A few weeks ago, I found an invite in my inbox to a happy hour event at Andys at the Fairmont. Every once in awhile someone actually reads my blog and thinks it is worthwhile to invite my to foodie-type P-burgh events. Crazy.
Anyways, Andys is the bar/lounge in the Fairmont hotel, downtown. The Fairmont is fairly new, having opened about a year ago. I had only passed the hotel on foot a few times since its opening, gazing longingly at the sleek fireplace that stretches the length of the lobby.
I was invited to Andys to taste some of the Fairmont signature cocktails. The Fairmont is rolling out an international program that includes standardizing the recipes for some of their most classic concoctions.
Interestingly, Andys is named after Pittsburgh’s famous ‘Andys’ – that being Warhol, Carnegie, and Mellon (didn’t know there was an Andrew Mellon). Seems the Pittsburgh Fairmont has quite a local bent throughout the hotel – local art and artifacts throughout the space. A nice touch.
The drinks and snacks I had were tasty, the bartenders knowledgeable. I have always had a thing for hotel bars – they make you feel like a visitor in your own city or perhaps just generally in a vacation-like mood. Andys could be a nice stop for a drink before a show or other event downtown. A cocktail is going to run you $12 or so but that is pretty standard for a hotel.
And while I was there, I got to peek into Habitat..
Again, the Habitat space felt like an escape from the ‘burgh and I probably need to get there soon.
Not a bad way to spend a rainy Pittsburgh evening.