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Buford’s Kitchen
Conveniently located across from PPG Paints Arena, this game-day spot offers Southern-inspired burgers, shakes and appetizers large enough for everyone to share. 1014 Fifth Ave., 412-281-2583

Condado Taqueria
Build-your-own tacos are the highlight here with 10 different proteins, six toppings, three cheeses, four salsas and several tortillas to choose from. 971 Liberty Ave., 412-281-9111

Meat and Potatoes
A gastropub designed around dinner staples like pot roast and spring chicken. The weekend brunch here is also popular. 649 Penn Ave., 412-325-7007

NOLA on the Square
Creole-inspired dishes like jambalaya and crispy fried alligator, combined with live jazz and blues, give patrons the New Orleans treatment. 24 Market Square, 412-471-9100

The Original Oyster House
Opened in 1871, this Pittsburgh institution believed to be the city’s oldest restaurant is best known for its fried-fish sandwich. 20 Market Square, 412-566-7925

Neapolitan pizzas along with fried street food, including rice balls and croquettes, priced at $1 each, round out the simple menu. 268 Forbes Ave., 412-471-0400

Pork and Beans
The newest addition to the Richard Deshantz Restaurant Group features Texas-style barbeque dishes (including its namesake) and country sides like pig ears. 136 Sixth St., 412-338-1876

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Talia Cucina & Roticceria

Specializing in seafood entrees and small plates, swordfish and grilled octopus, this restaurant offers an authentic Mediterranean experience down to the decor. 2 PPG Place, 412-904-2051

Revel and Roost
Revel offers casual fare like sandwiches and fried chicken, while Roost features entrees like pork chops and trout in this two-level restaurant. 242 Forbes Ave., 412-281-1134

A taqueria offering Asian-influenced Mexican street food with unique ingredients like octopus and duck. 214 Sixth Ave., 412-471-8256

Talia Cucina & Roticceria
Not your usual Italian place; roasted meats like porchetta and lamb are the highlight here, but there’s gnocchi and risotto too. 425 Sixth St. 412-456-8214

Union Standard
Boasting locally sourced ingredients, the menu here features modern takes on comfort food like roast turkey and chicken. 524 William Penn Place, 412-281-0738


Andys Wine Bar
With live music Thursday to Saturday, affordable wine and a cocktail list of classic drinks with new twists, it’s a great venue for a night out. 510 Market St., 412-773-8884

Perched above Hotel Monaco, this German-themed rooftop bar features a drink list bursting with both international and local craft beers, and more. 620 William Penn Place, 412-230-4800

The Backstage Bar at Theatre Square
Stop in before or after a show in the Cultural District to grab a drink and keep the culture going with live cabaret and jazz acts. 655 Penn Ave.,

Butcher and the Rye
Well known for its extensive whiskey collection, this establishment also offers a full menu including steak and seafood offerings. 212 Sixth St., 412-391-2752

City Works
With 90 craft beers and eight wines on tap, this eatery and pour house isn’t your usual sports bar. Rare-beer tappings are featured often. 2 PPG Place, 412-448-2900

Colony Cafe
Pittsburgh’s first cat café, where you can enjoy coffee, wine and snacks surrounded by feline friends, who are all available for adoption. No feeding the cats. 1125 Penn Ave., 412-586-4850

Howl at the Moon
If you’re looking for a party spot, this dueling-piano bar, featuring live covers of your favorite hits, is the one. Popular bachelorette party destination. 125 Seventh St., 412-586-5692

Il Tetto
High above the Downtown hustle, this open-air rooftop bar is perfect for spring and summer, but hosts events year-round. 942 Penn Ave., 412-281-2810

Despite its low-key exterior, this has been one of Pittsburgh’s most popular LGBTQ bars for years. Stop in for weekly karaoke. 965 Liberty Ave., 412-391-9990

Olive or Twist
A martini bar with a selection of wine, beer and specialty martinis with flavors like cake batter and s’mores. 140 Sixth St., 412-255-0525

From the offerings to the décor, this sparkling-wine bar sparkles with dozens of varieties from around the world and select vintage bottles. 25 Market Square, 412-471-2058

Sharp Edge Bistro
This bar and restaurant has one of the largest domestic and imported beer lists in the city, weighted heavily in the Belgium column. 922 Penn Ave., 412-338-2437

The Speakeasy
This hidden gem tucked away in the Omni William Penn Hotel was actually once the spot for Prohibition-era drinking.  530 William Penn Place, 412-281-7100


Arcade Comedy Theater
Check out standup, improv, sketch comedy, variety acts and comedy classes at this nonprofit, BYOB theater. 811 Liberty Ave.,

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
An art gallery, meeting and performance space that hosts activities ranging from music and dance performances to film festivals and community events. Named for the famed local playwright. 980 Liberty Ave., 412-471-6070

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
With 2,800 seats, this venue is the closest many Pittsburghers get to seeing their favorite musicals on Broadway (Hamilton arrives in 2018). 237 Seventh St., 412-456-6666

The Byham Theater
One of the city’s premier venues for local and touring musicians, dance companies and other live performances. 101 Sixth St., 412-456-6666

Harris Theater
As Downtown’s only movie theater, this landmark shows mostly indie, foreign-language and art-house films. 809 Liberty Ave., 412-682-549

Heinz Hall
Home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this venue also receives nationally touring singers, actors and comedians. 600 Penn Ave., 412-392-4900

Space Gallery
With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this art gallery showcases rotating exhibits in various mediums for patrons and passersby. 812 Liberty Ave., 412-325-7723

Comics matter — as art, as culture, as commentary. Learn more (and shop) at this combination museum and gallery devoted to the “funny pages.” 945 Liberty Ave., 412-232-0199

Wood Street Galleries
A place for edgy contemporary art, with a special emphasis on work that incorporates light, sound and digital technology. 601 Wood St., 412-471-5605

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Steel City


Amazing Books and Records
Shop from a wide selection of used records and books, including some hard-to-find gems, or sell your own. 929 Liberty Ave., 412-471-1899

Eide’s Entertainment
With a wide selection of comics, records, movies, books, magazines, action figures and collectibles, this shop has something for everyone. 1121 Penn Ave., 412-261-0900

Sports World Specialties
This sports-apparel and memorabilia shop has everything you need to rep the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and other local teams. 645 Smithfield St., 412-232-3343

Steel City
This pop-up-turned-permanent store offers a more elevated take on Pittsburgh pride and black-and-gold merchandise than the free T-shirts at Pirates games. 625 Smithfield St., 412-338-2333

S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes
A specialty toy and gift shop for fans of dolls, trains, board games and comic-book heroes. Stop in for the latest kids’ toys or pop-culture novelty items. 630 Smithfield St., 412-562-9252

Other Spots of Interest

Point State Park
With 36 acres, this park provides a respite for city dwellers. Check out the fountain at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. 101 Commonwealth Place