Lurking beyond this graffiti-laden door is Gooski’s, one of Pittsburgh’s finest dive bars and a longtime staple of punk rockers in search of cheap live music, pierogis, and craft beer. Stop by in the late afternoon if you don’t want to pay a cover charge for whatever guitar army is throttling the back room that night. And don’t miss Alfred’s Deli, just up the street in the mostly residential neighborhood of Polish Hill. The old-school grocer sells fat coils of kielbasa and incredible frozen pierogis, handmade by a bunch of local church ladies and sold by the Ziploc. The Buffalo chicken variety is indeed “fire,” as the shop clerk who recommended it said.
3117 Brereton St., Pittsburgh, PA; 412-681-1658.