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CITYGUIDE 2016

GE T OU T OF On the cover: Dave DiCello’s “Andy Warhol Bridge under a supermoon in Pittsburgh”

A GUIDE TO OUR PITTSBURGH You’d think by this point that it would be easy to put out this annual guide to the best Pittsburgh has to offer. But it is, in fact, quite an undertaking every year because this dynamic city is constantly changing. Sure, we have stuff that’s been around forever, like the inclines and Point State Park. But our entertainment, night life and culinary scene always have something new going on. That’s why I think it’s fitting to credit the people who put this thing together. We have a full-time editorial staff of 10 covering this entire city — the entire county, for that matter. But it’s not the number of people you have that counts, it’s the knowledge that they bring to the table. And while some might question whether knowing facts like the best place to karaoke, or the best place to day-drink, or the best place to get a great glass of wine while playing with foam Hulk hands, is worthwhile knowledge, you’ll be glad we know the answers to these questions and more as you flip through this 365-day guide. Our staff knows local food, drink, music, arts and points of interest better than just about anyone else in this city. So when you see these recommendations, know that these are places we ourselves go — places we take our friends and family to. Yes, this is a guide to the city, but it’s our guide to the city, and we wouldn’t steer you wrong. CHARLIE DEITCH, EDITOR

CONTENTS

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NEIGHBORHOODS Bloomfield, Friendship and Garfield ........... PAGE 12 Downtown .................................................PAGE 16 East Liberty ...............................................PAGE 20 Lawrenceville ............................................PAGE 24 Mount Washington and Allentown ............ PAGE 28 North Side .................................................PAGE 30

Oakland..................................................... PAGE 36 Shadyside................................................. PAGE 40 South Side ................................................ PAGE 44 Squirrel Hill................................................PAGE 48 Strip District and Polish Hill ....................... PAGE 52 Other Fine Neighborhoods ........................ PAGE 56

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R E M M U S L O O H C S IS IN Great LAkes Burning River ! A toast to the Cuyahoga River Fire of era new a For sparking both environmentalism and this brazenly hoppy Pale Ale. Sometimes, one wrong makes two very right rights. Crisp and bright, with refreshing flickers of citrus and pine that ignite the senses (not our local waterways).

Sierra Nevada pale ale Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s ired dream, grew into an icon, and insp sion pas a w countless brewers to follo of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have s fascinated beer drinkers for decade it and made this beer a classic, yet g remains new, complex and surprisin ry eve kers drin r to thousands of bee ll day. It is—as it always has been—a natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.

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lagunitas IPA A well-rounded, highly drinkable IPA. A bit of Caramel Malt barley provides the richness that mellows out the twang of the hops. A unique version of an ancient style.A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries of Great Ships. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you’re on.

Magic Hat Electric Peel An electric shock. A sweet scent in the air. A tantalizing tingle. Fresh directions are explored and big ideas are formed. Revealed is a creation peeled from formulas of hops and tang-touched fruit. Electric Peel arrives as a new way to IPA. Strip away the notions, Electric Peel is an electric IPA that sends shocks of citrus hop flavors through a medium malt body amplified by grapefruit peel, leaving behind a bittersweet finish.


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FUN FOR ALL SEASONS You never have to worry about being bored in Pittsburgh, regardless of when you visit. That’s because we’re a four-season town: Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Fireworks. Well, that’s how it seems, anyway. But no matter the weather, there’s always something to occupy your time, from special events to a variety of daily tours. BY CHARLIE DEITCH | C DE IT C H @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

year-round There are few tour options as versatile as the Gateway Clipper cruises (Station Square, www.gatewayclipper.com). They’ve been navigating our three rivers for nearly 60 years. Want to go on a dinner or dancing cruise? No problem. Want to take a sightseeing cruise? No problem. Want a ride to the game without the hassles of North Side parking? No problem. Want to have breakfast with Santa? No problem (as long as it’s select weekends in December). If you can stand water only in small doses, hop on an amphibious Just Ducky Tour (Station Square, www.justduckytours.com). Also, we believe it’s an actual city law that the first time you come to Pittsburgh, you must ride one of our two iconic inclines — the Duquesne or the 8 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

Monongahela (bit.ly/1FDjdbZ), which lift you from near the river to Mount Washington, where you can catch a great view of the city and maybe even a drink and a meal. Pittsburgh’s art scene is flourishing, and some of its best attributes are discussed elsewhere in this guide. But four times a year, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust holds a free Gallery Crawl (www.trustarts.org/crawl) to showcase the best of what Downtown’s Cultural District has to offer. On the city’s East Side, the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative also holds a monthly gallery crawl called Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn (www.pennavenue.org). While it’s not technically open all year (it’s closed in January and


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plus an installment in late February), the Go Ape Zip Line May. The EQT Pittsburgh and Treetop Adventure Three Rivers Regatta (www.goape.com), located in (www.yougottaregatta.com) North Park, is a three-hour course takes over the three rivers with featuring 1,400 feet of zip lines, boat races, live music and more tree-climbs and more. on Aug. 5-7. And an hour north If you’re more a fan of of the city in Butler County is geekier, indoors activities, Pyro Fest (www.pyrofest.com), The Steel City Con (www. billed as the country’s largest steelcitycon.com) happens three fireworks festival usually held times a year (April, August and on Memorial Day weekend each December) at the Monroeville May. Also, for those who love Convention Center (www. bikes and cycling, the Pittsburgh monroevilleconventioncenter. com). This popculture convention Always find the latest happenings is full of toy and comics vendors, at www.pghcitypaper.com as well as celebrity Bike Fest is held Aug. 19-28 appearances ranging from featuring bike-themed rides The Walking Dead’s Michael and events. Rooker to the guy who plays For food and drink the evil blond kid in the Harry festivals you can’t beat the Potter movies. The next show is Heinz Field Rib Festival Aug. 12-14. (www.heinzfieldribfest.com), Sept. 1-5, and the Pittsburgh Summer Beer Fest (www.pittsburghbeerfest.com) featuring plenty of beer, food Pittsburgh’s a pretty cool place and live entertainment every July. 365 days a year, but we really And every June, the city shine in summer, with lots of presents Pittsburgh Pride beautiful green space and plenty (www.pittsburghpride.org), to do in it. a large-scale celebration of the If you dig the festival scene, LGBT community that includes June’s Three Rivers Arts three days of entertainment, Festival (www.3riversartsfest. a parade and communityorg) is 10 days of free music and awareness events. art in and around scenic Point Movie buffs also have plenty State Park. The Polish Hill Arts to chose from. From June through Festival (tinyurl.com/o5tzjfg) August, Pittsburgh Citiparks takes place in July, and a month offers free Cinema in the Parks later, Shadyside offers The Art (www.citiparks.net) at several Festival on Walnut on parks around town. If you’re up Aug. 27-28 (www.bit.ly/28S0GVE),

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Film Festival (www.3rff.com) takes place. Finally, Pittsburghers love their Halloween. You’ll be able to tell by the large number of pumpkin patches and haunted attractions that pop up in October. All will give you a good scare, but a few to check out include: The Scarehouse (www.scarehouse.com), in Etna; The Hundred Acres Manor (www.hundredacresmanor.com), in Bethel Park; Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights (www. phantomfrightnights.com); and the Haunted Hills Hayride (www.hauntedhillshayride.com), in North Versailles. And for more than 45 years, residents from across the city have packed the streets for the Bloomfield Halloween Parade (www.bloomfieldlive.com). Bloomfield Halloween Parade / PHOTO BY THEO SCHWARZ

for a bit of nostalgia, just one drive-in movie theater remains in close proximity to the city. The Dependable Drive-In (500 Moon Clinton Road, Coraopolis, www.dependable drivein.com) features four screens and is open year-round. If you want a little more culture, every Sunday from June through August, Citiparks holds its annual Bach, Beethoven and Brunch (Mellon Park, Shadyside, www.tinyurl.com/ cpbrunch). Food is available for purchase, or bring a picnic lunch. If music is your thing, there is no shortage of events, either. The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series (tinyurl.com/ cpacconcerts) at South Park and Hartwood Acres offers a mix of national and local bands playing free shows from June through Labor Day. The Pittsburgh Jazz Live International festival (www.pittsburghjazzlive.com) brings jazz music to Downtown streets for three days in June. The Deutschtown Music Festival (www.deutschtownmusicfestival. org) features more than 100 bands of various genres on stages on the North Side for two free days of music. And in August, the city’s hippest neighborhood gets into the act with Lawrenceville’s Rock All Night (tinyurl.com/ orvhkpe), which features 14 hours of live music from more than 100 bands playing, well, all night. This year’s installment takes place Aug. 12-14. And Shadyside’s Jam on Walnut (www.thinkshadyside.com) puts 10 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

on live concerts three times a summer beginning in June. This year’s final performance will be held Aug. 20. Other summer events of note include: farmers’ markets held all summer long by Citiparks (www.citiparks.net), and every Thursday in Market Square (www.tinyurl.com/ owzou6s); and, beginning in May, trips to historic amusement park Kennywood (www.kennywood. com). And there’s no better time to “people-watch” Downtown than during Anthrocon (www. anthrocon.org), more widely known as the national Furry convention, held each July.

their season on Oct. 13 From Sept. 9-11, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh will present its annual A Fair in the Park (Mellon Park, Shadyside, www.afairinthepark. org) fine-arts and craft festival. On Sept. 3, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks (www.pittsburghshakespeare. com) begins its free, annual, month-long weekend performances in city parks. The Wizard World pop-culture

winter Sure it will be cold; it’ll probably snow. But it will also be Christmas in the city, and that’s always a lot of fun. While most of the dates aren’t yet set for this year, the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership (www.downtown pittsburgh.com/holidays) puts on several holiday events. Highlights include Pittsburgh Light Up Night, on Nov. 18; a German-style Holiday Market starting Nov. 18 in Market Square; and outdoor

fall The Pittsburgh Steelers (www.steelers.com) were pretty good last year, but it’s been way too long since we’ve won a Super Bowl. While home games are traditionally sold out, you can find tickets if you look perhaps on game days, perhaps around Heinz Field, perhaps from an “independent contractor.” The Steelers start the season Sept. 13 at Washington, D.C. Championships are no problem for our hockey team: In June, the Pittsburgh Penguins capped an incredible comeback season to win the venerable Stanley Cup. And while the NHL season seems to last for 12 months, the Pittsburgh Penguins (www.penguins.nhl.com) start

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convention (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, www.wizardworld.com) comes to Pittsburgh Nov. 4-6. Two of the city’s longestrunning film festivals also take place in autumn. ReelQ (www.reelq.org), the city’s LGBT film festival, takes place Oct. 6-15. On Nov. 6-15, the 35th installment of the Three Rivers

ice-skating at PPG place, from November to March. Other annual holiday events include: The WPXI Holiday Parade, on Nov. 26; and The Pittsburgh CLO’s annual production of A Christmas Carol (www.pittsburghclo.org). Wrap up the holiday season with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s familyfriendly, arts-focused New


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Year’s Eve Party, First Night (www.firstnightpgh.org). The third annual Strip District Music Festival (www.stripdistrictmusicfest.com) will take place in January, featuring dozens of local bands playing at various locations. If you like to see the newest cars on the market, then the Pittsburgh International Auto Show (www.pittautoshow.com) is for you; the 2016 installment takes place Feb. 17-20. And finally, you don’t have to be Irish to take part in the annual Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade (www.pittsburgh irish.org/parade) held right around March 17.

spring As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates (www.pittsburghpirates. com) are struggling a bit, but after several successful seasons, we’re sure they can right the ship. The 2017 season will kick off in early April, at PNC Park, on the North Side. They’re not the only game in town, however: The professional soccer team Pittsburgh Riverhounds (www.riverhounds.com) play from March through September at Highmark Stadium, on the South Side. One of the city’s best art events takes place in Lawrenceville, usually in late April. Art All Night (www.artallnight. org) is a free-to-attend, non-juried art show that lasts nearly 24 hours. There is music, food, children’s activities and lots and lots of art. In May, the newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival (www.kellystrayhorn.org/festivals/newmoves) takes place at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, featuring up-and-coming choreographers from Pittsburgh

and around the country. Also in May is the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival (www.pittsburghfringe. org) featuring “adventurous and exploratory” performing artists. Rounding out the noteworthy spring theater offerings is the Children’s Theater Festival (www.pghkids.trustarts.org/kids), which takes place for three days Downtown in mid-May. In the winter you went to the auto show, so in spring, check out the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show (www.pghhome. com), also at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Pittonkatonk May Day Brass BBQ (www. pittonkatonk.com) has been called “magical” and “a little hippie-dippie.” Whatever you call it, this grassroots music festival featuring brass bands from high school squads to touring combos is heading into its fourth year and keeps gaining in popularity. This city has too many food festivals to mention here, but one stands out every year and has been voted “Best Food Festival” by City Paper readers: The Greek Food Festival at St. Nicholas (www.stnickspgh.org/foodfestival/greek-food-festival). If you’re a bargain shopper and happen to be in town on the third Saturday in May, you’ll want to check out the Regent Square Annual Yard Sale, sponsored by the Regent Square Civic Association (www.regentsquare-rsca.org). And finally, the city’s biggest event of the spring is always the Pittsburgh Marathon (www. thepittsburghmarathon.com). The next race, which will take place on May 7, has grown to more than 30,000 competitors in recent years, and because of the city’s unusually hilly topography, it is one of the more challenging marathons in the country.

