Over Eden: Where do I even begin... I'M IN LOVE. True, adoring love.
When it comes to cute, trendy hangouts, Pittsburgh's list is kind of short. But this new restaurant and rooftop garden bar at Tryp Lawrenceville is a game-changer. The views are beautiful, the space is gorgeous, the cocktails were right up my alley, and the mediterranean-style food was delicious.
If you're already thinking about making a visit to Over Eden, here's the scoop: To get to the bar, you'll want to head in through the entry at the front of the hotel. (Right off of 40th street across from Rite Aid) You'll run right into a small, modern, and plant-laden entryway. From there, you'll walk down the stairs and past the hotel's new coffee bar and pizza restaurant, Brick Shop, and head toward the elevators. Cruise up to the fifth floor and you'll be greeted with bright, open windows and a super-friendly staff.
On weekends, it's pretty likely the restaurant and bar area will be pretty busy. On a weekend when the weather is nice, you can definitely expect a wait for a seat outside. Trust me when I say it is worth it! Those views >>> On a week night, you can expect a little bit less of a crowd and a little more space to yourself. I went on a Thursday evening and it was perfect!
My order recommendations:
Cocktail 1: "Chiffon" - rum | fresh pineapple | rosemary | pink peppercorn | orange bitters
Cocktail 2 : "Lost Time" - vodka | fresh cantaloupe | fresh lemon | thyme simple syrup
Snacks: An order of hummus topped with falafel (You're going to want to order an extra piece of pita!)
I'll definitely be back to work my way around the menu!
Lorelei is a true East Liberty gem. From the European-inspired beer to the natural light and greenery, everything about this newly opened cocktail bar/beer hall is just stunning!
When you walk through the front doors, you’ll first find yourself in the cocktail & wine bar. If you’re in the mood to sip on a fancy mixed drink, grab a table or take a seat at the bar. Lorelei’s signature drinks are truly unique and unlike anything you’ve experienced in Pittsburgh. I would definitely recommend the Friesling. (AKA frozen riesling) It’s a fun twist on Frozé and it’s light, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. If you’re really feeling adventurous, give the Bear’s Knees a go. Yes, egg white in a drink sounds super weird, but it’s oddly good!
If you’re more in the mood to sip on a beer, head back through the hallway, past the kitchen, and into the beer hall. Here you’ll find a beautiful open space with communal tables, a colorful mural, and of course a large bar with 14 different drafts. If you’re looking for something a little different, they also have a draft gin & tonic as well as a couple of cider options. Tip: Ask about Kolsch service at the bar! (It’s a pretty neat concept.)
To round out the experience, Lorelei also offers some light bites like breads + spreads, pies + tarts, salads, and desserts. In my opinion, you really can’t leave Lorelei without tasting the Pretzel. And if you’re craving something sweet, the Malted Chocolate Mousse is heaven in a cup. Treat yo’ self!
Lorelei is great for just a few people or a bigger group. There’s tons of seating. Luckily, Lorelei is also right next to some other really great restaurants if you’re looking to stop in for pre or post-dinner drinks.