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Best of Pittsburgh: Culture and Nightlife

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Best Accessible-Friendly Event

Zoo Brew, Pittsburgh Zoo
7370 Baker St., Morningside
pittsburghzoo.org

2nd: gFx, In The Weeds, Ace Hotel
3rd: Oakland for All Annual Ramp Crawl
oaklandforall.org


Best Accessible-Friendly Venue
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland
cmoa.org and carnegiemnh.org

2nd: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
3rd: Level Up Studios


Best Alt-Folk Band or Performer

Childlike Empress

2nd: Buffalo Rose
3rd: Jess Klein and the Good Time

Worth the Drive: The String Theory
Greensburg. facebook.com/thestringtheoryduo


Best Act Collaboration
Black Lives Matter Mural
Under the Fort Duquesne Bridge, along the Allegheny River, Downtown

2nd: 1Hood Media
1hood.org
3rd: Shop412 x Pittsburgh Penguins


Best Bar (Strip District & Lawrenceville)

The Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville.

2nd: Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive
belvederesultradive.com
3rd: Take A Break Bar


Best Bar (Downtown)

Wigle Whiskey Distillery
Taproom inside Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown

2nd: Butcher and the Rye
3rd: The Warren


Best Bar (East)

Brillobox
Permanently closed August 2020

2nd: William Penn Tavern
3rd: Kelly's Bar & Lounge


Best Bar (North)

Threadbare Cider & Mead
1291 Spring Garden Ave., Troy Hill

2nd: Tequila Cowboy
tequilacowboy.com

3rd: Dive Bar & Grille (Wexford)

Best Bar (South)

Piper's Pub
1828 E. Carson St., South Side
piperspub.com

2nd: Bigham Tavern
bighamtavern.com
3rd: Smiling Moose
smiling-moose.com


Best Bar (West)

Riley's Pour House
215 E. Main St., Carnegie
rileyspourhouse.com

2nd: The Crafty Jackalope
craftyjackalope.com
3rd: Downey's House
downeyshouse.com


Best Bar to Day Drink

Grist House Craft Brewery
10 E. Sherman St., Millvale
gristhouse.com

2nd: Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar
arsenalciderhouse.com
3rd: Southern Tier Brewery Pittsburgh
facebook.com/stbcbeerPGH


Best Bar to Pregame

Southern Tier Brewery Pittsburgh
316 North Shore Drive, North Side
facebook.com/stbcbeerPGH

2nd: Jack's Bar
facebook.com/jacksbarpgh
3rd: Tina's
tinaspgh.com


Best Bartender

Chris Miller at Butcher in the Rye
212 Sixth St., Downtown
butcherandtherye.com

2nd: Mildred The Lunch Lady at Blue Moon
facebook.com/TheBlueMoonBar
3rd: Gene from Gene's Place
genesplacepgh.com


Best Blues Band or Performer

Miss Freddye
missfreddye.com
2nd: Billy Price Band
billyprice.com
3rd: Smokey Bellows
facebook.com/smokeybellowsband

Worth the Drive: Black Cat Moan
State College. blackcatmoan.com


Best Club DJ

Selecta
facebook.com/jscoglietti

2nd: T.J. Harris
facebook.com/nottjthedj
3rd: DJ Formosa (Stephanie Tsong)
instagram.com/formosa.exe


Best Country Band or Performer

Gabby Barrett
gabbybarrett.com

2nd: Justin Fabus
justinfabus.com
3rd: Molly Alphabet
facebook.com/MollyAlphabet


Best Cover Band or Performer

No Bad JuJu
nobadjuju.com

2nd: Ferris Bueller’s Revenge
ferrisbuellersrevenge.com
3rd: Bon Journey
realbonjourney.com

Best Dance Company

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District
pbt.org

2nd: Tamburitzans
thetamburitzans.org
3rd: Attack Theatre
attacktheatre.com


Best Distance Race

Pittsburgh Marathon
thepittsburghmarathon.com

2nd: The Great Race
rungreatrace.com
3rd: Pumpkin Run
gourdyspumpkinrun.com


Best Dive Bar

Jack's Bar
1117 E. Carson St., South Side
facebook.com/jacksbarpgh

2nd: The Squirrel Hill Cafe
yelp.com/biz/squirrel-hill-cafe-pittsburgh
3rd: Hambone's
hambonespgh.com


