If you’ve been tasked with planning a bachelor’s party in Pittsburgh, you won’t have any trouble finding fun, memorable activities for the man of the hour. If fact — with all the bars, restaurants, outdoor activities and sporting events — you may be overwhelmed by all the options. To help you plan this important occasion, we’re going to share with you our favorite ideas for a bachelor party in the Steel City.
Places to Eat, Drink and Sleep
During a bachelor party, you’ll likely participate in some legendary activities you’ll remember for the rest of your life — however, the places where you eat, drink and sleep in between these activities can also be fun when you bring your bachelor party to Pittsburg. For a great time, check out these bars, restaurants and accommodations during your stay:
1. Stay the Night at the Hyatt House
If you don’t already have a place to stay in the city, the Hyatt House Pittsburgh South Side will give you easy access to the bars in the South Side district and downtown, making it convenient for nightlife activities. This hotel also includes a gas grill, fire pit and H bar with drinks and snacks for pre-gaming. Also, as the hotel is right on the river, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Monongahela River from the patio.
2. Retreat to the Lodge at Glendorn
Although it’s a three-hour drive from Pittsburgh, this lush, secluded lodge is well worth the journey. Voted Pennsylvania’s best hotel by Travel & Leisure magazine, the lodge’s grounds feature a spa, private cabins, a gourmet restaurant and a variety of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, paddle boarding and shooting. Surrounded by Allegheny National Forest, this property is a tranquil retreat from the chaos of the city.
3. Start Your Day Right With Breakfast at Pamela’s Diner
On the weekends, locals and tourists alike flock to the Strip District for great food, and Pamela’s Diner is one of the district’s most famous eating establishments. In fact, it is reported that President Obama had the best pancakes in his life there. Just remember to stop by the ATM before you go, as they only accept cash. You should also be prepared to wait in line — especially on the weekends.
4. Meet for Brunch at Meat & Potatoes
One of the Steel City’s most popular dining spots, Meat & Potatoes offers mouthwatering brunch options like the stuffed french toast, chicken and waffles and steak and frites. It also features a Bloody Mary bar and an abundance of other libations. Just make sure to make reservations several weeks in advance.
5. Grab a Bite at Gaucho
Gaucho specializes in a delicious cuisine you may be unfamiliar with: Argentian wood-fired meats and sandwiches. This is Pittsburgh’s most highly rated restaurant on Yelp — so be prepared to wait in line.
6. Try Some Delicious Seafood at The Oyster House
This eating establishment doesn’t just offer the best-fried oysters in Pittsburgh — it’s also a historic landmark, as local residents have been coming here for nearly 150 years. This restaurant represents modern Pittsburgh’s tradition of fusing a love for history with great cuisine.
While dining, you can marvel at the walls lined with Pittsburgh memorabilia and old photos that transport you back to an earlier time. Offering the freshest fish and unbeatable prices, the Oyster House is a Pittsburgh institution, and you’d be missing out not to try it at least once.
7. Celebrate in Bavarian Style at the Hofbrauhaus
The Hofbrauhaus will transport you to Bavaria with its German beer, polka bands and waiters in traditional clothing. During the warmer months of the year, you can enjoy a meal outside in the Biergarten by the river, although this Munich brewhouse is a wonderful location any time of year. There are lots of scrumptious menu items like sausages, potato pancakes and pretzels, as well as four German lagers to choose from. If you buy a liter of lager, you can even take home the stein for a few extra dollars, which makes a fun souvenir. The Hofbrauhaus also offers special brews during Oktoberfest and other events.
8. Eat Dinner at The Commoner
Located inside Hotel Monaco, The Commoner‘s dishes are anything but common, including appetizers like sweet potato bisque, Scottish salmon and crispy cauliflower. There are also some more familiar items on the menu, including mainstays like ribeye, burgers and chicken.
9. Grab a Cold One at Church Brew Works
If you’d like to drink in novel surroundings, consider heading over to Church Brew Works. This restaurant and brewery, which was originally a church, has vats of beer in the altar, and the names of the beer — which include Pious Monk Dunkel and Pipe Organ Pale Ale — also reference the venue’s religious past.
Things to Do for a Bachelor Party in Pittsburgh
Now that you’ve fueled up for your bachelor party celebrations, it’s time for the main event. Here are some ideas for a bachelor party in Pittsburgh:
1. Rent Kayaks
If your group would prefer to navigate the rivers of Pittsburgh sitting down, consider renting some kayaks at Kayak Pittsburgh. If you depart from the North Shore location, you can easily make your way over to PNC Park, where you can take in stunning views of the city. You can also paddle over to Point State Park to see the famous fountain or up to Washington’s Landing to stop for some food and drinks at Redfin Blues. If you want to pair up with a buddy and share rowing responsibilities, you can rent a tandem kayak as well.
2. Rent a Pontoon Boat
If it’s too cold for a stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking, you can also navigate Pittsburgh’s 25 miles of navigable rivers by pontoon boat. With Boat Pittsburgh, you can rent a boat for eight people for full-day (eight-hour) or half-day (four-hour) adventures. Make sure to book as early as possible, as spots tend to fill up fast. You are permitted to bring food and alcohol on the boat as long as one person in your group abstains from drinking to operate the boat.