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The East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship form the bridge between long-upscale Shadyside and Lawrenceville, currently revitalizing apace. The residential areas are made up of solid housing stock, ranging from tiny four-upfour-down rowhouses in lower Bloomfield to the rehabbed ornate brick mini-mansions in leafy Friendship. Its proximity to the universities and even Downtown make it popular with students and young professionals alike. The area is served by two main thoroughfares. Liberty Avenue cuts through the center of Bloomfield and it’s here you’ll find some holdovers from its Italian-immigrant past. Stock up on fresh-made pasta, sausages and breads at two shops: Groceria Italiana (237 Cedarville St., 412-681-1227) and Donatelli’s Italian Food Center (4711 Liberty Ave., 412-682-1406). The younger set is staking out its own turf: Try Station 12 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

(4744 Liberty Ave., 412-251-0540) for up-to-the-minute cocktails and revamped comfort food. Need a faster meal? They’ve got updates on lunch-box favorites at Peanut Butter and Jelly Time (4709 Liberty Ave., 412-622-0225). Pop on in The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore (4812 Liberty Ave., 412-687-4323) for the latest reads related to politics and activism. The recently revamped Penn Avenue corridor is home to monthly gallery crawl Unblurred (every first Friday), which makes sense given how many old storefronts have been reclaimed by artists, architects and designers. Pre-game at Spork (5430 Penn Ave., 412-441-1700), a new venue with an amusingly trendy name; indulge in small plates and charcuterie. Mull over what art you saw at Bantha Tea Bar (5002 Penn Ave., 412-404-8359), a tea shop with a lovingly created interior that draws inspiration from North Africa and Tatooine.


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food ADOLFO’S Satisfy two tastes at this restaurant that offers both Italian and Venezuelan specialties. In warm weather, there is patio seating. 4770 Liberty Ave., 412-681-0505

AVENUE B Upscale new American cuisine served in a cozy bistro setting. Observe the chalkboard specials, and grab a window table. 5501 Centre Ave., 412-683-3663

TESSARO’S Pittsburgh’s most famous hearty burger, made fresh, cooked to order and served without trendy frills, in a charming cornerbar space. 4601 Liberty Ave., 412-682-6809

THAI CUISINE Friendly staff and an extensive menu of Thai curry, noodle and rice dishes make this a good stop for lunch or dinner. Finish off with sticky rice and custard. 4627 Liberty Ave., 412-688-9661

THAI GOURMET The place to be seen in Garfield while getting a coffee — take a meeting, work on a laptop or just watch the world go by from a sidewalk seat. 5467 Penn Ave., 412-661-3000

Get ready for spicy food and ample portions. The staff here serves up Thai favorites, quickly and with a smile. Try the moo palo, a pork and egg stew. 4505 Liberty Ave., 412-681-4373

TRAM’S KITCHEN PEOPLE’S INDIAN RESTAURANT Recently spruced up, this longtime neighborhood venue offers popular curries, rich dishes and more, in a casual setting. 5147 Penn Ave., 412-661-3160

PHO MINH A modest storefront spot that offers Vietnamese cuisine — from spring rolls and pho to grilled meats and rice dishes. 4917 Penn Ave., 412-661-7443

PRAIRIE Hearty American comfort food re-imagined (meatloaf, chicken and biscuits) in an upscale-casual setting, plus an extensive menu of bourbons, for sippin’ and cocktails. 5491 Penn Ave., 412-404-8487

Get your fresh spring-roll order in, then choose between other Vietnamese favorites such as pho, stirfrys, and noodle and rice dishes. 4050 Penn Ave., 412-682-2688

bars+clubs ARMAND’S Half long-timers, half hipster transplants, this is still a great dark, smoky bar to spend hours explaining something to someone on a bar stool. 4755 Liberty Ave., 412-681-3967

BLOOMFIELD BRIDGE TAVERN Lots of live music, an outdoor porch for warm weather and the comfortable lived-in vibe of a longtime neighborhood haunt. 4412 Liberty Ave., 412-682-8611

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No-frills spot to grab a cold one and some Greek-inspired diner fare. But the place gets packed and rowdy-fun for Saturdaynight karaoke. 178 Pearl St., 412-681-9562

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An old-school watering hole with a glass-block front. Inside you’ll find rock-bottom prices on domestics, a jukebox of rock, and no theme. 4602 Liberty Ave., 412-682-1460

Longtime storefront gallery for contemporary works. Its annual Inter/National features work from around the globe. 4523 Liberty Ave., 412-687-8858

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If you need an edgy tattoo, a fresh cup of coffee and a piece of locally crafted artwork, this storefront, among the pioneers of the Penn Avenue Arts Corridor, is your one-stop. 5001 Penn Ave., 412-661-0503

ASSEMBLE This nonprofit community space gets kids tapped into maker culture, through craft, art and tech classes and projects. Relocating to new space in September. 4824 Penn Ave., www.assemblepgh.org

This storefront venue explores our relationship with genetically modified plants and animals. Intriguing enough to work around its limited hours. 4913 Penn Ave., www.postnatural.org

PITTSBURGH GLASS CENTER Both a resource for artists working in glass (including beginners’ classes) and an exhibit space, where you’ll find inventive works on display. 5472 Penn Ave., 412-365-2145

music BRILLOBOX Your stop for national indie acts, hip local shows, and specialized DJ nights, from world music to queer dance parties. 4104 Penn Ave., 412-621-4900


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HOWLERS A comfortably old-school storefront venue that hosts everything from alt-country and rockabilly to young indie bands and old punk rockers. 4509 Liberty Ave., 412-682-0320

THE MR. ROBOTO PROJECT This all-ages, DIY space mostly hosts indie, punk and hardcore bands in a reclaimed old bar. No booze though: It’s straightedge for life. 5106 Penn Ave., 412-345-1059

MIXTAPE A new spot that strives to mix dance nights and local music shows with art shows and a café, offering craft cocktails, smoothies, small bites and coffee. 4907 Penn Ave., 412-661-1727

THE SHOP It’s not a fancy joint but it’s the place to catch just-about-toblow-up national bands, experimental local noise acts and more. 4314 Main St., www.theshoppittsburgh.com

shopping CLOTHES MINDED Buy, sell or trade quality and vintage clothing. Plenty of fashion-forward and quirkycool picks here. 4740 Liberty Ave., 412-960-0246

DAILY BREAD / TIMEBOMB / REFRESH For your fresh looks: conjoined storefronts feature the streetinspired, locally created fashion of Daily Bread (caps, T-shirts), plus threads and accessories from Timebomb and gallery/store for vintage athletic wear. 5450 Penn Ave., www.dailybreadpa.com

EAST END BOOK EXCHANGE Need something good to read? Stop in for quality used, rare and local books, plus literary events including author visits and poetry readings. 4754 Liberty Ave., 412-224-2847

KRAYNICK’S BIKE SHOP This longtime HQ for all things twowheeled is a center of local bike culture. You can even borrow tools and work on your ride for free. 5003 Penn Ave., 412-361-0888

MERANTE GIFTS In this “shop with an Italian accent,” you can find imported housewares, cooking gear and décor from Italy. It also offers cooking classes. 4723 Liberty Ave., 412-682-3370

OVERCAST SKATE SHOP This locally owned spot run by fellow skateboarders specializes in carrying independent brands. Want a board with art from a local? Stop in. 4116 Main St., 412-701-4116

ROBIN’S NEST GIFT SHOP Specializing in locally made arts and crafts; drop for jewelry, pottery, accessories, decor and more. 5504 Penn Ave., 412-362-2600

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SACRED HEART OF JESUS STORE You may not need rosary beads or prayer books, but you shouldn’t miss the display of saint statuary in this storefront’s windows. 4515 Liberty Ave., 412-683-4001

SOUND CAT All music isn’t in the cloud. Here, you can put your hands on new vinyl and an expertly curated selection of rock, jazz and indie CDs. 4526 Liberty Ave., 412-621-3256

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It’s hard to believe that not too long ago, the city’s central hub was often dead after the 9-to-5 work crowd headed home. But a renewed interest in urban living, dining and entertainment has revived the Golden Triangle’s once-barren storefronts and restaurants. Now it’s become a destination for fine dining and niche restaurants. Meat and Potatoes (649 Penn Ave., 412-325-7007) is an upscale restaurant designed around elevated staples like pot roast and roast chicken. Butcher and the Rye (212 Sixth St. 412-391-2752) has an extensive whiskey collection perfect for whiskey flights, and specializes in steak and seafood. And Tako (214 Sixth St., 412-471-8256) has a small menu of unique Mexicaninspired creations, like tacos topped with octopus, waygu short-rib or duck confit. If you’re interested in a unique dining experience, visit one in this trio of establishments in the Cultural District. Downtown has long been a destination for entertainment, 16 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

with theaters hosting Broadway musicals and internationally renowned musicians. The two largest venues are The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts (237 Seventh St., 412-456-6666) and The Byham Theater (101 Sixth St., 412-456-6666). As the city’s hub, the neighborhood also has a wide variety of smaller entertainment venues to choose from depending on your mood, from comedy clubs to jazz spots. And the layout of Downtown with pedestrian- and bikefriendly streets also makes this a perfect neighborhood for recreation. Spend an afternoon in the 36 acres of Point State Park (101 Commonwealth Place) and visit the fountain at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Or rent a bike from the nonprofit Healthy Ride (healthyridepgh.com), which has a dozen stations Downtown. And in the warmer months, check out a walking tour from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (phlf.org, 100 West Station Square Drive).


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Summer… The fountain at Point State Park / PHOTO BY LISA CUNNINGHAM

food BLUEBIRD KITCHEN A seasonal menu of locally sourced salads, sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch only. 221 Forbes Ave., 412-642-4414

PROPER BRICK OVEN AND TAP ROOM Wood-fire pizzas and pastas made with fresh local ingredients, plus 30 craft beers on tap. 139 Seventh St., 412-281-5700.

TEN PENNY

Located in the swanky Hotel Monaco, this restaurant features unique takes on traditional comfort food. 458 Strawberry Way, 412-230-4800

The menu here combines traditional favorites like burgers with interesting fare like maple-moonshine-glazed freerange chicken. 960 Penn Ave., 412-318-8000

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Asian fusion fare with a simple menu of ramen noodle dishes, sushi and appetizers. 535 Liberty Ave., 412-281-4748

Savasana Juice Compamy, Soup Nancys and Om Nom Bake Studio all in one place. Vegan and Vegetarian options daily. 951 Liberty Ave., 412-391-8500

GREEK-AEGEAN ESTIATORIO POROS

VALOZZI’S

Downtown’s new kid on the block specializes in seafood, Greek entrees and small plates. 2 Market Square, 412- 904-2051

NOLA ON THE SQUARE Creole-inspired dishes like jambalaya and a lively atmosphere straight out of New Orleans. 24 Market Square, 412-471-9100

THE ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE Opened in 1871, this Pittsburgh institution is best known for its fried-fish sandwich and its tenured staff. 20 Market Square, 412-566-7925

PENN AVENUE FISH COMPANY A more casual setting for some of the city’s freshest seafood and sushi. 308 Forbes Ave., 412-562-1710.

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The menu at this Italian eatery features homemade gnocchi, pizzas, steaks and traditional pasta dishes. 220 Fifth Ave., 412-394-3400

YOVI’S HOT DOGS The Chicago-style dogs are on point, but the draw here is the best Italian beef sandwich this side of Lake Michigan. 100 Fifth Ave., 412-628-4943

bars+clubs ANDYS WINE BAR A venue celebrating the legacy of Pittsburgh’s jazz history with free performances nearly every night. 510 Market St., 412-773-8884

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A relaxed, open-air rooftop bar perfect for spring and summer. Offers 36 drafts, cocktails and light fare. 942 Penn Ave., 412-281-2810

Perhaps the most comprehensive wine list in the city with bottles from a dozen countries. 947 Penn Ave., 412-697-1336

LITTLE E’S

Hidden in the lower level of the Omni William Penn Hotel, this bar harkens back to its earlier Prohibition-era days. 530 William Penn Place, 412-281-7100

Stop at this jazz spot, and you just might see Pittsburgh’s next great jazz legend. 949 Liberty Ave., www.littleesjazz.com

OLIVE OR TWIST A martini bar with a selection of wine, beer and specialty martinis with flavors like cake batter and s’mores. 140 Sixth Ave., 412-255-0525

PERLÉ A sparkling-wine bar with dozens of varieties from around the world and select vintage bottles. 25 Market Square. 412-471-2058.

SHARP EDGE BISTRO With one of the largest domestic and imported beer lists in the city, this bar has

THE SPEAKEASY

arts+culture ARCADE COMEDY THEATER This nonprofit, BYOB theater hosts standup, improv, sketch comedy, variety acts and comedy classes. 811 Liberty Ave., www.arcadecomedytheater.com

HARRIS THEATER As Downtown’s only movie theater, this landmark shows mostly indie, foreign language and art-house films. 809 Liberty Ave., 412-682-4111


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HEINZ HALL This performing-arts venue is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra but also attracts national touring acts. 600 Penn Ave., 412-392-4900

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST This organization provides access to most of the city’s cultural institutions for theater and music. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org

shopping AMAZING BOOKS AND RECORDS This used-book and -record shop features a wide selection, including some hard-to-find gems. 929 Liberty Ave., 412-471-1899

BOUTIQUE LA PASSERELLE Hand-picked pieces from clothing designers in the U.S. and Europe. 417 Wood St., 412-434-1325

EIDE’S ENTERTAINMENT PITTSBURGH PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY A top destination for dramatic works written by local playwrights past and present. 937 Liberty Ave., www.pghplaywrights.org

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER This independent venue features American classics and contemporary plays and musicals in an intimate setting. 621 Penn Ave., 412-312-1600

SPACE This gallery features visual multidisciplinary exhibits from local artists exploring themes like identity, science and culture. 812 Liberty Ave., 412-325-7723

TOONSEUM Part museum, part gallery, this shop offers visitors a collection of comic and cartoon art along with comics for sale. 945 Liberty Ave., 412-232-0199

Top source for hard to find collectible comics, records, books, magazines and action figures. 1121 Penn Ave., 412-261-0900

KATIE’S KANDY A candy emporium with nostalgic sweets from your childhood, as well as new favorites. 422 Wood St., 412-227-0999

MARKET STREET GROCERY Downtown’s only grocer offers hand-picked goods from partners like Gaby et Jules patisserie, Collefrisio wines and coffee from La Colombe. 435 Market Street, 412-281-3818

SPORTS WORLD SPECIALTIES Whether it’s the Steelers, Pirates or Penguins, this shop meets all your sports apparel and memorabilia needs. 645 Smithfield St., 412-232-3343

WOOD STREET GALLERIES

S.W. RANDALL TOYES & GIFTES

A free contemporary art space featuring work from new-media artists around the world. 601 Wood St., 412-471-5605

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ONE DAY IN TOWN

EAST LIBERTY BY CELINE ROBERTS | C E L INE @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Big changes continue to occur in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. This end of town has become the hot spot for new restaurants, hotels and cultural events and fancy new apartment complexes seem to spring up every other week. For a peek at the changes, stop by the Ace Hotel (120 S. Whitfield St., 412-361-3300), housed inside a renovated YMCA, for its everyday brunch (a rarity) at The Whitfield, or pop in for an evening lounge at the bar, and a show in the former gym space. Care was taken to preserve the interesting architectural elements of the building, giving it a lived-in, modern chic vibe. For cutting-edge entertainment, check the schedule at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (5941 Penn Ave., www.kelly-strayhorn. org). This venue hosts everything from nationally known dance troupes to theater, music and community events. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a little light in the wallet; many of its programs have a “Pay What Makes You Happy” option to help make the 20 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

arts accessible to everyone. If all of this socializing leaves you uncentered, check out Yoga Love (134 S. Highland St., www.yogalovepgh.com). The schedule of classes offers vinyasa flow, meditation, weights and a reduced-price community session. Vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses abound at the Citiparks Farmers Market (Station Station Street and North Euclid Avenue parking lot) every Monday. Wander through the stalls, chat up your local farmer to learn what’s in season and get some weeknight dinner inspiration from May through November. Feed your brain at the Carnegie Library East Liberty Branch (130 S. Whitfield St., www.carnegielibrary.org). This airy, modern space provides a convenient spot to snuggle up with a good book or spend some quiet time with your kids. Whether you want to jump on a computer to do research or learn about community events and classes, you’ll find this a great resource.


