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City Paper's Best Culture & Nightlife of Pittsburgh 2018

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Best Alt-folk/Alt-Country Band

1st The Shiners

Shinersrock.com

2nd Paul Luc

Paulluc.com

3rd Buffalo Rose 

buffalorosemusic.com

Best Bar (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY)

1st Butcher and The Rye

212 Sixth St., Downtown

Butcherandtherye.com

2nd Condado Tacos

971 Liberty Ave., Downtown 

Condadotacos.com

3rd Nola on the Square

24 Market Square, Downtown 

nolaonthesquare.com

Best Bar (NORTH)

1st Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale 

Gristhouse.com

2nd Southern Tier Brewing Co. 

316 North Shore Drive, North Side 

stbcbeer.com/taprooms/pittsburgh

3rd Federal Galley 

200 Children’s Way, North Side

federalgalley.org

Best Bar (NORTHEAST)

1st Blue Moon 

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

2nd Kelly’s Bar & Lounge 

6012 Centre Ave., Shadyside

3rd Whitfield at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty 

whitfieldpgh.com

Best Bar (SOUTH)

1st Fat Head’s Saloon 

1805 E Carson St., South Side

Fatheads.com

2nd Smiling Moose

1306 E Carson St., South Side

smiling-moose.com

3rd Tiki Lounge 

2003 E Carson St., South Side

Tikiloungepgh.com

Best Bar (SOUTHEAST)

1st Voodoo Brewery Homestead

205 E. 9th Ave., Homestead

Voodoobrewery.com

2nd D’s Six Pax & Dogz

1118 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale 

ds6pax.com

3rd Hidden Harbor 

1708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill 

hiddenharborpgh.com

Best Bar (WEST)


1st Shiloh Grill 

123 Shiloh St., Mount Washington

theshilohgrill.com/

2nd The Summit 

200 Shiloh St., Mount Washington 

thesummitpgh.com

3rd Bakn

335 E. Main St., Carnegie 

eatbakn.com

Best Bar to Day Drink

1st Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale 

gristhouse.com 

2nd Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar

Multiple Locations 

Arsenalciderhouse.com

3rd Round Corner Cantina 

3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

Roundcornercantina.com

Best Bar to Pregame

1st Southern Tier Brewing Co. 

316 North Shore Dr., North Side 

stbcbeer.com/taprooms/pittsburgh

2nd Jack’s Bar 

1117 E Carson St., South Side

jacksbarpittsburgh.com

3rd Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill

380 North Shore Drive, North Side

tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

Best Bartender

1st Mildred the Lunch Lady — Blue Moon

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

2nd Beverly — Jack’s Bar 

1117 E. Carson St., South Side

jacksbarpittsburgh.com

3rd Wolf — Blue Moon

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Best Casino

1st Rivers Casino Pittsburgh 

777 Casino Drive, North Side

riverscasino.com/pittsburgh

2nd The Meadows Racetrack & Casino 

210 Racetrack Road, North Strabane Township

meadowsgaming.com

3rd Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

4067 National Pike, Farmington Pike

ladylucknemacolin.com

Best Club

1st Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive

4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Belvederesultradive.com

2nd Cavo

1916 Smallman St., Strip District  

Cavopgh.com

3rd Scenario 

1005 E. Carson St., South Side 

scenariopgh.com

Best Dance Company

1st Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2900 Liberty Ave., Downtown 

