Skybar gives patrons a top-notch views of South Side
A new South Side club is giving Pittsburghers a hot spot to sip drinks, take dips and catch rays high above Carson Street.
Skybar, the AMPD Group's seventh local project, is set atop its popular club Diesel. It's a members-only club by day, club by night that offers sweeping views of the city's skyline. The space was inspired by similar spots in more high-profile party cities like Miami and Las Vegas, says Adam DeSimone, who runs AMPD with brother, Mike, and dad, Pat.
It opened in June, and has been getting plenty of buzz since.
“People are shocked this is in Pittsburgh,” says DeSimone. “It's something we're very happy to bring to town.”
There's room at the club for 100 memberships at $300 a year. Members can bring guests, and a visit to the club at night gets them access to Diesel as well. Anyone interested can apply online.
The rooftop pool area features lounging areas with bright-blue cushioned seating with retractable white canopies overhead and black latticework separating each space, allowing small groups to gather in intimate clusters or clubgoers to interact with everyone around them.
Across the roof stretches a long, blue agate bar, where four frozen-drink machines churn up rum runners, piña coladas, daquiris and margaritas. The bar also serves mixed drinks, all made with call liquor. No well varieties here. Hungry guests can have food delivered from Local Bar + Kitchen, another AMPD property, down the block.
The space centers on the blue crystal-mosaic pool. It's 32 inches deep, heated and has benches throughout as well as ledges for folks to place their drinks. A glance one way reveals the tops of Downtown's highest buildings reaching skyward. On the other side, the South Side Slopes stretch out, the unique architecture of nearby churches and other buildings coating the scene.
“It's got a chill, lounge vibe,” DeSimone says. “It's energizing up here.”
At night, the vibe gets a little more high-energy, when a transparent cover is draped over the pool, allowing guests to actually “walk” on water. Fire pits blaze and LED lights glow from the pool and surrounding walls.
DeSimone likes to call Skybar a “social venue,” rather than labeling it just a “pool” or a “bar.”
“There's not really a place that has all the characteristics of this place,” he says.
Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Nearing season’s midpoint, Steelers still have issues to sort out
- Ross brothers ordered to pay fine, remove debris from Christmas display
- Rossi: Fleury is, and will remain, Penguins’ soul
- Police seize phones of some Norwin High School students
- Injured Pitt center Rowell plays well-rounded role on campus
- Testing legs, giving backup goalie a chance are Penguins’ priorities
- Steelers film session: Watt kept under control
- 7 in custody after New Kensington drug raid
- Rostraver woman victim of home invasion
- 2 stores robbed in Alle-Kiski Valley
- Penguins notebook: Newcomers get 1st taste of rivalry with Flyers