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food BRGR Dine casually but still in style. The gourmet burgers and spiked shakes put a delicious spin on American fare. 5997 Centre Ave., 412-362-2333

DINETTE Thin California-style pizza, a great wine list and fresh herbs give this pizza place a fine-dining edge. 5996 Centre Ave., 412-362-0202

EVERYDAY’S A SUNDAE & CAFÉ This little spot has the feeling of a small-town storefront. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some ice cream, or grab a hearty breakfast. 6014 Centre Ave., 412-363-2233

MUDDY WATERS OYSTER BAR Snack on oysters and pork rinds, or sip champagne and indulge in some gumbo. 130 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-0555

PARIS 66 BISTRO Step in the door and be transported to a café in France. Enjoy a crepe, a croquet sandwhich, a salad and, of course, some moules. 6018 Centre Ave., 412-404-8166

PIZZA TAGLIO Roman-style pizza and a BYOB policy make it easy to cozy up here. People-watch through the

big front windows while you have a slice. 126 S. Highland Ave., 412-404-7410

PLUM A comfortable but still sleek mainstay in the East Liberty restaurant scene, Plum serves up pan-Asian food with a modern twist and sushi to hang their hats on. 5996 Centre Ave., 412-363-7586.

SOCIAL A lively gathering spot in the heart of Bakery Square with upscale pub food, TVs and a large bar. 6425 Penn Ave., 412-362-1234

TANA ETHIOPIAN CUISINE This place is as sweet as the tej (honey wine) it serves. Vegetarians and meat-eaters will enjoy a taste of Ethiopia in the spacious spot. 5929 Baum Blvd., 412-665-2770

THE TWISTED FRENCHMAN Modern French cuisine meets stunning presentation. Dine at the chef’s table for a totally decadent and immersive experience. 128 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-1340

UNION PIG & CHICKEN A smoker out back wafts the smell of barbecue through the air at this modern meat-lover’s paradise. Follow it up with a stiff cocktail. 220 N. Highland Ave., 412-363-7675

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HIGHLAND PARK Casual dining with a lot of thought behind the menu. The food is simple and delicious with a focus on local foods. 5904 Bryant St., 412-441-1200

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD A small bakery with a huge diversity of delicious confections. Try the quiche or indulge your sweet tooth with a macaron. 5906 Bryant St., 412-363-5330

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Take a jog around the reservoir, stroll the gardens or catch a summer concert in this beautiful park. Main entrance at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Bunkerhill Street. www.pittsburghparks.org.

PITTSBURGH ZOO & PPG AQUARIUM Animals from land and sea convene here for one of the city’s most popular destinations. Check out the tropical installation The Islands to witness the newest additions. 7340 Butler St., Highland Park. 412-665-3640

TAZZA D’ORO This is a quaint little coffee shop that’s a nice place to meet a friend or do some reading. Excellent curated coffee menu. 1125 N. Highland Ave., 412-362-3676

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This neighborhood pizza shop is a social hub with a large bar. Check it out on a Tuesday to hear slam poetry from Steel City Slam. 6001 Penn Ave., 412-363-1250

KELLY’S BAR & LOUNGE A longstanding local favorite, this original Art Deco-styled bar provides a stiff drink, a back patio and DJ entertainment. 6012 Centre Ave., 412-363-6012

THE LIVERMORE Feel chic while sipping from a killer wine list. This corner spot with large windows is a place to be seen. 124 S. Highland Ave., 412-361-0600

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This small shop guarantees a good cup of joe. Its storefront is perfect for meeting friends, or getting some work done while caffeine-fueled. 6015 Penn Ave., 412-670-0862

This multi-purpose space is a great place for community events and classes. Check out theschedule to see what’s coming up. 801 N. Negley Ave., www.unionproject.org.

Belgian beers and many other malted beverages are on the dozens of taps at the Sharp Edge. Find something new to try every time. 302 S. St. Clair St., 412-661-3537

SPOON Loosen your tie (a little) and check out the wine list for a sip. The cocktail menu is obsessively curated for quality. 134 S. Highland Ave., 412-362-6001

WALLACE’S TAP ROOM Stop by the Hotel Indigo for a peek at this new addition. A large beer list and classic cocktails give everyone something to imbibe. 123 N. Highland Ave., 412-665-0555

arts+culture ALLOY STUDIOS This black-box theater, run by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, has programming including dance and spoken-word shows. 5530 Penn Ave., 412-363-3000

THE GALLERY 4 This small but colorful gallery invites the eye and showcases local, national and international artists who are on the leading edge of creativity. 206 S. Highland Ave., 412-363-5050

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QUANTUM THEATER Although headquartered in East Liberty, Quantum puts on avant-garde, site-specific shows in surprising locations around the city. Each performance is designed to engage its audience beyond what meets the eye. www.quantumtheatre.com

shopping BAKERY SQUARE This shopping center features stores like West Elm, Free People and Anthropologie. Plus eateries. Stop for a bite or a coffee after shopping. 6425 Penn Ave., www.bakery-square.com

GOODWILL A perfect place for bargain shopping, this Goodwill has a nice selection of housewares and clothing. For those who have extra things, this is great place to make a donation. 5993 Centre Ave., 412-924-0070

TRIM PITTSBURGH Pick up something sexy for the special dude in your life at this men’s designer underwear and swimwear boutique. 5968 Baum Blvd.,412-512-9251

other spots of interest EAST LIBERTY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH There is no place better for a moment of peace than beneath the incredible stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings of this sanctuary. 116 N. Highland Ave., 412-441-3800

MELLON PARK A lovely hilltop park in the middle of the city features walled gardens, a fountain and plenty of lush green space for picnicking. Penn and Fifth avenues

TECH SHOP This community workshop provides all the equipment you need to create. Learn and build with classes and memberships. 192 Bakery Square Blvd., 412-345-7182 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 23


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ONE DAY IN TOWN

LAWRENCEVILLE BY MARGARET WELSH | MWE L SH @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Frankly, you’d need more than a day to experience all that this expansive riverfront neighborhood has to offer. It’s an historically rich area, founded in 1814 by William B. Foster. (His son, composer Stephen Foster was born there in 1826.) More recently, Lawrenceville’s density of trendy bars, restaurants, boutiques and other diversions make it a must-visit area. Start your day with an espresso drink, tea or coffee (drip or pour-over) crafted by the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Constellation Coffee (4059 Penn Ave., www.constellation coffeepgh.com). Enjoy your drink in the serene café, or take it to go for a stroll through Allegheny Cemetery (4734 Butler St., www.alleghenycemetery.com). The 300-acre burial ground (one of the country’s oldest) features ornate mausoleums and monuments, and miles of tranquil roadways, and is the resting place of many notable Pittsburghers. From there, head to Lawrenceville’s main drag, Butler Street. If you’re ready for a bite, step into B52 (5202 Butler St., 412-408-3988), which offers delectable vegan food with a 24 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

Middle Eastern bent (the baba ghanouj might be some of the best you’ve ever had). If meat is a must, try Cure (5336 Butler St., 412-252-2595), where the small but creative menu focuses on locally sourced, house-made charcuterie. How about a postdinner drink? The options on Butler are endless, but the flavors in Umami’s (202 38th St., 412-224-2354) unique cocktails (think wasabi and pickled ginger) pair perfectly with the menu of Japanese street food. Ready for some entertainment? One-screen movie theater Row House Cinema (4115 Butler St., www.rowhousecinema.com) shows themed series of classics and cult favorites (Over the Top Action week included Rambo and Bullitt). While you watch, enjoy a beer from the adjoining Bierport bottleshop. Finally, finish off the night amidst the Victorian charm of Butterwood Bake Consortium (5222 Butler St., 412-781-0218). Decadent cakes, pies and other fancy desserts (including vegan options) take center stage. And with late-night hours, this is a sweet alternative to the bar scene.


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HILL DISTRICT 412-471-8986

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MARKET SQUARE 412-261-2343

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BRENTWOOD 412-881-3777

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LEBANON SHOPS 412-344-6626

GREENGATE 724-832-8139

PETERS TOWNSHIP 724-942-2660

MCKEESPORT 412-673-7366

PLEASANT HILLS 412-653-8600

MONROEVILLE 412-373-7000

SOUTH HILLS 412-831-2584

MURRYSVILLE 724-325-4130

VIRGINIA MANOR 412-531-2422

NORTH HUNTINGDON 724-864-6635

WASHINGTON 724-228-3305

PENN HILLS 412-244-8589

WEST CRAFTON 412-922-4208

SQUIRREL HILL 412-521-7031

MOON 412-262-1444

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food COCA CAFÉ Breakfast and lunch rule this charming spot. With menu items like fried eggplant Benedict and pumpkin pancakes, your only worry will be deciding between sweet and savory. 3811 Butler St., 412-621-3171

ESPRESSO A MANO This popular spot is a great place to read, meet friends, or just relax and people-watch, all while enjoying some of the best coffee in town. 3623 Butler St., 412-918-1864

FRANKTUARY Fancy hot dogs (and fancy cocktails) headline, but you’ll also find poutine, sandwiches and more for meat-eaters and vegans alike. 3810 Butler St., 412-586-7224

GEPPETTO CAFÉ Specializing in sweet and savory

crepes, this charming nook walks the line between European-style café and cozy American diner. 4121 Butler St., 412-709-6399

KICKBACK PINBALL CAFÉ As if the second-floor pinball arcade weren’t enough of a draw, Kickback offers sandwiches, soups, salads and a full menu of coffee drinks for pre-game nourishment. 4326 Butler St., 412-682-3200

LA GOURMANDINE Swing by this classic French bakery for a baguette or a pastry — but good luck choosing just one from the array of tarts, cakes and croissants. 4605 Butler St., 412-682-2210

MORCILLA Here, chef Justin Severino takes on Spanish cuisine. Pintxos (small plates traditional to northern Spain) and Severino’s signature charcuterie are the focus. 3519 Butler St., 412-652-9924


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SPIRIT

Wood-fired pizzas, handmade pasta and other comfort foods make this intimate Tuscan Italian restaurant a well-loved destination. 3801 Butler St., 412-622-0111

The former Moose Lodge is now one of the neighborhood’s hippest spots. Two spacious floors accommodate buzz bands and up-and-coming acts alike, plus dance parties and more. 242 51st St., 412-586-4441

PITTSBURGH JUICE COMPANY Offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies and raw, vegan snacks. Up the healthiness by staying for a class at the adjoining Yoga Factory. 3418 Penn Ave., 412-586-5060

THUNDERBIRD CAFE A cornerstone of the Pittsburgh music scene, this casual, intimate spot hosts live performances by local and national artists of all genres. 4023 Butler St., 412-682-0177

ROUND CORNER CANTINA Engaging food offerings (think chipotle-brie quesadillas and mahimahi tacos) are complemented by a great cocktail list and one of the best outdoor patios in town. 3720 Butler St., 412-904-2279

shopping BRAMBLER BOUTIQUE The place for sweet baby gifts you won’t find elsewhere, like adorable outfits, eco-friendly rattles, fashionable (really!) teething jewelry, and much more. 3609 Butler St., 412-682-1327

THE VANDAL Potted plants and exposed brick make an inviting backdrop for The Vandal’s seasonal take on simple comfort food like burgers and biscuits. 4306 Butler St., 412-251-0465

CITY GROWS A must-stop for green thumbs, this divine-smelling garden shop carries organic plants, soil, seeds and bulbs, as well as gardening tools and gift items. 5208 Butler St., 412-781-2082

bars+clubs THE ABBEY ON BUTLER Formerly a funeral home (and before that a foundry), this historic, inviting and vast space now houses a coffee house, restaurant and bar. 4635 Butler St., 412-682-0200

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ALLEGHENY WINE MIXER Here’s proof that wine bars don’t have to be stuffy. Enjoy expertly curated wines, beers, cocktails and artisanal meats and cheeses in a low-key loungy setting. 5326 Butler St., 412-252-2337

TENDER BAR + KITCHEN

CATTIVO

GRYPHON’S TEA

Housed in a former bank building, Tender harkens to another era. Impeccably crafted upscale cocktails match the beautifully vintage décor. 4300 Butler St., 412-402-9522

