Nightlife in Pittsburgh

OVERWERK for One or Two at Static on Friday, August 15, at 9 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

OVERWERK

Static

$13.91 $8

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Canadian EDM producer behind the chart-topping Conquer EP treats fans to bass-dropping cinematic electro on his first US tour

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's A Symphonic Celebration or Triple Play on July 25 or August 2 (Up to 65% Off)

"A Symphonic Celebration" or "Triple Play"

Heinz Hall

$56.50 $20

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Resident conductor Lawrence Loh leads the symphony through Brahms; suites from films join operatic overtures and a romantic concerto

David Cutler with Project Piñata: "Swinging with a Blindfold" on Thursday, July 17 (Up to 42% Off)

David Cutler with Project Piñata: "Swinging with a Blindfold"

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

$25 $15

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Jazz trio draws influences from everything from tango to Radiohead in innovative takes on musical standards

Led Zeppelin 2 at The Altar Bar On Saturday, September 6, at 9 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Led Zeppelin 2

Altar Bar

$48.07 $24

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Acclaimed tribute band channels Led Zeppelin with uncanny fidelity as they recreate famous gigs

Four Chord Music Festival with The Wonder Years at Club Zoo on August 31 at 3 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Four Chord Music Festival

Club Zoo

$34.77 $19

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Festival featuring The Wonder Years, Real Friends, The SpacePimps, We Are the Union, Rust Belt Lights, and other contemporary-punk favorites

Yanni at Benedum Center on Saturday, August 16, at 8 p.m. (Up to 48% Off)

Yanni

Multiple Locations

$42.25 $22

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Globally famous composer and pianist performs classic favorites and new album tracks

Music for MS Roots Music Festival at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater on Saturday, August 16 (Up to 58% Off)

Music for MS Roots Music Festival

Hartwood Acres Amphitheater

$20 $9

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Full day of roots, Americana, and bluegrass music from local and national bands, with all proceeds going toward MS Society of Western PA

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Pub Cuisine for Two or More at Blue Line Grille

Blue Line Grille

Downtown

$40 $20

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Sports bar offers upscale cuisine such as mahi-mahi cakes, Cajun burgers with blue cheese, fish tacos, and wings in eight types of sauces

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Though Green Forest Churrascaria serves a wide variety of meats, every cut has to go through the same trial by fire. Cooked in the traditional churrasco style, the meats sit above an open fire pit fueled by natural wooden charcoal. They roast on impressively sized skewers, which servers then carry into the dining room. There, they slice tender pieces directly onto dinner plates, a showmanship-heavy serving method known as "rodízio."

The resulting dinners star meats such as lamb chops, pork ribs, and filet mignon that, much like the best Christmas presents, comes wrapped in bacon. Some arrive seasoned with parmesan cheese or garlic, while others rely solely on the smoky flavor imparted by their time in the flames. A hot buffet and salad bar balance out meals with a sprawling number of side dishes, including sushi and seafood. There's also a list of wines and beers that emphasizes worldly reds.

655 Rodi Rd, Ste 1
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The readers of Pittsburgh Magazine have heaped mounds of praise on Alchemy N' Ale, a rustic pub known for its savory entrees and crisp libations. In a 2012 readers' poll, Alchemy received the second-place spot for Best Burger and took home first-place honors as Best Pub. To see what the fuss is about, all you need to do is sit down and look around. Faux ivy clings to exposed-brick walls, which surround diners as they sink their teeth into mouthwatering burgers or quintessential pub eats such as fish 'n' chips and shepherd’s pie. The recently expanded menu also showcases entrees for vegans and vegetarians as well as dishes forged from local, organic, and Fulbright scholarship–winning ingredients.

5147 Butler St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The dessert-inspired martini list at Olive or Twist hosts a range of sweet digestifs including the cake-batter cocktail, the tiramisu martini, the chocolate-covered-pretzel martini with a salted rim, and the key-lime-pie martini. In addition to inventive mixes, Olive or Twist hosts a wide selection of craft beers, ensuring guests find the ideal beverage to compliment upscale American fare from the full kitchen. Its range of appetizers and entrees sate any size of appetite, with options such as truffle fries, housemade crab cakes, and filet mignon with peppercorn sauce. While they dine, patrons can feast eyes on the dark-mocha wood accents that lace the bar and lounge areas at Olive or Twist, offsetting the cream-hued plush seats.

140 6th St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Beginning with traditional American flavors, Toast! kitchen & wine bar's chefs elevate those dishes to new heights and create refined versions of familiar favorites. Habanero-spiced cheddar adds a piquant kick to servings of shrimp and organic corn grits, and flatbreads feature hearty toppings such as roasted mushrooms, brie, and white truffle oil. True to its name, Toast! also curates a selection of international wines available in tasting portions, glasses, or full bottles so the whole table can enjoy reading the label aloud.

Crimson walls, dark wooden rafters, and suede banquettes contribute to the space's calming and lounge-like ambiance. That quiet, cozy atmosphere inspired CBS Pittsburgh to place the wine bar on its 2013 list of the Best Bars For A Blind Date In Pittsburgh. As if to encourage refined conversation, framed artwork surrounds the dining room, lit by sconces and pendant lamps dangling above the bar.

5102 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Kaleidoscopic Egyptian tapestries hang on the stone walls of both Sphinx Cafe locations, while tendrils of jasmine- and mango-scented smoke drift up to high, vaulted ceilings. Though it was once a church, the space now exudes an aura of opulence and leisure that matches the warmth of the coffee houses in Egyptian owner Remy and Syrian Amera's native homes. “Hookah bars are different from the norm [in the U.S.], which is either a restaurant or a bar. It slows you down. You just relax here.”

Plush cushions help patrons relax at both of Sphinx Pittsburgh locations, as do more than 30 imported tobacco flavors that servers can enhance with creative add-ons such as wine, fruit syrups, and talking caterpillars. On some nights, belly dancers, fire eaters, and live musicians wind their way between hookahs. On quieter nights, Ms. Andrawes says you can find people playing card games, chatting, and sampling platters of homemade hummus and kibbeh.

405 Atwood St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Owner and chef Omar Mediouni imbues La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar's menu of traditional Spanish and Moroccan small plates and entrees with local ingredients and an appetite for culinary fusion that, according to Pittsburgh City Paper, "combines sophistication and comfort, authenticity and simplicity." Flagpole-addicted tongues warm up with a choice of 16 hot tapas, including the chorizo catalan's spicy sautéed sausage and spinach in a red-wine reduction ($10), and tomatoes, sweet pepper, and eggplant form the base of a duo of Moroccan dips ($8 each). Larger entrees ($16–$28) sneak garbanzo beans, chicken, lamb, and eggplant into piles of couscous or saffron paella rice like parents tucking Easter eggs into an egg carton.

Nestled within a brick house along a neighborhood street in Shadyside, La Casa Tapas and Wine Bar greets springtime by opening its patio to warm breezes and showers of cupid arrows. Inside, a hanging Spanish guitar, lanterns lit by candles, and the wide grin of a bright red hearth contribute to a cozy, eclectic spirit.

5884 Ellsworth Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US