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Top 20 Date Night Ideas In Pittsburgh, PA - Updated 2021

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Nestled in the western part of Virginia, Pittsburgh is a stunning city where three rivers merge. It showcases a stunning cityscape that is dominated by skyrocketing buildings. This city has lots of upscale attractions to offer to its visitors, from luxurious shopping centers and exquisite dining spots to some of the top hotels in Pennsylvania. Additionally, it has fascinating museums, lovely parks, and enchanting gardens. If you are a fan of Andy Warhol, be sure to swing by The Andy Warhol Museum during your holiday to the metropolis. Couples on a romantic getaway will surely have fun on a picnic date to Point State Park. More so, a visit to Pittsburgh Zoo is a good date idea. For an in-depth guide, here is a list of the top date night ideas in Pittsburgh, PA. Feel free to check it out below.

1. Go on a ghost hunt (from USD 29.0)

We hear you. A ghost tour isn’t exactly what comes to mind when we think of date night, but that’s all the more reason to do it. It’s unusual, and it’s fun—what more can you ask for? Join this Black & Ghost Viator tour and get to know some of the most haunted spots in downtown Pittsburgh. You may have seen iconic landmarks in their natural state, but there’s more to find out about them in this tour. Unravel the stories and spirits that lurk in these beloved attractions, and prepare yourself for a night of terror in Pennsylvania!

Black & Ghost Tour

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2. Tour the famous Bicycle Heaven

Pee-wee Herman's Bicycle
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In the mood for something quirky? Come see what the fuss is all about at Bicycle Heaven on Preble Avenue. This transportation museum is the largest of its kind that is dedicated to bicycles, 3,500 of which are on display. One of the best exhibits at the museum is Pee-wee Herman’s bike from the iconic movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Bicycle Heaven features bikes from other movies, as well as rare collections of Spacelanders. You don’t have to break the bank at all to spend your date night here; the entrance is completely free.

Bicycle Heaven

Address: 1800 Preble Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, United States

Website: Bicycle Heaven

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)

3. Taste fine whiskeys at Wigle Whiskey

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Are you very particular with your whiskey and do you mostly stick to the classics? Let Wigle Whiskey change your mind on your date night. Whiskey is such an inventive drink, with plenty of variations all around the world. Pittsburgh is said to be the birthplace of American whiskey, and Wigle is named after one of the pioneer distillers in Western Pennsylvania. Take your date for a fun night of tasting at the distillery. You may find yourselves having a good time and sharing a bottle or two from Wigle Whiskey back home.

Wigle Whiskey

Address: 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States

Website: Wigle Whiskey

Opening hours: Wed: 2pm - 9pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

4. Mingle at Elks Lodge

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Pittsburgh is such a vibrant city with equally energetic people. Would you be keen on mingling with some locals on your date night? Head on over to Elks Lodge, a social club with regular entertainment that features fun activities like jazz nights, banjo nights, and even bowling when it’s in season. The bar isn’t anything fancy. Its run-down charm, good people, and spunky character is its asset. Besides, what better way to get to know the city than its very own residents?

Elks Lodge

Address: 400 Cedar Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States

Website: Elks Lodge

5. Dare yourselves at ASCEND Pittsburgh

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Date night doesn’t have to be all about fancy dining or going to the movies. Make it a blood-pumping day by taking on the challenges at ASCEND Pittsburgh, a rock climbing facility that is more dedicated to bouldering. Plenty of walls are beginner-friendly, but if climbing is a bit intimidating, you are welcome to join their yoga and other fitness classes. Exercising doesn’t exactly sound like a fun date activity, but we say don’t knock it ’til you try it!

ASCEND Pittsburgh

Address: 2141 Mary St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, United States

Website: ASCEND Pittsburgh

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 8pm

6. Indulge your sweet tooth at Macaron Bar

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Make your date night even sweeter and pay a visit to Macaron Bar on Penn Avenue. It’s the first bakery in Pittsburgh that exclusively sells French macarons. You can never go wrong with classic flavors like pistachio, salted caramel, and earl grey tea. If you’re adventurous enough with your sweets, the seasonal ones are some of the most exquisite macarons you will ever sink your teeth into. Perhaps the best part of going to the bakery is you can actually book a class with your loved one, and learn to make your own.

Macaron Bar

Address: 6101 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States

Website: Macaron Bar

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun - Wed)

7. Get your blood pumping at Escape Room Pittsburgh

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One exhilarating way to spend date night in Pittsburgh is by taking on the Escape Room. You might have heard of it before; it’s become a go-to for casual adventurers. The premise is simple: you and your partner will be locked in a room and solve riddles and puzzles to get out. The biggest pressure, of course, is time. You run out of it, you lose! If you’re on the hunt for something unique to do with the one you love, try Escape Rooms Pittsburgh!

