Nightlife in Pittsburgh

"The Glass Menagerie" at Pittsburgh Public Theater on October 2–5 or 7 (Up to 51% Off)

"The Glass Menagerie"

Pittsburgh Public Theater

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Tennessee Williams' classic memory play about a troubled family, performed as part of a 40th-anniversary Season of Legends

$50 $25

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River City Brass Presents "Legends" on October 2, 3, 4, 7, or 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 79% Off)

River City Brass Presents "Legends"

Multiple Locations

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A brass band known for its versatility takes on epics both mythic and real, from The Lord of the Rings to soldiers from ancient Rome

$61 $20

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$29 for a Comedy Show for Four at Latitude 40 ($60 Value)

Latitude 40

North Fayette

Guests can nibble on casual cuisine between bouts of laughter during upcoming comedy shows

$60 $29

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Shisha and Hookahs for Groups of 3 or less or 4 or more at Heavenly Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Heavenly Hookah Lounge

Bloomfield

Groups of friends can kick back inside this hookah lounge with up to six-hose hookahs and shisha flavors such as Tiger's Blood.

$20 $10

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Modern American Food for Two or Four at Cavo (50% Off)

Cavo

Strip District

Wild mushroom flatbread, pan-seared halibut, scallops drizzled in a fruit reduction, and grilled rib eye with asparagus

$40 $20

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Demi Lovato with Christina Perri and MKTO at Petersen Events Center on September 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Demi Lovato

Petersen Events Center

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Actress and singer blends pop, R&B, and emotive lyrics on hits including "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break"

$70.80 $35

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"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!" Exclusive Presale at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!"

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

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Colorful and hip kids' show celebrates the awesomeness of music with happy toy monsters and human friends DJ Lance Rock and Biz Markie

$32.75 $32.75

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Thrival Innovation + Music Festival Feat. Moby (DJ Set) and Portugal. The Man, September 13–14 at Noon (Up to 48% Off)

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

Bakery Square

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Entrepreneurial incubator Thrill Mill gathers Moby (DJ Set) and Portugal. The Man to soundtrack their festival of technological innovation

$45 $27.50

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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

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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

$34.77 $19

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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

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

$56.50 $20

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

OVERWERK

Static

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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

$13.91 $8

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Metallica, Pantera Tribute on August 1 or Rage Against the Machine, Deftones Tribute on August 29 (Up to 70% Off)

Battery and Penntera or RATM2 and Deftones set by Red Hands

Altar Bar

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Tribute bands cover Metallica, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, and the Deftones

$33.31 $10

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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

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

$25 $15

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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

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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 $9

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

Blue Line Grille

Downtown

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

$40 $20

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At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.

The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.

123 7th St
Pittsburgh,
PA
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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
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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
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1896, and its reputation was as big as its sound right from the start. Andrew Carnegie was an early backer, and reportedly claimed that it was the best orchestra in the country. More than a century later, the organization still enjoys its status as a nationally renowned organization. And the PSO continues to take pride in its acclaim—perhaps expanding on Carnegie's earlier view, current Music Director Manfred Honeck called the company "one of the world's finest orchestras."

The long-lived PSO makes its home in an equally historic venue. Converted from an opulent movie palace in 1971, when Americans swore off movies in favor of high culture, Heinz Hall proves itself an exceptional music venue. Fine acoustics please ears, while eyes take in glittering chandeliers and glints of gold leaf.

600 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

In 1949, Charles “Chick” and Elda Mae Bruckman founded Bruckman School of Dance as a center of education for dancers of all ages and skill levels. A lifelong devotee of dance, Chick began his career at 6 years old and remains the school’s artistic director to this day. Along with a team of instructors, the Bruckmans introduce students to dance styles including tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and hip-hop. As they lead students in mastering choreographed routines, they also teach dance history, imparting the origins of ballet and how NASA scientists made the moonwalk a dance craze in the early '70s. In addition to conventional dance classes, they host dance-inspired fitness classes, such as the Hip Hop Hustle and Turbo Kick, to get cardiovascular systems pumping.

9140 Perry Hwy
Pittsburgh,
PA
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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
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