By Sally Turkovitch

Guys, you know the scenario: your girlfriend is having dinner with her sister or your wife is having a girls night. Either way, you’re alone for the evening. Don’t just sit on the couch and order a pizza. Put on some clean jeans, call up your friends and go do something in our fair city. If you aren’t lucky enough to score tickets to a Penguins or Steelers game and the Pirates are in a losing streak again, fear not. There are other fun things to do in this sports town. A little planning, a designated driver and some back-to-basics Yinzer fun is within your reach.

Here is your step-by-step guide to a guy’s night out that hits some of Pittsburgh’s best neighborhoods.

Photo Credit: River's Casino

River’s Casino

777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Sun, Wed, Thurs 5pm-9:30pm; Fri to Sat 5pm-11pm
(412) 231 7777
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Grab dinner at River’s Casino’s “Andrew’s Steak and Seafood” on the North Shore. With its views of the Ohio River and its huge steak and seafood menu, Andrew’s Steak and Seafood is a great place to start the night. A menu boasting oysters on the half shell, gourmet burgers and a 40 oz Porterhouse steak for two proves that this is not your average bar food. Stroll around the brand new casino with a cocktail after dinner and try to win some money for the rest of the evening’s festivities before you leave. Before heading back to your car, take the short walk from the Casino to Heinz Field. Even when the Steelers aren’t playing, the stadium is a spectacular thing to see up close and personal.

Bonus: parking at the Rivers Casino is free in their garage that is conveniently attached to the casino!

Diesel Night Club

1601 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hours: Wed to Sun 9pm-2am
(412) 431 8800
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Head to Diesel Night Club on the South Side next to experience one of the few dance clubs left in the city that brings in bands that aren’t just rap or pop music performers. Known for booking heavy metal acts, playing not-your-average-club music and its industrial-style interior, Diesel will quench a thirst for good, loud music and the style of dancing that won’t get you in trouble if your girlfriend or wife caught you doing it; head-banging and moshing to heavy metal isn’t exactly something you’d be doing for female attention but it is a great way to bond with your dudes. With two levels and two bars staffed with quick and generously pouring bartenders, Diesel will help turn the night up to a higher octane level.

Photo Credit: Dee's Cafe

Dee’s Cafe

1314 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hours: 1st Floor Bar: Mon to Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 2pm-2am and 2nd Floor Bar: Thurs to Sun 9pm-2am
(412) 431 1314
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When you’re ready for a breather, head three blocks down the street to Dee’s Cafe to shoot some pool with true Pittsburghers. Dee’s is not your typical Southside bar. It’s known for its reasonably priced, strong drinks and its dive bar atmosphere. And most college students who head to East Carson Street for a night of drinking go elsewhere, making Dee’s the perfect place to decompress, grab a pool table and throw back one of the beers from their long draft list.

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Primanti Brothers

46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 263 2142
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A night out in the city is not complete without a trip to Primanti Bros for a late-night sandwich to help stave off the next morning’s headache. The Oakland and South Side locations are newer, but there’s no denying that a real Pittsburgher will always want to go to the original location in the Strip District. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Primanti’s is going to serve you a sandwich that will keep you awake long enough to get home. Go for the capicola and cheese and get yourself a giant glass of water to finish off the night in true yinzer style. Treat your designated driver to his late night snack – he’ll deserve it!

Sally Turkovich lives in Pittsburgh with her fiancé, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. By day she works as an eyewear stylist for an independent eye doctor. By night, she writes a twice-weekly column for Twoday Magazine.