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WLL1855
04-13-2013, 09:09 AM
I'm heading over to Pittsburgh on Labor Day weekend with a few friends to catch a couple games. I know practically nothing about the city as far as what to see or do go to eat when we aren't going to be at the games. Anyone have suggestions?

Good places to eat?

Any good attractions to see?

Best place to stay for hotel?

Good nightlife areas?

The group is all married guys (leaving the families at home for a few days) ages 35-40. We don't get wild and crazy but we aren't averse to staying up late and having a good time.

Thanks in advance for any help.

HomeFish
04-13-2013, 09:39 AM
Great choice! Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities in America. It's gorgeous, relatively cheap, and has good food.

There are two nice areas: downtown, and this neighborhood called Oakland which is home to Pitt and Carnegie Mellon universities. These are separated by a pretty rough area, but there are buses between them and I suspect you'll have cars. I think it's generally cheaper to stay in Oakland, which has plenty of restaurants and cool stuff to do by itself.

It's been too long for me to remember the names of specific restaurants. But there are iconic cheese steak places just like in Philly. I remember one place in Oakland where I was able to get cheesesteak with filet mignon on it, and I just ate that for dinner every day.

Harry Potter
04-13-2013, 09:41 AM
I went out to Pittsburgh when the Sox played there in 2010. A few suggestions:

- Highly recommend taking the PNC ballpark tour. I've done a few ballpark tours and the PNC one was by far, my favorite.

- There is an area of bars/restaurants/nightlife called the "South Side" Plenty of options for your crew. My personal favorite was "Fatheads" http://www.fatheadspittsburgh.com/ A lengthly list of beers on tap and some of the best wings I've ever had.

- The original Primanti Brothers is not too far from PNC, in the Strip District. Some people like their sandwiches, others say it's an overrated tourist trap.

DoItForDanPasqua
04-13-2013, 10:32 AM
Great choice! Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities in America. It's gorgeous, relatively cheap, and has good food.

There are two nice areas: downtown, and this neighborhood called Oakland which is home to Pitt and Carnegie Mellon universities. These are separated by a pretty rough area, but there are buses between them and I suspect you'll have cars. I think it's generally cheaper to stay in Oakland, which has plenty of restaurants and cool stuff to do by itself.

It's been too long for me to remember the names of specific restaurants. But there are iconic cheese steak places just like in Philly. I remember one place in Oakland where I was able to get cheesesteak with filet mignon on it, and I just ate that for dinner every day.

I agree with the suggestion to stay in Oakland. It is near the university and the Carnegie museums which are a must see. Also in Oakland is a portion of the outfield wall from Forbes Field which remains, faithfully maintained, in its original location.

MUsoxfan
04-13-2013, 11:41 AM
Spring Hill Suites about 40ft away from the ballpark is a great place to stay. You can walk to most places from there

Airport shuttle will drop you off on the other side of the bridge downtown, but the walk over is fantastic

Chez
04-13-2013, 11:53 AM
Check out Mt. Washington. Lots of good restaurants and bars.

TomBradley72
04-15-2013, 11:26 AM
I agree with the other rave reviews about Pittsburgh- if the weather is nice- the "ducks" river tour is pretty cool-

We went here- pretty unique-

http://www.churchbrew.com/

SoxNation05
04-16-2013, 03:00 PM
I went out to Pittsburgh when the Sox played there in 2010. A few suggestions:

- Highly recommend taking the PNC ballpark tour. I've done a few ballpark tours and the PNC one was by far, my favorite.

- There is an area of bars/restaurants/nightlife called the "South Side" Plenty of options for your crew. My personal favorite was "Fatheads" http://www.fatheadspittsburgh.com/ A lengthly list of beers on tap and some of the best wings I've ever had.

- The original Primanti Brothers is not too far from PNC, in the Strip District. Some people like their sandwiches, others say it's an overrated tourist trap.

They do offer the Primanti Brothers sandwich at PNC on the left field concourse as well.

billyvsox
04-21-2013, 10:58 AM
I grew up in the area and agree that Pittsburgh is a very underrated city. Check out Station Square district near the stadiums for good bars and restaurants. The incline ride up to Mt Washington is worth it for the views. Primatial Bros is a tourist trap IMO, but you will find many of places with great pizza, cheesesteaks and sub sandwiches. Walk around the "the triangle" for cool shops and local flavor.

