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Pittsburgh’s Best Hip Bars/Hangouts

February 8, 2011 6:13 AM

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If you’re looking for a unique place to spend some time with friends and family, look no further. Based on picks from Pop City and Pittsburgh Magazine, here are some of the most unusual places to hang out in the ‘Burgh.

Gypsy Café

1330 Bingham St.; South Side
(412)-381-4977
www.gypsycafe.net

Located in a landmark reclaimed church, the Gypsy Cafe is one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s picks on the South Side. This hot spot serves a mix of Mediterranean and Pan-European food. The quirk? You can get a tarot card reading while you eat. They also offer a wide selection of beer, liquor and wine. If you don’t like what’s on the wine list, you can bring your own bottle and just pay a corkage fee. A note: the entrance to the Gypsy Cafe is through its storefront.

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street; North Shore
(412)-237-8300
http://www.warhol.org

Modern art lovers know the Warhol Museum is a great place to take in the city’s latest exhibits. But the museum is also a great place to have a drink on Friday nights. Fanfare Good Fridays are held every Friday until 10 p.m. A cash bar is set up in the entrance gallery of the museum; patrons can also get half-price admission to the museum. On some nights, there are even musical performances, indie films and more. You can check the Warhol Museum’s website for the latest entertainment news. Here’s a link to Pop City’s article: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

The Priory Hotel

614 Pressley Street; North Side
(412)-231-3338
www.thepriory.com

This famous hotel on the city’s North Side is a great place to stay if you’re visiting the Warhol Museum. But it also has a wine bar with a great fireplace, as well as a cozy courtyard where hipsters can mingle. It’s a wonderful place to take a friend or two to sip some wine and chat. Pop City says it’s great for intimate gatherings: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

Tana Ethiopian Cuisine

5929 Baum Blvd.
East Liberty, Pa. 15206-3807
(412)-665-2770
www.tanaethiopiancuisine.com

This authentic Ethiopian restaurant doesn’t just have great ethnic food; it is also one of the hot jazz spots around town. One local DJ loves their live jazz performances on Wednesday evenings. The restaurant also has great, fresh-brewed Ethiopian coffee. Pop City makes reference to Tana in this article: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

Little E’s Jazz And Blues Club

949 Liberty Ave, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
(412)-392-2217
www.littleesjazz.com

If you’re looking for a place to kick back and take in some jazz, this is it. Little E’s has all types of jazz acts scheduled throughout the year. They often feature local musicians and newcomers to the jazz scene, so you may have a chance to see a new act live before they make it to the big time. Pop City loves Little E’s; Here’s a link to their article: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

Tiki Lounge

2003 East Carson St.; South Side
(412)-381-TIKI (8454)
www.tikilounge.biz

The Tiki Lounge is a small theme bar located on Pittsburgh’s trendy South Side. Styled after the famous tiki bars of the 1950s and 1960s, the Tiki Lounge gives a taste of the islands right here in western Pennsylvania. One local favorite is their selection of tropical drinks that are served in a souvenir tiki mug you can take home with you. Pop City loves its eclectic flair: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

Lava Lounge

2204 East Carson St.; South Side
412-431-5282
www.lavaloungepgh.com

The Lava Lounge is another great themed hangout spot on the South Side. This martini bar/dance club has drink and food specials — and entertainment — throughout the week. Whether it’s Wasabi Wednesdays or Spelling Bee Mondays, there’s something for everyone at Lava Lounge. Pop City loves that it attracts cool clientele: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/hipsterguide034210.aspx.

Down & Derby at Belvedere’s Bar

4016 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201-3225
(412)-687-2555
www.myspace.com

Are you a skater boy or girl? If so, you’ll love Belvedere’s Down & Derby roller disco. The 70s themed event attracts all kinds of people who are up for a night of skating, dancing and drinking. Pop City thinks Belvedere’s Down & Derby is a great place to hang out: www.popcitymedia.com

Phipp’s Conservatory

1 Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
(412) 622-6914
www.phipps.conservatory.org

If nature is more your thing, head to Schenley Park for a taste of the outdoors at Phipps Conservatory. The conservatory offers seasonal events throughout out the year. Pop City thinks Phipps borders on Manhattan-esque for its relaxation and inspiration. Here’s a link to their article: www.popcitymedia.com.

Fallingwater

1491 Mill Run Road
Mill Run, Pa. 15464
(724)-329-8501
www.fallingwater.org

One of our area’s most well-known works of architecture is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. The building itself is integrated with its surroundings in the Laurel Highlands, making it seamlessly blend with the landscape. Tourists — and hipsters — flock to this spot just to take it all in. Pop City thinks architecture lovers should definitely visit the site: www.popcitymedia.com.

Silver Eye Center For Photography

1015 East Carson Street; South Side
(412)-431-1810
www.silvereye.org

Photography lovers will be thrilled by the unique exhibitions at the Silver Eye Center for Photography. From black and white photos, to time-elapsed photography, to abstract works, there is something for everyone. It’s possible to spend hours going through their exhibitions and interpreting each work. Pop City finds the atmosphere relaxing: www.popcitymedia.com.

The Petersen Events Center

3719 Terrace Street; Oakland
(412) 648-7488
www.web-smg.athletics.pitt.edu

Whether it’s sports, concerts or other acts, the Petersen Events Center is one of Pittsburgh’s great venues. A lot of big name acts come through, and it’s home to the University of Pittsburgh’s basketball team, the Pittsburgh Panthers, too. If you’re in the mood to get out and be one of hundreds of fans in the crowd, head to The Pete. Pop City loves taking in a basketball game there

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