than what I found on my first night in the "burgh" puckers and light beer. The crowd was pleasantly mixed at the Firehouse, and they have just expanded their menu to include plates suitable for sharing. I tried a pizzette and frittes , as a quick notes the frittes are perhaps the best I've had in a really long time, and then finished with a bananas foster wonton which was a huge surprise. The traditional country club dessert was dressed up as classic Chinese street food and served with a trio of mouth watering sauces, my favorite was the cassis-strawberry sauce. I was told they are opening a dessert lounge soon!

Now on to the cocktails. I'm actually a beer girl so it takes a lot of convincing to not explore what is on the taps, but per the owner's suggestion I started with a sidecar and ended with a drink called a "label who*e" how could I resist such a name? Both were made with the freshest ingredients and I was told they actually make all of their own sours from scratch. Perhaps that's why I never resorted back to a Lagunitas, but either way the drinks were so good and they were not overly sweet which is a big plus in my book.

I know the Firehouse has a great reputation for it's nightlife and after 10 crowd, but it really surprises me that it doesn't attract more city dwellers for light bites and happy hour. Then again, does anyone actually go out during the week in Pittsburgh who is over 25?

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★★★★★

I just moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago, and so far this has to be the best thing this old steel town has going for it in the nightlife department. It's across the street from my house, so it didn't take long for me to stumble upon it's large wooden doors and inviting atmosphere. Perhaps I lucked out on the night I was there, but the owner navigated me through their drink menu, and I was shocked to see they were using products like acai juice, orange blossom water, and marmelades in their drinks rather than what I found on my first night in the "burgh" puckers and light beer. The crowd was pleasantly mixed at the Firehouse, and they have just expanded their menu to include plates suitable for sharing. I tried a pizzette and frittes , as a quick notes the frittes are perhaps the best I've had in a really long time, and then finished with a bananas foster wonton which was a huge surprise. The traditional country club dessert was dressed up as classic Chinese street food and served with a trio of mouth watering sauces, my favorite was the cassis-strawberry sauce. I was told they are opening a dessert lounge soon!

Now on to the cocktails. I'm actually a beer girl so it takes a lot of convincing to not explore what is on the taps, but per the owner's suggestion I started with a sidecar and ended with a drink called a "label who*e" how could I resist such a name? Both were made with the freshest ingredients and I was told they actually make all of their own sours from scratch. Perhaps that's why I never resorted back to a Lagunitas, but either way the drinks were so good and they were not overly sweet which is a big plus in my book.

I know the Firehouse has a great reputation for it's nightlife and after 10 crowd, but it really surprises me that it doesn't attract more city dwellers for light bites and happy hour. Then again, does anyone actually go out during the week in Pittsburgh who is over 25?

Pros: Free Parking, Convenient Location, Friendly Staff, Sophisticated Menu

Cons: More people don't talk about their food

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Friendly service. Patrons slightly above average for the Strip District. Creative bar-food menu.....the taste is just "OK" though.

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★★★☆☆

Friendly service. Patrons slightly above average for the Strip District. Creative bar-food menu.....the taste is just "OK" though.

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I cannot say enough about this little gem. I was pleasantly surprised when our server told us they have the largest selection of champagne and sparkling wines in W.PA, I didn't think anyone cared! And the range of products offered is impressive. Bottles range from $25-$600 and the selection is well rounded with roses, vintage, non vintage, and even a few rare options such as a Perrier Jouet Rose (VERY hard to find).

We also had an opportunity to try a few small items from the menu and we were very pleased. My favorite were the crab cakes and kielbasa and sauerkraut spring rolls. Others at the table enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken Dip (which is apparently their #1 seller and the owner's mom's recipe) and the artichoke fondue which was light and delightful.

I have attended multiple private events at the Firehouse and would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to celebrate.

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★★★★★

I cannot say enough about this little gem. I was pleasantly surprised when our server told us they have the largest selection of champagne and sparkling wines in W.PA, I didn't think anyone cared! And the range of products offered is impressive. Bottles range from $25-$600 and the selection is well rounded with roses, vintage, non vintage, and even a few rare options such as a Perrier Jouet Rose (VERY hard to find).

We also had an opportunity to try a few small items from the menu and we were very pleased. My favorite were the crab cakes and kielbasa and sauerkraut spring rolls. Others at the table enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken Dip (which is apparently their #1 seller and the owner's mom's recipe) and the artichoke fondue which was light and delightful.

I have attended multiple private events at the Firehouse and would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to celebrate.

