I was inspired to do this one while at work today. There is a pretty great doctor who is transplanted here from New York (I think that’s what he said.) and has had a hard time finding awesome things to do.
Of course he hasn’t had me guiding him around
He doesn’t seem to be the clubbing type, so for those non clubbers…here’s a few ideas for you.
Live music is always fun. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas have produced MANY talented bands. One of them, Bare Minimum, has a member that is of particular interest to me. He’s my super awesome and crazily talented little cousin Chuck Dietz. (Forever Chuckie to us.)
So, where do you go to see live music in the Burgh? Just about anywhere. I’ll list a few that I’ve frequented and plan to go to again.
The first and probably favorite of mine is Mario’s Southside Saloon. My friends and I were fairly regular at Mario’s Southside Saloon a few years back. Going when there was a DJ or a live band made for an awesome night. I loved it and always had a blast. It’s one place that is sure to keep you happy.
A fairly new place, and proving to be awesome, is Stage AE. It’s ran by a company called PromoWest Productions. It is the largest full-service, independent entertainment company in the Midwest And has opened here in Pittsburgh. I was skeptical of it at first, but it’s been hosting some pretty awesome bands and the interior is pretty awesome.
Another frequent haunt of mine from back in the day is Diesel Club Lounge. It’s an all around cool place. They have a stage near the main dance floor that allows for the brave (albeit sluttish) girls to dance on club nights and provides the height for bands when they have live entertainment. I haven’t been there in a few years, but it’s still keeping the Southside alive.
For those slightly more formal nights out, Andys is the place to be. It’s another new hang out located in the lobby of the Fairmont in downtown; it offers delicious wines, amazing food, as well as art and artifacts. Something to appeal the sophisticated and the philosopher in us all.
And then we have the Hardrock Cafe. Do I REALLY need to explain why this place is awesome? It’s in Station Square…if you’ve never been, go. Like right now.
If you’re not up for music, maybe some art? Don’t want to visit a museum? Fine, how about one of Pittsburgh’s MANY art galleries?
The Wood Street Galleries is an excellent option. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. The current exhibit is Parallell Universe. While the terms “parallel universe” and “alternative reality” are generally synonymous and can be used interchangeably in most cases, there is sometimes an additional connotation implied with the term “alternative reality” that implies that the reality is a variant of our own. The term “parallel universe” is more general, without any connotations implying a relationship, or lack of relationship, with our own universe.
The toonseum is a gallery dedicated to, you guessed it, cartoons. The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art. While cartoons may seem childish and immature, they’re a part of 90% of our childhoods. Even when we’re grown up, we can enjoy them still.
And a personal favorite of mine, The Warhol Museum. At the moment they are hosting the Superhero exhibit. The Andy Warhol Museum presents unique and intellectually stimulating exhibitions year-round, and continues to display never-before-seen Andy Warhol artworks from the collection. The artwork within the Warhol Museum’s six floors of gallery space frequently rotate, providing an ever-changing experience for its visitors.