OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side – now open!

OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side, ceiling murals

OTB Cafe in South Side is now open! Geekstar’s friend, John Benzinger, opened the cafe with his business partners, Mike Kotyk and Scott Ambrose, on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side. You may recognize OTB as formerly Quagmire’s Bar and Grill. The old pub was given a complete overhaul and has been converted into OTB Bicycle Cafe.

I love the concept of OTB. It is all things bicycle and outdoors. OTB reminds me of cafes and pubs I’ve seen in places such as Portland and Seattle. The cafe is full of art. I love art and unique interior design. The team hired artist, Ashley Hodder, to paint custom outdoor themed murals across the angled ceiling in the cafe. The murals are complemented by wrought iron sculptures made out of bicycle parts by Grace Catranis of Red Star Ironworks. Chris Beech of THICK Bikes designed bicycles on that are on display. Pittsburgh needs more independent boutiques and eateries and OTB fits the bill.

The cafe is the first of it’s kind in our area. It’s biker friendly with outdoor racks to lock your bicycle while grabbing a bite and brew. It’s a perfect stopping point after hopping off the South Side Bike trail just across East Carson Street.

Then there’s the food. OTB offers healthy selections that also include a variety of delicious vegetarian options. OTB also has a full bar that carries an assortment of craft brews and of course PBR.

OTB will be my next suggestion for happy hour with friends. Be sure to check out Over the Bar (OTB) Bicycle Cafe and help spread the word. OTB’s success will encourage more independent small businesses to open their doors in our fine city.

Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
2518 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-3698


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OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side

OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side, custom wheel wall

OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, South Side, bicycle art

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