It looks small from the outside, but this two-level venue is big enough to host multiple events at once, from touring indie rock bands to Beyoncé dance nights. 146 44th St., 412-687-2157

Specializing in organic and free-trade teas, Gryphon’s also carries culinary herbs, fresh spices and brewing accessories. 4127 Butler St., 412-877-4223

ARSENAL BOWLING LANES Like a cocktail with your game? This hip second-floor bowling alley has a full bar. Don’t miss Rock ’n’ Bowl nights, featuring live bands. 4310 Butler St., 412-683-5992

ARSENAL CIDER HOUSE This Civil War-themed cidery specializes in small-batch ciders, fruit wines and mead. Buy it by the growler, or enjoy a glass in-house. 300 39th St., 412-260-6968

BLUE MOON Folks of all orientations can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of this kitschy gay bar. Drop in for karaoke, a drag show or just a cheap drink. 5115 Butler St., 412-781-1119

This small grocer offers kitchen staples and prepared food, as well as a place to grab a cup of coffee and catch up with your neighbors. 601 52nd St., 412-408-3798

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HAMBONES

This established venue features three large gallery spaces, and specializes both in Japanese prints and work by local artists. 3583 Butler St., 412-687-2606

This homey restaurant/venue hosts touring bands and off-beat weekly events ranging from acoustic open stages to stand-up comedy and improv nights. 4207 Butler St., 412-681-4318

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NIED’S HOTEL

This charming row-house gallery was opened in 1994 by weaver Mary Coleman. See her work as well as rotating exhibits of work by local artists. 187 43rd St., 412-683-6488

Come for the fish sandwich, stay for the music. Pittsburgh country legend Slim Forsythe and the aptly titled Nied’s Hotel band are regular performers at the bar, which opened in 1941. 5438 Butler St., 412-781-9853

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Located behind Piccolo Forno, this little bar features grappa, wine, amari and espresso (with or without a kick of booze). Your Italian grandfather would approve. 3801 Butler St., 412-904-3907

This newly reopened neighborhood institution hosts everything from ’80s Night and Down and Derby rollerskating parties, to punk shows and record fairs. 4016 Butler St., 412-687-2555

REMEDY This quirky, multi-level bar hosts dance nights every weekend. The drinks are cheap and the lights are dim, which makes it a great place to perfect your moves. 5121 Butler St., 412-781-6771

LOVE BIKES A one-stop shop, whether you’re in the market for a new bike, or your current ride needs a little TLC. Bike restoration is a specialty. 4102 Butler St., 412-235-7026

PHOENIX BOUTIQUE High-end designer fashions are the focus at this well-curated consignment shop. You never know what treasures you’ll find. 3627 Butler St., 412-683-1290

UNA BOTANICALS Offering earth-friendly skin and beauty products made with organic ingredients, Una will leave you feeling (and smelling) lovely. 4322 Butler St., www.unabiologicals.com

WILDCARD Hunting for a unique gift? Browse the wide selection of greeting cards, jewelry, Pittsburghthemed novelties and other handmade goods. 4209 Butler St., 412-224-2651 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 27


The Duquesne Incline overlooking Downtown Pittsburgh / PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS

ONE DAY IN TOWN

MOUNT WASHINGTON +ALLENTOWN BY REBECCA ADDISON | R NU T TAL L @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Mount Washington and Allentown are hilltop neighborhoods in the southern end of Pittsburgh. While Mount Washington has long been a popular destination for tourists, thanks to stunning views of the city, Allentown hasn’t always been as heavily trafficked. But that’s changing as the working-class neighborhood’s business district has recently been revived with new startups, shops and cafes. Whether it’s the Monongahela Incline (5 Grandview Ave.) or the Duquesne Incline (1220 Grandview Ave.), a visit to Mount Washington must include a ride on one of the city’s two remaining inclines. Both take riders up to Grandview Avenue, but choose the Duquesne, if you’re looking for fine dining like Monterey Bay Fish Grotto (1411 Grandview Ave., 412-481-4414). The Monongahela will take you up to Shiloh Street, where you can find more affordable bars and restaurants like Shiloh Grill (123 Shiloh St., 412-431-4000). If you’re there on 28 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

a Tuesday, make sure to check out bacon night. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing experience, try the Zen Den (10 Boggs Ave., 412-589-9119), a massage-therapy and wellness destination. And before you make your way down the mount to Allentown, walk some of Emerald View Park’s 10 miles of trails, or try the whole thing, if you’re game. Down in Allentown, you’ll find new unique shops and restaurants on Warrington Avenue. Looking for breakfast (or lunch)? Try the newly opened Breakfast at Shelly’s (740 E. Warrington Ave., 412- 245-6785). The Ty’s fries (french fries smothered in cheese sauce with jalapeños and crispy bacon) are already a favorite with locals. Also keep an eye out for pop-up brunches from Sweet Peaches, a catering company with limited hours at their café (639 E. Warrington Ave., www.eatsweetpeaches.com). And if you have time, stop into Spool (816 E. Warrington Ave., 412-481-1985), a fabric-and-sewing store that also offers classes, events and workstations.


THE SUMMIT

food

Unique selection of cocktails and craft beer, plus light bites and heartier fare like fried plantains and pork-belly ramen. 200 Shiloh St., 412- 918-1647

ALLA FAMIGLIA One of the city’s best-kept secrets, this hidden gem features Italian cuisine. Reservations required. 804 E. Warrington Ave., 412- 488-1440

arts+culture

ALTIUS

THE ZEN DEN

Contemporary fine dining with an amazing view. Seasonal menu features locally sourced, organic and sustainable options. 1230 Grandview Ave., 412-904-4442

This spiritual holistic business focuses on massage therapy, reflexology, yoga and intuitive readings. 10 Boggs Ave., 412-589-9119

DIFIORE’S ICE CREAM DELITE

music

Ice cream is the main draw here, but the food, like giant fish sandwiches gets raves as well. 120 Shiloh St., 412-381-4640

BLACK FORGE COFFEE This coffeeshop offers live music, poetry readings and more, with events almost every day. 1206 Arlington Ave., 412-291-8994

LE MONT Perfect for events, this venue has the best view on Grandview. Stop in for dinner or drinks. 1114 Grandview Ave., 412-431-3100

LEON’S CARRIBEAN Affordable lunch and dinner menu with dishes like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail stew. 823 E. Warrington Ave., 412-431-5366

MICRO DINER Best known for breakfast specialties like stuffed pancakes filled with toppings like Nutella. 221 Shiloh St., 412-381-1391

Black Forge Coffee / PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS

shopping FASCINO BOUTIQUE

bars+clubs

and pool. Cheap drinks and daily specials. Cash only. 212 Shiloh St., 412-381-4322

BIGHAM TAVERN Craft and domestic beers, wine and spirits. Stop in for wing night to try one or two of the 30 sauces. 321 Bigham St., 412-431-9313

CAFÉ NIKO’S A dive bar complete with darts

REDBEARD’S BAR AND GRILL

Women’s clothing and accessories retailer hosting regular beauty and fashion events at the shop. 128 Wyoming St., shopfascino.com

LA PETITE ARMOIRE

A sports bar with daily drink specials for Steelers, Pirates and Penguins games plus burgers, appetizers and more. 201 Shiloh St., 412-431-3730

An upscale children’s clothing boutique featuring locally made wares and designer brands. 748 E. Warrington Ave., slaydapparel.com

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Bicycle Heaven / PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL

ONE DAY IN TOWN

NORTH SIDE BY BILL O’DRISCOLL | DR ISC O L L @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Though widely considered a unit, Pittsburgh’s North Side actually comprises 18 separate neighborhoods stretching from the Allegheny River into the residential communities in the hills beyond. There’s plenty to do, even if you haven’t exhausted the possibilities afforded by such large-scale riverfront attractions as two sports stadia, a casino, a concert venue and the Carnegie Science Center. Speaking of the river, the North Side’s signature outdoor activity is Kayak Pittsburgh (www.ventureoutdoors.org), which rents recreational craft in season from beneath the Roberto Clemente Bridge, right near baseball’s PNC Park. A morning paddle will prepare you for the nearby National Aviary (700 Arch St., 412-323-7235), a top-flight bird zoo with 500 specimens representing some 150 species from around the world, some in rooms where they fly free. From a golden-crested mynah to an Andean condor, find them here, along with popular African-penguin exhibit Penguin Point. For a little history, wander the adjacent Mexican War Streets (www.mexicanwarstreets.org), among Pittsburgh’s most tightly 30 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

woven communities, full of lovingly restored Victorian homes. Attractions here include Randyland (1501 Arch St., 412-342-8152), a free courtyard museum of found objects and original art by local character Randy Gilson. Blocks away, visit the internationally known Mattress Factory (500 Sampsonia Way, www.mattress.org), a museum of installation art whose newest acquisition is German artist Hans Peter Kuhn’s Acupuncture, which literally alters the neigbhorhood’s skyline. For dinner, try Scratch (1720 Lowrie St., 412-251-0822), a newer joint blending neighborhood ambience with that craft-beer/new American cuisine thing; try the carrot soup and award-winning beef-tongue Reuben. Drinking culture is big on the North Side: No fewer than three craft breweries were slated to open here within months of press time. While you await those, Wigle Barrelhouse (1055 Spring Garden Ave., www.wiglewhiskey.com), a satellite of the award-winning local distillery, is open evenings for cocktails; on Saturdays in season, enjoy live music outdoors amidst cocktailthemed plantings.


food

NICKY’S THAI KITCHEN Top-notch traditional Thai cuisine, with patio seating as weather permits. 854 Western Ave., 412-321-8424

ARNOLD’S TEA SHOP AND CAFÉ Hot and cold specialty teas, coffee, fresh sandwiches and pastries in a capacious double storefront. 502 E. Ohio St., 412-322-2494

SUBBA ASIAN RESTAURANT Nepalese, Chinese and Indian food meet at this second-floor spot; you’ll ask for mo’ momos. 700 Cedar Ave., 412-586-5764

BENJAMIN’S WESTERN AVENUE BURGER BAR Barrel-aged cocktails meet custom-blended burgers at this informal but intimate spot. 900 Western Ave., 412-224-2163

WILSON’S BAR B-Q Southern-style pork ribs, chicken and sides, mostly for takeout, at this neighborhood institution. 700 N. Taylor St., 412-322-7427

BISTRO TO GO Soul food and healthy variations are the specialty at this restaurant, known for its outdoor patio and Sunday breakfast buffet. 415 E. Ohio St., 412-231-0218

CARMI’S SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT Smother chicken, fish and grits: You get the picture at this Southern soul-food establishment. 917 Western Ave., 412-231-0100

COMMONPLACE AT THE MEXICAN WAR STREETS Newest location for the popular regional roastery. 1501 Buena Vista St., 724-427-5442

City Books / PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL

staple at this mostly takeout joint, which also serves Mexican Coke. 1108 Federal St., 412-904-3451

JAMES STREET GASTROPUB & SPEAKEASY Live music several nights weekly (jazz is the specialty) complements the tasty food and drink menus at this historic pub. 422 Foreland St., 412-904-3335

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this established restaurant. 500 E. North Ave., 412-321-8000

LOLA BISTRO “Contemporary comfort food” (carbonara; Sumatran chicken curry) is the calling card at this cozy neighborhood spot. 1100 Gavleston Ave., 412-322-1106

bars+clubs JEROME BETTIS GRILLE 36 Steaks, sandwiches, signature cocktails and more are on the menu at the expansive restaurant and sports bar owned by the retired Steelers great. 393 North Shore Drive, 412-224-6287

THE MODERN CAFÉ MAX’S ALLEGHENY TAVERN A family-style atmosphere is apt for your sauerbraten, potato pancakes and other hearty German specialties. 237 Suismon St., 412-231-1899

The beer selection is good, and the sandwiches might be even better at this welcoming neighborhood joint within walking distance of Heinz Field. 862 Western Ave., 412-321-4550

• Navigate a Pittsburgh-themed water table at H2Oh! • Tour a real submarine, USS Requin. • Explore the science of small and tour the Tiny House. • Discover the science of baseball in our new theater show Grand Slam Science. • Make something fabulous in the high-tech Fab Lab!

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Casino’s outdoor amphitheater. Visit the Rivers Casino website for additional details and the full show schedule. On July 15, “Rivers Rumble V” brings fast-paced boxing action to the riverfront. Pittsburgh natives and nationally-recognized fighters will face off in a series of toptier bouts. Guests of all ages are welcome to come see the action up close and personal, while access to the casino and parking garage remains limited to guests ages 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the Rivers Casino Gift Shop. This August, Rivers welcomes 70s and 80s chart-topper Donnie Iris for a special performance in the amphitheater. The former member of the Jaggerz and Wild Cherry will take the stage Saturday, August 13. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at RiversCasino.com.