Pros: Best Chamapagne List

Cons: None

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After reading a number of reviews about the Firehouse Lounge, I mustered up the nerve to check it out. I chose to go on a week night because I'm not much of one for large groups (aka trendy spots) in Pittsburgh because they tend to be too young. My girlfriends and I were pleasantly surprised when we visited on a Thursday evening to find they had a "girls night out" without a line of "old men" at the bar. Dean of Shadyside salon was offering spa manicures, rather than just a polish change and we all had multiple martinis & glasses of champagne for less than $20 each! We had such great service topped with a beautiful atmosphere and delcicious drinks, that I would recommend this place to anyone of any age group. For the first time in years, I was able to coordinate a night out and not hear a single complaint from the group.

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★★★★★

After reading a number of reviews about the Firehouse Lounge, I mustered up the nerve to check it out. I chose to go on a week night because I'm not much of one for large groups (aka trendy spots) in Pittsburgh because they tend to be too young. My girlfriends and I were pleasantly surprised when we visited on a Thursday evening to find they had a "girls night out" without a line of "old men" at the bar. Dean of Shadyside salon was offering spa manicures, rather than just a polish change and we all had multiple martinis & glasses of champagne for less than $20 each! We had such great service topped with a beautiful atmosphere and delcicious drinks, that I would recommend this place to anyone of any age group. For the first time in years, I was able to coordinate a night out and not hear a single complaint from the group.

Cons: none

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I love going here. My friends and I make it a priority to meet for a Happy Hour here at least once a month. The atmosphere is great and it is usually much less crowded than the college bars on the South Side. It is a great place to go after work for a few drinks and appetizers. I would recommend this to anyone!

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★★★★★

I love going here. My friends and I make it a priority to meet for a Happy Hour here at least once a month. The atmosphere is great and it is usually much less crowded than the college bars on the South Side. It is a great place to go after work for a few drinks and appetizers. I would recommend this to anyone!

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I kept hearing about The Firehouse Lounge through friends, but with a hectic work schedule, often find it hard to make it out. I had some out of town guests and didn't want them becomming stir crazy at my apartment, so I figured what the heck and paid a visit to what I kept hearing was THE place to go in Pittsburgh. We went on a Tuesday night, and they happened to have a "MOVIE & MOJITO" night with no cover and free popcorn! When I asked "why mojitos?" the friendly bartender said "we don't want to be shaking martinis, it makes a lot of noise & then you can't hear the movie" We all got a kick out of this!

The atmosphere is really comfortable and welcoming, but it was also incredibly beautiful. There was a perfect size crowd for a week night, and the staff was incredibly attentive. We had a few bites to eat, and we were all pleasantly surprised that Kielbasa & Sauerkraut would taste so great in a spring roll. Their menu is very inventive, a twist on many of my favorite bar foods, but you could tell everything was REALLY fresh and made to order.

The bartender also told us about how great the music is on the weekends, so I can't wait to check it out again. This lounge should be ranked the top bar in Pittsburgh for a number of reasons. If you don't believe me, then go see for yourself.

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★★★★★

I kept hearing about The Firehouse Lounge through friends, but with a hectic work schedule, often find it hard to make it out. I had some out of town guests and didn't want them becomming stir crazy at my apartment, so I figured what the heck and paid a visit to what I kept hearing was THE place to go in Pittsburgh. We went on a Tuesday night, and they happened to have a "MOVIE & MOJITO" night with no cover and free popcorn! When I asked "why mojitos?" the friendly bartender said "we don't want to be shaking martinis, it makes a lot of noise & then you can't hear the movie" We all got a kick out of this!

The atmosphere is really comfortable and welcoming, but it was also incredibly beautiful. There was a perfect size crowd for a week night, and the staff was incredibly attentive. We had a few bites to eat, and we were all pleasantly surprised that Kielbasa & Sauerkraut would taste so great in a spring roll. Their menu is very inventive, a twist on many of my favorite bar foods, but you could tell everything was REALLY fresh and made to order.

The bartender also told us about how great the music is on the weekends, so I can't wait to check it out again. This lounge should be ranked the top bar in Pittsburgh for a number of reasons. If you don't believe me, then go see for yourself.

Pros: Friendly Staff

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I want to attempt to dismiss the first comment(6/24/06). Yes, the firehouse is very packed on the weekends...but that is because it's the only place to find such a unique, mature, yet very fun & positve crowd(ages 25-55). You get the professional, artsy, fashionista, hip-hop, rocker, etc. people). Sometimes the service is backed up-but that is only because it's not a place that pops off beer caps one after another. They truly have a unique, & always consistent menu of great tasting martinis, mango mojitos, sangria, wines, extensive beer selections, and impossible to find selections of top of the line liquors I have never found ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY. It may take a few minutes to wait for a drink, but it's the only lounge that serves mixed drinks in PINT GLASSES!!! How could anyone complain about that??!!! The music is incredible. High energy for any age(Michael Jackson, reggae, 80's, house etc.). 2 separate DJs-projectors, one of a kind decor. I learned that this place was made by friends who refurbished & brought this place back to life from a historical fire station. This is not some ordinary IKEA commercial bar. The staff is small & very friendly if you give them a chance to get to know them individually. Spencer(owner), Alana, Asante, April, Hans, Erica-I wish I knew the others-but they are all genuine employees who will show ya a good time & make you some fabulous beverages. I know this sounds over the top, but I am not from this city originally & it's just such a comfortable and welcoming environment that has their best intention for their customers. I can go there alone & still feel comfortable. So whoever you hatin blogger are-have a drink & relax dude-you can't even spell "waste" correctly. But everyone else-Check it out!
BTW-any weeknight is low key. Weekends are kinda crazy-fun if you're up for it!

