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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Hemingway’s Café vs. Le Mardi Gras

Racing Greyhounds


Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles. If you want to be a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com.

The Drink: Greyhound

Hemingway’s Café

3911 Forbes Ave., Oakland

Drink: 3911 Greyhound

Ingredients: Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum, Smirnoff Sourced Grapefruit Vodka, sours, Sierra Mist, candy-necklace garnish

Our take: If you want a good representation of flavored vodka, this would be it. The drink is like a fun, candy-flavored soda that, at 20 ounces, you could share with your friends. It’s got college charm, while still tasting good and being dangerously drinkable. Since it’s on the sweeter side, maybe save the candy necklace for later and enjoy a bubbly, sour swig. 


Le Mardi Gras

731 Copeland St., Shadyside
Drink: Greyhound

Ingredients: Tito’s Handmade vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

Our take: Le Mardi Gras is known for making a strong drink and its classic, barebones Greyhound is no exception. Because the bar uses fresh grapefruit juice (made in front of you, using one of the giant metal juicers bolted to the bar), the drink is unsweetened and full of pure, citrus tang. Using quality vodka like Tito’s makes the drink so well balanced that the acidity and the heat of the alcohol are barely noticeable.

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