Autumn brings cool air, falling leaves and this changeable weather makes a perfect time for restaurants and bars to morph into their seasonal menus. So, dust off your cutest sweater, head to some of these local hangouts, and grab some fall cocktails to spice up the season.
Wigle Whiskey, an award-winning distillery, has launched its signature autumn bourbon “powered by the moon”. Wigle’s Werewolf Bourbon is a limited edition bottle that has matured in oak barrels for two years and has notes of peach, toffee and caramelized sugar to round out this straight bourbon. Not only can you go straight to their distillery for a drink and snack, but you can also purchase a bottle from the shop front in Ross Park Mall.
This innovative cocktail bar has a Halloween drink with the aptly named “Trick or Treat” on the menu this season. This drink is a pure drop in a glass; with vodka, pumpkin, cinnamon and a decadent drizzle of caramel. Not only do they have creative cocktails, but their menu is just as enjoyable.
Island-inspired, but do it for Halloween. This tiki bar on Squirrel Hill mixes island-inspired drinks, but with an extra twist this time of year. Hidden Harbor offers unique and tasty libations that feel like a getaway in a glass, and invents new brews to entice guests to keep coming back. This season they added a skull and crossbones mug to the mix, which will be a major feature at their upcoming “hula ween” party in late October.
The award-winning, locally made cider and mead, Arsenal Cider House is the epitome of seasonal beverages. Grant’s Flying Pumpkin would satisfy any pumpkin-flavored latte lover, and their mead and fruit wines are also suitable for fall. Your location in Wexford is right on Sörgel’s farm, making it the perfect place to grab a drink and take part in one of the many autumn activities the orchard has to offer.
Jekyl & Hyde
If you want to celebrate spooky seasons all year round, you’ve come to the right place. Jekyl & Hyde is a South Side bar that has haunted house decor 365 days a year. Their shots list is all Halloween inspired, so it’s the perfect place to have a drink and get scared.
This downtown pop-up bar serves spooky cocktails and is haunted. Spencer Warren at the Warren Neighborhood Bar is no stranger to mixing delicious drinks. He and his team have brought us fun and quirky temporary bars before. This horror-themed post-Halloween hideaway will soon transform into the Miracle Bar, a seasonal winter spot.
About an hour out of town in Brownsville, this tavern visit is the perfect spot for a witch weekend. The Blackhorse is a full historical experience with a mix of mystery and intrigue along with your food and drink. The house is open to the public after almost a century, so you can find tickets for a dining experience or a Halloween ghost tour. A super dark mix of storytelling and a sensational bespoke menu.
“Nice orange flip” @ Acacia
Acacia is a speakeasy-style ban bar and conjures up alcoholic beverages all year round. Although it looks like an enclosed, boarded up bar from the street, it’s what they tinker inside that takes you through the doors. For the fall season, they have launched some new features, including the Handsome Orange Flip, a gin-based drink with autumn notes. Their inventive cocktails are some of the best in town.
A “Euro-style” food market, there is something for everyone with several food vendors and shops in one place. This fall, it hosts events like S’mores and Pours, Harvest Markets, and Cider Tastings, which are the ultimate food and drink destination in October and November. Choose from pumpkin pie martinis, cider mimosa or campfire cocktails to get in the seasonal mood.
A flight of hard cider @ Threadbare
Hard ciders were practically made for this time of year. Crunchy and bubbly, Threadbare is perfecting these sweet fermented drinks and has just launched a new four-pack option which is apple cider in one serving. Create your own flight so you can mix and match each of their fantastic flavors and stick around for one of the kitchen’s delicious dishes.
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