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Pittsburgh, land of steel

cctex823cctex823 Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm going to Pittsburgh for training for 7 weeks throughout the year and would like suggestions for the sights, sounds, eats, and drinks of the area. I'm from South Texas and have never that far north. I've already had suggested the Penn Brewery, Primanti (sp?) Brothers from other guys that have been in the training. I'll try to hit up a Pirates/Penguins/Steelers game too. And it doesn't necessarily have to be directly in town either, I can venture out a little. Even interested in some good scenery for photos. Thanks.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2010
    I don't know too much about Pittsburgh area, but if you get out more to the eastern part of the state I know a bit more. It's not a bad area, but if you're traveling really soon right now any part of the state is going to be COLD. REAL cold.

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Check out Original Hot Dog Shops, "the Dirty O," near Pitt.

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    VestyVesty Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    When are these 7 weeks? I live in Pittsburgh so I can give you some suggestions but depending when you're coming will effect it a little.

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    cctex823cctex823 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Vesty wrote: »
    When are these 7 weeks? I live in Pittsburgh so I can give you some suggestions but depending when you're coming will effect it a little.

    April
    May
    June
    August

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    hopefully by then it will be above 20 degrees here.

    Things i like so far

    Phipps conservatory
    Carnegie Museums
    Walking the south side is fun if hipsters don't piss you off.

    if you have a car you can head down to ohiopyle and check out falling water or go rafting. take some photos there.

    primantis sucks if you ask me. i don't get the love.
    if on the south side check out fat heads. great burghers and an awesome beer selection.

    monterey fish grotto has good fish but is pricey but it has a nice view.

    there are some decent ethnic places in oakland near the university

    i have only been here since June so i don't know a lot

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    cctex823cctex823 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    mts wrote: »
    hopefully by then it will be above 20 degrees here.

    Things i like so far

    Phipps conservatory
    Carnegie Museums
    Walking the south side is fun if hipsters don't piss you off.

    if you have a car you can head down to ohiopyle and check out falling water or go rafting. take some photos there.

    primantis sucks if you ask me. i don't get the love.
    if on the south side check out fat heads. great burghers and an awesome beer selection.

    monterey fish grotto has good fish but is pricey but it has a nice view.

    there are some decent ethnic places in oakland near the university

    i have only been here since June so i don't know a lot

    Awesome stuff. I have Czech heritage and am really interested in the eastern European cuisine there too.

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    VestyVesty Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Well you'll definitely be able to hit up a Pirate game. They suck but it is pretty cheap, really nice stadium, and still a good time. Steelers won't be playing in that time frame and Pens will be in the Playoff run in April / May so good luck getting tickets. Last season for Mellon Arena though so if you do get to go to a game you'll be able to see a historic building before it gets demolished.

    South Side is the drunk capital of the city on weekend nights. Just an insane number of bars. By day, as said before, its more of an arty/hipster area. Bar wise I like Tiki Lounge and Carson City Saloon. Smokin Joes has a huge beer selection. South Side has all kinds of places from sports bars to more dance/club type places. Just walk around til you find somewhere you like.

    I like Primanti's and if you're here you might as well try it once. There are locations all over the place.

    In the Summer there is Kennywood Amusement Park. I may be a little biased since I used to work there but I really like the place (though its getting a little pricey lately). It is an older traditional amusement park. They have a handful of rides that don't exist anywhere else in the country/world, and some highly regarded wooden coasters. They are putting in a new steel coaster this year too. There is also Sandcastle Water Park near by. Its alright.

    If you want to do some general sight seeing there are ducky boat tours and the Gateway Clipper Fleet tours/dinner cruises at Station Square. Some restaurants and bars down there as well. Nice view of the city. Also a pair of inclines down there that you can take up to the top of Mt Washington for a good view of the city. There are some pricey restaurants up there as well but I rarely go there so I can't say anything about them.

    We have a Casino now if you're into slots. They might be getting table games soon but I'm not sure if/when that'll happen.


    Hofbrauhaus is in the South Side Works and is awesome. German style beer hall. It opened up last spring and has become a really popular place.

    Church Brew Works is a good micro-brew and restaurant.

    Museums are always good.

    Ton of parks around the city and along the rivers. The Ohiopyle suggestion is a good one if you can get down there.