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MONTEREY PUB

CITY BOOKS

Iconic neighborhood hangout has mahogany booths, a tasty menu and only Irish beers on tap. 1227 Monterey St., 412-322-6535

Venerable South Side used-book emporium was recently reborn under new ownership, in cozy digs. 908 Galveston Ave., www.citybookspgh.com

PARK HOUSE The popcorn and peanuts are free, and the clientele are diverse at this tavern, among Pittsburgh’s oldest, at this venerable watering hole, where live-music offerings include Wednesday bluegrass jams. 403 E. Ohio St., 412-224-2273

SON OF STEDEFORD’S DISCOUNT RECORDS Used vinyl, especially the basement stash of jazz and soul, defines this storefront emporium. 515 E. Ohio St., 412-321-8333

TOM FRIDAY’S MARKET PENN BREWERY From its signature Penn Pilsner to weinerschnitzel on the menu, Pittsburgh’s oldest microbrewery has a Germanic theme, and it’s housed in a landmark 19thcentury brewery. 800 Vinial St., 412-237-9400

RIVERTOWNE NORTH SHORE One of four restaurants in the local chain, featuring extensive pub grub and its own locally brewed Rivertowne beer. 337 North Shore Drive, 412-322-5000

shopping ALLEGHENY CITY MARKET This newer specialty grocer with an old-school neighborhood feel has deli sandwiches, fresh produce and much more. 1327 Arch St., 412-321-4021 34 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

This esteemed neighborhood butcher says it’s the only place in town to carry fresh hanging sides of beef. 3639 California Ave., 412-766-4500

arts+culture ALLEGHENY CITY HISTORY GALLERY Married couple Bill and Kim Gandy co-founded and staff this showcase for photos and more from the neighborhood that used to be its own municipality. 433 E. Ohio St.. northsidehistory.org

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM The famed Pittsburgh-born artist gets a thorough accounting of his life and work in many media in this internationally known sevenstory museum. 117 Sandusky St., 412-237-8300


Arnold’s Tea Shop and Café / PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL

BICYCLE HEAVEN Claiming to be the nation’s largest bicycle museum, this kind of astounding warehouse attraction boasts bikes and memorabilia from the 1800s to the present — and even a bicycle-repair shop. 1800 Preble Ave., 412-734-4034

NEU KIRCHE CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER An historic former church houses this startup gallery and artmaking space, which also hosts performances. 1000 Madison Ave., 412-322-2224

PHOTO ANTIQUITIES CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER Hands-on exhibits teaching physics, chemistry and nature, a sportsthemed annex and an Omnimax theater highlight this family venue. 1 Allegheny Ave., 412-237-3400

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH

Photo history from daguerreotypes to vintage cameras occupy the shelves at this extensive second-floor museum. 531 E. Ohio St., 412-231-7881

RANDYLAND

Please-touch exhibits and interactive artwork fill this popular venue. 10 Children’s Way, 412-322-5058

Local character Randy Gilson’s singularly colorful museum of found objects and his own art is open to the public. 1501 Arch St., 412-342-8152

CITY OF ASYLUM/ PITTSBURGH

TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Though it’s a hub for literary readings (and soon to have its own café and bookstore), this nonprofit still shelters and supports writers in exile. 324 Sampsonia Way, www.cityofasylum.org

This small but accomplished outfit remains one of the most in-demand on Pittsburgh’s contemporary-dance scene. www.textureballet.org

MATTRESS FACTORY MUSEUM Installation art is the specialty of this internationally known museum (which inhabits an actual former mattress factory). 500 Sampsonia Way, 412-231-3169

NATIONAL AVIARY OF PITTSBURGH Exotic birds in free-flight rooms, endangered Andean condors, a popular penguin exhibit and more populate this unique bird zoo. 700 Arch St., 412-323-7235

NEW HAZLETT THEATER Touring and local concerts, plays and dance troupes, and the in-house subscription-based performance series, are on the menu at one the city’s oldest venues. 6 Allegheny Square East, 412-320-4610

music HEINZ FIELD When it’s not a pigskin game day, the stadium offers behemoth tours like Beyoncé, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift. 100 Art Rooney Ave., 412-697-7700

MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD Internationally touring jazz acts are the staple at this intimate venue run by the venerable arts group. 1815 Metropolitan St., 412-322-1773

STAGE AE Mid-sized touring acts from Ray LaMontagne to A$AP Ferg fill up this indoor/outdoor venue right near the riverfront. 400 North Shore Drive, 412-229-5483 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 35


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch / PHOTO BY STEPHEN CARUSO

ONE DAY IN TOWN

OAKLAND BY ASHLEY MURRAY | AMU R R AY@PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

On the surface, Oakland may seem like just a place for students. From September to May, tens of thousands of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon students descend on the neighborhood to fill dorms, apartments and bars. Youth and vibrancy are abundant in the streets of Oakland, but the area is also teeming with history and culture. Start your day by grabbing a coffee at the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Road, 412-802-8511). This century-old building is one of the only surviving structures of Schenley Park’s inception. Also, there are restrooms and snacks inside. After the visitor center, cross the street to Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden (1 Schenley Park, 412-622-6914). If it feels like a museum kind of day, pay admission inside and enjoy the Butterfly Forest and Tropical Forest Congo exhibits among other features, which include bonsai, native plants, orchids, palms and more. If you’re short on time, relax for a bit in Phipps’ free outdoor gardens. If it’s a Wednesday afternoon, you’re in luck because a farmers’ market sets up shop out front from June through October. 36 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

By now you’ve probably worked up an appetite, so walk along Schenley Drive until you hit Schenley Plaza (4100 Forbes Ave., www.pittsburghparks.org/schenley-plaza) — an acre of green space with a large covered area and cafe tables. If you’re in the plaza on a Friday during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll catch live music. No matter what season though, you’ll find several food kiosks and the full-service restaurant called The Porch (221 Schenley Drive, 412-687-6724). Expect farm-to-table dishes garnished with fresh herbs and homemade condiments; relax in the rustic interior or enjoy its namesake porch. After you fill up on great food, head directly across Forbes Avenue to the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning (4200 Forbes Ave., www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu). From the lawn, stare up at the nearly 600-foot-tall historic landmark. Once inside, stroll through the first floor and enjoy the Gothic architecture. And if you’ve made an appointment ahead of time, you can tour the nationality rooms — 30 rooms decorated in the style of various cultures, from African and early American to Korean and more.


Gene’s Place / PHOTO BY BILLY LUDT

food ALI BABA Indulge in tasty Middle Eastern food, including homemade hummus, moussaka, falafel, tabooli, fatoosh and more. Desserts, tea and coffee served up as well. 404 S. Craig St., 412-682-2829

cold beer or specialty margaritas, and enjoy Mexican-American food, from wings to giant burritos. 370 Atwood St., 412-681-5656

SPICE ISLAND TEAHOUSE An oasis of Southeast Asian cuisine, Spice Island serves up Burmese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean dishes. 253 Atwood St., 412-687-8821

CAFÉ PHIPPS No need to pay museum admission to visit this greenrestaurant-certified cafe at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Expect organic foods and compostable paper products. 1 Schenley Park, 412-622-6914

CONFLICT KITCHEN This small kiosk offers a rotating menu of foods from areas of the world with which the U.S. is in conflict, such as Iran and Cuba. 221 Schenley Drive, 412-802-8417

DAVE & ANDY’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM This old-school ice-cream shop is a must-see during any visit to the neighborhood. Breathe in that waffle-cone smell and enjoy one of the many ice-cream flavors. 207 Atwood St., 412-681-9906

THAI HANA

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Eat in or take-out Thai dishes at this small restaurant where the food packs a spicy punch. Choose from several curry, noodle or fried-rice dishes. 3608 Fifth Ave., 412-621-1100

bars+clubs BOOTLEGGERS A dive corner bar in Oakland where a few bucks will get you some good food and plenty to drink. 403 Semple St., 412-682-2668

BUTTERJOINT Craft beer, classic and specialty cocktails, and a wine selection are available in the cozy atmosphere in this full-service bar connected to Legume restaurant. 214 N. Craig St., 412-621-2700

LEGUME A new menu is posted daily on the website, just before dinner. With about five entrees available, each detailed plate receives individual attention. 214 N. Craig St., 412-621-2700

GENE’S PLACE A corner neighborhood bar with cheap beer, a dart board and a juke box. What else do you need? 3616 Louisa St., 412-682-2158

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P-TOWN

IRISH DESIGN CENTER

A diverse, accepting bar where entertainment runs the spectrum, from karaoke to dance to drag. 4740 Baum Blvd., 412-621-0111

Get that authentic Irish-knit wool sweater you’ve been after. Or, choose from a selection of Celtic design jewelry, Scottish novelties and fine pottery. 303 S. Craig St., 412-681-4230

arts+culture CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH MAIN BRANCH Gone are the days of librarians scolding “Shhhh!” Visit not only for the colossal book collection, but also for the games, crafts, language classes and even live music. 4400 Forbes Ave., 412-622-3114

CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY Enjoy the permanent collections and exhibits of contemporary works and natural-history wonders, or see this summer’s visiting National Geographic photos and Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. 4400 Forbes Ave., 412-622-3131

CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL Catch a concert or lecture at this grand 1895 theater, connected to the Carnegie Museums. 4400 Forbes Ave., www.carnegiemusuems.org

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PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Walk through a tropical African landscape, experience a butterfly forest or learn about native plants. 1 Schenley Park, 412-622-6914

shopping CALIBAN BOOK SHOP Peruse the shelves of eclectic books and collector’s items, including

PHANTOM OF THE ATTIC Two stores across the street from one another carry the latest comics and role-playing games. 406 and 411 S. Craig St., 412-621-1210

TOP NOTCH ART SUPPLY Paints, pens stretched canvas, you name it. This store will impress beginners and advanced artists alike, and the sales are often impressive as well. 411 S. Craig St., 412-683-4444

THE UNIVERSITY STORE ON FIFTH Not just a college-textbook shop, the University of Pittsburgh’s store carries titles by faculty authors, book of local interest and works published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. 4000 Fifth Ave., 412-648-1455

others spots of interest FORBES FIELD WALL A section of the outfield wall of this revered Pittsburgh stadium still stands in Oakland. You can even relive the anniversary of Bill Mazeroski’s Game 7 World Series homer from 1960 here during a celebration every October. Located on Roberto Clemente Drive, near Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business


What’s in store

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3925 Fifth Ave

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3939 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 • 412.648.2606 ThePittShop.com

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Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream / PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO

ONE DAY IN TOWN

SHADYSIDE BY ASHLEY MURRAY | AMU R R AY@PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

With its restored Victorian mansions and high-end shops, Shadyside gives off an upscale vibe. And, while some homes and places are posh, there is a funky, hip and fun side of the neighborhood, notably its boutiques and nightlife along Ellsworth Avenue. However, if you’re game to both embrace your fancy-schmancy side and let loose, enjoy Shadyside’s range of choices. First, treat yourself to high tea or gourmet hot cocoa and cookies at the Inn on Negley (703 S. Negley Ave., 412-661-0631). This restored 1880s Victorian home offers eight rooms and suites, named after types of apples, and luxury amenities include L’Occitane toiletries. But you don’t have to spend the night (or the cash) to feel special. Make an appointment to sip Earl Grey tea and eat finger sandwiches, or enjoy warm milk poured over chocolate lace with homemade marshmallows. If you’re still hungry, or you need to shake off the fanciness, 40 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

head to The Elbow Room (5744 1/2 Ellsworth Ave., 412-441-5222) for an “Average Joe” burger or some mac-and-cheese topped with fried chicken. If you get there before 4:30 p.m. on a weekday, take advantage of the happy hour, which includes half-off starters and beers, as well as $2 off glasses of wine. Even if you’re late, no worries, because The Elbow Room embraces happy hour again from 9-11 p.m. Mondays through Thursday. For dessert, head to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream (232 S. Highland Ave., www.millieshomemade.com) for, well, homemade ice cream! Flavors rotate, but keep an eye out for “Chad’s Vanilla,” “The Best Chocolate,” “Salted Hazelnut,” “Coconut Lime Sorbet” and many more. With a full belly, now there’s entertainment to be had. Head down Ellsworth to the Steel City Improv Theater (5950 Ellsworth Ave., 412-404-2695). It’s small — only 99 seats — but the shows pack a lot of laughs. See a more seasoned troupe, or one in training, as the space is also home to improv classes.


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food ADDA COFFEE & TEA HOUSE

turned inn. 703 S. Negley Ave., 412-661-0631

Named after a Bengali word that means friendly conversation, Adda serves up fairly sourced coffee and international teas, as well as light fare. 200 S. Highland Ave., 412-404-8403

PRANTL’S BAKERY

CAFÉ MOULIN

SHADYSIDE MARKET & DELI

This cozy crepery nestled on a side street can hit the spot for lunch or satisfy the sweet tooth. 732 Filbert St., 412-347-8508

Specialty foods can be found on the grocery-store shelves, but there are also just good old-fashioned deli sandwiches to be had. Service is friendly. 5414 Walnut St., 412-682-5470

CASBAH Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and fine wine inside a chic dining room or on a covered patio. 229 S. Highland Ave., 412-661-5656

EDEN A restaurant for the allergyconscious diner, with vegan, raw and 100 percent glutenfree options. 735 Copeland St., 412-802-7070

GIRASOLE Dine as if you were in Italy in this cozy basement restaurant, and drink a bottle of rossi with your insalata, paste and secondo. 733 Copeland St. 412-682-2130

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Bring your appetite and humor to this laid-back restaurant, where the menu is filled with creative, and funny, food descriptions. And, don’t forget, #tuesdayisbaconnight. 5747 Ellsworth Ave., 412-362-5273

Watch classic music videos on several screens in this LGBTQ-focused bar and restaurant. 5801 Ellsworth Ave., 412-661-5600

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Eat Pan-Asian cuisine in Soba’s swanky setting. And from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays, you can feel fancy with $6 cocktails in the lounge bar. 5647 Ellsworth Ave., 412-362-5656

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Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing / PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO

CAPPY’S CAFE

AUGUST 2

Low-key corner bar where solid Friday night of wing bites and karaoke (a.k.a. Cappyoke) can be had. Trivia happens on Wednesdays, and sports are generally on the television. 5431 Walnut St., 412-621-1188

LE MARDI GRAS This establishment squeezes fresh orange and grapefruit juice daily, so grab a bar stool and pick your liquor. 731 Copeland St., 412-683-0912

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WILLIAM PENN TAVERN Wings and chicken tenders are the main features at this tavern, but enjoy burgers, hot dogs, gyros and hoagies as well. And, oh yeah, beer! 739 Bellefonte St., 412-621-1000

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THE YARD A gastropub and eatery with 42 beers on tap and 20 kinds of whiskey. 736 Bellefonte St., 412-709-6351

arts+culture PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS  Visit the galleries or take classes

ranging from digital animation to metalsmithing. Summer camps for kids also available. 6300 Fifth Ave., 412-361-0873

shopping EONS FASHION ANTIQUE Shop vintage clothing and jewelry from the 1930s1980s. 5850 Ellsworth Ave., 412-361-3368

