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Old 04-13-2013, 10:09 AM
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Default Need suggestions for a baseball trip to Pittsburgh.

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.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:39 AM
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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.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:41 AM
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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.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:32 AM
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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.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:41 PM
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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
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:53 PM
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Check out Mt. Washington. Lots of good restaurants and bars.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:26 PM
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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-

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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.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:58 AM
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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.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:21 PM
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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.



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.

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:24 PM
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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.
What's the name of the vid?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:28 AM
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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.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:30 PM
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PM me with dates and I can help be a tour guide.
This city is fantastic.
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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.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:26 PM
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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
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