Once you’ve taken in a sporting event, seen the city’s bridges, and tried the near famous sandwiches covered in French Fries, you may think you’ve seen the best of what Pittsburgh has to offer.
This is where you would be oh so wrong, however. To start you off on the right foot, here are ten more uniquely Pittsburgh things that are definitely worth your time when staying in a downtown Pittsburgh hotel.
A city doesn’t earn its place as the second-coming of Portland without getting a little weird in the process. That being said, the hidden protractors of Pittsburgh are easily among the city’s many bizarre staples.
What exactly are the hidden protractors? No one really knows! The first protractors began popping up all over the city starting in 2011, and people are still discovering new ones to this day. All the protractors are numbered, colored and glued to various objects around the city. To date, the largest numbered protractor found is 456, but new ones are being discovered each day.
An Emerging Food Scene
While a year ago Pittsburgh’s emerging culinary scene may have been the city’s best kept secret, the cat is definitely out of the bag now. Everyone from The New York Times to Zagat is heralding the city’s culinary resurgence over the past few years. Here are a few of the restaurants helping Pittsburgh make its mark.
- Conflict Kitchen
Do you consider yourself an adventurous eater? Have an interest in foreign affairs? If so, Conflict Kitchen is a must-visit for you. This take-out eatery in the heart of Oakland serves foods from countries that are in conflict with the United States, with a menu that changes its cuisine every six months to focus on a new country and its political conflict. Aside from the amazing food, the restaurant hosts events, performances and public discussions about their current menu country. Check out the menu for your visit by visiting their website www.conflictkitchen.org.
- Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
Currently sitting at #7 on Yelp’s list of Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S., Gaucho’s wood-fired, Argentinean-style meat sandwiches make for a food lover’s paradise. No matter what you order from the menu, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be impressed by any dish Gaucho Parrilla Argentina serves up.
- Emil’s Lounge
Have a hankerin’ for a fish or Reuben sandwich? While many restaurants may claim to have the best, only one can say they are backed by nationally renowned food critic Andrew Zimmerman. Less than 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh hotels, Emil’s Lounge is home to the best fish sandwich in Pittsburgh. While the unassuming two-story brick building may appear lacking, the food on the inside is what really sets Emil’s Lounge apart from the rest.
Bars, Breweries and Gastropubs
If you’re at all familiar with Pittsburgh’s history, you’re already well aware of the city’s alcohol rich past. From the Whiskey Rebellion of yesteryear to the craft cocktail and beer scene of today, it’s no wonder why Pittsburgh packs plenty of punch in its bar scene.
- The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company
Located less than a mile from Emil’s Lounge in Braddock is The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, a craft beer taproom that begun as a successful KickStarter campaign back in 2012. The taproom features a rotating menu of beers, and food trucks stop by nightly for some unique eats. Keep up with the latest happenings and events by checking out their events calendar.
- Arsenal Cider House
If you’re a Civil War buff and love hard apple cider, you need to go to Arsenal Cider House. In a brick house near Arsenal Park, the location of one of the Civil War’s worst civilian disasters, wine-style hard apple cider, grape wines and mead brew in the basement Once inside, you can sample up to three ciders before choosing which to fill your growler with, either to take it home or to enjoy in the Cider House’s backyard.
- Wigle Whiskey
Unbeknownst to many, Pittsburgh is actually the birthplace of American Whiskey. Back in 1794, Phillip Wigle put his unsinkable love of whiskey to the test, defending his right to craft his own whiskey and eventually sparking the fire that turned into the Whiskey Rebellion. Nowadays, Wigle Whiskey intends to restore Western Pennsylvania whiskey to its heyday. The award-winning craft whiskey draws crowds to the craft distillery in the Strip District hours before they open, educating patrons and producing some of the best whiskey around.
Year after year, it seems that Pittsburgh finds itself on top of travel experts’ ‘must visit’ lists. It’s easy to see why, especially when you consider all of the unique cultural attractions the city offers. While downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District may receive most of the hype, there is a lot more the city has to offer.
- Pittsburgh Glass Center
Take a class in the art of glassblowing or watch a live demonstration of the experts at work when you visit the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Located in the East End on Penn Avenue, the Pittsburgh Glass Center offers free admission to guests with a suggested $5 donation. Inside the Center, you’ll find hundreds of exhibits and galleries that display some of the finest handcrafted glassworks around.
- Row House Cinema
Whoever thought a small single screen theater could be so successful? That’s the idea behind Lawrenceville’s ever popular Row House Cinema. Playing a mix of classics, modern classics and cinematic achievement films based on weekly themes, the theater frequently hosts some of the hippest and most unique events in the city.
- Center for PostNatural History
The Center for PostNatural History focuses on altered states of life; the genetically modified forms of life that stemmed from human design. The free museum houses hundreds of exhibits dedicated to educating guests about the complex interplay between culture, nature and biotechnology. Inside, you’ll discover things like goats genetically altered by Biosteel to produce spider silk in their milk for use in bulletproof products.
As you can see, there’s a lot to Pittsburgh that make the city unlike any other. Discover for yourself all of the ways Pittsburgh has to be seen to be believed by booking your downtown Pittsburgh hotel accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh’s cultural district, the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown puts you minutes away from the city’s top attractions. No matter what you’re looking for from your next vacation, discover all the adventures that await by booking a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown today.