Whether you met online or were set up by a mutual friend, going on a blind date has the potential to be a nerve-wracking and awkward experience. Eliminate blind date anxiety and wow your date by making plans to meet up at one of these Pittsburgh bars. These intimate and romantic lounges, casual watering holes and unique dance clubs have awesome atmospheres, incredible entrees and unbeatable cocktails that are ideal for breaking the ice, upping the romance and making the night as painless as possible. A great blind date starts at these five bars.
Isabela On Grandview
1318 Grandview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Make a reservation, dress to impress and let the folks at Mount Washington’s Isabela on Grandview take care of the rest. Named the city’s most romantic restaurant for its breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline, Isabela on Grandview combines an upscale dining experience with incredible cocktails and an extensive wine list to create an unforgettable evening that’s sure to lead up to a second date. Wow your date with the scrumptious creations of Chef Alan Peet, which includes diverse appetizers, delicious seafood selections, hearty meat entrees and indulgent desserts, and follow up with after-dinner drinks or dessert wines. Finish your night together with a ride on the nearby iconic Duquesne Incline where you can share a quiet moment together and enjoy the sites of the Point and Pittsburgh.
166 E. Bridge St.
Homestead, PA 15120
Let’s face it, meeting your blind date for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. You’re not sure what quite to expect or how you two will hit it off and keep the conversation going. Break the ice with a fun, casual night at the Pittsburgh Improv, a Waterfront watering hole that offers unbeatable bites, delectable drinks and loads of laughs. Get to know one another over starters like improv nachos or showroom fries and throw back a few specialty drinks, wines or martinis to loosen up before the country’s best comedians take to the stage for hours of entertaining standup routines. If you two share a similar sense of humor, grab the bar’s Bananas Foster bites or double-layer chocolate cake for dessert and talk about your favorite comedians or jokes.
Toast Kitchen & Wine Bar
5102 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
For an intimate evening that allows the two of you to really get to know one another, plan to meet up at Toast Kitchen & Wine Bar where you can enjoy each other’s company with more than 25 different wines, a wonderfully diverse tasting menu and 12 dessert wines. You’ll appreciate the quiet, cozy atmosphere that lends itself well to great conversation and a relaxed mood. And, thanks to the bar’s small space, you won’t have to scan a huge crowded room to find the man or woman of your dreams. Make a reservation online using the convenient reservation form to ensure you have a table waiting for your blind date night.
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7 Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
They say ladies love country boys, and if your blind date happens to be with one, Station Square’s Saddle Ridge is the ideal choice for an evening of dancing, drinks and country music. Start your night off on the right foot with complimentary line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m. where you two can dance together and loosen up. If you’re feeling competitive, challenge each other to see who can ride the bar’s mechanical bull the longest, then have the loser buy a round of Bud Light or Smirnoff drinks. Dance the night away to your favorite country songs on the bar’s huge dance floor.
51 S. 12th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Since this is your first date together, you may want to keep it simple. Truth Lounge in the city’s South Side neighborhood is an ideal location for sweet and short blind dates. Whether you’re meeting after work or just want to share a few drinks, Truth Lounge has a great selection of scotch, cocktails, bourbon, martinis, bottled and draft beers and more than 60 wines to ease your blind date jitters and help you unwind. If conversation falls flat, bail after a few drinks. If you find yourself longing for more of your date, order a small plate, entrée or salad.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.