When it comes to trendy hangouts, Pittsburgh's list is pretty short. But this new restaurant and rooftop garden bar at Tryp Lawrenceville is giving us millennials a place to call "home". The views are beautiful, the space is gorgeous, the cocktails were well-made, and the mediterranean-style food was light and delicious.
To get to the bar, you'll want to head through the lobby at the front entrance of the hotel. (Right off of 40th street across from Rite Aid) You'll step 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. Take a ride up to the fifth floor and you'll be greeted with light from large garage-style doors. Welcome to Over Eden.
On weekends, you can expect a crowd. When the sun is out, you can definitely expect to wait for a seat on the rooftop patio. In my opinion, the views of downtown make the wait worthwhile.
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.)
From the European-inspired beer to the natural light and greenery, everything about Lorelei in East Liberty is 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 cocktail, grab a table or take a seat at the bar. Lorelei’s signature drinks are truly unique to the Pittsburgh bar scene. I recommend trying the Friesling. It’s a fun twist on Frozé and it’s light, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. If you’re really feeling adventurous, I also recommend the Bear’s Knees.
If beer is your move, 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 offering 14 different drafts. A draft gin & tonic as well as a couple of cider options are also available on tap. If you choose to sit at the bar, ask about "Kolsch service". It's an interesting story.
To round out the experience, Lorelei also offers some light bites like breads + spreads, pies + tarts, salads, and desserts. If nothing else, you really can’t leave Lorelei without a taste of the Pretzel. The Malted Chocolate Mousse is also heaven in a cup.