3. Smoke Some Cigars at Blend
If you’re going to be downtown, stop by Blend Cigar Bar, located on the first floor of the Koppers Building, to add to sophistication and class to your outing. Puff on some cigars and enjoy some drinks while you take in the historic interior and Art Deco lighting. You can also marvel at the city below through the bar’s large glass windows.
4. See the Pirates or the Penguins
If you’re in the city during the spring or summer and the Pirates happen to be playing, get yourself down to PNC Park to watch them play. The Pirates are one of the best MLB teams, and PNC Park itself is a sight to behold. If you’re visiting in the fall or winter, there may be a Penguins game on at the PPG Paints Arena. Even if there isn’t, there may be a cool show or concert.
5. Wander Around the Strip District
If you’re near this famous district, you might as well walk around and explore the neighborhood. There are a lot of attractions to take in here, including Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company.
6. Go on a Whiskey Tour at Wigle Whiskey
Located on Smallman Street, just one street behind Penn Avenue, Wigle Whiskey is a great place to take a tour of a whiskey distillery. While public tours are generally offered on Saturdays, if your group has at least 12 people, you can have them arrange a tour for you. The tour, which lasts roughly an hour, begins with cocktails and walks you through the distilling process.
If your group is more into beer, you can instead take a brewery tour at East End Brewing, not far from the center of the Strip District. The tour can last anywhere from half an hour to an hour and is enjoyable for beer drinkers of all kinds.
7. Rent a Private Sauna
Sitting in a sauna is one of the most relaxing activities — especially when the sauna comes to you. Pittsburgh’s Warm Timer Saunas offers a service where they bring a Finish-style, wood-fired sauna right to your home or event. This unique sauna has double-tiered benches, a wood-burning stove and an all-cedar interior. You can find out more and make a reservation on their site.
8. Compete in an Axe Throwing Tournament
If your group is looking for a little friendly competition with a bit of an edge, Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh may be a great activity. Lumberjaxes also organizes axe-throwing tournaments for parties, where those in your group will compete head-to-head hurling axes at a target until a winner is crowned.
9. Hit Up a Climbing Gym
If your group has thrill-seekers, you can head over to Ascend, an indoor rock climbing facility on Pittsburgh’s South Side. This gym focuses on bouldering, meaning that most of the walls are to be climbed without harnesses or ropes. This is an excellent activity for working up a sweat and building trust among those in your party.
10. Tour Some Wineries
Napa Valley isn’t the only place with great winery tours — Southwestern Pennsylvania also boasts a number of highly esteemed wineries with tasting rooms that offer light snacks and an abundance of fine wine.
The Narcisi Winery Gibsonia is one of the finest venues in the area for wine tasting. Their tour starts with a stroll through their facilities, where they give you a thorough demonstration of their winemaking process, and ends with a sampling of some wines and instruction on how to properly enjoy the drinks. Afterward, you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant on their property or a live musical performance on the patio.
The Ultimate Pittsburgh Local Winery Guide is a great reference for learning about what the region has to offer. Before going wine tasting, just make sure your group has a designated driver.
11. Take a Ride on the Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
The Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is a gigantic pedal bike that seats up to 16 people and is a great way to enjoy a ride around the city while inebriated. The ones drinking will pedal, and a designated driver will steer through the neighborhoods. This vehicle is an excellent choice for stopping at various bars as well as going on a foodie tour. The bike operates in a number of neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, so you’ll have some flexibility when designing your route.
12. Brewery Tour
If you want to go on a beer tour without having to pedal a bike, consider hopping on one of Porter Tours‘ decked out school buses for a public or private tour of Pittsburgh’s best breweries. A great way to begin a night out on the town, this tour includes tastings at each brewery and behind-the-scenes tours that show the brewing process. Stops commonly made on the tour include East End Brewing, Grist House and Dancing Gnome.
13. Take Aim at Keystone Shooting Center
There are few activities more manly than firing a gun, and at the Keystone Shooting Center, you can do it safely and comfortably. This world-class indoor gun range is located just outside of the city and features 24 climate-controlled lanes and a temperature-controlled air curtain that will keep your group clean and comfortable by pushing any powder residue and smoke downrange.
Book a Shooting Event for Your Group
Of all these ideas for bachelor parties in Pittsburgh, PA, Keystone Shooting Center will certainly be the most entertaining and memorable.
At Keystone Shooting Center, we have the facilities, equipment and staff needed to provide a safe experience for your group. Here are some other things we offer at our gun range:
- A wide selection of gun rentals: You can rent a wide variety of guns at our range. Keep in mind, however, that if you rent a gun from us, you will have to buy ammunition from our store.
- A wide selection of gun purchases: With over 500 new guns for sale, our inventory is the biggest in the area.
- Eye and ear protection: Protection for your ears is absolutely necessary at a shooting range. If you don’t have safety glasses or earplugs, you can rent them out at our center.
- FFL transfers: We are licensed FFL (federal firearms license) dealers and make it easy for you to obtain a receipt and transfer firearms in Pittsburgh.
To enjoy our gun range, you don’t need to have any experience or do any planning — just reserve a date on our site and enjoy some friendly competition with your bachelor party buddies.
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