Best of the ’Burgh 2013
From vegan shakes to popup block parties to foodie classes, here are 40 of our favorite Pittsburgh things.
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Best Place to Get Down and Dirty
Tour-Ed Coal Mine & Museum
Without coal, Pittsburgh couldn’t have become the Steel City. Though this region offers many reminders of our industrial heritage, past and present, there’s not much to tell us about the important element that continues to power the industry. One place to find out all the dirt is Tour-Ed Coal Mine & Museum, which has been educating visitors since 1970. Don a hard hat and ride an actual coal-mine car for a half-mile. Mining-related artifacts, demonstrations and even a recreation of a miner’s home add to the experience. — M.M.
748 Bull Creek Road, Frazer Township; Memorial Day through Labor Day; 724/224-4720, tour-edmine.com
Best Event to Enjoy with a PBR in Hand
KSWA Wrestling at Lawrenceville Moose
Long before The Rock headlined sold-out Wrestlemanias at football stadiums, pro-wrestling matches could be found in smoky legion halls and age-old back rooms. In 2013, you could go to the CONSOL Energy Center for the production values … or just head to the Lawrenceville Moose for old-school grappling. The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance runs monthly shows at the Moose hall, which is rebranded as the KSWA Arena for the events; costumed locals brawl for the love of the show. Grab a beer and a hot dog, and if you feel like helping out a neighborhood wrestler, spring for a T-shirt or an enlarged photo of one of the weekend warriors on the KSWA roster. Keep an eye out for local legend Lord Zoltan, who put in time in the 1980s WWF; he’s one of only a few active performers worldwide who can say they wrestled Andre the Giant. Don’t be afraid to bring the young’uns, either; the events are decidedly PG-rated, and kids’ tickets are just $8. — S.C.
120 51st St., Lawrenceville; 412/726-1762, kswa.net
Best Way to Get Into the Downward Dog Pose Virtually Anytime
Amazing Yoga’s Online Course
Amazing Yoga has popular locations in Shadyside, South Side and Wexford. But yogis can now take classes in billions of locations worldwide, thanks to the online class offering. So long as they have a computer or mobile device connected online — and a mat to roll out — they can practice any time, anywhere. Members get instant access to Amazing Yoga’s library of courses, which are recorded in its studios. Pick classes based on the type of session or the instructor. Curious? Amazing Yoga offers a free 10-day trial. — J.W.
Best Site for a G-Rated Bachelor Party
SteelTown Paintball Park
If the groom-to-be is looking for one last chance to act like a kid again, a friendly get-together at SteelTown Paintball Park is a good way to blow off steam before the big day. With three playing venues — an enclosed turf field, an open grass field and a wooded setting — the outing is sure to be a blast. Better yet, nobody will need to take a vow of secrecy about what happened during the bachelor party. — M.S.
500 Huntington Ave., Suite 202, Emsworth; 412/443-9287, steeltownpaintballpark.com
Best Way to Exhibit a Little Moxie
Take a Class at Moxie Mind & Body
It’s easy to fall into routine and do the same workouts. Failing to challenge yourself doesn’t get you anywhere, though. That’s what Moxie Mind & Body would like to remind you. Set up in a second-floor studio, Moxie has a lineup of Pilates classes for folks of every level. In Pilates, you work to strengthen core muscles through movements that also help increase flexibility and correct posture. First-timers can go for private instructional sessions, while experienced practitioners may be ready for group equipment classes that incorporate Pilates apparatus with mat work. Veteran practitioners can try Moxie’s weeklong sampler package for $35. Those who are new to Pilates can take advantage of custom private-class deals. — K.M.
24 Market Place, downtown; 412/261-2299, moxiemindandbody.com
Best Annual Event to Test Your Mettle on Your Pedals
On Aug. 25, the cycle continues — 20 years of Pedal PGH providing people of all ages and fitness levels with a day to celebrate bicycling in Pittsburgh. The event includes three well-marked rides on cycling-friendly streets: the Family Ride, which is perfect for beginners; the 25-mile City Tour; and the 62-mile Metric Century Challenge (each includes full-service rest stops). Afterward, cyclists can pick up their T-shirts, enjoy music and buy food from local food trucks. Pedal PGH is a fundraiser for BikePGH, which works to make communities safe and accessible for bicyclists. — J.W.
Most Unexpected Place for Urban Climbing
“The Reservoir” is a stone wall that wraps around some tennis courts. The wall is just 18 feet high, and it doesn’t serve much purpose. For rock climbers, though, the sandstone ring is a perfect place to practice. Climbers find handholds, build upper-body strength and gradually work their way around the circle without ropes. The area is generally empty, and unlike official climbing gyms, the reservoir is free to use and accessible anytime. Whether you’re a newbie looking for a place to start or a veteran mountaineer, it’s a great spot to “hang around.” — R.I.
Oakwood Park, Durbin Street, Oakwood