HEY BETTY! VINTAGE CLOTHING Chic vintage clothing shop with bragging rights — celebrities have stepped through its doors. 5890 Ellsworth Ave., 412-363-0999

THE PICKET FENCE Boutique offering clothes for babies, kids and women as well as home decor and novelty gifts. 5425 Walnut St., 412-246-0350

SCHILLER’S PHARMACY An independent business since 1903, Schiller’s serves the neighborhood’s medicinal needs, but it’s also a great place to find fine lotions and cosmetics. 811 S. Aiken Ave., 412-621-5900


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ONE DAY IN TOWN

SOUTH SIDE BY CELINE ROBERTS | C E L INE @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

The South Side is a part of town that stays up late, but mornings there can be just as fun. Begin yours at Big Dog Coffee (2717 Sarah St., 412-586-7306) with a pastry and any style of coffee drink your heart desires. Cozy up in an armchair in front of the roaring fireplace in the winter; in the summer, enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood while tucked away on the patio. Stroll down East Carson Street to Three Rivers Vintage (1716 E. Carson St., 412-431-2140). Carrying pieces that go as far back as the late 1800s, this is a hidden gem for both men’s and women’s vintage and consigment clothing. Whether you are looking for bell-bottoms or a classic ’50s varsity sweater, you’ll enjoy browsing through history. Lose the rest of the afternoon at Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (1113 E. Carson St., 412-251-5150). Whether you prefer classic pinball, arcade games or console games, you’ll get into the 44 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

groove to channel your inner child. Buy some tokens, or play all day on the classic consoles for only $10. At night, the South Side comes alive with people streaming in from all parts of the city and suburbs to enjoy the party scene. Club Café (56 S. 12th St., 412-431-4950) always has a solid and diverse lineup of bands, standup comedy and even burlesque to help you enjoy your evening. Shows are reasonably priced and the room is an intimate, art-deco-style haven for livemusic fans. Once you’re all tired out and ready to wind down for the night, grab a seat at Acacia (2108 E. Carson St., 412-488-1800), a cocktail bar designed in Prohibition-era style. Keep your eyes open for the subtly marked door, and once inside, enjoy the menu of excellent libations to the sounds of jazz floating over patrons’ conversations.


Brunch: 11am-3pm Sat & Sun Dinner: 55-11 11 pm Mon-Sat Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30 pm Sunday 3-7 pm

Gourmet Comfort Food. Outdoor Seating! The Pub Chip Shop / PHOTO BY HEATHER MULL

food CAFE DU JOUR Beautiful homemade food with French influence is on the menu of this tiny, romantic cafe. Try to get a back-porch seat in the summer. 1107 E. Carson St., 412-488-9695

CAMBOD-ICAN KITCHEN

should keep everyone fat and happy. 1705 E. Carson St., 412-488-1808

OVER THE BAR BICYCLE CAFÉ Ride your bike to this bike-themed bar, and have a pint and some pub fare to fuel you up for the road. 2518 E. Carson St., 412-381-3698

This Cambodian-American fusion restaurant is one of the only places in the city for late-night eats. Options for meat-eaters and vegetarians abound. 1701 E. Carson St., 412-381-6199

PIPER’S PUB

DISH OSTERIA & BAR

THE PUB CHIP SHOP

Take a date here and your date might love you forever. Known for its hospitality and thoughtfully curated coastal Italian menu. 128 S. 17th St., 412-390-2012

Piper’s little brother, this tiny spot serves up savory pies, fish-andchips, scotch eggs and a healthy dose of sarcasm. 1830 E. Carson St., 412-381-2447

DOCE TAQUERIA

STAGIONI

This teeny taqueria has a few stools and a whole lot of flavor. Stop by for classic tacos, including a vegan option. 1220 E. Carson St., 412-238-8518

Delicious homemade Italian food, right down to the fresh ingredients. Expect great pasta dishes, excellent meats and simply prepared but soul-warming dishes. 2104 E. Carson St., 412-586-4738

DOUBLE WIDE GRILL This open, dog-friendly bar inhabiting an old gas station is a great place for some grub and a beer. Good veggie choices. 2339 E. Carson St., 412-390-1111.

LA PALAPA Truly traditional Mexican food in friendly atmosphere. Try the mole and the chili rellenos. 1925 E. Carson St., 412-586-7015

THE MILKSHAKE FACTORY This is the place to come for over-the-top sweet treats. More than 50 flavors of milkshakes

A true Scottish-Irish pub, this is the place to drink scotch, wash down pie-and-mash, and watch soccer, ahem, football. 1828 E. Carson St., 412-381-2797

ZENITH The spot is a quirky little vegetarian restaurant with a well-known brunch and plenty of mismatched chotchkies. 86 S. 26th St., 412-481-4833.

bars+clubs BEEHIVE COFFEEHOUSE A mainstay in the hip coffeeshop scene. You can still expect lots of tattoos, strong coffee and, later in the day, a strong “adult beverage.” 1327 E. Carson St., 412-488-4483

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BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE TAVERN Rowdy weekends and easy days make this lived-in neighborhood establishment with an impressive beer list a great place to meet friends. 2901 Sarah St., 412-381-2739

CARMELLA’S PLATES & PINTS Still a bit of a darling among industry folks, the place has earned its reputation for a no-nonsense menu and a good time. 1908 E. Carson St., 412-918-1215

DEE’S CAFÉ Darts, pool, ping pong and cheap beer keep this landmark bar competitive and fun. Be prepared to smell like smoke. 1314 E. Carson St., 412-431-1314

FAT HEADS Big everything, from the sandwiches to the beer list. This place is a Pittsburgh classic and will remain so for years to come. 1805 E. Carson St., 412-431-7433 TEEN performs at Club Café /

JACK ROSE BAR

PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON

The dive bar to end all dive bars, Jack’s draws in the rough-andtumble regulars and curious college kids, too. Cheap is the name of the game. 2104 E. Carson St., 412-431-3644

with slightly off-beat themes. 1300 Bingham St., 412-431-2489

SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

LOCAL

Solely devoted to photography, this gallery features new work from Pittsburgh and around the world. 1015 E. Carson St., 412-431-1810

A bar and an open rooftop known to host Pittsburgh sports stars and fans alike. 1515 E. Carson St., 412-431-1125.

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other spots of interest

COMMONWEALTH PRESS Celebrate Pittsburgh culture through screen-printed T-shirts and other wares featuring local sports teams, neighborhoods and celebrities. 1931 E. Carson St., 412-431-4207

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Dee’s Café / PHOTO BY BILLY LUDT

CULTURE SHOP Placate your inner hippie with some turquoise jewelry, Thai fisherman’s pants and incense from this unique bohemian hideaway. 1602 E. Carson St., 412-481-8284

accessories in the latest colors and styles grace this boutique. Shop for a cute dress or a new bauble. 1406 E. Carson St., 412-431-7700

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Good prices and a sizable inventory of both new vinyl and used CDs are the bread-and-butter of Dave’s. Browse through thousands of records on a rainy day. 1210 E. Carson St., 412-488-8800

A well-curated vintage shop with a ton of style and friendly help. Check out the Instagram account to see what’s new. 1411 E. Carson St., 412-251-0818

DECADE This street-style boutique will keep your wardrobe fresh. Pick up some Pittsburgh-themed wear for extra street cred. 1407 E. Carson St., 412-720-1677

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CHARLIE MURDOCH’S DUELING PIANO BAR This South Side gem is closed for renovations until August 2016, but they’ll be back with all of the dueling pianos they can muster. 1005 E. Carson St., 412-431-7464

REX THEATER

Bring your friends and family for an adventure game inside a room that’s an interactive puzzle. Find clues to help you escape in 60 minutes. 1505 E. Carson St., 412-301-7444

This former movie theater houses an impressive variety of shows. Rock acts, comedians, freak shows and storytelling nights all find a home here. 1602 E. Carson St., 412-381-6811

OLIVER BATH HOUSE

SMILING MOOSE

RIVERFRONT WALKING TRAIL

This lively venue is known for hosting all-ages rock shows in the top bar. For dancing, you’ll also find a DJ or two spinning a couple of nights a week. 1306 E. Carson St., 412-431-4668

Hop on this trail to hike and bike along on the Monongahela River. Start here and you can go all the way to Washington, D.C., on the Great Allegheny Passage.

arts+culture CITY THEATRE This long-standing theater group presents Pittsburgh premieres of contemporary plays, often

This is the only city pool that stays open year-round. Use that summer pool pass to swim in every season. 38 S. 10th St., 412- 488-8380

SOUTHSIDE WORKS This shopping center down by the river boasts a multiplex movie theater, shops galore from REI to Urban Outfitters, and restaurants of all types to assuage your appetite. Between 26th Street and Hot Metal Street, www.southsideworks.com


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Jerry’s Records / PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS

ONE DAY IN TOWN

SQUIRREL HILL BY AL HOFF | AH O F F @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Squirrel Hill is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods, and though it’s primarily residential, it also boasts one of the largest retail areas in town. Start at the intersection of Forbes and Murray avenues; you’ll find most of the shops, restaurants and bars along these two thoroughfares. Near that intersection sits the Manor Theater (1729 Murray Ave., 412-422-9851), a longtime moviehouse. It has four screens, playing tonier Hollywood fare and arthouse flicks, and a recently renovated lobby with a bar. Take your post-movie discussion to the 61C Café (1839 Murray Ave., 412-521-6161), one block away. Named for a bus line that passes by, the low-key coffeehouse offers beverages and house-made pastries. If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong here: The Murray/Forbes corridors have an astonishing number of bakeries and ice-cream spots; try Wafflalonia (1707 Murray Ave., 412-521-4902), a nook that makes fresh Belgian liege 48 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

waffles. For savory eats, pop into Nu Modern Jewish Bistro (1711 Murray Ave., 412-422-0220), which offers traditional Jewish deli fare, updated but still comforting. Squirrel Hill is the cultural center for Pittsburgh’s Jewish population. Besides the kosher grocery stores and shops that trade in Judaica, you’ll find the Jewish Community Center (5738 Forbes Ave., www.jccpgh.org), which offers everything from a gym and dance classes to a small gallery/exhibit space. There’s lots more knowledge across the street at the Carnegie Library branch, which functions as much as a community gathering spot as a repository of books. Nice weather? Take a book outside into the library’s rooftop sculpture garden. Then there’s the magnificent Frick Park, which borders the eastern edge of Squirrel Hill. In its 644 acres, you’ll find bike trails, hiking paths, playgrounds, a dog park and an astonishing amount of wilderness for a mid-city escape into nature.


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Manor Theater / PHOTO BY STEPHEN CARUSO

food AIELLO’S and MINEO’S It’s a perennial Pittsburgh argument which spot has the best pizza. Located on the same block, try them both. Aiello’s: 2112 Murray Ave., 412-521-9973. Mineo’s: 2128 Murray Ave., 412-521-9864

ALLEGRO HEARTH Come early for the best selection — these varieties of freshly baked bread (plus cookies and small sweets) go fast. 2034 Murray Ave., 412-422-5623

CHAYA It’s not just sushi — though there is a lengthy menu of it — at this Japanese restaurant. Try teriyaki, noodle bowls, hot pots and even a full traditional dinner. 2032 Murray Ave., 412-422-2082

CHENGDHU GOURMET The hot spot — literally — for spicy Sichuan cuisine. Its extensive menu includes many less-common Chinese dishes. 5840 Forward Ave., 412-521-2088

EAT’N PARK When it’s after midnight and you need French fries and a milkshake, this stalwart outpost of Pittsburgh’s own diner chain has got you covered. 1816 Murray Ave., 412-422-7203

GABY Y JULES Stock up on this French patisserie’s colorful macarons — so light and airy — and also classic desserts (like éclairs and mousse cakes), croissants and breads. 5837 Forbes Ave., 412-682-1966

GLUUTENY For those with food sensitivities, this bakery that specializes in gluten-free and dairy-free indulgences like cupcakes and cookies is an extra-sweet treat. 1923 Murray Ave., 412-521-4890

GREEN PEPPER A family-run restaurant that’s your spot for spicy kimchi pancakes, bibimbop, bulgogi and other Korean specialties. 2020 Murray Ave., 412-422-2277

NAYA This unassuming restaurant lets diners explore the depths of Syrian cuisine, along with more familiar Middle Eastern fare. 2018 Murray Ave., 412-421-1920

bars+clubs HIDDEN HARBOR This new sister bar to Independent Brewing offers a relaxed tiki-ish vibe, and fruit-infused based cocktails to match. The poko-lulu bowl serves four. 1708 Shady Ave., 412- 422-5040

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Call 412-697-3522 for more information • JCCPGH.org JCC Membership is Open to Everyone

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INDEPENDENT BREWING COMPANY Regional beer is paramount here, and the casual, open-to-thestreet atmosphere encourages hanging out with friends. 1704 Shady Ave., 412-422-5040

SILKY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL It’s a rare sports bar where non-fans won’t feel out of place. Sure, the game is on, but ignoring it is OK, too. 1731 Murray Ave., 412-421-9222

SQUIRREL HILL CAFÉ Locals call it “the Cage,” and this smoky bar keeps the old-school

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vibe: beer, greasy bar fare, jukebox tunes and close conversations in narrow wooden booths. 5802 Forbes Ave., 412-521-3327

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shopping ACOUSTIC MUSIC WORKS Attention string-pluckers: That guitar, mandolin, banjo or ukulele you need is at this music shop. 2142 Murray Ave., 412-422-0710

AVALON Smart — and fashionable — shoppers know to check this store first. It specializes in quality used garments, most of it recent, but there are kicky vintage pieces too. 5858 Forbes Ave., 412-421-2911

GAMES UNLIMITED Not everybody wants to play games on a tiny phone screen. Stop in for classic board and card games, role-playing games and even jigsaw puzzles. 2115 Murray Ave., 412-421-8807

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JERRY’S RECORDS The impressive collection of

affordable vinyl — from rock to classical, some stashed in warrens like hidden treasure — draws music enthusiasts from around the world. 2136 Murray Ave., 412-421-4533

