WHERE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS IN PITTSBURGH THIS THANKSGIVING
If you have friends or relatives coming into town or if you’re an out-of-towner making the trek back to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving, we’ve got you covered with the best places to work on your Turkey Day hangover, see some art, or even do some shopping in the city. We can almost guarantee these fun activities will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving — or at least better than getting into yet another political debate with that uncle.
Here are our favorite spots in town for every type of person.
One of our favorite downtown dinner spots becomes even more delicious and atmospheric around Thanksgiving. Admire sweeping views of downtown’s tallest buildings as you and your friends cozy up next to the fireplace amidst mid-century furnishings at this hotel restaurant— we can almost guarantee it will be more relaxing than dinner at the kids’ table.
Coming in from out of town? You could sleep in your teenage bedroom and likely have some traumatic nightmares, or you could book a room at Ace like the adult that you are. Start the night with cocktails in the lobby bar, play some ping pong in the gym, scoot over for dinner at Whitfield and tuck in feeling happy, full and ready to face the family the following day.
For former Pittsburghers in town for the holidays, they’ll likely remember Salt of the Earth — and wonder what took its place. Take them to the brand new Fish nor Fowl for an upscale meal in Scandinavian-inspired surrounds. It’s the perfect place for an impressive dinner or, if you go for the cocktail pairings, a classier version of the traditional night out before Thanksgiving.
The latest location of the Portland-based homewares company recently opened in East Liberty, and in turn, it definitely upped Pittsburgh’s cool factor. Your guests will love browsing bespoke light fixtures, goods from local makers like Reiko Yamamoto, Bones and All, Francis DeFabo, and lots of Schoolhouse signature items designed just for the Pittsburgh store.
Shop tarot cards, candles, sage bundles and crystals for all occasions at this light-filled Point Breeze boutique. Your West Coast visitors will feel right at home among the plants and wicker furniture, and your Brooklyn friends will love browsing the impeccably curated vintage collections.
Newly minted (like yesterday), this men’s shop in lower Lawrenceville is your one-stop shop for some of the best menswear in the city along with a fully stocked fridge of Iron City to wet your whistle while you shop. Supplying brands like Tanner Goods, Homespun, and BLKSMITH Denim, this shop will keep you or the men in your life looking fresh!
This brand new home goods shop has a focus on local makers, with curated selections from the best craftsmen and women in town. Sip an espresso from the on-site Redhawk Coffee outpost while you browse locally made furniture, hand-dyed textiles, cast ceramics and much more.
The Art Lover
Carnegie International at the CMOA
You and your guests will love spending the day wandering through the exhibits at the CMOA’s annual Carnegie International. This yearly exhibition features work by 32 artists and artist collectives, and each piece explores what it means to be “international”. It’s a world-class exhibition that will impress even the most knowledgeable art connoisseur.
Whether your guests have been to the Mattress Factory or not, there’s always something new to see at Pittsburgh’s resident contemporary art museum. Take photos in the mirror in Yayoi Kusama’s Repetitive Vision or Infinity Dots, check out selections from the Greer Lankton Archive and much more at this North Side museum.
Want to make your guests think that you’re really in the know? Take them to this nondescript home in Troy Hill that houses an incredible hidden art experience. The secret rooms, trippy artwork and otherworldly lighting by German artist Thorsten Brinkmann promise an unforgettable afternoon. If you have already check this box, be sure to check out The Kunzhaus across the street. Plan to have a one of a kind day but be sure to book online before your visit.
The Party Animal
Our favorite modern dive bar is the perfect place to get festively tipsy instead of uncomfortably full on Thanksgiving. Get there early to snag a booth and order a round of $9 Sexy Cocktails for the group (or pay the extra $1 to make your drink “Fancy AF” — it is a holiday, after all). Soon enough, you’ll be taking names at the pool table, playing throwback songs on the juke box or, we can only hope, getting the dance party going.
The Warren & Miracle
The original holiday bar, Miracle, will be back for the third year! Opening on the 23rd, expect overly festive decor, strong cocktails, and a packed house! If you aren’t in the holiday mood just quite yet, their home base bar The Warren is right around the corner. Part sushi bar and part cocktail bar, The Warren serves up classic grub and beverages with their own twist until 2 AM every night!
The heated, enclosed Chalet is now open outside at Cantina, making it possible to extend patio season straight through the winter. Head out for tequila shots and tacos at this classic hangout, or use it as the starting point for a Lawrenceville bar crawl (we’re thinking tequila at Cantina, sake at Umami and grappa at Grapperia — your very own tour de Butler Street!)