Term papers, research projects, long hours in the library or lab… college life can be stressful, but it’s also about getting out and having some fun! So, where can students in the Pittsburgh area go to unwind? Check out some of these great suggestions from PopCity Media: 

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Games N’ At

2010 Josephine Street (South Side)
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-2002

Any hard-working co-ed looking to get away from the real world and get back to care-free childhood for a night should visit Games N’ At. According to PopCity, this South Side arcade and party emporium “is the answer to every student’s inner-child dream with all sorts of beloved video games and more for just one flat cover price.” They offer “pool tables, ping-pong basketball, pinball, driving games, shooting games, air hockey, foosball, bubble hockey, PC games, XBOX and XBOX 360!” Plus, it’s BYOB for those 21 and older, and there’s College Night on Fridays with valid school IDs.

Té Café

2000 Murray Avenue (Squirrel Hill)
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8888

With more than 100 varieties of tea, a tasty menu and free Wi-Fi, Té Café is a perfect hang out for the college student looking for a relaxing place to study or just a place to relax. Their selections include: “green teas, white teas, red teas, black teas, oolong teas, kosher teas, chai teas, scented teas, flavored teas, herbals and fruit infusions.” Also, according to PopCity, “their prices are reasonable and support a menu that blows Starbucks out of the water.”


2705 South Water Street (Southside Works)
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 224-2328

For the student looking to get some good food and a great brew! According to PopCity, “this vast bar/restaurant is modeled after the original in Munich and boasts a selection of German food that will make you feel like you’re in the Old Country.” Hofbräuhaus offers both a quiet dining room and a fun and friendly Bier Hall where plenty of college students can be found on weekends! Their website boasts “a Brew Master from Germany supervising the production of four varieties plus Seasonal Specialties of the authentic Hofbräuhaus beer;” and for those more familiar with American brews, “Munich has developed a recipe for Hofbrau Light.”

Hemingway’s Café

3911 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-4100

The student on a budget (and what college student doesn’t have one of those) will love Hemingway’s Café! The votes are in and this Oakland hot spot was named best bar in 2004, 2006 and 2007 by The Pitt News, second best college bar in Pittsburgh in 2009 by Bar Smart members and 23rd best college bar in the United States by Complex.com. PopCity says “hands-down” Hemingway’s is “the best college bar in Pittsburgh,” offering 22 types of draft beer, specialty drinks and a wide variety on their menu “at poor college student prices.”

Doc’s Place

5442 Walnut Street (Shadyside)
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 681-3713

Between their martini bar upstairs, heated deck outside and classic bar downstairs, Doc’s is a great meeting place for the college crowd! PopCity says Doc’s is already a popular establishment for Carnegie Mellon University students because of the “good food, drinks and seating.” The extensive menu, diverse crowd and televisions create a great atmosphere where students can hang out and even catch the game.

1311 Tavern

1311 E. Carson Street (South Side)
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203
(412) 488-1311
Email: info@1311carson.com

With University Night on Tuesdays, the 1311 Tavern is a great hang out spot for students! There are specials every day of the week at this South Side bar, which serves a wide variety of beers and specialty drinks. PopCity says 1311 is a great spot for Duquesne University students.

Kards Unlimited

5522 Walnut Street (Shadyside)
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 622-0500

Off-beat and eclectic, Kards Unlimited carries books, cards, stationary, posters and more! Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “we are as far removed from a ‘Hallmark-style,’ cookie-cutter chain store as you can get.” PopCity recommends this third-generation, family-owned, Shadyside store for their book selection: “whether you’re a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or Hunter S. Thompson or are looking for something completely new, chances are that this store has it or can propose something even better.”

For more information on any of these places, visit Ben Davis’ PopCity Media guide to college hangouts at: www.popcitymedia.com/features/collegehangouts091510.aspx