Over the bar bicycle cafe north park is a haven for bicycle enthusiasts, foodies, and nature lovers alike.

If you find yourself looking for a unique dining experience with beautiful views this summer, look no further than the Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe North Park Boathouse. This quirky restaurant offers a delightful combination of bicycle-themed decor, delicious food, and a welcoming atmosphere.
As you approach the Boathouse, you’ll notice bicycle enthusiasts parking their bikes outside, ready to indulge in a culinary adventure. Step inside and be greeted by the sight of bicycles hanging from the ceiling, fun artwork, and even some stained glass fixtures – setting the tone for a fun and vibrant dining experience. No matter what you’re in the mood for, OTB has something to satisfy your taste buds.
As you peruse the food menu, you’ll be delighted by the variety of options available. With a focus on fresh ingredients and a variety of options to suit different dietary preferences, the cafe ensures that everyone can find something to enjoy. Featuring unique themed dishes such as the Dirt Rag Delight (a juicy, perfectly-cooked burger smothered in peanut butter and topped with pickles); the Fat Bike Fish Sandwich (fresh panko-crusted fish served on Brioche bun topped with lettuce and tomato); and the Lakeside (a salmon salad featuring goat cheese, candied walnuts, and craisins), you’re sure to find something to excite your taste buds.
Even the little ones are well taken care of at this family-friendly establishment. Kids can choose from scrumptious options like the Strider (cheeseburger), the Mountain Bike (mac ‘n cheese), and the Tricycle (chicken fingers). The thoughtfully crafted kids’ menu ensures that even the youngest diners have a memorable meal.
The story behind the North Park location is as intriguing as the menu itself. The owner, Michael Kotyk, an avid mountain biker, discovered the historic stone boathouse during his rides around North Park. Instantly smitten by its charm, Kotyk approached government officials in 2011 to discuss the possibility of opening a second location of his bicycle-themed restaurant there. After a year of negotiations, a public-private partnership was established, leading to the birth of Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe at the North Park Boathouse in October 2013. The building had been underutilized for years, but Kotyk’s vision breathed new life into the space. The result is a unique and inviting restaurant with picturesque views of North Park Lake.This location offers year-round outdoor dining, with fire pits and gas heaters available to keep guests warm during colder months. Additionally, umbrellas provide shade on hot summer days, ensuring that diners can enjoy their meals comfortably no matter what temperature it is.

Speaking of cooling off this season, be sure to pair your meal with a refreshing draft beer or one of their delicious specialty cocktails. Mixologist Rachel was delighted to walk us through OTB’s extensive drink menu, offering suggestions and telling us about her personal favorites. The cafe takes pride in their homemade seasonal cocktails, and Rachel tells us that popular choices include the Summer Sangria (pictured above) and the Lakeside Sunrise. Those who prefer beer will be delighted by the assortment available, such as Triple Berry Tartburst from Strange Roots Experimental Ales and Smallman from Cinderlands Beer Co. If you’re a wine lover, OTB offers a beautiful selection of wines, including Ruffino Prosecco, Cavit Moscato, and Bogle Chardonnay. A native of Myrtle Beach, Rachel moved to Pittsburgh after completing her marketing degree at Coastal Carolina University in 2021. She was a bartender throughout her time in college and brings her knowledge and experience to OTB’s bar program. When not behind the bar, Rachel can be found poolside soaking up the sun and enjoying a cold beer. She was a delight to talk to and had a wealth of information on not only the libation selection but also the restaurant and surrounding area. Catch her hanging out at the bar and you’re sure to enjoy your drink and conversation!

Whether you’re an avid cyclist, a food lover, or simply looking for a unique dining experience with breathtaking views, OTB North Park is a must-visit. Plus, take advantage of the kayak, standup paddle board, canoe, or pedal boat rentals provided onsite by Venture Outdoors
(ventureoutdoors.org) and immerse yourself in the beauty of North Park. At Over the Bar, you’ll find a perfect blend of delicious food, great drinks, and a celebration of all things cycling. otbbicyclecafe.com | 10301 Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park, PA | Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm

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