Best Electronic Band or Performer

Chalk Dinosaur
chalkdinosaur.com

2nd: Swampwalk
facebook.com/burghwalk
3rd: Buscrates
instagram.com/buscrates


Best Escape Room

Escape Room Pittsburgh
569 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield
escaperoompgh.com

2nd: Enter the Imaginarium
entertheimaginariumpgh.com
3rd: Code Breakers
codebreakers412.com


Best Fundraising Gala

Animals Friends’ Black Tie and Tails
562 Camp Horne Road, Ben Avon
thinkingoutsidethecage.org

2nd: Night in the Tropics at the National Aviary
aviary.org
3rd: Celebrating Survivors - Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
wcspittsburgh.org


Best Gallery for Local Artists

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood St., Downtown
woodstreetgalleries.org

2nd: Boom Concepts
boomuniverse.co
3rd: Redfishbowl
redfishbowl.com


Best Haunted Attraction

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House
100 Acres Drive, Bethel Park
hundredacresmanor.com

2nd: The Scarehouse
scarehouse.com
3rd: Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights
kennywood.com/pfn


Best Independent Movie Theater

Row House Cinema
4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville
rowhousecinema.com

2nd: Dependable Drive-In Theater
dependabledrivein.com
3rd (TIE): The Manor Theatre
manorpgh.com
and Century Square Luxury Cinemas
centurysquareluxurycinemas.com


Best Jazz Band or Performer

Phat Man Dee
phatmandeemusic.com

2nd: Feralcat
rogerrafaelromero.com
3rd: Afro Yaqui Music Collective
afroyaquimusiccollective.com


Best Karaoke Night

Nico’s Recovery Room
178 Pearl St., Bloomfield
nicosbloomfield.com

2nd: Blue Moon
facebook.com/TheBlueMoonBar
3rd: Bob's Garage
Facebook: “Bob’s Garage”


Best Large Music Venue

Stage AE
400 N. Shore Drive, North Side
promowestlive.com

2nd: PPG Paints Arena
ppgpaintsarena.com
3rd: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
trustarts.org


Best Legacy Band

Anti-Flag
anti-flag.com
2nd: Roger Humphries' RH Factor
rogerhumphriesband.com
3rd: Norman Nardini
normannardini.com


Best Legacy Performer

Pittsburgh Dad
pghdad.com

2nd: Donnie Iris
donnieiris.com
3rd: Roger Humphries
rogerhumphriesband.com


Best LGBTQ Bar

Blue Moon
5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville
facebook.com/TheBlueMoonBar

2nd: 5801 Video Lounge & Cafe
5801videolounge.com
3rd: Mixtape
mixtapepgh.com
Permanently closed July 2020


Best Literary Event

Pittsburgh Arts and Lecture Series
301 S. Craig St., Oakland
pittsburghlectures.org

2nd: Pittsburgh Library Summer Reading
carnegielibrary.org
3rd: WQED Writers Contest
wqed.org/education/writers-contest


Best Livestream Concert

Bastard Bearded Irishmen St. Patrick’s Day
bastardbeardedirishmen.com

2nd: fuck yeah, dinosaurs! Record release show from The Jukebox Stage
facebook.com/fyeahdinosaurs
3rd: Pittsburgh Irish Festival "Live Stream Irish Music Series"
pghirishfest.org/live-stream-irish-music-series


Best Livestream Theater Performance

Pittsburgh Public Theater Playtime
621 Penn Ave., Downtown
ppt.org

2nd: Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe Festival
pittsburghfringe.org
3rd: Dial-Up: Improvised Zoom Calls with The Frances Bros.
arcadecomedytheater.com


Best Local Annual Convention

Anthrocon
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown
anthrocon.org

2nd: Handmade Arcade
handmadearcade.org
3rd: Home & Garden Show
pghhome.com


Best Local Cartoonist

Rob Rogers
robrogers.com

2nd: Randy Bish
facebook.com/Bishtoons
3rd: Angela Oddling
angelaoddling.com


Best Local Comedian

Matt Light
facebook.com/mattlightcomedy

2nd: Mikey and Big Bob
facebook.com/mikeybigbob
3rd: Bill Crawford
twitter.com/dveBillCrawford


Best Local Comedy Troupe

Steel City Improv
5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
steelcityimprov.com

2nd: Penny Arcade (Arcade Comedy Theater)
arcadecomedytheater.com/pennyarcade
3rd: Knights of the Arcade
arcadecomedytheater.com/knights


