1117 E. Carson St., South Side
412-431-3644 or www.jacksbarpittsburgh.com
Aglow in neon at the end of the East Carson bar strip, Jack's keeps a low profile and a smoke-filled interior. Its barely-there website crows that the bar is "a party on a budget 365 days a year." With bottom-floor drinks prices and tons of local color, this is a hideaway from the frattier parts of the South Side.
2nd: Gooski's, Polish Hill
3rd: Dee's Cafe, Southside