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★★★★★

I want to attempt to dismiss the first comment(6/24/06). Yes, the firehouse is very packed on the weekends...but that is because it's the only place to find such a unique, mature, yet very fun & positve crowd(ages 25-55). You get the professional, artsy, fashionista, hip-hop, rocker, etc. people). Sometimes the service is backed up-but that is only because it's not a place that pops off beer caps one after another. They truly have a unique, & always consistent menu of great tasting martinis, mango mojitos, sangria, wines, extensive beer selections, and impossible to find selections of top of the line liquors I have never found ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY. It may take a few minutes to wait for a drink, but it's the only lounge that serves mixed drinks in PINT GLASSES!!! How could anyone complain about that??!!! The music is incredible. High energy for any age(Michael Jackson, reggae, 80's, house etc.). 2 separate DJs-projectors, one of a kind decor. I learned that this place was made by friends who refurbished & brought this place back to life from a historical fire station. This is not some ordinary IKEA commercial bar. The staff is small & very friendly if you give them a chance to get to know them individually. Spencer(owner), Alana, Asante, April, Hans, Erica-I wish I knew the others-but they are all genuine employees who will show ya a good time & make you some fabulous beverages. I know this sounds over the top, but I am not from this city originally & it's just such a comfortable and welcoming environment that has their best intention for their customers. I can go there alone & still feel comfortable. So whoever you hatin blogger are-have a drink & relax dude-you can't even spell "waste" correctly. But everyone else-Check it out!
BTW-any weeknight is low key. Weekends are kinda crazy-fun if you're up for it!

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We visited on a Thursday night based on the rave reviews discovered on line. When we walked in, a live band was playing for about 10 people at a volume so loud that it was extremely hard to even give my drink order to the bartender. Upon receiving our drinks we proceed to the deck outside. There are about 3 or so couches, and a few tables with a decent bar on the deck. However, the plastic wall coverings, and tarps covering the DJ equipment made me feel like I was sitting behind my neighbors shed junk pile. In conclusion, the atmosphere was FAR from par. When the waitress came to take our order she promptly returned and told us that all the kitchen help had gone home for the night. I found this a bit odd when the internet site states that the kitchen is open till 12AM. I really dont see what people enjoy about this place. Dont waist your time here, there are FAR better lounges in Pittsburgh.

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★★☆☆☆

We visited on a Thursday night based on the rave reviews discovered on line. When we walked in, a live band was playing for about 10 people at a volume so loud that it was extremely hard to even give my drink order to the bartender. Upon receiving our drinks we proceed to the deck outside. There are about 3 or so couches, and a few tables with a decent bar on the deck. However, the plastic wall coverings, and tarps covering the DJ equipment made me feel like I was sitting behind my neighbors shed junk pile. In conclusion, the atmosphere was FAR from par. When the waitress came to take our order she promptly returned and told us that all the kitchen help had gone home for the night. I found this a bit odd when the internet site states that the kitchen is open till 12AM. I really dont see what people enjoy about this place. Dont waist your time here, there are FAR better lounges in Pittsburgh.

Pros: Drink Selection

Cons: Atmosphere, Management

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The FH is a place to be appreciated, so this reviewer hopes it doesn't get measured against other local places - or even "hot" NY/LA bars. It's pretty unique. Between the 20-something gregarious Cuban bar manager and the 60-something cantakerous semi-retired Brooklyn chef there's a lot of excellence going on here in addition to attitude. Who gives a crap about celebrities showing up. Have some of Giovanni's appetizers and try the unbelieveable chocolate stout from Kalamazoo. The FH is creative in many ways. Just hope it doesn't get ruined by poseurs and kiddies out for "the scene".

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★★★★★

The FH is a place to be appreciated, so this reviewer hopes it doesn't get measured against other local places - or even "hot" NY/LA bars. It's pretty unique. Between the 20-something gregarious Cuban bar manager and the 60-something cantakerous semi-retired Brooklyn chef there's a lot of excellence going on here in addition to attitude. Who gives a crap about celebrities showing up. Have some of Giovanni's appetizers and try the unbelieveable chocolate stout from Kalamazoo. The FH is creative in many ways. Just hope it doesn't get ruined by poseurs and kiddies out for "the scene".