Best Local Music Venue

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Stage AE
promowestlive.com
3rd: Jergel's Rhythm Grille
jergels.com


Best Local Photographer

Dave DiCello Photography
527 Liberty Ave., Downtown
davedicello.com

2nd: Cam Brown
bamcrown.com
3rd: Taylor Ollason Photography
taylorollasonphoto.com


Best Local Poet

Vanessa German
instagram.com/vanessalgerman

2nd: Rachel Bovier
facebook.com/Rachel.Ann.Bovier
3rd: Jeffrey "Boosie" Bolden
Oct. 23, 1987-June 23, 2020
tolsunbooks.com/shop/wolves


Best Local Stage Production

Mamma Mia! Stage 62
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie
stage62.org

2nd: Tamburitzans
thetamburitzans.org
3rd: A Lyrical Christmas Carol, Pittsburgh Musical Theater
pittsburghmusicals.com
Worth the Drive: Cabaret, Little Lake Theatre
Canonsburg, littlelake.org


Best Local Theatre Company

Pittsburgh Public Theater
621 Penn Ave., Downtown
ppt.org

2nd: Arcade Comedy Theater
arcadecomedytheater.com
3rd: City Theatre Company
citytheatrecompany.org


Best Local Visual Artist

Baron Batch
baronbatch.com

2nd: Vanessa German
instagram.com/vanessalgerman
3rd: Zachary Rutter
zacharyrutterart.com


Best Local Writer

Damon Young
damonjyoung.com

2nd: Brian Butko
brianbutko.com
3rd: Tony Norman
twitter.com/Tony_NormanPG


Best Metal Band or Performer

Killer of Sheep
killerofsheep1.bandcamp.com

2nd: Dethlehem
dethlehem.bandcamp.com
3rd: Everyone Hates Everything
everyonehateseverything.bandcamp.com


Best Music Collaboration

kingxii and kyGAWD: “Bullet”
facebook.com/k1ngxii

2nd: Clara Kent and INEZ: “Clouds”
facebook.com/iamclarakent
inez412.bandcamp.com
3rd: Brittney Chantele & Treble NLS: “Trigger Finger”
brittneychantele.com
facebook.com/trebleminded


Best Music Festival

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
traf.trustarts.org

2nd: Deutschtown Music Festival
deutschtownmusicfestival.com
3rd: Pittsburgh Jazz Festival
pittsburghjazzfest.org


Best Music Radio Station

91.3 FM WYEP
67 Bedford Square, South Side
wyep.org

2nd: 96.1 KISS FM
961kiss.iheart.com
3rd: 100.7 Star
starpittsburgh.radio.com


Best New Bar

Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville
thunderbirdmusichall.com

2nd: Con Alma
conalmapgh.com
3rd: The Vault Taproom
thevaultpgh.com


Best Open-Mic Night (Comedy)

Burning Bridges Comedy Club at Hambones
4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville
burningbridgescomedyclub.com

2nd: Pleasure Bar
pleasurebarpittsburgh.com
3rd: Yesterday's Bar & Grill
facebook.com/yesterdaysgrillbar


Best Open-Mic Night (Music)

Hambone's
4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville
hambonespgh.com

2nd: Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
thunderbirdmusichall.com
3rd: Acousticafe at Mr. Smalls Funhouse
mrsmalls.com


Best Place for a Girls Night Out

Narcisi Winery
4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia
narcisiwinery.com
2nd: The Allegheny Wine Mixer
alleghenywinemixer.com
3rd: Painting with a Twist
paintingwithatwist.com


Best Place for a Guys Night Out

PNC Park
115 Federal St., North Side
mlb.com/pirates/ballpark

2nd: 2 Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing
axethrowingpgh.com
3rd: Games N' At
sites.google.com/site/gamesnatsite


Best Place to Celebrate Your Birthday

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
2705 S. Water St., South Side
hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com

2nd: Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
riverscasino.com
3rd: Round Corner Cantina
roundcornercantina.com


Best Place to Dance

Tequila Cowboy
380 N. Shore Drive, North Side
tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

2nd: Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive
belvederesultradive.com
3rd: Spirit
spirightpgh.com


Best Place to Gamble

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
777 Casino Drive, North Side
riverscasino.com
Worth the Drive: The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Washington.
meadowsgaming.com


Best Place to See a Local Band

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Spirit
spiritpgh.com
3rd: The Rex Theater
South Side, rextheater.net
Permanently closed Sept. 2020


