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Music

Jergel’s. At 17,000 square feet, the two-floor venue capitalizes on its ample space with everything you need to supplement a night of live music: full restaurant, cigar bar, patio, Wi-Fi and 18 drafts on tap. 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale. 724-799-8333

Moondog’s. The region’s home base for blues and rock ’n’ roll since 1990. Come for the up-close-and-personal performances, stay for the paintings of dogs playing guitar. 

378 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412-828-2040

Mr. Smalls Theater. As one of the region’s many churches-turned-concert-venues, this fixture of Pittsburgh music now boasts an upstairs bar and a beer bunker in the basement. 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale. 412-821-4447

The R Bar. An old-school rock venue totally lacking in pretension, it’s a refreshing outlet for live classic rock, blues and karaoke. 2883 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412-942-0882

Food

Blue Dust. The Pittsburgh region might not lack for quirky cozy bar/restaurants, but the train-track locale and nods to the area’s industrial roots make this a mandatory stop when in Homestead. 601 Amity St., Homestead. 412-461-6220

The Dor-Stop. Expect waits for breakfast and expect not to care all that much. The menu is vast, and the vibe is straightforward and friendly. 1430 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-561-9320

Feeney’s Weenies. The latest addition to Pittsburgh’s flourishing hot-dog scene shells out toppings like mac-n-cheese and peanut butter, though ambitious eaters will find plenty on the menu to push the art of the dog even farther. 2102 Broadway Ave., Beechview. 412-737-5720

Fireside Restaurant. Fans of oxtail, curry goat, jerk chicken and Caribbean fare of all kinds find what they need at this unassuming local favorite. 796 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-243-6344

Gran Canal Caffe. More or less the definition of a hidden gem, this old-school Italian cookery offers a thorough but uncluttered menu of old-country staples. 1021 N. Canal St., Sharpsburg. 412-781-2546

Las Palmas, Taste, affordability and personality converge here for one of the city’s most thoroughly satisfying taco-centric eating experiences. 700 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-344-1131

Oakmont Bakery. There isn’t much this place doesn’t make, from bagels, breads and donuts to tier cakes for every occasion under the sun. 531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. 412-826-1606

Smoq Pitt BBQ. A good BBQ joint keeps the menu straightforward, like you get at Smoq. There’s cow, pig, chicken and sides from local farm; you choose the saucing yourself, as it should be. 600 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-668-3459

Tin Front Café. The menu is meatless and many items have full-vegan options, so it’s a neighborhood favorite for vegetarians with a need for espresso and wi-fi. 216 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead. 412-461-4615

Tom’s Diner. There are no frills here to distract from the robust menu, which includes gyros, spaghetti and sandwiches named for Greek gods. Bonus points for being open 24/7. 2937 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 855-410-5413

Shopping

Attic Records. More than 30 years of selling and trading vinyl have paid off, with all genres thoroughly covered via 78s, 45s, used and new releases, and even compact discs. 513 Grant Ave., Millvale. 412-821-8484

D&E Collectibles. Lovers of rare collectibles, rejoice: This is a gem for those trying to get their hands on wrestling pillows, comics and Obi-Wans of all sizes. 700 S. Main St., Sharpsburg. 412-782-3878

Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery. Resources abound for noobs and green-thumbs alike, offering everything from seeds to mulch and good-old-fashioned friendly advice. 806 Holland Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-501-3276

Bars & Clubs

Brew Gentlemen. Go beyond their signature farmhouse ales. Smart and unfancy, the taproom lets the beer speak for itself and luckily, the beer has a lot to say. 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock. 412-871-5075

Draai Laag Brewing Company. Crafted for slightly more adventurous palates, Draai Laag’s Belgian-inspired brews pair nicely with a biergarten on a summer day. Serendipitously, they have one on-site. 501 E. Ohio St., Millvale. draailaag.com

Grist House Craft Brewery. This cozy brewery and taproom welcomes dogs and food trucks alike. With brews like Weizz Azz and Gristly Bear on tap, you won’t feel shorted on beer-related wordplay. 10 E. Sherman St., Millvale. 412-447-1442

Hitchhiker Brewing Company Brewpub. The beer is bold, the snacks are locally sourced, and there’s wine, craft soda and cider to round out the menu at this neighborhood brewpub. 190 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mount Lebanon. 412-343-1950

The Pub and Pourhouse. Everything you want in a local pub and nothing you don’t — it’s the perfect spot for a laid-back evening of wings, beer and throwing darts. 734 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. 412-531-0899

Spoonwood Brewing. Pretty much all you could want on a brewery visit: original brews on tap, mead, live music, and a food menu that includes something called a Pierogi Pie. 5981 Baptist Road, South Hills. 412-833-0333

Voodoo Brewery Brewpub. A perfect pairing with a night at the Carneige of Homestead Music Hall, Voodoo is a great source for a variety of local beers, food trucks and fantastic bottle-labeling. 205 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead. 412-368-8973

Arts & Culture

Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. More one-stop cultural center than concert hall or library, this beautiful, sprawling brick building dates to 1898 and offers some of the best acoustics in town. Plus athletic facilities and, well, books. 510 E. 10th Ave, Munhall. 412-462-3444

Carrie Furnace. As a monument to Pittsburgh’s historic steel and iron industries, Carrie Furnace is a distinctive regional highlight, the only such non-operational blast furnace in the district. Carrie Furnace Blvd., Swissvale. 412-464-4020

Hollywood Theater. Nearly a century old, this movie theater is a neighborhood treasure, boasting diverse programming of new and old films, all with a friendly, community-driven vibe. 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-563-0368

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. A moving and excellently curated exhibition dedicated to documenting the legacy of Holocaust survivors. 826 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood. 412-421-1500

Pittsburgh Improv. There are other places to see live standup in town, but none that fit the art form so perfectly. Designed for comedy and comedy alone, it’s a vital asset for standup-lovers across the region. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. 412-462-5233

Kennywood. Possibly the most sacred Pittsburgh institution not involving a ball or a puck, it’s an amusement park older than Arizona, and twice as fun. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. 412-461-0500

Percolate. An art gallery and creative laboratory focused on serving its community with classes ranging from improv comedy to acting to QiGong. 317 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-606-1220

Trundle Manor. The website describes it as “art house/tourist trap,” but it’s also part gallery, part haunted house, and part something else entirely. Mostly, it’s a wholesale celebration of oddity, in house form. Very Pittsburgh. 7724 Juniata St., Swissvale. 412-916-5544


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