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Old 03-16-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Hi!

On a bit of a whim, I'm in Pittsburgh for the next day or two checking out the city sort of with an eye towards my wife and I moving here in 6 - 12 months (it's on the list of a few places, but I've never been here before). Since I'm traveling by myself I have to work harder to find things to do.

Obviously I'll try to make it to one, or a few, museums. Are there any "must do" things that someone new should do to explore the city? On the general lists of interests would be interesting architecture, good beer, low-key bars, walking, more walking, and (if possible) small music venues. In short, where would you point an outsider to get a good feel for the city?

Thanks much!
Chris
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Check out the following:

The Strip District http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/neigh...p_district.htm

Southside for lots of bars with live music http://www.southsidepittsburgh.com/

Mt. Washington for the view of Pittsburgh. You can take the incline up from Station Square. http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/neigh...washington.htm


When do you plan to be here? We can provide info for specific events.
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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Great suggestions. Actually, I'm already in the city and will be for another day or two. I managed to make it to both Mt. Washington and the Southside. Attached are a few views from Mt. Washington.

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Old 03-16-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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For great beer, check out Penn Brewery.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:08 AM
 
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Church Brew Works is a fun time too, and good beer.

Generally, I love walking anywhere in and around Downtown--fantastic variety of architecture, bridges, scenery, and so on. Oakland and surroundings is another great place for architecture--you can see the university buildings, the Schenley Farms residential district, the Carnegie complex, Phipps, and wander into Schenley Park. The Carnegie complex has the art and natural history museums, as well as the Main Branch of the library, but of all that stuff I might actually recommend Phipps, plus a tour of the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning.

And if you have the time, I'd also highly recommend a visit to the often-underrated Heinz History Museum (in the near Strip). There is no better way to get a crash course in the forces that have shaped Pittsburgh, and in general it is a cool museum.
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There are Gray Line Bus Tours available. I did one of those when I was there by myself 3 years ago and I enjoyed it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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On the general lists of interests would be interesting architecture, good beer, low-key bars, walking, more walking, and (if possible) small music venues. In short, where would you point an outsider to get a good feel for the city?
You picked a good day being that it's supposed to be dry and sunny. Head over to the North Side, talk a walk through the Mexican War Streets and West Park, and stop by Monterey Pub. They have BigHop on tap, which is made by East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh.

I second the Heinz History Museum. Great place.


Mexican War Streets - Google Maps
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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What type of music are you looking to check out?
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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What type of music are you looking to check out?
I'm fairly open - I have a pretty odd range of taste in music. Since its St Patrick's day it looks like a lot of places are gearing up mainly for crowds, rather than events.

All of these suggestions have been great thus far - I've had a great walk through Mt Washington and Lawrenceville. Still haven't got around to the museums, regretfully.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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