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Black Beauty Lounge

The longest-running bar in the Hill

The Black Beauty Lounge is the longest-running bar in the Hill District, operating at the same site for more than 50 years. The lounge was established In 1972, under the ownership of Roberta Brassell aka "Ms. Bert."

Even those who have not patronized the lounge may recognize it as a notable landmark - one side of the building is covered with a large-scale mural celebrating the work of August Wilson.


Part of the August Wilson mural on the wall of B
One of the landmarks of the Hill, this mural celebrating the works of playwright August Wilson adorns the exterior wall of Black Beauty Lounge. The work was created by Pittsburgh native artist Kyle Holbrook and dedicated in 2014. Source: Image via Flickr user Rashaad Jorden Creator: Rashaad Jorden
Date: 2016


2037 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


“Black Beauty Lounge,” Hill District Digital History, accessed July 20, 2024,