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    GrimmGrimm Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Vesty wrote: »
    Well you'll definitely be able to hit up a Pirate game. They suck but it is pretty cheap, really nice stadium, and still a good time. Steelers won't be playing in that time frame and Pens will be in the Playoff run in April / May so good luck getting tickets. Last season for Mellon Arena though so if you do get to go to a game you'll be able to see a historic building before it gets demolished.

    South Side is the drunk capital of the city on weekend nights. Just an insane number of bars. By day, as said before, its more of an arty/hipster area. Bar wise I like Tiki Lounge and Carson City Saloon. Smokin Joes has a huge beer selection. South Side has all kinds of places from sports bars to more dance/club type places. Just walk around til you find somewhere you like.

    I like Primanti's and if you're here you might as well try it once. There are locations all over the place.

    In the Summer there is Kennywood Amusement Park. I may be a little biased since I used to work there but I really like the place (though its getting a little pricey lately). It is an older traditional amusement park. They have a handful of rides that don't exist anywhere else in the country/world, and some highly regarded wooden coasters. They are putting in a new steel coaster this year too. There is also Sandcastle Water Park near by. Its alright.

    If you want to do some general sight seeing there are ducky boat tours and the Gateway Clipper Fleet tours/dinner cruises at Station Square. Some restaurants and bars down there as well. Nice view of the city. Also a pair of inclines down there that you can take up to the top of Mt Washington for a good view of the city. There are some pricey restaurants up there as well but I rarely go there so I can't say anything about them.

    We have a Casino now if you're into slots. They might be getting table games soon but I'm not sure if/when that'll happen.


    Hofbrauhaus is in the South Side Works and is awesome. German style beer hall. It opened up last spring and has become a really popular place.

    Church Brew Works is a good micro-brew and restaurant.

    Museums are always good.

    Ton of parks around the city and along the rivers. The Ohiopyle suggestion is a good one if you can get down there.


    Listen to this man. If all else fails, just head to south side. Chances are your going to find something to amuse you. A bit of warning though. South side traffic on weekends is BAD. Find a place to park and start walking.

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    LitejediLitejedi New York CityRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I miss Yum Wok near CMU. It has great pan fried noodles.

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    GrimmGrimm Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    How has no one suggested http://sites.google.com/site/gamesnatsite/

    Check out the Walk-in Prices section. You just pay a few dollars to get in and then all the arcade machines are free. Its been a long time since i've been there but they had a retro room with stuff like pacman and other older games.

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    CenturionCenturion Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    If you're into beer, I recommend The Sharp Edge. It's been almost five years since I was in Pittsburgh, but back then I thought it was awesome.

    I'm also seconding Church Brew Works.

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    cctex823cctex823 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I'm a big-time beer guy, so this stuff is great! Any historic breweries?

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    yea sharp edge is great. i have been to the one and at shadyside and it was awesome

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    djcoupledjcouple Registered User new member
    edited January 2010
    I am glad someone suggested Carson City Saloon. My wife and I are the DJ's there and would love to see you check us out. You may want to log onto www.barsmart.com which is a local web page that is dedicated to the night life in Pittsburgh. You can check out reviews of bars, restaurants, and check out the new posts area for general discussion. You may want to also post this question on there as well. The users of the page are very friendly and would love to help you out. I am going to let them know about this page as well. If and when you do stop in the Saloon, my name is DJ Dale and my wife is DJ RedHot, ask for us and your first drink is on us.:D:D:D:D:D

    www.carsoncitysaloon.com

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    cctex823cctex823 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    djcouple wrote: »
    I am glad someone suggested Carson City Saloon. My wife and I are the DJ's there and would love to see you check us out. You may want to log onto www.barsmart.com which is a local web page that is dedicated to the night life in Pittsburgh. You can check out reviews of bars, restaurants, and check out the new posts area for general discussion. You may want to also post this question on there as well. The users of the page are very friendly and would love to help you out. I am going to let them know about this page as well. If and when you do stop in the Saloon, my name is DJ Dale and my wife is DJ RedHot, ask for us and your first drink is on us.:D:D:D:D:D

    www.carsoncitysaloon.com

    Awesome! Sounds like a plan!

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    SliderSlider Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I hate all things Pittsburgh, but like a previous poster said, you have to try Primantti Brothers. I've heard that [http://www.fatheads.com/] is good, too.

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