Photo courtesy of AC Hotel.

Pittsburghers who want to take their night out to the next level are invited to the AC Hotel.

Located on Smallman Street on the border of the Strip District and Downtown, the European-inspired property boasts 133 rooms and a public lounge and restaurant called Level 7 that offers indoor seating for nearly 80 and outdoor seating for an additional 41.

Daily from 5 p.m. to midnight, patrons can take the elevator up to the seventh-floor bar for a signature Gin & Tonic or craft cocktail made with Wigle Whiskey products. Local bottled wines and beers and draft selections from Pittsburgh Winery, Mindful Brewing and Allegheny City Brewing also are available.

Photo courtesy of AC Hotel.

Food and Beverage Director Dustin Kelly, who previously worked at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and Red, the steakhouse in the U.S. Steel Tower, has formulated a menu filled with tapas-style eats.

Guests can enjoy salads and small plates, including a meat and cheese tray or roasted mushrooms, or dive into a shareable portion of flat iron steak, pesto rigatoni, garlic chicken or grilled salmon. There’s also cinnamon-and-sugar sprinkled churros, salted caramel cookies and vanilla gelato for folks with a sweet tooth.

Photo courtesy of AC Hotel.

Level 7 has ample space for events. Hotel management is working to secure both live entertainment and community events such as yoga sessions and craft nights. Valet parking is available for visitors.

This is the first AC Hotel in Pennsylvania. Antonio Catalán opened the first one in Spain in 1998. The chain — which merged with Marriott in 2010 — now has more than 80 locations worldwide, with 75 in the pipeline. Each guest room features sleek furnishings, rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and smart TVs with access to Netflix.

Although the décor is Spanish-inspired, there are nods to Pittsburgh throughout the building, including local art and a library stocked with books about the Steel City.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.