About The Park House
Located in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side, The Park House is owned and operated by Zamir Zahavi, aka the”Falafel Master.” The Park House is the oldest bar in Pittsburgh and is known for being the friendliest bar on the North Side! Here you can find live music with no cover charge, an interesting variety of craft beer and beer on draft, as well as freshly made, eclectic food options. There is also a long standing tradition of free, self serve -popcorn and peanuts where you can toss the shells on the old wooden floors. (However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we no longer have the popcorn and peanuts.)
The Park House is well known for Bluegrass Jam every Wednesday night where you can kick back to just listen or join in the jam! There is always a variety of weekly options from trivia, karaoke, vinyl record night, watching sports with friends, listening to live music on the weekends, or just hanging ot with friends and discovering your new favorite beer. The Park House truly is your neighborhood bar!
When to Visit
The Park House is close enough to PNC Park to make for an easy walk before or after a Pirates game but is far enough away that parking is easier to find and cheaper.
With the Park House just about a block away from the New Hazlett Theater and just across the river from the theaters in the Cultural District it’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or an after-show drink.
The Park House is a frequent destination for out-of-town guests who enjoy great craft and draft beer, love bluegrass music or are looking for interesting food options with a Dutch or Israeli influence.
Find the Park House
With I-279, I-579, and Route 28 only a few blocks away The Park House is easy to find from anywhere. Located at 403 East Ohio Street The Park House is just near the corner of Cedar Ave. and East Ohio Street across from Allegheny Commons Park in Pittsburgh’s historic Deutschtown neighborhood across the Allegheny River from Downtown Pittsburgh and the historic Strip District.
The Park House History
Built between 1892 and 1898 The Park House was constructed by and for Allegheny County Jail Deputy Warden James Marshall in the Richardson Romanesque style. Marshall and his family lived upstairs and rented the first floor to a number of different tenants including at least one saloon.
During prohibition The Park House was home to a bakery and a candy store but as prohibition ended two local residents opened what was one of, if not, the first taverns to be licenced to sell alcohol in Pittsburgh.
The Park House was a shot and a beer neighborhood bar for much of its time until Zamir Zahavi took over operations and turned it into an amazing spot for food, drinks, and entertainment.
About Zamir Zahavi
Zamir “Falafel Master” Zahavi was born in Israel and has both Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. His mother was raised in the Caribbean and his father was Argentinian and so Zamir was raised on Curacao where his grandfather had worked for Royal Dutch Shell in the 1920s building their oil refinery.
Zamir’s mother and grandmother ran the only kosher deli in the Caribbean. They also sold beer and like Zamir they genuinely got to know their customers.
At the age of 19 Zamir moved to Pittsburgh where he earned a chemistry degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After settling briefly in Laredo, TX Zamir returned to Pittsburgh.
Back in Pittsburgh he owned Buff’s in Garfield (now the site of the Glass Lofts) for 15 years before relaunching The Park House as the city’s premiere bluegrass bar and one of the city’s first bars to focus so intensely on cultivating a solid craft beer selection.
Visit The Park House
Visit The Park House today for the best bar food on Pittsburgh’s Northside, an incredible selection of beers, coloring night, and free high-quality entertainment.
If you’re bringing parties larger than 4 people please be patient. All items are made to order by hand by the Falafel Master.
Check out the food menu here.
See what events are happening this week here.
Look at what’s on tap here.
Come color on Tuesdays and listen to amazing bluegrass music on Wednesdays – always free, just like the popcorn and peanuts.
What are you waiting for?
Get down here right now!