Eclipse Lounge’s exposed brick walls and candle-laden black tables create a warm ambience, luring late-nighters into relaxing and sampling the diverse menu of appetizers, wines, beers, and specialty cocktails. Settle into a zebra-striped chair to sample the hummus and pita ($10) or the assorted cheese-and-fruit plate ($12), while confiding in friends about the travails of the workweek and suspicions about the true intentions of robotic vacuum cleaners. Get a french kiss containing raspberry vodka, pineapple juice, and drop of Chambord ($8), or tingle tongues with a round of champagne martinis ($9). Oenophiles can select wine by the bottle or glass, and beer lovers can choose from domestic or imported varieties.
Winner of City Paper's reader poll for 2009 Best New Bar/Club, Over the Bar Bicycle Café attracts bicycle buffs with its décor concocted from recycled bikes and a menu that revives fatigued bikers after a pedal-tastic day. Quell rebellious stomachs with an appetizer such as the Spoke Junkie, made from baked zucchini spooled up inside three cheeses ($6.99), or the Heritage Trail hummus ($6.99), which is supplied by Salim's in Oakland. For those who recently burned enough calories to silence Richard Simmons, fill empty stomach space with the Dirt Rag Delight burger, featuring a burger smothered in peanut butter ($7.99). Taste buds looking for a spicy challenge will find a worthy duel in the Rail Trail wrap ($7.99), as tangy buffalo chicken is enveloped in pita bread and sprinkled with blue-cheese or ranch dressing. On the other hand, cyclists who had a tough day dealing with the low acceleration of their off-road penny-farthing can loosen up over an icy-cold brew.
Named after retired Chicago police officer Jim Mullen, who was seriously injured in the line of duty, Mullen's Bar & Grill first opened its doors in the Windy City before branching out to Pittsburgh. Classic bar fare such as boneless wings, nachos, and burgers shares menu space with deep-fried philly cheesesteak sandwiches and SpaghettiO's straight from the can. An entire squad of flat-screen televisions hangs from exposed rafters so eaters can easily view broadcasted sports without craning their necks or duct taping rear view mirrors to their wrists. Mullen's Bar & Grill has two locations, one stationed near the cheering crowds at PNC Park and the other in the midst of the nightlife scene on Carson Street.
Carson City Saloon dishes up plates full of Americana and glasses full of sharable libations within a three-story, four-bar entree emporium. Housed in the building of a late 19th-century bank, the saloon now trades in edible equities, such as the real estate of the reuben, where the dressings of a thousand-islands spread over mountains of corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($8.99). Sink incisors into a house specialty, including the Titan Toothpicks, an entourage of tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken and cheese, deep fried to a golden brown, and served with a dollop of sour cream and barbecue sauce ($8.59). Satisfying every level of the male homo sapiens's food pyramid—made up of protein, protein, and spicy stuff—the Bada-Bing burger amasses a conglomeration of provolone, salami, capicola, fried egg, banana peppers, and italian dressing ($8.99).
Blue Line Grille accomplishes a rare feat by combining the electric atmosphere of a lively sports bar with a sleek layout and upscale cuisine. Diners can catch a Penguins game while they nosh on specialty pizzas, mahi-mahi, and filet mignon, or simply stick their head out the window to hear the roar of the crowd from the adjacent CONSOL Center. High-backed wooden booths and a lengthy bar framed by TVs offer plenty of comfortable seating, as does Blue Line Grill's Sin Bin—a VIP penalty box that seats up to 20.