LITTLES SHOES This Forbes Avenue landmark has been around for decades and helped generations of Pittsburghers — men, women and children — find the right fit. 5850 Forbes Ave., 412-521-3530

other spots of interest FORWARD LANES The perfect place to strike out. Unwind with bowling, buddies and beer at this neighborhood institution. 5844 Forward Ave., 412-422-5844

HOMEWOOD CEMETERY Such Pittsburgh notables as Henry Clay Frick and Henry J. Heinz are buried here. A fine place to walk and enjoy statuary, monuments and history. 1599 S. Dallas Ave., www.thehomewoodcemetery.com


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The sushi counter at Wholey’s / PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS

ONE DAY IN TOWN

STRIP DISTRICT +POLISH HILL BY RYAN DETO | RYANDE TO @PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

Get on your bike! Parking in this area can be a nightmare, especially on weekends, and the neighborhoods have some of Pittsburgh’s most bike-friendly paths. So explore the two contrasting neighborhoods on two wheels, or on two feet since the neighborhoods only stretch a couple of miles. Start in Polish Hill at Lili Coffee Shop (3138 Dobson St., 412-682-3600) for a caffeine boost before your ride. The hilltop café exemplifies the community spirit present in the onceimmigrant enclave; it contains a small community library and Black Lives Matter signs in the window. Polish Hill has over the years experienced an influx of young, liberal residents looking to create their own lefty paradise, in harmony with Polish old-timers. (The small neighborhood has two community gardens and two punk-rock venues.) 52 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016

Roll down the hill and bike or walk along Penn Avenue to enter the heart of the Strip District. Since you probably have Poland on your mind, stop in at S&D Polish Deli (2204 Penn Ave., www.sdpolishdeli.com) for locally made kielbasi, stuffed cabbage and an array of authentic Polish soups. The Strip District is transitioning from manufacturing hub to one of the city’s premier live/work/play neighborhoods. (Apartments there have the city’s second-highest average rent.) High-end lofts, mixed-use developments and hotels sit next to the ethnic grocers, specialty shops, fishmongers and butchers that line Penn. From the heart of the neighborhood, it is just a few hundred yards down 21st Street to the entrance of the Strip District Trail (friendsoftheriverfront.org), where you can ride or jaunt along the Allegheny River all the way to Point State Park and beyond.


Cali performs at the Pittsburgh Winery / PHOTO BY AARON WARNICK

food DELUCA’S Big portions of typical, greasyspoon breakfast food served in crowded, intimate setting. Lines almost always present, especially on weekends. 2015 Penn Ave., 412-566-2195

EDGAR’S TACO STAND Sidewalk stand serving streetstyle Mexican tacos, such as carne asada or al pastor and sometimes exotic favorites like lengua (beef tongue). 2627 Penn Ave., 412-849-8864

GAUCHO PARRILLA Flame-charred beef and seafood fill this casual Argentine grill with smoky, irresistible aromas. Try the chimichurri sauce. Expect lines in evening. 1601 Penn Ave., 412-709-6622

KAYA Caribbean, Southern and Latin flavors are fused into appetizers and entrees, ranging from conch hush puppies to jerked pulled-pork quesadillas. 2000 Smallman St., 412-261-6565

KLAVON’S 28TH STREET ICE CREAM PARLOR Several blocks down from the neighborhood action, this old-timey soda fountain is worth the trip for a banana split or an ice-cream soda. 2801 Penn Ave., 412-434-0451

OSTERIA 2350 Non-pretentious, locally sourced Italian fare including gnocchi and broccoli rabe antipasti; craft beer, too. 2350 Railroad St., 412-281-6595

PENN AVENUE FISH COMPANY A great place to eat seafood in

the city, whether the fish is grilled, blackened or served raw in sushi. 2208 Penn Ave., 412-434-7200

PHO VAN Specializing in its namesake beef noodle soup in a clean, casual and attractive space. Try the fresh shrimp rolls, if it is too hot for soup. 2120 Penn Ave., 412-281-7999

PRIMANTI BROTHERS You can’t do better than the original location that started the legendary Pittsburgh combo of French fries and coleslaw on a sandwich. 46 18th St., 412-263-2142

SALEM’S MARKET AND GRILL Away from the Strip, but easy to spot in a colorful building, this no-frills space offers grilled lamb, falafel, varieties of curries, and all your Middle-Eastern food desires. 2923 Penn Ave., 412-235-7828

THIN MAN SANDWICH SHOP Fancy sandwiches galore at this side-street space, including mortadella with a fried egg and chicken-liver mousse with local bacon. 50 21st St., 412-586-7370

bars+clubs BAR MARCO Dedicated bartenders make this small space a go-to for creative cocktails. Wednesday through Friday from 5-6 p.m. is happy hour with half-priced food and $6 select beverages. 2216 Penn Ave., 412-471-1900

THE BEERHIVE Laid-back spot to watch a Pirates game, take in some trivia, or just enjoy some craft beer and wings. Growler fills available for beer to go. 2117 Penn Ave., 412-904-4502 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 53


SmokING STUDY Smokers of non-menthol cigarettes who want to try new cigarettes that may or may not lead to reduced smoking are wanted for a research study. This is NOT a treatment or smoking cessation study. Compensation will be provided. Evening Appointments Available. Call the Nicotine & Tobacco Research Lab at

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Klavon’s 28th Street Ice Cream Parlor / PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS

CRUZ BAR Popular LGBT spot always has a busy dance floor. Enjoy a drink at the swanky lounge or the marvelous patio. Cabaret and drag shows are a hit. 1600 Smallman St., 412-471-1400

MAGGIE’S FARM RUM DISTILLERY Tucked away on the edge of the neighborhood, enjoy some award-winning rum in a select array of cocktails in the neverempty, yet-never-too crowded space. 3212A Smallman St., 412-709-6480

REAL LUCK CAFE This famous LGBT dive bar is affectionately known by locals as “Lucky’s.” Dancing on the second floor, a sweet happy hour and no cover. 1519 Penn Ave., 412-471-7832

SMALLMAN GALLEY New to the neighborhood, this hip haven has a great local beer list, rotating themed cocktails, and your choice of four food stands. And plenty of exposed brick. 54 21st St., 412-904-2444

arts+culture ATTACK THEATRE Based at Pittsburgh Opera

headquarters, this provocative dance group supplies audiences with entertaining shows that directly engage the community. They are also regular collaborators with other arts groups. 2425 Liberty Ave., www.attacktheatre.com

HEINZ HISTORY CENTER It’s more than ketchup and condiments at this interactive museum that delves deep into Western Pennsylvania’s history, including African-American heritage, the British-FrenchIndian War and a very popular sports annex. 1212 Smallman St., 412-454-6000

SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT Spacious gallery for artists specializing in textiles, ceramics and woodworking. Workshops are also offered to those exploring their crafty sides. 2100 Smallman St., 412-261-7003

music GOOSKI’S Legendary dive rock bar that hosts a multitude of local bands as well as national acts. Great beer list and food, but it’s hard to not just order bottles of Iron City. 3117 Brereton St., 412-681-1658


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Straub American Amber Lager Copper colored lager with a nice malty character and genuine hints of chocolate and caramel. Well balanced with Pacific Northwest hops with a slightly sweet finish. FOOD PAIRING: Spicy Burritos

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MULLANEY’S HARP AND FIDDLE Chilled-out pub to soak up some softer acoustic sounds. Live Irish music and dancing weekly. Enjoy it with a pint of the black stuff. Sláinte! 2329 Penn Ave., 412-642-6622

PITTSBURGH WINERY Off the beaten path a bit, this local wine producer hosts local and national musicians multiple times a week in its cozy cellar. 2815 Penn Ave., 412-566-1000

shopping ALFRED’S DELI AND MARKET Newly remodeled, this Polish Hill neighborhood grocer offers traditional Polish fare and is also friendly for the gluten-free and vegan crowds. 3041 Brereton St., 412-682-3100

COPACETIC COMICS/ MIND CURE RECORDS Get your geek on, with comics and records. Located above Lili Coffee Shop, Copacetic and Mind Cure have your special editions and unreleased-LP needs covered. 3138 Dobson St., 412-251-5451/ 412-621-1715

ENRICO BISCOTTI COMPANY Specializes in its namesake crunchy Italian cookie, this bakery offers more than a dozen flavors of the coffee-tea dunkers. The adjoining café makes pizzas fresh to order, too. 2022 Penn Ave., 412-281-2602

can purchase new bikes, or get all your repair needs met. Make sure to stop in if riding by — the staff love talking cycles. 2515 Penn Ave., 412-471-2656

LA PRIMA ESPRESSO Long-time local coffee-roaster’s outpost specializes in authentic Italian preparations of cappuccinos, americanos and macchiatos (but not trendy “caramel macchiatos”). 205 21st St., 412-281-1922

A unique beer that combines traditional IPA malts and American hops with our 142 year brewing legacy. The blend of hops provide citrus spice and floral aromas and a refreshing grapefruit taste. Our traditional lager yeast and cold con conditioning profides the clean refreshing lager finish. FOOD PAIRING: Grilled Angus Burgers

Straub Hefeweizen Traditional Bavarian Style Hefeweizen. Aroma is dominated by pleasant banana esters with subtle notes of clove. Summer Refreshment! FOOD PAIRING: Grilled Chicken Salad For More Information Contact: Vecenie Distributing Co. beersince1933.com

LOTUS FOODS Easy-to-shop Asian grocery store, even for those without extensive knowledge of Far Eastern cuisine. Great selection of Asian herbs and produce, like young ginger and cabbage vareties. 1649 Penn Ave., 412-281-3050

MANCINI’S BAKERY The smells of baking bread will easily pull you off the sidewalk and into this tiny storefront. Grab a rustic Italian loaf to share with friends. 1717 Penn Ave., 412-765-3545

PARMA SAUSAGE Offering dry-cured, cooked and fresh pork products since 1954. This storefront is unmatched for locally produced processed meats. 1734 Penn Ave., 412-391-4238

ROXANNE’S DRIED FLOWERS While gorgeous dried flowers are its specialty, Roxanne’s also offers fresh-flower arrangements, aromatic fragrances and highend pottery. 2115 Penn Ave., 412-281-6950

HOT HAUTE HOT Funky little spot in the Strip District that specializes in international furniture and unique finds. 2124 Penn Ave., 412-338-2323

KINDRED CYCLES Ultra-friendly pedal shop where you

WHOLEY’S A Pittsburgh institution that offers the widest array of fresh and frozen seafood available in the area. They will even fry you up some fresh fish while you shop. 1711 Penn Ave., 412-391-3737 PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 55


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OTHER FINE NEIGHBORHOODS

Pittsburgh is full of great places to eat, drink, shop and visit. Here’s a sampling of some of the best from other neighborhoods and nearby towns. BY ALEX GORDON | AL E X GO R DO N@PGH C IT YPAPE R . C O M

music JERGEL’S At 17,000 square feet, the two-floor venue capitalizes on its ample space with everything you need to supplement a night of live music: full restaurant, cigar bar, patio, Wi-Fi and 18 drafts on tap. 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale. 724-799-8333

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performances, stay for the paintings of dogs playing guitar. 378 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412-828-2040

MR. SMALLS THEATER As one of the region’s many churches-turned-concert-venues, this fixture of Pittsburgh music now boasts an upstairs bar and a beer bunker in the basement. 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale. 412-821-4447

THE R BAR An old-school rock venue totally

lacking in pretension, it’s a refreshing outlet for live classic rock, blues and karaoke. 2883 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412-942-0882

food BLUE DUST The Pittsburgh region might not lack for quirky cozy bar/restaurants, but the train-track locale and nods to the area’s industrial roots make this a mandatory stop when in Homestead. 601 Amity St., Homestead. 412-461-6220

THE DOR-STOP Expect waits for breakfast and expect not to care all that much. The menu is vast, and the vibe is straightforward and friendly. 1430 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-561-9320

FEENEY’S WEENIES The latest addition to Pittsburgh’s flourishing hot-dog scene shells out toppings like mac-n-cheese and peanut butter, though ambitious eaters will find plenty on the menu to push the art of the


dog even farther. 2102 Broadway Ave., Beechview. 412-737-5720

FIRESIDE RESTAURANT Fans of oxtail, curry goat, jerk chicken and Caribbean fare of all kinds find what they need at this unassuming local favorite. 796 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-243-6344

GRAN CANAL CAFFE More or less the definition of a hidden gem, this old-school Italian cookery offers a thorough but uncluttered menu of old-country staples. 1021 N. Canal St., Sharpsburg. 412-781-2546

LAS PALMAS Taste, affordability and personality converge here for one of the city’s most thoroughly satisfying taco-centric eating experiences. 700 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-344-1131

OAKMONT BAKERY There isn’t much this place doesn’t make, from bagels, breads and donuts to tier cakes for every occasion under the sun. 531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. 412-826-1606

SMOQ PITT BBQ A good BBQ joint keeps the menu straightforward, like you get at Smoq. There’s cow, pig, chicken and sides from local farm; you choose the saucing yourself, as it should be. 600 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-668-3459

TIN FRONT CAFÉ The menu is meatless and many items have full-vegan options, so it’s a neighborhood favorite for vegetarians with a need for espresso and wi-fi. 216 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead. 412-461-4615

TOM’S DINER

to get their hands on wrestling pillows, comics and Obi-Wans of all sizes. 700 S. Main St., Sharpsburg. 412-782-3878

GARDEN DREAMS URBAN FARM & NURSERY Resources abound for noobs and green-thumbs alike, offering everything from seeds and mulch to good-old-fashioned friendly advice. 806 Holland Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-501-3276

bars+clubs BREW GENTLEMEN

205 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead. 412-368-8973

arts+culture CARNEGIE OF HOMESTEAD MUSIC HALL More one-stop cultural center than concert hall or library, this beautiful, sprawling brick building dates to 1898 and offers some of the best acoustics in town. Plus athletic facilities and, well, books. 510 E. 10th Ave, Munhall. 412-462-3444