Pbt.org

2nd The Tamburitzans 

1801 Boulevard of the Allies, Uptown

thetamburitzans.org

3rd Attack Theatre 

2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District 

Attacktheatre.com

Best Distance Race

1st Pittsburgh Marathon

Downtown, North Shore

Thepittsburghmarathon.com

2nd The Great Race

Frick Park

Rungreatrace.com

3rd Run Around the Square

Downtown

Runaroundthesquare.com

Best Dive Bar

1st Jack’s Bar 

1117 E. Carson St., South Side

jacksbarpittsburgh.com

2nd Dee’s Café 

1314 E. Carson St., South Side

eescafe.com

3rd Blue Moon  

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Best DJ

1st DJ Selecta

soundcloud.com/grandgrooveradio

2nd DJ Nugget 

Djnugget.com

3rd DJ BREIS

breis.net

Best Escape Room

1st Escape Room Pittsburgh 

Multiple Locations

Escaperoompgh.com

2nd Enter the Imaginarium 

32 Alpha Drive,  Harmarville

Entertheimaginariumpgh.com

3rd 60 Minute Missions 

116 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg 

60minutemissions.com

Best Fundraising Gala

1st Woman and Whiskey

Womenandwhiskeypgh.com

2nd Empty Bowls — Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

1 North Linden St., Duquesne 

justharvest.org/event/emptybowls2018

3rd Lovers Not Fighters — Hello Bully

6 PPG Place,  Wintergarden, Downtown

hellobully.com/hello-bully-gala

Best Gallery for Local Artists


1st Black Forge Coffee House

1206 Arlington Ave., Allentown

blackforgecoffee.com

2nd BOOM Concepts

5139 Penn Ave., Garfield

3rd Pittsburgh Center For The Arts

6300 Fifth Ave., Point Breeze

center.pfpca.org/



Best Haunted Attraction

1st The ScareHouse

118 Locust St., Etna 

Scarehouse.com

2nd Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House

1 Hundred Acre Drive, Bethel Park

Hundredacresmanor.com

3rd Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights

4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin

kennywood.com/pfn

Best Independent Movie Theater

1st Row House Cinema

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

Rowhousecinema.com

2nd The Manor Theatre

1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill

Manorpgh.com

3rd Hollywood Theater 

1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont 

hollywoodtheaterpgh.org

Best Jazz/Blues Band or Performer

1st Phat Man Dee

youtube.com/user/phatmandee

2nd Roger Humphries 

Rogerhumphriesband.com

3rd The Uptown Woods

theuptownwoods.com

Best Karaoke Night

1st Blue Moon  

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

2nd Nico’s Recovery Room

178 Pearl St., Bloomfield

3rd Jekyl & Hyde 

140 S. 18th St., South Side

jekylandhydebar.com

Best LGBT Bar

(tie) 1st Blue Moon 

5115 Butler St., Lawrenceville

(tie) 1st 5801 Video Lounge and Cafe

5801 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside

5801videolounge.com

3rd Mixtape

4907 Penn Ave., Bloomfield

mixtapepgh.com

4th Cruze 

1600 Smallman St., Strip District 

cruzebar.com

Best Literary Event

1st Drag Queen Story Hour

4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland 

carnegielibrary.org/event/drag-queen-story-hour

2nd The Moth 

1602 E. Carson St., South Side

themoth.org/events/education-pittsburgh

3rd After Hours at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland

carnegielibrary.org/event/afterhours

Best Local Annual Convention

1st Anthrocon 

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown 

anthrocon.org

2nd World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown 

compassionatecertificationcenters.com/2018-world-medical-cannabis-conference-expo

