The Park House
Ah, The Park House. A true Northside gem. I’ve lived in Pgh for almost 10 years and hadn’t heard of this place until I started dating a Northsider. You’re really missing out if you haven’t been to this place. It’s a treat.
The true hipster haven of the Northside, it’s also the first licensed bar in Pittsburgh. This place was established in 1932 right after prohibition ended, but was in business as a soda fountain shop since 1889. Could you imagine that in 2011? A shop that only sold soda. Health nuts would be all over that shiz! Death by high fructose corn syrup! Not to mention, I don’t think anyone likes POP enough to dedicate an entire shop to it. It’s called 7/11 folks. Oh, how times have changed! At the risk of sounding like an old Betty, let’s get on to the booze talk. This place has an excellent selection of craft beers. Stay away from the Yuengling and get some balls – your tongue will thank you. I also enjoy the plethora of popcorn and peanuts that I can ingest. Any bar that offers free popcorn is a bar worth going to. Throw that shit on the floor – they don’t care! This place isn’t trying to look pretty, though it does have an element of charm that can only be created by a space with such a rich history.
The best part? Two things. They have live music and as far as I know, they don’t charge a cover for it. Every Friday night they host a band or two. My favorite part is having to walk through the band to get to the toilet. It’s awkward, but what they lack in square footage, they make up for with their bangin’ food. The guy who owns this place is named Zamir Zahavi, and he is a self-proclaimed “Falafel Master.” They like to prepare non-traditional pub food, though I hear they have great burgers. Don’t be deceived by the makeshift kitchen they have behind the bar – everything they cook looks delish, and I’m one picky ass broad.
The next time you find yourself on the Northside, I suggest you stop by the Park House. Skip the Federal Street mumbo jumbo for some true Pittsburgh charm.