Escape Room Pittsburgh

Address: 569 Greenfield Ave. Floor 1 Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Website: Escape Room Pittsburgh

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 11pm

8. Make cute memorabilia at Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Looking for a nice gift for your special someone? Why not build the gift yourself and make it a date night activity? Build-A-Bear is a retail company that sells teddy bears and other stuffed toys. Not only that, but they also hold classes and workshops on how to make your own. It may seem like a childlike activity at first, but it is one of the most romantic gestures you can do for your partner. You can both make bears for each other and make the day unforgettable.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Address: 000 Ross Park Mall Dr Ste K09, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-3870

Website: Build-A-Bear Workshop

9. Be fascinated with art at Pittsburgh Glass Center

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Viewing art could be such a transcendent experience for some. If you and your loved one are an enthusiast of visual arts and are looking for something new and unique in Pittsburgh’s art and culture scene, check out the latest creations at Pittsburgh Glass Center. This art gallery also serves as a glass studio and a public-access school that is primarily focused on glass art. If it’s something that has piqued your interest, you may even chance upon classes with demonstrations from renowned glass artist Dante Marioni.

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Address: 5472 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States

Website: Pittsburgh Glass Center

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 1pm - 7pm; Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Sun - Mon & Fri)

10. Dine in cruisin' style with Gateway Clipper Fleet

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Take your dinner date up a few romantic notches and dine in style with Gateway Clipper Fleet, a riverboat cruise company that serves Pittsburgh’s three majestic rivers: Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela. You’ll have a few options for the dinner cruises, but one of the most popular is Captain’s Dinner cruise. A scrumptious dinner will be served while the house DJ serenades you with your favorite songs, especially the oldies but goodies! Other options include Sunset Dinner and Wine Tasting Cruise.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

Address: 350 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, United States

Website: Gateway Clipper Fleet

11. Experience a gallery crawl during the Unblurred event


Looking for date ideas in Pittsburgh during the first week of the month? Spare a Friday for a fantastic gallery crawl adventure in the city. Dip into the art scene and discover the creative energy that Pittsburg exudes on the first Friday of each month with their monthly art fair, Unblurred. Happening on Penn Avenue, the district turns into a vibrant place where local galleries join hand and hand to showcase various artists, professionals, and budding talent.

There will be photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, and even poets who will showcase their crafts during this time. If you are visiting any time between May to September, the Garfield Night Market is also a part of the Unblurred festival on these months.

Unblurred

Address: Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Website: Unblurred

Opening hours: First Friday of every month

12. Be in awe of the beauty of Pittsburgh's dramatic cityscape at West End Overlook Park

Sunset at the West End Overlook Park
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Whether you are an old soul or a new romantic, you will surely be delighted with the enchanting sunset views while on an old-school park date. Invite your lover to West End Overlook Park and be captivated by God’s cotton-candy colored masterpiece at dusk.

Set in the tranquil and charming Elliot Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, West End Overlook Park is an excellent viewpoint that showcases the city’s landscape and skyline. It boasts stunning landscaped gardens that add romantic vibes to the place. Plus, there are walkways under shady mature trees and some stone seating.

West End Overlook Park

Address: Marlow St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, United States

Website: West End Overlook Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

13. Invite your partner on an old-school park date at Point State Park

Point State Park in Fall
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One of the cute date ideas in Pittsburgh is a good ol’ picnic at the park. Point State Park is located in downtown Pennsylvania and it is an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. It is nestled at the junction of the three rivers that pass through Pittsburgh, providing the park with a dramatic landscape due to the presence of these waterways. It has a marvelous fountain that serves as a centerpiece in the middle of its 36 acres (15 hectares) of open space. Besides its beauty, the park is of great significance to the history of the city, specifically during the Indian and French War.

If you and your romantic partner are fond of park dates, Point State Park is a destination you should not miss while in Pittsburgh. To top it all off, the park offers lots of activities to its visitors, including walking, biking, hiking, boating, and kayaking.

Point State Park

Address: 601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States

Website: Point State Park

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

14. Browse through the art exhibits at the Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol Museum
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Another exciting date-night idea is a museum visit. Imagine browsing through the various exhibits that pull at the heartstrings and being able to share such bliss with the love of your life. If you like this idea, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, but be sure to plan your date on a Friday, when the museum is open as late as 10 pm.

