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Pittsburgh might not be filled with the
trendy clubs of Queer as Folk,
or the post-modern strip bars of
Flashdance, (both of which featured
storylines set in Pittsburgh), but
there’s still plenty to do in this
steel town on a Saturday night. Modern
and cosmopolitan, Pittsburgh has
a 21st-century energy. From the first
wave of Scottish-Irish in the
mid-18th century, Pittsburgh has made a
tradition of welcoming
newcomers. The gay community is
thriving, too, drawing guys from three
(745 Maginn St; 412-231-4643) gay-owned
country location, minutes to the
Inn On Mexican War
Streets (604 W North St; 412-
across the Allegheny River from
downtown, comfortable Victorian
Bars & clubs
Pittsburgh has a gay strip downtown and
many of its clubs and
restaurants aren’t far from Liberty
Avenue. Another area of interest is
Lawrenceville, up Butler Street.
5801 Video Lounge &
Cafe (5801 Ellsworth Ave) video
lounge and café, darts league,
(941 Liberty Ave) dancing, after hours,
darts, pool and
karaoke, special events.
Bar (3315 Liberty Ave)
inexpensive drinks, unassuming
and casual crowd, welcoming to all.
Place (1226 Herron Ave) Polish
Hill neighborhood bar, long-time
favorite, mixed crowd, Sunday
Liberty Ave) open every night, go-go
dancers, karaoke, DJs
on weekends, mostly men.
Central (1226 Herron Ave) men’s
leather and fetish bar beneath
(818 Liberty Ave) eclectic dance club,
drag and live music,
18-plus nights, go-go boys.
Ultralounge (1650 Smallman St)
stylish lounge, big wine and
drinks selection, gourmet tapas, dance
Baum Blvd) naked male strippers nightly
pool table, juke box.
Real Luck Cafe
(Lucky's) (1519 Penn Ave) aka
“Luckies,” two levels with
dancing, male strippers, pool
Ellsworth Ave) video bar for fashionable
Lounge (931 Liberty Ave)
downtown after-work cocktail bar and
lounge for relaxed, mixed crowd.
(5115 Butler St) unpretentious
fair-weather outdoor patio.
(146 44th St) neighborhood pub,
restaurant serves to 1am,
dancing weekends, mostly women.
(5121 Butler St) artsy mixed crowd for
dinner, cocktails and the
odd dance night.
Eagle (1740 Eckert St) men’s
bar, four stories, large dance
floor, porn star and fetish events.
Out of town
(91 Wendel Rd, Herminie, PA) nude male
strip shows, drag shows,
porn parties, games and contests.
(335 High St; Morgantown, WV) dance
club, mixed crowd,
18-plus nights, amateur strip, drag
Vegetarian Cafe (1100 Galveston
Ave) vegetarian café and coffee
house, healthy but hearty food, sociable
Cafe (401 Hastings Ave)
neighborhood gathering place, Sunday
brunch until 3pm.
Cafe (134 S Highland Ave) plush
and comfortable dining
room, imaginative cuisine inspired by
- 180 Pius St) unique building, eclectic
changing food combinations.
Pittsburgh (1139 Penn Ave) 24
hour, multi-level social areas,
video lounge, steam, whirlpool, sauna,
Present (2218 & 2301 Murray
Ave) gay-themed merchandise,
gifts, DVDs, dance mixes, clothes,
(5151 Butler St) surplus style, rubber
and leather clothing,
toys and devices, jocks and bondage
Pittsburgh’s OUT updates
you on gay current events. For general
listings, Pittsburgh City
Paper, the local alternative