Images Bar (Closed Permanently)

79% love it
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The sophisticated crowd
An open and friendly atmosphere with go-go dancers, karaoke, and live music.
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    • Images is the most inclusive and diverse bar in Pittsburgh. The downtown gay scene is becoming more and more LIT!

    • spree
      spree Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Very smoky but fun.
      Fun atmosphere but very smoky inside. I'm from NYC and I'm not used to smoking indoors. I couldn't stay for longer than 30 minutes before I was coughing and eyes were itching. Cheap drinks!!!

    • piercedm4m
      piercedm4m Over a year ago
      Hates it

      This once was a really cool place to go but the crowd has become a bit scary at times. If your staying downtown, give it a try, you may hit a good night but watch your wallets and your cash on the bar. With all the other new and old gay bars in the city, they need to clean up their act before it goes further down hill. They should have left the nice quant atmosphere alone that always drew a great happy hour and weekend crowd of respectful working class people. It's a toss on this. I would never say pass it by because life is about experiences so just be street smart and don't fall for any hussles.

    • bFlay24
      bFlay24 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Ho Hum...
      This was a nice bar several years ago. It was a real "neighborhood" bar; great for hanging out, having a drink, and good conversation with generally classy working-class people. Now it is a ghetto nasty dive! No ambience, they took out all their lounge areas and just have bar stools and cheap, utilitarian tables. I gotta agree about the friendliness issues mentioned by others, the twenty year old ghetto trash that predominently patronize this place are not friendly. The drinks are usually small and overpiced. It is seldom busy anymore, obviously. It's a shame what this once great place has become.

    • Thad4Phila
      Thad4Phila Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good enough for drinks
      I was there for karaoke night after a Pirates game. The crowd was moderate-sized for a midweek night, fairly attractive, and pleasant although not overly friendly. Good downtown location, OK ambience, staff, and drinks. I'd go back.

    • frenchboy
      frenchboy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      easy access bar downtown
      i spend a few week nights here, mostly gay friends who know each other, some straight and lesbians, a good mix, if you speak to someone, it's ok, he introduce you to other ppl, but if you're alone at night, it can be difficult to make friends. But the bar is ok .bartenders (mostly female) are friendly, cute gogo dancers of all types.Nice atmosphere.Easy for a drink after visiting the city, near to most hotels downtown.

    • dgl355
      dgl355 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Find somewhere else
      The reviews about the lack of friendliness are correct. No only the patrons but the dancers essentially do nothing but talk to people they know. This place with its "full smoking" policy is a good one to skip. Hopefully some other Pittsburgh bar will start featuring dancers.

    • BBwannabe
      BBwannabe Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Inexpensive Bar, But Rather Aloof Crowd
      Images has a *long* bar with seven flatscreen TVs and a pool table by the front window. They have go-go boys in their underwear Tues. and Fri. nights at 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm. I was there on Fri. 7/17/09, and it was not very crowded. The cover was $1.00 (yes, one dollar--that's not a typo!) The drinks were cheap (I paid $2.50 for a rum and coke) and the crowd seemed mixed with gays, lesbians, and a few straights. It seems like a nice place to relax with a drink at the bar or one of the tables. The only downside was that the patrons were quite aloof, and there were only a few dancer boys working there, cute though they were. My advice is to go with a friend or two, unless you like being left alone. :)

    • JackO
      JackO Over a year ago
      Hates it

      NO CLASS
      This place is horrible nobody even goes anymore. I will sum it up for you in three words old, beat,and tired

    • Just_Like_That
      Just_Like_That Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Final review of my stay
      Similar experience to another poster, that patrons were standoff-ish and unwilling to engage in conversation. Overall it describes my experience at many Pittsburgh bars. Even though I was only in this city for 11 days, I never encountered a dynamic such as this. While most cities welcome a new face, locals here hold a guard up. I'm an outgoing, attractive guy and the experience would make me begin to question myself if it were not for a few other visitors I met who were given the same impression. I hope I never have to return here or rather, hope that locals could learn the value of friendliness towards others.

    • BuffaloGuy
      BuffaloGuy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Some good, some bad
      We were visiting Pittsburgh for the weekend. Bar staff was friendly and competent. Place was clean, restroom was nice. Patrons were standoff-ish. Our attempts to engage locals in conversation were rebuffed (and we are not trolls). Met friends there a second night and had a better experience.

    • funforall
      funforall Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Had a blast!!!!
      I am a straight female and went to Images for the first time last night with friends of mine who are gay and I had a real good time. Especially with the dancers. They were great. I will visit again the next time I'm in town!

    • Trey
      Trey Over a year ago
      Hates it

      A Sexless Gay bar
      I went here after just moving to the area. Sexless in the city should be the name of this place. Nice place, but little else.

    • fengia
      fengia Over a year ago
      Loves it

      BEST BAR!!!!!!!
      This was one of my favorite places back in the 1990's.I moved away for 10 years.When I moved back this place had gone way down hill,but thanks to the new owners and a signifigant amount of renovations this place is hot once again....Check it out.

    • BarMan
      BarMan Over a year ago
      Loves it

      convenient and friendly
      This place has been there for years. They have finally spent some substantial money and have cleaned up their act. It gets a good crowd for happy hours and before one would go out to clubs. Generally friendly and a decent looking crowd. When there is no DJ you are left to the mixed bag of a very overpriced Juke Box. If no one plays anything there is no music. I put $20 in just to not sit in silence. The staff made no moves to putting something on. All the expensive video screens were silent. I think it need a good manager for it to really take off. The DJs are generally good but I think they would do better to just have a knowledgable manager to select appropriate music for the time. It's a great location, a little rough around the edges. I understand they plan to open the second floor for dancing.