February 7, 2019
Culture & Art

11 Ways to Have the Best Date Night Ever in Downtown Pittsburgh

February 7, 2019
Culture & Art
jason wolfe

11 Ways to Have the Best Date Night Ever in Downtown Pittsburgh

Whether you’ve been together for a few months or a few decades, there’s nothing quite like hitting the town for a date night with your significant other.

Once known for its steel mills and sports teams, Pittsburgh is now a bustling cultural hub with plenty of unique venues any couple would love to explore. This guide to date night spots in downtown Pittsburgh has something for everyone, including:

Once you find your new favorite downtown Pittsburgh date night destination, be sure to grab a digital gift card for your honey. GiftYa cards link with your debit card, which eliminates the need to carry a physical gift card in order to enjoy the gift. Going card-free makes it easier than ever to plan a spontaneous evening out, so get out there and see where the night takes you!

1. Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is one of the oldest and most beautiful concert venues in Pittsburgh, making it the perfect place for a romantic date night in downtown Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Heinz Hall Facebook page.
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600 Penn Ave. Ste 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-392-4900

Since 1929, the gorgeous concert venue Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts has been bringing breathtaking cultural events to downtown Pittsburgh.

Heinz Hall is home to the non-profit Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

If classical music isn’t really your jam, you can also catch a wide variety of other events at Heinz Hall-- from comedians to lecturers to more modern musical acts.

Regardless of what show you decide to see, the gorgeous backdrop of Heinz Hall is sure to make your date night feel truly special.

“Heinz Hall is one of my favorite venues of all time. The scale and scope of the venue and ornamental designs is breathtaking. Drinks and theater snacks are a bit pricey; however, the variety of ticket options makes up for it. I've been to concerts, symphonies, and special events - and have a blast whenever I visit!” - Yelp Review

2. Byham Theater

Even from the outside, it’s obvious that The Byham Theater is a historical gem in downtown Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of The Byham Theater Facebook page.
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101 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-456-6666

The Byham Theater is another gorgeous and historic building located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

When it was built in 1903, the Byham theater was known as The Gayety Theater, but it was renovated and renamed in 1990. While the name of the theater has changed, its breathtaking architecture and dedication to providing an intimate cultural experience has not.

The Byham Theater is your best choice for a classic date night at the theater-- whether you prefer plays or musicals-- in downtown Pittsburgh.

“Byham Theatre in the cultural district is smaller than other places but you get an intimacy not found elsewhere.  The orchestra pit, if you sit close, is available visually.  The performers manage an entire show from the sound angle and do it very well.  All the attention for plays is on the stage and performers.  Don't forget the studio musicians who create the wall of sound... stop at intermission and say hi to them.  We saw the opening night for Grease last night -- came off  very well indeed.  Another 5 runs and the glitches that only a sound / performance "foodie" would notice will be gone.  Buy the tickets online.  Easy to do through the Cultural Arts www pages.  I had changed my tickets for better seating but forgot to bring them -- and it was all taken care of quickly and professionally.  Will update after the next visit this summer.” - Yelp Review

3. Olive or Twist

Olive or Twist offers a wide variety of tasty cocktails, like these mules and martinis. If drinks are going to be a part of your downtown Pittsburgh date night, Olive or Twist is a must-visit. Image courtesy of Olive or Twist Facebook page.
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140 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-255-0525

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Mon-Thurs 3:30pm-12am
Fri-Sat 3:30pm-1:30am
Sun Closed

If the literary play on words isn’t enough to grab your attention, the food at Olive or Twist should be!

This trendy spot is right in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh, making it a great place to grab food and drinks before a show or an amazing date night destination on its own.

Be sure to sample their creative cocktails-- the Ruby Red Bellini and Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini are local favorites.

“Last night I was lucky enough to try out many of the new items on their menu and wow! Everything is made fresh and the martinis were yummy‼ The general manager made sure everything was to my liking and I could tell the passion from the chef my favorite was the scallops risotto dish and the mussels appetizer. Looking forward to my next stop at Olive or Twist.” - Yelp Review

4. Butcher and the Rye

If you live or work near downtown Pittsburgh, you’ve definitely seen this fun cocktail bar and restaurant. Consider this your invitation to finally stop in! Image courtesy of Butcher and the Rye Facebook page.
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212 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-391-2752

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Tues-Thurs 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Mon-Sun Closed

Another nod to a great work of literature, Butcher and the Rye is one of a kind restaurant serving up new American cuisine and delicious cocktails.

