When it comes to charming neighborhood bars and eateries, there are few more beloved in Pittsburgh’s East End than William Penn Tavern. Nestled along Bellefonte Street, just a block removed from Shadyside’s bustling Walnut Street, William Penn has been serving up draft beers and delicious bar bites since the early 2000s. Beyond the drinks and snacks, the William Penn Tavern has also demonstrated its commitment to the city’s resiliency through its Silver designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program, which was achieved in 2016.
William Penn Tavern has a wide variety of bar bites, salads, and daily food specials, but it is best known for its wings. As the pioneers of the original “Kitchen Sink” wing sauce, the tavern has previously been named Best Wings in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh City Paper. A variety of rotating daily food and drink specials promise that this neighborhood haunt has something for everyone.
The most distinctive feature of the William Penn Tavern is the thousands of bobble heads that survey the restaurant on shelving high above the bar and dining surfaces. Familiar faces on the bobble heads include past and present local sports heroes and other notable figures from the Pittsburgh region and beyond. While it is thought of by many as a sports bar serving the students of the nearby universities, the 12 flat screen TVs, the heated outdoor smoking bar, and a kitchen open daily until midnight, the William Penn Tavern is a great spot for anyone to catch a game, eat, drink and hang out with friends.
William Penn Tavern emphasizes practices that support vibrant communities and a healthy environment like sourcing a number of its food products locally, purchasing foods from the Shadyside farmers market, making their own sauces, and rotating menu items seasonally. Tavern staff also pride themselves in partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania and the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about their sustainability efforts, you can view their profile and read their complete sustainability designation report.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to stop by the William Penn Tavern at 739 Bellefonte Street in Shadyside. They are open daily until 2am, open Monday through Saturday they open at 11am and Sundays at noon.