Though there are scores of Pride-related activities to keep you busy all weekend long, City Paper knows even the most fervent celebrators need breaks from the festivities.
Most LGBTQ bars across the city will extend the party beyond the parade and concerts. Pittsburgh, ranked one of most inclusive LGBTQ cities in the U.S., offers many restaurants, hotels and shops where people can show support. Consider these spots that are extra friendly to LGBTQ people and allies:
Pick up something unique for a loved one at Wildcard in Lawrenceville — a great place to find knick-knacks, cards and gifts that are made by Pittsburgh artisans.
Eons Fashion Antique in Shadyside offers vintage clothing to pop any Pride outfit. Eons owner Richard Parsakian has been involved with Pride and LGBTQ causes for years and is happy to help personalize any look.
A room at Parador Inn in the North Side is the prime place for people coming in from out of town. This gay-owned B&B is just a block away from the office of Pride organizers, the Delta Foundation. It’s location on a quiet street with some good neighborhood bars makes it ideal for relaxing after the parade.
Booking a room at one of the many national chains Downtown or across the river on the North Shore will keep you close to Pride activities. A truly hip experience is found at East Liberty’s Ace Hotel or Hotel Indigo.
Apteka in Bloomfield serves vegan and Eastern European food, and it is quickly becoming one of Pittsburgh’s revered restaurants. The wait staff is also extremely LGBTQ friendly, thus complementing a space that is clean and warm.
Spak Brothers in Garfield is a must for a quick bite. This counter-service joint serves pizza, salads, wings and sandwiches.
Venture up to Polish Hill and Kaibur Coffee, which has phenomenal espresso, along with tasty baked goods in a queer-friendly space. There is no better escape from Pride’s party atmosphere.
Persad Center in Lawrenceville and Allies for Health and Wellbeing in East Liberty offer excellent counseling services. These two organizations are some of the longest standing LGBTQ services organizations in the city, and each is equipped to provide comfort to people in need of friendly faces during Pride.