The sounds of guitars, bodhrans, fiddles, tin whistles surrounds visitors. The aromas of traditional Irish cuisine waft through the air, and around every turn is some new piece of Irish culture. No, this isn't some daydream fueled by too much shepherd's pie. Each year, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival transforms a small part of the city into the Emerald Isle. In total, the festival schedules more than 28 hours of entertainment over the course of three days. Four stages play host to Irish rock and other traditional music. Visitors might also see Irish step dancing and storytellers, who breathe new life into traditional legends and folktales.
Hands-on activities also dot the festival grounds, including the chance to pet native Irish dogs or even
search your family tree for Irish ancestors. And in addition to traditional cuisine, the festival hosts a tasting tent with Irish whiskey, Irish cider, and Irish experts who explain how these spirits are made.
At Pittsburgh Improv, comics lure laughs from bellies in the hopes of following in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The calendar schedules comedians as often as six nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-comers who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers. Audience members munch on their choice of a savory appetizer, such as spinach-and-artichoke dip or buffalo wings, while sipping a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.
Dedicated to promoting local and national concerts, Pittsburgh-based Drusky Entertainment presents Ribs on the River 3, a three-day festival and cookout. Along with a different line-up of 10 or more professional tune-makers each day, each night features a special headliner; Kiss's original spaceman Ace Frehley headlines Friday night, bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd tops the bill on Saturday, and rock icon Leon Russell melts any remaining intact faces on Sunday. Guests can keep fingers sticky to avoid dropping a beverage or concert program courtesy of renowned barbecue vendors including Florida Skin and Bones, Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ, and Sgt. Oink's, who serve up saucy, slow-cooked eats throughout the show.
Chicken lovers flock to T.G.I. Friday's in Homestead's Homestead neighborhood.
The menu at T.G.I. Friday's is filled with multiple low-fat items.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on T.G.I. Friday's' menu.
From cheap drinks to good eats, T.G.I. Friday's' happy hour is a steal.
Skip long waits and head to T.G.I. Friday's with your large group for easy seating.
Wear what you like when you dine at T.G.I. Friday's — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Or, take your food to go.
If you need to feed a big crowd, T.G.I. Friday's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at T.G.I. Friday's — they're open for all three meals.
Catch up with your friends over a bite to eat at Bar Louie, a local American bistro.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Bar Louie, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Bar Louie has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bar Louie is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Bar Louie's happy hour is a steal.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Bar Louie, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Bar Louie to grab a spot on the patio.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Weeknights are often swamped, so plan ahead and make a reservation to avoid the restaurant's rush.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Bar Louie, known for its laid-back ambience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Can't get enough of Bar Louie's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Bar Louie is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Bar Louie's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Bar Louie offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grab a seat at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry if you're hungry for an easy American meal — sandwiches and salads are popular options at this low-key establishment.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Toast your evening out at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
No need to dress up for a trip to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry is a local eatery that serves up free parking.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brwry offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.