Just because you’re not into the whole bar scene or not old enough to drink doesn’t mean that you can’t still have an amazing night. While Pittsburgh is buzzing with bars and clubs, the city is also full of unique and fun late-night activities that cater to those looking for a great time outside of the usual watering hole. Whether you’re looking to shake it up at a free dance lesson, strike up a some friendly competition at your local bowling alley or relive your favorite childhood memories in a whole new light, there’s definitely no shortage of late-night activities this summer.
Carnegie Science Center Observatory
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Get in touch with your inner astronomer at the Carnegie Science Center’s Observatory SkyWatch Evenings. When the skies are clear on Friday evenings, the Carnegie Science Center offers guided tours of the Point and downtown Pittsburgh from its first floor observatory. Discover the mysteries of the stars and planets with the observatory’s 16-inch Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a truly mesmerizing experience. At just $1 for admission and $5 for non-member parking, this is a great, low-price way to see the city — and the sky — in a uniquely spectacular way.
Arsenal Lanes Midnight Madness Bowling
212 44th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Add some friendly competition to your night out with Arsenal Lane’s Midnight Madness bowling, held every Friday and Saturday from 12 to 2 a.m. For just $9.95 per person, you get all-you-can-bowl games, bowling shoes rental and the chance to win a variety of great prizes. This is a great option for a group date or party idea. You can even take a break from bowling and belt out your favorite songs during karaoke. Just be sure to bring along your ID in case you’d like to take advantage of Saturday night drink specials at this retro-style bowling alley.
Latitude 40 Comedy Shows
200 Quinn Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Get ready to laugh until it hurts at Latitude 40’s Latitude LIVE comedy shows, held every Friday and Saturday night. Eat, drink and be merry with some of the most hilarious comedians and performers from around the country, including Bill Crawford, Don Friesen and Dave Burleigh, in this 300-capacity private room. All comedy shows are just $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP admission, which includes front row seats and a free drink ticket. Latitude 40, the city’s luxury entertainment facility, is located near The Pointe in Robinson Township.
Salsa Around The City
Mexico City Restaurant
409 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Shake up your Saturdays with Salsa Around the City’s free salsa nights at downtown Pittsburgh’s Mexico City Restaurant. Drop in from 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. for a half-hour of instruction from Los Sabrosos-Pgh. Once you’ve got your Copa, walks and hip movements down, dance the night away to the hottest Latin music from DJ Juan Diego. There is $5 cover on DJ nights and this event is for ages 18 and over.
Kennywood Night Riders Pass
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500, ext. 0
If the heat of the summer and long lines deter you from visiting Pittsburgh’s iconic Kennywood amusement park during the day, consider purchasing a Night Rider pass. Each pass is just $24.99 and grants you access to the park from 5 p.m. until close, typically around 10 p.m. Dive into the dark of the night on the Phantom’s Revenge or classic wooden coasters, paddle under the stars on Kennywood’s lagoon or share some funnel cake and Potato Patch Fries. Get in touch with your inner child and experience this Pittsburgh landmark in a whole new light as a Kennywood Night Rider.
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.