Oh, and if you hear people saying "yins" , it just Pittsburgh slang for you guys.

SI1020
04-21-2013, 01:21 PM
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My father went to Pittsburgh Central Catholic and my late mother went to Pittsburgh Langley. We moved to Chicago in 1953 but of course I still have ties there to this day. I took some of my Chicago friends to Pittsburgh and some of my Pittsburgh friends to Chicago. In 1969 we had a friendly game of lineball in Winnemac Park. I played for the Chicago team. We all had a great time. Anyway go to Pittsburgh and enjoy yourself. It is perhaps the most unique American city of all.

TheVulture
04-21-2013, 08:24 PM
I had a much funnier and better video to link you but some of the captions are not PC. So I leave you with this one.


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MeteorsSox4367
04-22-2013, 09:28 AM
If you're a baseball nerd, check out Maz's Wall on the Pitt campus. It's very cool to see a bit of baseball history still remaining.

As for lodging, we stayed in the hotel across from Consol Energy Center.

Having been to Pittsburgh three times, I just really like the city and the people were very friendly.

Jurr
04-24-2013, 09:30 PM
PM me with dates and I can help be a tour guide.
This city is fantastic.

Marqhead
04-24-2013, 09:49 PM
PNC Park is the best baseball stadium I've been too.

Spring for nice seats if you can afford it.
Stay in the complex right next to the park, nice hotels and bars to go to after the game.
Rolling Rock in cans!
Primanti's is overrrated, but I went there anyways to say I had.
Rivers casino is a short cab/shuttle ride away if that's your thing.

SI1020
04-25-2013, 11:26 AM
I've found the Primanti's sandwich at the ballpark to be a thin dry imitation of the real thing. The original Primantis location in the strip district has become a tourist mecca but I've never gone wrong with the one in southside (sahside). My favorites are the sweet sausage and the knockworst.

http://www.primantibrothers.com/01locations.html

MeteorsSox4367
04-25-2013, 12:00 PM
One other thing I forgot: try a Yuengling beer or two at the game. Awesome.

Southsider101
04-27-2013, 05:41 PM
It's been about 10 years since I've been to the Steel City, but if you like exploring different neighborhoods, Bloomfield and Polish Hill are two that I would recommend. Goods bars, restaurants, and delis.

WLL1855
09-06-2013, 09:40 PM
I'm about a week late with my follow up for my trip, but I want to give a hearty thank you to the WSI faithful for your advice. My trip was a great success.

We got there fairly late Friday night after driving from Central Illinois. Didn't do much but hit the bars near our hotel (we stayed at Springhill Suites - great advice BTW).

Saturday early we did the PNC Park tour. Beautiful park with a ton of heritage incorporated within. I have to agree it is one of the best parks I've been to.

Early afternoon we did some exploring on foot of the surrounding neighborhoods. We crossed the Clemente bridge into the heart of the city. Went and saw the Ft. Pitt blockhouse and the park nearby before heading up the Duquesne Incline into Mt. Washington. Did a little exploring before going back to the hotel to freshen up before the game.

Sunday we did the day game at PNC and then headed out to Church Brew Works for dinner. A very unique experience to say the least. Afterwords went to Southside and hit a number of bars along the way before calling it a night.

Monday we had one person to drop off at the airport before heading back to Illinois.

A few random thoughts.

Pittsburgh seems to have a very health Polish heritage. Perogies were plentiful anywhere we went and were in a variety of flavors. Also, any sandwich I seemed to order had slaw and fries topped on it.

The people were very friendly, especially at the park. There were actual ushers at PNC and they were not shy about making people wait at the concourse during an inning until there was a break in the action to return to their seats (This was pure heaven to an old timer like me.)

Likewise, the concession staff was well trained and professional in going about their business. I had an experience with a few patrons in front of me that insisted in causing a ruckus (they refused to show ID for a beer purchase) and the concessionaire politely but firmly told them to show ID or get out of line. Everywhere I went the stadium staff was cordial. I gave my ticket to the first park employee I say and they gave me accurate directions to my seat. Once there, the usher in charge of the section escorted me to my seat, wiped it down with a fresh towel and asked if there was anything else they could do for me. I have to say it was a pleasure to attend a game there.

Thanks again to WSI for the help. My trip was richer for your advice.