Best Customer Service and Lounge Food
I just moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago, and so far this has to be the best thing this old steel town has going for it in the nightlife department. It's across the street from my house, so it didn't take long for me to stumble upon it's large wooden doors and inviting atmosphere. Perhaps I lucked out on the night I was there, but the owner navigated me through their drink menu, and I was shocked to see they were using products like acai juice, orange blossom water, and marmelades in their drinks rather than what I found on my first night in the "burgh" puckers and light beer. The crowd was pleasantly mixed at the Firehouse, and they have just expanded their menu to include plates suitable for sharing. I tried a pizzette and frittes , as a quick notes the frittes are perhaps the best I've had in a really long time, and then finished with a bananas foster wonton which was a huge surprise. The traditional country club dessert was dressed up as classic Chinese street food and served with a trio of mouth watering sauces, my favorite was the cassis-strawberry sauce. I was told they are opening a dessert lounge soon!
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Now on to the cocktails. I'm actually a beer girl so it takes a lot of convincing to not explore what is on the taps, but per the owner's suggestion I started with a sidecar and ended with a drink called a "label who*e" how could I resist such a name? Both were made with the freshest ingredients and I was told they actually make all of their own sours from scratch. Perhaps that's why I never resorted back to a Lagunitas, but either way the drinks were so good and they were not overly sweet which is a big plus in my book.
I know the Firehouse has a great reputation for it's nightlife and after 10 crowd, but it really surprises me that it doesn't attract more city dwellers for light bites and happy hour. Then again, does anyone actually go out during the week in Pittsburgh who is over 25?