Food & Libations,  Lounges

St. Clair Social: Food and Cocktails for the Fun Night Out.

Last week there was some hustle and bustle when St. Clair Social opened in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh around a new bar opening when most Pittsburgh is still closed. After a few minutes in the door, I saw that it didn’t matter, and with the right drinks and food St. Clair Social will open just fine.

St. Clair Social

The Mindful Duo Open St. Clair Social

The dynamic entrepreneur group of Cat Cannon and Cecil Usher of Mindful Hospitality Group is doing it again with a fantastic cocktail menu and atmosphere that is inviting and fun. I snagged a few to go:

The Blue Hawaiian comes as a slushie and is a combination of five different rums, with coconut, pineapple, lime, Demerara, and blue caraço. Refreshing and packs in a punch with the five different rums.

The Negroni at St. Clair Social also comes in slushie form with the standard sweet vermouth, Campari, orange and gin. The Negroni is a great twist on a classic cocktail that is a favorite for any bar connoisseur. 

The Espresso Martini made with cold brew coffee, burnt sugar, Maggie’s farm coffee, and vodka. The Espresso Martini will be one of the few cocktails served on tap; however, it is on the Nitro Tap.

The House Made Old Fashioned is a staple in the Pittsburgh cocktail scene, and the St. Clair Social edition includes a cocktail syrup as the “special ingredient.” The Cocktail Syrup, coupled with Angostura and orange bitters and BIB Bourbon, makes this OldFashioned stand out from other lounges.

The beer list of St. Clair Social includes great neighborhood beers like Corona and Bells Two Hearted, but adds excellent craft options like Crash Course by Cinderlands, and Embrace the Martian by Eleventh Hour Brewing always rotating in local craft beer. 

Starting this week is also To-Go food options, which will be available for dining in the future. Some menu highlights include a Barria Taco: Two-day stewed pork, Chihuahua cheese, diced onion, cilantro, a dipped corn tortilla with fire-roasted tomato salsa. St. Clair Social’s menu also contains a Pizza Burger with an 8oz grilled patty, a Detroit pizza style bun, san Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, and provolone. 

The Food of St. Clair Social

A short time after I wrote this piece, food was added to the menu. The food is defiantly the neighborhood bar food like tacos and wings, but taste that level-up any pub food. I decided to indulge in a few of the apps, making it like a buffet of dishes, but I will be back for a main dish. I ordered: Peach BBQ Wings, Pretzel Stix, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, “PB” & J (Pork Belly & Jam) and Churro Bites for dessert.

Be Social at St. Clair Social

For the time being, Cocktails, beer, and food (Starting August 13th) is to-go only and soon curbside pickup and delivery through UberEats, DoorDash, and ChowNow. For more information and a full menu visit, https://www.stclairsocialpgh.com and follow on Instagram and Facebook, and Twitter. 

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