20 Market Sq Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (412) 566-7925
At 144 years old, the Original Oyster House is Pittsburgh's oldest bar and restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown Market Square, near the courts and just across the river from the new stadiums, the unique tavern has been designated a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. As a teenager the present owner, Louis J. Grippo, was kicked out of the Oyster House and vowed to return and buy the establishment. Many years later, the vow came true and Grippo purchased the Oyster House in 1970. He is only the fifth proprietor of the tavern which has attracted politicians, judges, attorneys, sports figures, entertainers, newsmen and hundreds of thousands of others as customers. Since purchasing the Oyster House, Grippo has completely refurbished the exterior and interior, retaining and enhancing the best features of the bar's illustrious past.