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PGH Reads: Pittsburgh Drinks at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse

Main (Oakland)

Pittsburgh’s drinking culture is a story of its people: vibrant, hardworking, and innovative. During Prohibition, the Hill District became a center of jazz, speakeasies and creative cocktails. In the following decades, a group of Cuban bartenders brought the nightlife of Havana to a robust cafe culture along Diamond Street. Disco clubs gripped the city in the 1970s, and a music-centered nightlife began to grow in Oakland with such clubs as the Electric Banana. Today, pioneering mixologists are forging a new and exciting bar revival in the South Side and throughout the city. Pull up a stool and join Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright as they trace the history of Steel City drinking, along with a host of delicious cocktail recipes. This event is free and open to adults over 21 years of age.

Cody McDevitt is an award-winning journalist who works full time for the Somerset Daily American. His work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Table Magazine and Pittsburgh Quarterly. He was published in Belt Magazine‘s Pittsburgh Anthology for an expose on the casinos. He is also the founder of the Rosedale Oral History Project, and the author of a forthcoming book related to that.



Sean Enright is one of the founding fathers of the craft cocktail movement in Pittsburgh. He has managed many of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious restaurants and helped found the Pittsburgh Chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild. Sean has also been active in the Pittsburgh art community, where he produced a literary art magazine  called yawp.



Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse


Pennsylvania Department

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