Butcher and the Rye’s location makes it an ideal stop before a Penguins, Pirates, or Steelers game, or you can simply pop in to try out their amazing drink and appetizer options after a long day at the office.

Pittsburgh locals love Butcher and the Rye’s romantic, rustic feel and creative cocktails. Be sure to try the Salinger’s Sling, created in honor of the author whose chef d’oeuvre inspired the restaurant’s name.

“I can't say enough good things. The funky decor, the waitress was descriptive on the whole menu.  The perfect cocktails and food. True chefs and mixologists there!!!!  We got the filet and the large plate scallops for dinner.  Everything melted in your mouth.  It was amazing. Cocktails we got Hey, The Gardens, and the Salinger's Sling. Amazing experience.” - Yelp Review

5. Verve 360

Verve 360 isn’t your typical health spa. Check out one of Verve 360’s amazing aerial yoga classes. It’s sure to be a date unlike any other. Image courtesy of Verve 360 Facebook page.
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142 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-471-1575

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Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm
Fri 9am-7pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 9am-5pm

If you like your date nights to be a little less traditional, Verve 360 is the perfect place to start.

Officially a health spa, this place offers everything from relaxing massages to unique fitness classes.

Take some time to unwind with your loved one, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try something new and sign up for an aerial yoga class. Either way, you’ll leave Verve 360 feeling relaxed, refreshed, and much closer to that special someone in your life.

“A friend and I tried out our first aerial yoga class on Tuesday night with Will. It was definitely challenging, but it was also a lot of fun! He was a great instructor. I struggled with some of the moves a bit, and he was very helpful getting me through the class safely :) ” - Yelp Review

6. Täkō

Täkō is an amazing option for colorful, flavorful food in downtown Pittsburgh. Whether you like your tacos spicy or with a little Asian flair, Täkō is sure to deliver. Image courtesy of Täkō Facebook page.
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214 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-471-8256

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Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
Sun 3pm-9pm

If Taco Tuesday is your favorite night of the week, then do we have the perfect restaurant for you!

Täkō is a unique destination in downtown Pittsburgh, and it’s perfect for a date night you and your significant other will remember forever.

With creative flavor combinations both in their menu and in their cocktails, Täkō has delicious dinner and late night options to fit every palette.

“Really took me by surprise how good this place is. The tacos are amazing combinations of fusion Asian and Mexican, great flavors really well put together. The atmosphere is also wonderful with it's interior balcony, iron railings and old fashioned dim wire bulbs, almost a New Orleans atmosphere. Definitely recommended If you fancy something just a little different with great flavors and interesting atmosphere.” - Yelp Review

7. Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is a great place for the couple who wants to stay out late on their date night in downtown Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Howl at the Moon Facebook page.
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125 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-586-5692

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Sun-Wed Closed
Thurs-Fri 5pm-2am
Sat 6pm-2am

While Pittsburgh has plenty of historic theaters and unique cocktail bars, there are also plenty of places to party in downtown Pittsburgh.

For a date night full of drinks, dancing, and fun, be sure to check out Howl at the Moon.

Howl at the Moon is only open for the weekend (Thursday-Saturday), and it’s a great place to go let loose with your favorite person at the end of a long week.

“Howl at the Moon is on our list of go-to places when we want to dance and have fun drinks! We have gone at various times on weekends and have had various experiences. Each have been enjoyable and tons of fun!” - Yelp Review

8. Redbeard’s on Sixth

Whether or not you have tickets to the next big game, you can keep up on all the action during your date night in downtown Pittsburgh when you grab a bite at Redbeard’s on Sixth. Image courtesy Redbeard’s on Sixth Facebook page.
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144 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-261-2324

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Mon-Sun 11am-2am

Like many Pittsburgh couples, you and your date may find yourself in downtown Pittsburgh to attend a sporting event.

Even if you weren’t able to snag those Pens or Steelers tickets in time for the game, you can rest assured that when you get to Redbeard’s on Sixth, you’ll be able to catch all of the action.