3rd Handmade Arcade

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown 

handmadearcade.org

Best Local Cartoonist

1st Rob Rogers

robrogers.com

2nd Marcel Walker

marcelwalker.com

3rd Tim Hartman

timhartman.com

Best Local Comedian

1st Bill Crawford 

talentnetworkinc.com/artists/bill-crawford

2nd Tony T-Robe Roberson 

comediantrobe.com

3rd Aaron Kleiber

aaronkleiber.com

Best Local Comedy Troupe

1st Knights of the Arcade

arcadecomedytheater.com/knights

2nd The Harvey Wallbangers

Facebook.com/TheHarveyWallbangers

3rd Frankly Scarlett

Facebook.com/franklyscarlettcomedy



Best Hip-Hop Performer

1st Kevin “Walkman” Reilly

facebook.com/ItsWalkman

2nd BBGuns

bbguns.bandcamp.com

3rd SIKES

therealsikes.com

Best Local Music Venue

1st Mr. Smalls Theatre

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale 

mrsmalls.com

2nd Stage AE

400 North Shore Drive, North Side 

promowestlive.com

3rd Club Cafe

56 S. 12th St., South Side

clubcafelive.com

Best Local Photography

1st Dave DiCello

davedicello.com

2nd JP Diroll

jpdirollphotography.com

3rd Frank Zouloufos

Best Local Poet

1st Billie Nardozzi

facebook.com/billie.nardozzi

2nd Ron Gavalik

pittsburghwriter.net

3rd Yona Harvey

yonaharvey.com

Best Local Stage Production

1st Avenue Q — Pittsburgh Musical Theater 

327 S. Main St., West End

pittsburghmusicals.com/shows/westend/aveq/

2nd Big Fish — New Hazlett Theater

6 Allegheny Square East, North Side

newhazletttheater.org/event/big-fish/

3rd The Princess Jafar Show Pittsburgh — Glitter Box Theater

460 Melwood Ave., Oakland

theglitterboxtheater.com

Best Local Theatre Company


1st Pittsburgh Public Theater

621 Penn Ave., Downtown

ppt.org

2nd City Theatre Company 

1300 Bingham St., South Side 

citytheatrecompany.org 

3rd Pittsburgh Musical Theater 

327 S. Main St., West End

pittsburghmusicals.com

Best Local Visual Artist

1st Vanessa German 

conceptgallery.com/artists/german-vanessa

2nd Durty Art 

durtyart.bigcartel.com

3rd Zach Sierocki 

zachsierockiart.com

Best Local Writer

1st Brian Butko 

brianbutko.wordpress.com

2nd Ronald Gavalik 

pittsburghwriter.net

3rd Gene Collier

genecollier.com

Best Metal Band

1st Code Orange

codeorangetoth.com

2nd Everyone Hates Everything

everyonehateseverything.bandcamp.com

3rd Fist Fight In the Parking Lot

fistfightintheparkinglot.bandcamp.com

Best Music Festival

1st Deutschtown Musical Festival 

North Side 

deutschtownmusicfestival.com

2nd WYEP Summer Music Festival

Schenley Park

wyep.org/smf18

3rd Millvale Music Festival

Millvale

millvalemusic.org

Best New Bar

1st Tina’s 

4114 Main St., Bloomfield 

facebook.com/tinaspgh

2nd Bierport

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

bierport.com

3rd Cake Pittsburgh 

1900 Smallman St., Strip District 

cakepgh.squarespace.com

Best Place for a Date Night

1st Phipps Conservatory and Botanical gardens

1 Schenley Drive, Shadyside 

phipps.conservatory.org

2nd Row House Cinema 

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

rowhousecinema.com

3rd Sienna Mercato 

942 Penn Ave., Downtown

siennamercato.com

Best Place for a Girls Night Out

1st Sienna Mercato 

942 Penn Ave., Downtown

siennamercato.com

2nd Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill

380 North Shore Drive, North Side

tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

3rd The Allegheny Wine Mixer

5326 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

alleghenywinemixer.com

Best Place for a Guys Night Out

1st Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh 

2 Sedgwick St., Millvale

axethrowingpgh.com

2nd Rivers Casino 

777 Casino Drive, North Side

riverscasino.com/pittsburgh

3rd Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale 

gristhouse.com



Best Place to Celebrate Your Birthday


1st Arsenal Bowl 

4310 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

arsenalbowl.com

2nd Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh 

2 Sedgwick St., Millvale

axethrowingpgh.com

3rd Grist House Craft Brewery 

10 E. Sherman St., Millvale 

gristhouse.com

Best Place to Dance

1st Spirit 

241 51st St., Lawrenceville

spiritpgh.com

2nd Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive

4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville

belvederesultradive.com

3rd Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill

380 North Shore Drive, North Side

tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

Best Place to See a Local Band

1st Mr. Smalls Theatre

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale 

mrsmalls.com

2nd Spirit 

241 51st St., Lawrenceville

spiritpgh.com

3rd Club Cafe

56 S. 12th St., South Side

clubcafelive.com

Best Place to Take a First Date


1st Phipps Conservatory and Botanical gardens

1 Schenley Drive, Shadyside 

phipps.conservatory.org

2nd Row House Cinema 

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville 

rowhousecinema.com

3rd The Abbey on Butler Street 

5635 Butler St., Lawrenceville

theabbeyonbutler.com

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

1st Strip District 

stripdistrictneighbors.com

2nd Duquesne Incline 

1197 W. Carson St., Strip District

duquesneincline.org

3rd Randyland 

1501 Arch St., North Side 

randy.land

Best Local Pop/Rock Band

1st Bastard Bearded Irishmen 

bastardbeardedirishmen.com

2nd Punchline 

punchlion.com

3rd The Commonheart

thecommonheart.com

Best Sports Bar

1st Bigham Tavern    

321 Bigham St., Mount Washington 

bighamtavern.com

2nd Hough’s Taproom

563 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield

facebook.com/houghspgh

3rd William Penn Tavern

739 Bellefonte St., Shadyside

wmpenntavern.com

Best Street Festival

1st Pittsburgh Pride 

Downtown 

pittsburghpride.org

2nd Little Italy Days 

Bloomfield

littleitalydays.com

3rd OpenStreetsPGH 

Lawrenceville

openstreetspgh.org

Best Strip Club

1st Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club

3100 Liberty Ave., Strip District 

cheerleaderspittsburgh.com

2nd Blush Gentlemen’s Club & Sports Bar

135 9th St., Downtown

blushexotic.com

3rd Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club Pittsburgh

1620 Pennsylvania Ave., North Side

spearmintrhino.com

Best Trivia Night

1st Spirit 

241 51st St., Lawrenceville

spiritpgh.com

2nd Hemmingway’s Cafe

3911 Forbes Ave., Oakland 

hemingwayspgh.com

3rd Element 

5744 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside

elementpgh.com

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