Best Place to Take a First Date

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Drive, Oakland
phipps.conservatory.org

2nd: Randyland
randy.land
3rd: The Milk Shake Factory
themilkshakefactory.com


Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners



Best Pop Band or Performer

The Jaggerz
facebook.com/thejaggerz

2nd: The Summercamp
thesummercampmusic.com
3rd: Social Justice Disco
socialjusticedisco.com


Best Pop Singer

Weird Paul
weirdpaul.com

2nd: Addi Twigg
additwigg.com
3rd: Princess Jafar
princessjafar.bandcamp.com
Worth the Drive: Aubrey Burchell
Westmoreland County. aubreyburchell.com


Best Punk Band or Performer

fuck yeah, dinosaurs!
fuckyeahdinosaurs.bandcamp.com

2nd: Bastard Bearded Irishmen
bastardbeardedirishmen.com
3rd: Code Orange
codeorangetoth.com


Best R&B Band or Performer

Bill Henry Band
billhenryband.com

2nd: Sierra Sellers
facebook.com/sierrasellers
3rd: Uptown Rhythm & Brass
uptown-rb.com


Best Radio DJ

Kelly 100.7
facebook.com/kelonair

2nd: Mikey and Big Bob
facebook.com/mikeybigbob
3rd: Randy Baumann
twitter.com/DVERandy


Best Radio Program

Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show
dve.iheart.com

2nd: Mikey and Big Bob
facebook.com/mikeybigbob
3rd: 100.7 Bubba Show
starpittsburgh.radio.com/shows/bubba-show


Best Rap/Hip-Hop Band or Performer

Jimmy Wopo
Jan. 13, 1997-June 18, 2018
soundcloud.com/jimmy-wopo

2nd: Brittney Chantele
brittneychantele.com
3rd: Benji.
twitter.com/avatarbenji


Best Rock Band or Performer

The Clarks
clarksonline.com

2nd: Joe Grushecky and the Iron City House Rockers
joegrushecky.com
3rd: Jack Swing
jackswing.bandcamp.com


Best Small Music Venue

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Club Cafe
clubcafelive.com
3rd: The Rex Theater
South Side, rextheater.net
Permanently closed Sept. 2020


Best Sports Bar

Piper’s Pub
1828 E. Carson St., South Side
piperspub.com

2nd: Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar South Side
primantibros.com
3rd: McFadden's
mcfaddenspitt.com


Best Street Artist

Baron Batch
baronbatch.com

2nd: Jeremy Raymer
jmraymer.com
3rd: Max Gonzales
maxgonzales.art


Best Street Festival

Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
littleitalydays.com

2nd: Picklesburgh
picklesburgh.com
3rd: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
traf.trustarts.org


Best Strip Club

Cheerleaders
3100 Liberty Ave., Strip District
cheerleaderspittsburgh.com

2nd: Club Erotica
cluberoticapittsburgh.com
3rd Tennyson Lodge
facebook.com/TheTennysonLodge


Best Trivia Night

Mario's South Side Saloon
1514 E. Carson St., South Side
mariospgh.com/southside

2nd: Franktuary
franktuary.com
3rd: Bigham Tavern
bighamtavern.com


Best Unsigned Music Artist or Performer

Weird Paul
weirdpaul.com

2nd: Brittney Chantele
brittneychantele.com
3rd: kingxii
facebook.com/k1ngxii


Best Venue for Diverse Musical Acts

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Spirit
spiritpgh.com
3rd: The Rex Theater
South Side, rextheater.net
Permanently closed Sept. 2020


Best Venue with the Best Drinks

Brillobox
Bloomfield, brilloboxpgh.com
Permanently closed Aug. 2020

2nd: Spirit
spiritpgh.com
3rd: Con Alma
conalmapgh.com


Best Virtual Gallery

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
traf.trustarts.org

2nd: Art All Night
artallnight.org
3rd: Silver Eye Center For Photography
silvereye.org


Best Virtual Music Festival

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
traf.trustarts.org

2nd: Pittsburgh Irish Festival "Live Stream Irish Music Series"
pghirishfest.org
3rd: Pittonkatonk
pittonkatonk.org


Best World Music Band or Performer

Tamburitzans
thetamburitzans.org

2nd: Afro Yaqui Music Collective
afroyaquimusiccollective.com
3rd: Ishtar
ishtar-music.com

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