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!
Everything just seems to be better on a rooftop. Yoga, drinking, swimming, you name it. Unfortunately Pittsburgh is really lacking in rooftop options, but there is one spot to get your fill of fresh air and views. Enter: Biergarten.
Biergarten is a small, slightly boujee, rooftop beer garden on top of Downtown’s Kimpton Hotel Monaco. The vibe is casual, the drinks are swanky, and the set-up is ideal for a small group of friends. While I’m sure the whole crew would be in a for a rooftop drink, Biergarten isn’t really ideal for large groups. The space is cozy with a few communal tables, smaller private tables, string lights, a walk-up bar window, and games like life-size Jenga, chess, Scrabble, and a giant Connect Four.
When it comes to drinks, you can go for a European style beer, ball out with a Frozé, or (a personal favorite) sip on the “There Is No Mike”. This frozen cocktail is sweet, refreshing, and totally instagrammable. If you’re trying to feel fancy, the cocktail garnishes at Biergarten are always a 10/10. And it wouldn’t be a Burghologie post if I didn’t mention the snack situation, Biergarten offers a limited bar menu with German influenced bites like the Bavarian Pretzel, Bratwurst, a Pickle & Cheese Plate, and a handful more. I haven’t personally tried the food here, but the Bavarian Pretzel looked incredible. I’m all about a good soft pretzel.
Just a heads up, those rooftop views, craft cocktails, and European vibes are gonna come with a price tag. Be prepared to pay a little extra for the drinks here. Your wallet may take a hit, but the experience is 100% worth it. Before you head Downtown be sure to check out Biergarten’s hours. They’re somewhat limited. To make it up to Biergarten head to the lobby of the Monaco and take the elevator up to the 9th floor. Make a turn out of the elevator, and you’ll be greeted with a view!