A Single's Guide to Dating in Pittsburgh

Sunset romance
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Natasha Bazika

You never know who you might bump into in Pittsburgh – maybe a Steelers fan, an international student from Switzerland or a native Pittsburgher. Whether you’re looking for advice or need some instruction, here’s our single’s guide to dating in Pittsburgh.

Meet someone at a happy hour …

Pittsburgh bars are great places to meet anyone, from girlfriends to lovers. Get a group of gals or guys together or ride it solo, put on your best outfit, find a bar and mingle. You’ll have your pick of bars in Southside, Polish Hill or Downtown.

1. Gooski's

Bar, American

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Singles flock to Gooski’s for the old-school decor and lively atmosphere. Enjoy inexpensive imported beer, pierogis, jukebox tunes and live music as well as the freedom to play ping-pong, pool and old-school arcade games that will keep you entertained all night.

A couple

The new dating scene…

Forget movies and dinner, in a city full of hip millennials, the dating game now consists of craft cocktails and trendy restaurants serving deconstructed iced coffees or poké bowls. You may find yourself discussing vinyl collections, fiction, and organic garden beds when you date in the city of bridges.

2. Whitfield

Bistro, American, European

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East Liberty is home to Whitfield, a retro and cheerful neighborhood tavern serving dishes from western Pennsylvania, with Polish, German and Eastern European influences. This restaurant is an ideal place for a romantic Sunday brunch, dining alfresco in summer or a classy first Saturday night date. Indulge in crafty cocktails or draft beers in the Lobby Bar.

Great views from Mount Washington

Mount Washington lookout is the perfect place for you and your new beau to snap your first pic together, with an amazing background of the Pittsburgh skyline. Sneak in a kiss on the cheek for a cute photo worthy of bragging rights on Instagram.

If you and your date are Steelers fans…

It’s no secret that most people in Pittsburgh are Steelers fans and wear the colors with pride. Dating someone who is an avid Steelers fan might consist of Sundays spent tailgating with beers and bratwursts, which doesn’t sound bad at all. Bleeding black and gold is inevitable in the city.

A cheap date is not what you think…

Pittsburgh is considered one of the more affordable cities to live in, which means dating isn’t going to break the bank. You can have a quality dinner for around $40. If you’re looking to impress, tickets to movies and performances are affordable and make for a great experience for both of you.

3. Southside Works Cinema


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The Southside Works Cinema shows all the latest releases in a classic cinema, which makes for an ideal romantic date.

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