Pros: food, beers, staff

Cons: superficial customers, crowded

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It's so refreshing to know people haven't given up on Pittsburgh! The Firehouse has a little bit of everything to keep event the biggest critics interested. The music is phenomenal, crowd is diverse (usually more women than men), and everyone is sophisticated and polished. Even better,they make AMAZING martinis & Food. The outdoor terrace is my favorite place, I can't wait for it to open this summer! It's unfortunate that more bar/club owners don't follow suit (i.e. Be creative don't copy) afterall, the adjacent bars all look like ikea showrooms or Miami knockoffs. The Firehouse lounge is setting a trend that was forgotten many years ago, Pittsburgh is a progressive city so shouldn't the businesses reflect this? In my opinion, a great place for a 1st date, a nightout with the guys/girls, a quick bite before your bar crawl, seen & be seen (w/o the snobbery), or out-of-towners!

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★★★★★

It's so refreshing to know people haven't given up on Pittsburgh! The Firehouse has a little bit of everything to keep event the biggest critics interested. The music is phenomenal, crowd is diverse (usually more women than men), and everyone is sophisticated and polished. Even better,they make AMAZING martinis & Food. The outdoor terrace is my favorite place, I can't wait for it to open this summer! It's unfortunate that more bar/club owners don't follow suit (i.e. Be creative don't copy) afterall, the adjacent bars all look like ikea showrooms or Miami knockoffs. The Firehouse lounge is setting a trend that was forgotten many years ago, Pittsburgh is a progressive city so shouldn't the businesses reflect this? In my opinion, a great place for a 1st date, a nightout with the guys/girls, a quick bite before your bar crawl, seen & be seen (w/o the snobbery), or out-of-towners!

Pros: sexy staff ;), Great Happy Hour, Best Outdoor Space

Cons: There aren't more, places like this

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The only true "New York" experience in PIttsburgh. This is the only reason the strip district is still considered a hot spot in Pittsburgh! The decor is incredible, posh but not stuffy. The crowd is eclectic. And the music, regardles of the night of the week is way ahead of any trends. The best part of it all is that you have to be "in the know" to know about it. Unlike other "lounge" type bars in the city, the Firehouse is the only one that hasn't sold out to the masses, instead it stays afloat by being the best place for young professionals, artists, musicians, business owners, and who's who of the US. I saw 3 celebrites from LA in one night!

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★★★★★

The only true "New York" experience in PIttsburgh. This is the only reason the strip district is still considered a hot spot in Pittsburgh! The decor is incredible, posh but not stuffy. The crowd is eclectic. And the music, regardles of the night of the week is way ahead of any trends. The best part of it all is that you have to be "in the know" to know about it. Unlike other "lounge" type bars in the city, the Firehouse is the only one that hasn't sold out to the masses, instead it stays afloat by being the best place for young professionals, artists, musicians, business owners, and who's who of the US. I saw 3 celebrites from LA in one night!

Pros: great food, great drinks, great atmoshere

Cons: none to note

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this past weekend was the first time i have ever heard of the F.H. and a couple of friends and i went there and we fell in love with this place. the F.H. is hot!

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★★★★★

this past weekend was the first time i have ever heard of the F.H. and a couple of friends and i went there and we fell in love with this place. the F.H. is hot!

Pros: parking, atmosphere, service

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My wife is from Pittsburgh; we usually fly out from California for the holidays. Never been too impressed with the bar scene, but were thrilled to find Firehouse. Went on the Weds. after x-mas. Weren't too many people there, but then they hadn't even been open for two weeks. Once word gets out, this place will be packed. Nice, dark upstairs location with a red glow. It's clear they invested time and money into the design. Met one of the owners, Spenser. Both he and the bartender were very cool and friendly. And the drinks were excellent. My wife thought the Chocolate Mint martini was one of the best she's ever had, and the Strawberry Cheesecake martini was great, too (and should be added to the menu). If you like cool, upscale lounges, check this place out. Haven't anything else in Pittsburgh that comes close to the Firehouse.

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★★★★★

My wife is from Pittsburgh; we usually fly out from California for the holidays. Never been too impressed with the bar scene, but were thrilled to find Firehouse. Went on the Weds. after x-mas. Weren't too many people there, but then they hadn't even been open for two weeks. Once word gets out, this place will be packed. Nice, dark upstairs location with a red glow. It's clear they invested time and money into the design. Met one of the owners, Spenser. Both he and the bartender were very cool and friendly. And the drinks were excellent. My wife thought the Chocolate Mint martini was one of the best she's ever had, and the Strawberry Cheesecake martini was great, too (and should be added to the menu). If you like cool, upscale lounges, check this place out. Haven't anything else in Pittsburgh that comes close to the Firehouse.

Pros: great atmosphere, excellent drinks, friendly owners/staff

Cons: , little scary if, you're liquored up

 

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