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Esquire tells the rest of the country: Pittsburgh is “Like a hipper, organic, authentic version of the cool downtown area near you…only they have more bars, better food and a brilliant art scene.”

The magazine celebrates Pittsburgh as a must visit for style, food and drink and other American oddities, after a cross-country search for the best of the U.S.

When it comes to bars and restaurants…

Sonny’s Tavern, located at 630 South Milvale Avenue, “…is the sort of local gem that makes it obvious just how good your local watering hole should be.”

Butcher and the Rye’s 350 different whiskeys and bourbons caught the attention of Esquire, along with a “menu of foodie delights,” and “an old school men’s club vibe.”


“A pinnacle…of formed patties and accouterments,” with toppings including fried egg, pastrami, brie and short ribs and an adult milkshake to wash it all down; Esquire hails the burger joint as, “one that really stands bun-and-pickle above the rest.”

While checking out the view from Mount Washington, foodies are encouraged to try Isabela On Grandview, Le Mont,or the Tin Angel.

Before and after dinner entertainment? Esquire recommends the Carnegie Museums and Stage AE.

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museums include “something for everyone,” with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center and Andy Warhol Museum.

Speaking of something for everyone, Stage AE has “three venues in one, an indoor club, an indoor concert hall, and an outdoor amphitheater,” writes Esquire. “This is the place you’re going to find Jack White, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jurassic 5-you name it.”

What to wear in Pittsburgh? Esquire has that covered too.

To look as “dapper as possible,” Esquire recommends Larrimor’s for “a personal touch.” And for the “hippest brands,” Social Status has “a carefully curated apparel and accessories selection…including their own in-house label.”

Read Esquire’s Style Across America: Dropping in on the Steel City

Ryan Hoffman

A recent grad of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ryan also has a degree in journalism. He has a passion for innovative ideas in Pittsburgh, green urban spaces, music and the outdoors. Thus far, Ryan has lived as a musician and freelance writer and works for the Hear Me project at the CREATE Lab at CMU, with hopes of changing policy based on the ideas of young people.