In Pittsburgh, you will find LGBT-owned and -friendly, restaurants, shops and bars scattered around the city. However, many events for the June 1-10 Pittsburgh Pride — and some of the most popular LGBT spots — are situated near the Hotel Indigo East Liberty and its new sibling, Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh-Technology Center. Here’s a guide to some LGBT essentials to check out during pride season and any time of the year:
Food and Drink
The Lawrenceville neighborhood contains some of the city’s best restaurants, including Cure and Morcilla — which are owned by James Beard-nominated chef Justin Severino — as well as popular gay dive bars and neighborhood mainstays, Blue Moon and Cattivo.
If you’re staying at the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh Technology Center during Pride, cross the Hot Metal Bridge into the South Side’s bar-saturated main drag, East Carson Street. Savor a craft cocktail at Acacia, or for more of a party atmosphere, step just a few blocks off Carson to Bar 11, where you’ll be handed party favors like candy necklaces and confetti poppers when you walk in the door.
The city’s Shadyside neighborhood is home to one of Pittsburgh’s most popular gay bars, 5801, which is less than a 15-minute walk from the Hotel Indigo East Liberty. The neighborhood’s two main drags — Walnut Street and Ellsworth Street — are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, many with outdoor seating. (If you’re headed out on foot, note that there’s a pedestrian bridge linking the Eastside Shopping Center, which is just a few blocks from the hotel, with Ellsworth Avenue.)
Those in search of a live show should check the calendar at Club Cafe, an intimate music venue in the South Side.
Looking for something a little bigger? Head to Stage AE on the North Shore, located between PNC Park and Heinz Field. Acts this summer include Arcade Fire, Gin Blossoms and The Flaming Lips.
For something in between, look into Mr. Smalls, a concert venue in a former church, just up the river in Millvale.
You won’t want to miss viewing the work of one of Pittsburgh’s most famous native artists, Andy Warhol. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; the museums of art and natural history are in the Oakland neighborhood, and the Carnegie Science Center is just down the river from the Warhol near Heinz Field.
While you’re on the North Side, check out Randyland, a house in the city’s historic Mexican War Streets area featuring a huge display of public art. Then, you can refuel at one of Pittsburgh’s best coffee shops, Commonplace.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop of art, music, books, food and drinks, don’t miss City of Asylum at Alphabet City, a bookstore, music venue, restaurant and bar rolled into one.
Lawrenceville’s main drag, Butler Street, is great for browsing independently owned shops and boutiques. Stop at Who New? Retro Mod Decor for unique furniture and housewares; Atelier Glass Studio & Gallery for art and decor; and Von Walter & Funk for gifts, jewelry, barware and other fine goods.
You could also easily spend a day wandering in and out of markets and shops in the Strip District, which has everything from chocolate and seafood to sportswear and gifts. Check out Contemporary Craft, which features art and design exhibitions as well as a retail store.