CARRIE FURNACE

Go beyond their signature farmhouse ales. Smart and unfancy, the taproom lets the beer speak for itself and luckily, the beer has a lot to say. 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock. 412-871-5075

As a monument to Pittsburgh’s historic steel and iron industries, Carrie Furnace is a distinctive regional highlight, the only such non-operational blast furnace in the district. Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Swissvale. 412-464-4020

DRAAI LAAG BREWING COMPANY

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Crafted for slightly more adventurous palates, Draai Laag’s Belgian-inspired brews pair nicely with a biergarten on a summer day. Serendipitously, they have one on-site. 501 E. Ohio St., Millvale. draailaag.com

GRIST HOUSE CRAFT BREWERY This cozy brewery and taproom welcomes dogs and food trucks alike. With brews like Weizz Azz and Gristly Bear on tap, you won’t feel shorted on beer-related wordplay. 10 E. Sherman St., Millvale. 412-447-1442

Nearly a century old, this movie theater is a neighborhood treasure, boasting diverse programming of new and old films, all with a friendly, community-driven vibe. 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-563-0368

HOLOCAUST CENTER OF PITTSBURGH A moving and excellently curated exhibition dedicated to documenting

the legacy of Holocaust survivors. 826 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood. 412-421-1500

PITTSBURGH IMPROV There are other places to see live standup in town, but none that fit the art form so perfectly. Designed for comedy and comedy alone, it’s a vital asset for standup-lovers across the region. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. 412-462-5233

KENNYWOOD Possibly the most sacred Pittsburgh institution not involving a ball or a puck, it’s an amusement park older than Arizona, and twice as fun. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. 412-461-0500

PERCOLATE An art gallery and creative laboratory focused on serving its community with classes ranging from improv comedy to acting to QiGong. 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-606-1220

TRUNDLE MANOR The website describes it as “art house/tourist trap,” but it’s also part gallery, part haunted house, and part something else entirely. Mostly, it’s a wholesale celebration of oddity, in house form. Very Pittsburgh. 7724 Juniata St., Swissvale. 412-916-5544

HITCHHIKER BREWING COMPANY BREWPUB The beer is bold, the snacks are locally sourced, and there’s wine, craft soda and cider to round out the menu at this neighborhood brewpub. 190 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mount Lebanon. 412-343-1950

■ The RAND Corporation, in Pittsburgh, is conducting a

There are no frills here to distract from the robust menu, which includes gyros, spaghetti and sandwiches named for Greek gods. Bonus points for being open 24/7. 2937 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 855-410-5413

THE PUB AND POURHOUSE

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Everything you want in a local pub and nothing you don’t — it’s the perfect spot for a laidback evening of wings, beer and throwing darts. 734 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-531-0899

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Pretty much all you could want on a brewery visit: original brews on tap, mead, live music, and a food menu that includes something called a Pierogi Pie. 5981 Baptist Road, South Hills. 412-833-0333

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ATTIC RECORDS More than 30 years of selling and trading vinyl have paid off, with all genres thoroughly covered via 78s, 45s, used and new releases, and even compact discs. 513 Grant Ave., Millvale. 412-821-8484

D&E COLLECTIBLES Lovers of rare collectibles, rejoice: This is a gem for those trying

A perfect pairing with a night at the Carneige of Homestead Music Hall, Voodoo is a great source for a variety of local beers, food trucks and fantastic bottle-labeling.

purchase at convenience stores. Participation requires one 20 minute phone/internet survey and one 90 minute visit to the

study will be compensated for their time and effort with $50 in gift certificates. Parking and travel compensation is provided. to learn more about the study, please call 412-545-3005, e-mail c-storestudy@rand.org or visit us at www.rand.org/ storestudy. PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2016 57


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Get out of town and Experience something new! ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST REGION – KINZUA SKY WALK 800-473-9370 visitANF.com

over 1,200 campsites, and the mighty Allegheny Reservoir. The Longhouse National Scenic Byway, Scenic Route 6, and the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway are perfect for scenic drives by car, RV or motorcycle.

Plan a Road Trip now to visit the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk – one of the top 10 skywalks in the world! The NEW Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center’s Grand Opening will be Sept. 15, 2016.

New adventures include guided ATV tours, Go-Kart Tracks, Sky Diving, and Bi-Plane tours. Accommodations available from the primitive to the plush.

Nearby attractions include miles of hiking & biking trails,

Call 800-473-9370 for a FREE Visitors Guide & Map.

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Road Trip! Kinzua Sky Walk & Kinzua Visitors Center Amazing Adventures Await Hike or Bike a Forestland Trail Scenic Drives In the Forest & on Route 6 Spirited Tours Wineries & Distillery

FREE Scenic Drive Brochure & Map 7 Scenic Drives, Restaurant, Shopping & Lodging Info!

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ASHTABULA COUNTY 800-337-6746 VisitAshtabulaCounty.com #AshtabulaCounty #GOTL #GrandRiverValley Welcome to Ashtabula County … Where Our Lake Awaits! Perched atop the remnants of glacial beaches and covered with vines planted over generations, the Lake Erie and Grand River Valley growing regions are second to none. Ashtabula County is home to a microclimate which grows 70% of all grapes in Ohio! Visit Grand River Cellars to enjoy a glass of locally produced Grand River Valley Ohio wine. Enjoy a private tasting in Grand River Cellars new cellar. Or try your creative hand at a Paint and Sip class. Home to America’s LONGEST covered bridge! Spanning six hundred and thirteen feet, this structure towers ninety three feet above the Ashtabula River. With thirty miles of Lake Erie shoreline, eighteen picturesque covered bridges & 26 miles of Greenway Trail, you won’t be bored on your next vacation. Visit the town of Conneaut known for its World class steelhead fishing. Cast your line for a record steelhead trout in the Scenic River Conneaut Creek. Conneaut’s Township Park includes the county’s largest beach with a boardwalk, lighthouse, birding platform & concession stand. It is host to the annual live history reenactment of the D-day Festival August 19-20.

Be sure to visit Ohio’s 1st Summer Resort Geneva-on-the-Lake, where the nostalgia of an oldfashioned resort meets the fun of a lakefront getaway. Adventure Zone is the family fun center featuring new this year, the Zip Zone Zipline plus go carts, bumper blaster boats & giant adventure krawl just to name a few! Watch a beautiful Lake Erie sunset from the decks of The Lakehouse Inn & Winery or Old Firehouse Winery. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel at Old Firehouse Winery while listening to live entertainment 7 days a week in the summer. The Lakehouse Inn has a B&B, cottages, farm to table restaurant and spa offering you the best of amenities. Enjoy a vacation on the shores of Lake Erie in our lakefront state park Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, Ohio’s Wine Country Resort. New this year, 25 lakefront cottages! The resort offers a wine shuttle to local wineries. With cool lake breezes, and plenty to do for all ages, Ashtabula County is a great place to vacation.

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK 814-382-5115 NewConneautLakePark.com YES! WE ARE OPEN! Come and enjoy our majestic Lake Front Park! • All Day Ride passes – $10, Water Park – $5, and a Combo pass is $14.


B&B Cottages B&B, Cottages, Full-Service Spa, Crosswinds Grille Restaurant, & Winery Open year round. Packages available. 440.466.8668 www.TheLakehouseInn.com

Amusements, Restaurants, Live Music, Shops, Wineries, Camping, Lodging, and the Mile-Long Entertainment Strip on Lake Erie 800.862.9948 www.VisitGenevaontheLake.com

Award-winning wine & full-service restaurant overlooking Lake Erie! Live music: Seven days-a-week in summer Open daily all year-long 1.800.UnCork.1 www.OldFirehouseWinery.com

Enjoy the Beaches, Fun, & Sun! We offer marinas, public boat launches, fishing, wineries, covered bridges, and more! 4th of July Fest: 6/30–7/3; Fireworks 7/3 D-Day Weekend: 8/19–20 Rib Burn-Off: 9/9–11 www.VisitConneautOhio.com

Meet – Eat – Shop – Enjoy Along the Waterfront Just one mile west of Rt. 11 on Rt. 531 Farmers Market: Sundays thru 10/9 TABS Fest: The Arts on Bridge Street: 7/30–31 Wine & Walleye Fest: 8/27–28 www.Bridgestbula.com

New “ZIP ZONE” Zipline! Go Carts, The Rock, Bungee Tramp, Batting Cages, Adventure Golf, Blaster Bumper Boats, Arcade, AND MORE! Open 7 days a week: Memorial Day – Labor Day Weekends only: May & September 440.466.3555 www.AdventureZoneFun.com

A Picturesque & Secluded Winery Extensive Lunch & Dinner Menus, Outdoor Patio Seating Live Entertainment: Thurs – Sun. Open 7 days a week. 440.298.9838 www.GrandRiverCellars.com

Stay on Lake Erie... Play in Wine Country! 109 Rooms, Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Lake Front Dining, Live Music, Wine Shuttle, 25 Cottages B&B Packages starting at $179+ tax 866.826.9975 www.TheLodgeAtGeneva.com

WIN A WINE COUNTRY GETAWAY for two! Enjoy the amenities of The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake while you experience Ohio’s premier viticulture region: Ashtabula County! Enter online at: www.VisitAshtabulaCounty.com

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Ashtabula County • The thrill of the Blue Streak, 17th oldest wooden coaster in the US. • Float in our Lazy River on a warm sunny day. • Historic rides that most children and some adults have never ridden. • Kiddyland and Pony rides. • Stay at historic lake front Hotel Conneaut – room rates start at $45. • Our midway has Voodoo Brewery and food vendors. • Larger beach area. • Events – here are a couple: Fall Pumpkin Fest and Ghost Lake.

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DURBIN & GREENBRIER VALLEY RAILROAD 866.882.6507 MountainRail.com #MountainRail Do you get tired of fighting the traffic? Crowded streets and sidewalks? Take a break from the city and join us for a

weekend of fun and relaxation on one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s MountainRail Adventures. We offer historic train rides from the towns of Elkins, Cass, and Durbin! We are less than two hours from Pittsburgh and offer weekend train rides with beautiful scenery in some of the state’s most rugged terrain. Ride on our Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass or along the New Tygart River in Elkins where lunch is included at no additional cost! Come and spend your summer with us!

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877-280-8687 GoGreeneCounty.org The sun is shining more than usual, and now’s the perfect time for fun summer activities in Pennsylvania. One-hour south of Pittsburgh, Greene County offers activities and attractions that anyone can enjoy. Although the county has developed over time, and the human population now outh weighs the sheep, a few things w are still prominent today. With ttwo agriculture fairs, you can enjoy the food, see different ffarm animals, watch the tractor/truck pulls and enjoy the carnival rides. The Jacktown Fair is the place to have fun July 19-23 in Wind Ridge followed by the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg on Aug. 7-13 with the Freestyle Motocross Championship Series. On July 29, Waynesburg closes down High Street and holds its annual Rain Day

Festival. Enjoy delectable food, shop the rows of artisans and vendors, and watch various entertainers. Aug. 20-27 will be the celebration of Greene County’s mining heritage at the 63rd annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show, join our small-town atmosphere! The Flashlight Drags are a series of races held in Greene County offering a safe alternative to street racing without the jail time. Races are held July 31, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, and Oct. 9. Greene County has seven covered bridges throughout the countryside. On the third weekend in September, the Carmichaels Covered Bridge and the White Covered Bridge will be locations for the annual Covered Bridge Festival. Both locations offer a charming atmosphere and different activities including handmade arts and crafts, home-style foods, and historical reenactments. Additional events include Aviation Days at the Greene County Airport on Aug. 13-14, and the annual Art Blast on the Mon over Labor Day weekend in Greensboro. Unwind at the Hampton Inn and the Microtel Inn & Suites, both located right off the interstate in Waynesburg. Greene County also features bed & breakfasts and spaces to hook up your RV. With history, agritourism, shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation, there’s fun for the whole family. Discover Greene County this summer, and make memories that last a life time. For more information and events, visit www.GoGreeneCounty.org or contact the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency at 1-877-280-8687.


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LAKE ERIE WINE COUNTRY 877-326-6561 LakeErieWineCountry.org facebook.com/ LakeErieWineCountry Relax, Refresh, Unwind... Experience Lake Erie Wine Country, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Erie in both Pennsylvania and New York. Here you’ll step back in time as you explore the wineries, villages and beaches that are nestled among green rolling hills in the midst of 30,000 contiguous acres of luscious, fragrant grape vineyards.

Along the way you’ll enjoy visiting at any or all of our 23 wineries to sip, swirl and savor the true taste of our region. Wineries are open year-round, seven days a week. Go to www.lakeeriewinecountry. org for more information.

NORTH EAST, PA 814-725-4262 NEchamber.org The 35th Annual Wine Country Harvest Festival opens September 23-25 in beautiful and historic North East, PA. This three day celebration

features wine tastings, winery tours, live entertainment with over 20 bands, a Stomp Off competition, cruise-in car show, hand crafters, artisans, exhibitors, a variety of food vendors and much more.

Pre-sale tickets are available online at www.nechamber.org.

Tour the many wineries the region has to offer and visit the shops and restaurants in and around North East. History buffs should stop by the Historical Museum, Lake Shore Railway Museum, and the Welch’s Museum in the Grape Country Marketplace.

While you are in North East, bike along meandering country lanes and farms, hike scenic trails, fish in clear, cold streams or relax on the beach. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, check out

Call the North East Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-725-4262 or visit www.nechamber.org for a complete schedule of activities and lodging information.

Hop on the free festival shuttle to experience activities taking place in two parks.

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Lake Erie Speedway or Peek N Peak’s jungle ropes course in nearby Findley Lake.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25

23 boutique wineries between Harborcreek, PA & Silver Creek, NY on the shore of Lake Erie

Presale tickets on sale now!

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General Admission: $5 presale / $7 at the gate Tasting Day Pass: $20 presale / $25 at the gate Tasting Weekend Pass: $50 presale ONLY

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HARVEST WINE CELEBRATIONS Tickets limited Order online today

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