Winter in Pittsburgh just seems to appear out of nowhere, doesn’t it? One day it’s like 70 degrees… then you wake up the next morning to an inch of ice and snow. And it’s freakin’ cold n’at! Well, don’t be discouraged! Yes, the days of warm relaxing cocktails on a patio with a beautiful Pittsburgh sunset are gone (for now)… but there are plenty of warm places to snuggle up with your loved ones, or have that business meeting… restaurants, coffee shops and tea houses, to mention a few. 9 of them, actually.
1. Meat & Potatoes
Enjoy some serious comfort food at this Penn Ave. gastropub. The pappardelle with bolognese sauce and garlic bread is perfect for a cold winter’s night and their Manhattan cocktail is an instant warm-up. 649 Penn Ave., 412-325-7007, Visit Meat and Potatoes website here.
2. The Butterwood Bake Consortium
This dessert café located in Lawrenceville is the perfect place to head to if you’re craving some sweet treats. The cozy atmosphere is perfect for enjoying their cake and pie by the slice and local KLVN coffee and espresso. They’re open until 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday which is perfect for those post-holiday shopping excursions. 5222 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201, 412-781-0218, Visit the Butterwood Bake Consortium here.
3. Big Dog Coffee
Big Dog Coffee, located in the South Side, is just the place on a cold day to sit and enjoy a great cup of coffee, specialty latte or baked good. This pet friendly coffee shop in Pittsburgh is the gathering place for many a warm meeting with friends and business associates (and their doggy pals) every day. They even have a can of biscuits for your furry buddy! Find out more about Big Dog Coffee Here.
4. Omni William Penn’s Speakeasy
The Omni William Penn’s opulent speakeasy is a cozy, comfy place for a delicious cocktail. The dimly lit atmosphere is dotted with overstuffed red chairs and booths. If you love vintage things, this venue harkens back to Pittsburgh in the ’20s. 530 William Penn Place, 412-281-7100, Visit Omni William Penn’s Speakeasy here.
5. Café Notte
Serving Northern Italian food, this is perhaps one of Pittsburgh’s best-kept secrets. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, which sits this eatery firmly on our list.Their brick oven flatbread pizzas are incredible, as is their lobster bisque. 8070 Ohio River Blvd., 412-761-2233, Visit Café Notte here.
6. Allegheny Coffee and Tea Exchange
If your idea of the coziest smell you can think of is coffee, you’ll want to visit this shop with countless gourmet coffee and tea blends. Located across the street from the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company in the Strip District, this shop offers coffee roasted on site in small batches, bulk-sized bags of coffee and plenty of international coffee and tea blends. 2005 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Visit Allegheny Coffee and Tea Exchange here.
7. Soergel’s Orchards
Soergel’s of course has pumpkins and Christmas trees, but their country store is lots of cozy fun. There’s produce, baked goods, gift baskets, home decor and more. 2573 Brandt School Rd., 724-935-1743, Visit Soergel’s here.
8. Dobrá Tea
This authentic style Bohemian Tea House is just the place to relax and unwind. The “super cozy” interior, the incredible selection of green teas and their menu of light fare with wonderful melted sandwiches and desserts will be sure to keep you warm in the colder season here in Pittsburgh. Dobra Tea is in Squirrel Hill. More information here.
9. The Lemont
The gorgeous views from Mt. Washington alone make for the perfect cozy date night. Enjoy a fancy dinner out and watch the snow fall on Pittsburgh while you dine on steak, delicious cocktails and a decadent coconut cake 1114 Grandview Ave., 412-431-3100, Visit The Lemont here.
All of these places are great to spend a warm evening with friends and offer something special. Interested in finding more? Check out our Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh.