Bars in Altoona

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The name, Spaghetti and Steakhouse, perfectly encapsulates the restaurant's menu, which offers a wide range of Italian-style pastas, grilled salmon, and hand-cut sirloin steaks. Just as the name speaks to the food offerings, the decor speaks to the restaurant's pledge to be a family establishment, where groups can sit down at a booth or table, have a hot meal, and discuss the day's events. Upstairs is another world known as The Hot Rod Lounge. The space looks as though it was carved into the trunk of an enormous tree, with exposed rafters, hardwood tables, and bartenders carved from solid oak. Here, clients can drink a brew and shoot pool while listening to the night's DJ.

6371 William Penn Hwy
Delmont,
PA
US

Zottola’s Pub & Eatery specializes in evening entrees, serving up a dinner menu stocked with European-inspired dishes and delicious desserts. Coronate a feast with friends using an order of PEI mussels ($11) before savoring a tongue-tingling house favorite, such as three-cheese or beef ravioli, served slathered in a special tomato-herb sauce that sets the bar of aspiration for newborn tomatoes ($13), or wrestle the broiled wild haddock away from a shark and savor the delicate flavor of sweet, sea-caught victory ($16). Each dinner entree comes with a house salad and chef's side of the day. For lighter eating, try a pub sandwich, such as the asiago chicken, which combines chicken, bread, cheese, and awesome for a handheld feast ($8.25), or an old-time pub burger—a half-pound patty of hand-formed ground beef cooked to order and dropped straight onto your appetite ($8.50).

5068 Bakerstown Culmerville Rd
Tarentum,
PA
US

At Pittsburgh Improv, comics lure laughs from bellies in the hopes of following in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The calendar schedules comedians as often as six nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-comers who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers. Audience members munch on their choice of a savory appetizer, such as spinach-and-artichoke dip or buffalo wings, while sipping a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.

166 East Bridge Street
Homestead,
PA
US

Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar quells burning appetites for elegant flavors and family-style eating with an expansive dinner menu of shareables. Anchor incisors into The Meatball, a 12-ounce specialty studded with provolone cheese and three saucy dipping pools ($9.50), or prepare taste buds for scrumptious entrees with a variety of leafy delights, including the tuscan tossed salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese, and dried figs ($8.50+). Grain-grinding molars can chomp on mascarpone lasagna bolognese, built like an earthquake-ready skyscraper with secure layers of mozzarella, ricotta, and provolone cheeses ($13.50+). While soothing tongues with hugs of sophisticated flavors, enjoy live piano performances, including new-artist spotlights, open-mic nights, and group sing-along sessions of classic Beethoven sonatas.

204 Locust Street
Harrisburg,
PA
US

The award-winning Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar boasts more than 80 flat-screen televisions, ensuring visitors have the best seat in the house, regardless if they?re sitting at the centrally located bar or in the surrounding sports-themed dining rooms. As they root for their favorite NFL running back or reel in horror as a streaker wrecks another perfectly good lacrosse match, diners can feast on an enormous selection of pub classics, such as jumbo-fried Angus hot dogs, house-made mac and cheese mixed with sirloin burger, or wings tossed in one of more than 40 award-winning sauces.

To help wash down bites, bartenders can crack open more than 50 bottled beers and pour from 28 drafts, each kept at 29 degrees using their Blizzard Beer System. Barkeeps can also craft margaritas with a house-made sour mix or pour shots of Arooga's own Sagoora Premium Vodka, made in partnership with Philadelphia Distilleries.

Along with keeping thirsts quenched, Agoora's proprietors work to keep the environment in good shape by recycling grease and taking other eco-friendly measures, earning themselves a nice big green certification.

4301 Linglestown Rd
Harrisburg,
PA
US

The Irishness of Ceoltas Irish Pub is unmistakable. From the thick accent of owner and Ireland-native Des Conboy to the woodwork designed and built by Irish craftsmen, the pub is proudly steeped in its cultural inspiration. In addition to creating an authentic Irish environment, Ceoltas serves Irish pub staples such as shepherds pie, fish 'n' chips, and pints of Guinness.

The pub complements its old-fashioned look with live music that blares across two stage areas and events on the third-floor open-air bar. Here, chest-high plants surround about a dozen tables. The tables are barrels, though, topped with what resemble the ends of large cable spools. A glossy wood plank caps the cobblestone bar, and speakers line the walls just below the open air above, sending modern hip-hop tunes retro-translated to ancient Celtic over crowds of revelers.

310 N 2nd St
Harrisburg,
PA
US