16 Reasons Why Mixtape is the Best Bar in Pittsburgh

Originally published February 1st, 2017.

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Have you seen my Instagram? I'm not shy about the fact I like to drink and eat.  Normally, I'm not too picky... but lately I've had this sneaking suspicion that one bar was rising above the others in my preferences. 

Last night, this was confirmed.  I have a new favorite bar, and it is not hard to figure out why.   

The real story of this post is that Grant and I were tipsy, impassioned by our love of Mixtape, and started writing this post on my phone, while in the bar. It took us under 2 mins to come up with this list. 

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1. HAPPY HOUR IS UNTIL 9 PM

NINE PM! I have never encountered that before. The deal is pretty darn good: $2 off seasonal beers, $1 off cocktails. 

2. VERY NICE BARTENDERS

They are seriously so friendly. 

3. MENU

Very interesting cocktails (that picture I posted of a flaming drink? Yeah, that was Mixtape), nice beer selection, and tasty snacks. 

4. YOU CAN BRING IN OUTSIDE FOOD

They know their food menu is limited, so you can bring in grub from the outside, ie: "If you want to get a pizza next door and bring it in, that's cool."  They are so nice you could probably start carving a turkey in there and no one would say anything. 

5. NO TIPPING

They pay their bartenders a living wage, and any tips collected will be donated to charity. 

6. SEATING

Sofas and beanbag chairs

7. BOARD GAMES

They have a massive selection of board games, including giant jenga. 

8. MUSIC

Its really good, usually curated throwbacks. Hence the name... Mixtape

9. SO MANY REALLY NICE BATHROOMS

Idk, there are like 80 really nicely finished bathrooms in the basement. 

10. FREE POPCORN  

12. AMBIANCE  

The best vibe.  There were people doing work on their laptops next to people getting slowly drunk on double IPAs (that was us).  

12. SRVD

If you are too cozy in your seat to get up to order a drink, you can literally use the SRVD app, and have it delivered to you. 

13. THE PEOPLE  

I am happy to report there were no pretentious douchebags hanging about. 

14. WEEKEND DANCE VIBE  

As grant said, "This place is a chameleon."  During the day it is a coffee shop.  During the week it is the chillest place on earth.  And then, on the weekends, they have djs spinning and a dance floor. 

15. MAGIC 8 BALLS AT THE BAR

As questions to the mystics while waiting for you drinks. 

16. THE "FIREPLACE"

They play a video of a fireplace on a projector on the wall... and it actually is super cozy. 

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