Sometimes when you go out to drink you really just want to have a nice glass of wine. Short of visiting a nice restaurant, bars with extensive wine menus in Pittsburgh are few and far between, meaning you often have to settle with limited menus and a glass of wine that is less than stellar.
Luckily, many new wine bars are opening in the city to help solve this problem, and if good wine is what you are craving, at Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville you can get just that.
A Cozy Wine Bar in Lawrenceville
The thing that we love about Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville is that it is simple. With the (sometimes) abstract paintings on the wall and Incredible Hulk hands found in various corners of the bar, this small space is setup for intimate conversations, mingling with others, and drinking copious amounts of wine- of course.
On our recent Saturday visit we were able to sneak in at approximately 6:30 and grab one of the last free tables- a cozy loveseat aptly named the “window seat” thanks to its prime location at the window box in the front of the store. From there the bar only became more crowded, and our evening of wine tastings began.
Unique Features at This Wine Bar
It would be easy for Allegheny Wine Mixer to operate as simply a stylish wine bar in Pittsburgh's trendiest neighborhood and achieve success. But this particular bar goes above and beyond what you would traditionally expect and has some unique features including mix-and-match wine specials by country, craft cocktails, and even wine cocktails for those looking for something a bit different.
This wine bar truly has something for everyone.
The wine cocktails at Allegheny Wine Mixer are perhaps the most unique of the bunch as they play on traditional craft cocktails with an infusion of a perfectly selected wine. As a self-described cocktail addict, you can imagine that I had no other options for my first drink. My choice was The Prudential Building, which was made with Calvados, maple syrup, absinthe, and peated scotch mixed with a Riesling. The combination sounds odd, but the final product was a sweet yet incredibly light combination with the wine flavor being a nice complement to the otherwise normally strong spirits.
Now, I would have gone on to order more cocktails during this visit, however, the $9 price point and rather small cocktail size gave me reason to pause. Considering this was a wine bar, and generous wine pours also average about $9, I switched over to wine for my second drink. For this round I decided to try an Italian wine I had never heard of before, Lacrima di Morro, and my first sip reassured me that I made the right decision.
Angie, on the other hand, went for a second unique feature of Allegheny Wine Mixer- their mix-and-match wine specials. In this feature you can get two half-pours from a specially selected country for $8. The special for winter was Portugal, and considering we had never tried wines from Portugal at all we thought this would be a good opportunity to expand our horizons. Although we will say there are reasons for why we've never tried wine from Portugal before, this tasting further confirming it, we have to admit that the special is quite nice to help you get out of your comfort zone and try something new- good or bad.
Overall, Allegheny Wine Mixer is a great addition to Lawrenceville and, judging by the crowd during our visit, will be around for many years to come!
Now if we could just get one of these in every neighborhood.
Allegheny Wine Mixer is located at 5326 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.
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