Mixtape (Bar and Lounge) - Pittsburgh Small Business

Small Business Saturday is next weekend. To honor this Holiday, I am featuring one of my favorite small businesses in Pittsburgh every day leading up to the event. I encourage you to share your favorite local business in the comments! #ShopSmall

Day 5 - Friday, November 17th

Mixtape (Caffeine and Cocktails Lounge)

4907 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

This post is taken from a blog post I wrote in February called "16 Reasons Why Mixtape is the Best Bar in Pittsburgh"

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 a 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 behind this post:  Grant and I were tipsy, impassioned by our love of Mixtape, and started writing the follow list on my phone..... while still in the bar. It took us under 2 mins to come up with everyone below. 

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1. HAPPY HOUR IS UNTIL 9 PM

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

2. VERY NICE BARTENDERS

They are seriously so friendly. 

3. MENU

Some of the best cocktails in the city, great beer selection, tasty snacks. 

4. YOU CAN BRING IN OUTSIDE FOOD

They know their food menu is limited, so you're welcome to 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 board game selection that rivals Toys-r-Us (including giant jenga and connect 4). 

8. MUSIC

Its really good.. think 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  

Need I say more?

12. AMBIANCE  

The best vibe.  There are people doing work on their laptops next to people getting slowly drunk on double IPAs (that's 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

Ask questions to the mystics while waiting for you drink. 

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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Alright, now that I have raved about the place, you are welcome to join me as long as you don't tell all of your friends, and don't spoil any of the above...

Alright, now that I have raved about the place, you are welcome to join me as long as you don't tell all of your friends, and don't spoil any of the above...

If you visit, please leave a comment below about your experience, or tag me in your pictures in Instagram

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