Redbeard’s is considered a sports bar, but it’s much more than just drinks and tvs. Be sure to check out their pretzel stick appetizer and their fish sandwiches.

“Great food. Great environment. We had a few beers and a bunch of appetizers. We went with the deep fried pickles, chicken quesadillas, buffalo chicken pitas, and pulled pork nachos. The deep fried pickles have the perfect amount of breading on them. The chicken quesadillas were packed full with chicken and veggies. I'd say the buffalo chicken pitas were the best! The pulled pork nachos were good, but nothing special. Kyle was our waiter and provided excellent service. I would definitely come back again!” - Yelp Review

9. SPACE Gallery

Use your date night as an opportunity to explore downtown Pittsburgh’s contemporary art scene. Image courtesy of SPACE Facebook page.
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812 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-261-2324

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Mon-Tues Closed
Wed-Thurs 11am-6pm
Fri-Sat 11am-8pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Pittsburgh is home to several incredible museums-- including The Mattress Factory and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Oakland-- but it also has plenty of smaller scale galleries to explore. SPACE Gallery is a date night must for Pittsburgh art lovers.

SPACE presents 5 or 6 exhibitions every year, and each one features unique, multidisciplinary pieces that take advantage of contemporary technologies to create an experience unlike any other.

“Space is just that a space but it's what fills this Space that makes it special. Its a large room that hosts some interesting artwork. My favorite is a piece of installation art. It's tree limbs that are in the shape of Guns. Very interesting. The exhibits change regularly and if you like art this is a place to check out.” - Yelp Review

10. August Wilson Center for African American History

The August Wilson Center offers a breathtaking glimpse into African American art, culture, and history in downtown Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of August Wilson Center Facebook page.
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980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-339-1011

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Mon-Tues Closed
Wed-Thurs 11am-6pm
Fri-Sat 11am-8pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Named after famous playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson, the August Wilson Center for African American History is a must-visit for anyone looking for the perfect date night activity in downtown Pittsburgh.

The August Wilson Center is beautiful piece of architecture, and you can catch live performances-- often including Wilson’s plays-- as well explore their art galleries.

“I've been a member here for 2 years, and I am proud to support the wonderful programming that takes place. For example, I have attended Jazz/Poetry performances by Sean Jones and Vanessa German. I've seen August Wilson plays staged here, modern dance, Jazz concerts, and a whole lot more. Besides their own programs, the center rents as a venue, and they are a fabulous place to hold an event.There is a small gallery connected to the Center, but it's just a small piece of what takes place. The real strength of the August Wilson Center is in the performing arts. There's not a bad seat in the theater and I have been overwhelmed by the talent I've seen on display.” - Yelp Review

11. Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie Merlot’s is known as one of downtown Pittsburgh’s finest date night destinations. With options like wagyu beef and a wide variety of seafood, Eddie Merlot’s is sure to make date night feel like a very special occasion. Image courtesy of Eddie Merlot’s Facebook page.
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444 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-235-7676

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Mon-Tues 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Wed 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Thurs 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm
Sat 5pm-11pm
Sun 5pm-9pm

Pittsburgh may be known for its casual fare-- like Primanti’s enormous sandwiches and Kennywood’s iconic Potato Patch fries-- but if you’re looking for something more formal, there are plenty of more refined options in downtown Pittsburgh as well.

Eddie Merlot’s is a world class steakhouse located right in the heart of the ‘Burgh. Their mission is to provide guests with the finest service and highest quality foods, so if you’re looking for a date night destination that truly takes care of every little detail for you, Eddie Merlot’s is the place to go.

“Love Love Love!!! I've probably eaten here at least 10 times and they have yet to disappoint! They're stuffed shrimp is sooo delicious. I've have my filet Oscar Style and it was absolutely delicious! My favorite side is the Lobster Mash and the service is always on point! Would definitely recommend!” - Yelp Review

Date night in downtown Pittsburgh will be an evening to remember when you check out one of the amazing venues on this list.

Downtown Pittsburgh has something for everyone, making it the perfect place for your next date night. Whether your evening out includes a relaxing drink, pushing yourself with aerial yoga, or a fine steak dinner, GiftYa digital gift cards are a great way to go.

What’s the best date you’ve been on in downtown Pittsburgh? Share your stories in the comments below-- we’d love to hear from you!

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