The Andy Warhol Museum is a massive museum in the North Shore of the city and it houses a multitude of art masterpieces of the late iconic artist, Andy Warhol. It has breathtaking art installations that you must not miss out on, including Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds installation and the Campbell Soup Box.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Address: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States

Website: The Andy Warhol Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Thu & Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm; Fri: 10am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

15. Catch a fun-filled show at Arcade Comedy Bar

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Do you find watching a live show romantic? How about a comedy show? If you and your beau are the type of couple who thinks a good laugh equates to a happy heart, Arcade Comedy Bar could be your next fun date idea in Pittsburgh. This fantastic entertainment venue is located on Liberty Avenue and it is a 75-seater space that features wonderful plays and improv shows.

Arcade Comedy Bar showcases six shows every weekend. Plus, there are arcade games in the lobby that you and your partner can take advantage of. Remember, the comedy bar imposes a BYOB policy, so come prepared.

Arcade Comedy Bar

Address: 943 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, United States

Website: Arcade Comedy Bar

16. Go on a movie night with your beau in Waterworks Cinema


Feeling in the mood for a movie night with your lover? Score some tix and treat them to a fantastic film at Waterworks Cinema. Situated on Freeport Road, in the Waterworks Shopping Plaza, Waterworks Cinema is an excellent movie theatre in Pittsburgh. It features several screens that play various up-to-date movies. Customers have lots of options to choose from. Plus, snacks and drinks are available.

Waterworks Cinema

Address: 930 Freeport Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, United States

Website: Waterworks Cinema

Opening hours: Daily

Price: From 7.50 USD

17. Book a romantic dinner at Altius


Celebrate your romantic getaway in Pittsburgh by booking a table for two in Altius. Altius is an excellent fine dining restaurant in Grand Ave. It features a contemporary interior design with perfectly-curated white-cloth table settings. The restaurant is built with dramatic expansive glass windows that treat guests to magnificent views of the Pittsburgh cityscape.

Altius specializes in mouthwatering New American culinary delights and sophisticated cocktails are available for a complete dining experience. If you want a more romantic gastronomic adventure in Altius, be sure to take your partner at night, as the views of the sparkling city lights reflecting on the river will surely take your breathe away.

Altius

Address: 1230 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, United States

Website: Altius

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 5pm - 9pm

18. Witness the beauty of Pittsburgh from a different perspective


Go all out on your Pittsburgh romantic adventure by booking a tour package with Cruisin’ Tikis. See Pittsburgh from a different perspective, as you embark on a boat cruise on the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers. Witness the city lights dance at night as they dominate the skyscrapers in the metropolis.

Cruisin’ Tikis aims to bring the island lifestyle to their customers without actually taking them to a faraway island. Although this tour package is more appropriate for a group, as it is a little expensive, you can book it for you and your partner for an intimate date.

Cruisin' Tikis

Address: North Shore Trail, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States

Website: Cruisin’ Tikis

Opening hours: 8am - 10:30pm (daily)

Price: 400 USD (Good for 6 people)

19. See the constellations at Allegheny Observatory

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Experience an out of this world adventure without leaving the planet at Allegheny Observatory. Nestled in Riverview Park, Allegheny Observatory is a fascinating research institution and a branch of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. This research institute is not 100 percent open to the public, as it is privately owned. If you want to check it out, join a tour that is conducted every Thursday and Friday night. During the tour, participants will be able to see fascinating astronomical equipment and distant galaxies and other unworldly celestial objects through their cutting-edge telescopes.

Allegheny Observatory

Address: 159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214, United States

Website: Allegheny Observatory

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 8pm - 10pm (closed Sat - Wed)

20. Join the 21 Plus Night at Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center
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On the lookout for a fun date in Pittsburgh? Quench your thirst and share the experience with your romantic partner with a science-oriented date to Carnegie Science Center. Located on Allegheny Avenue, Carnegie Science Center makes up the four main Carnegie Museums of the city. It is a fun-filled museum that offers interactive shows, hands-on exploration, and lots of fascinating exhibits that will leave you in awe. It has an adults-only event called the 21 Plus Night, which is a themed party with various topics per schedule.

As for their upcoming events, themes include True Crime, Saved by the Bell, and Indiana Jones. There will be games, exhibits, discussions, experiments, and lots of other activities during this time.

Carnegie Science Center

Address: 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States

Website: Carnegie Science Center

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 10am - 5pm (closed on Tue)

Make the most of your romantic escapade with your special someone in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a stunning city with diverse offerings for its visitors. It has upscale shopping districts, exquisite dining options, lovely natural parks, themed parks, museums, and a lot more. In a city as gorgeous as Pittsburgh, you will never run out of things to do, especially if you are a couple on a romantic getaway. To help you curate your lover’s getaway in the city, use this list as your guide for the most perfect date night adventure to wow your partner.

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