Don't Miss: Downtown Pittsburgh's Night Market
The pop-up bazaar features food and drinks, musical acts and vendors selling art, crafts, accessories and home décor.
PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL
Every neighborhood in Pittsburgh wants to attract new residents. For downtown, there’s a unique challenge. People already know and like the Golden Triangle. If they are going to relocate, though, they need to know that the place where they work during the day or see shows in the evening also is safe and exciting to walk around at night.
Toward that end are the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Markets [downtownpittsburgh.com]. Once each spring, summer and fall, the group arranges a pop-up bazaar in a downtown parking lot with food and drinks, musical acts and vendors selling art, crafts, accessories and home décor.
The fall event is set for 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at Penn Avenue and Eighth Street. You could head over after work, after a show for late-night shopping or make an entire evening out of it.
Take a stroll around most modern multiplexes, and you’ll notice a lot of open space. The footprint needed to pack a bunch of auditoriums — all of which seat hundreds and reach a few stories high — into one building is massive. The Phoenix Theatres North Versailles Stadium 18 [phoenixtheatres.com], however, has packed much of that space with stuff to do.
Got the little ones in tow? Arrive about 90 minutes before showtime and send them into Altimate Air Trampoline Park. For $16 (or $11 if your tots are 2 to 6 years old), they can bounce for an hour in a session that includes use of a trampoline dodgeball court and a giant air bag (wherein they’ll fearlessly leap off of an 8-foot platform into an inflated bag below). Sound like fun? All ages can participate.
Out with friends or on a date? Chat about the film after the credits roll in Flix Sports Bar, Grill and Games, which hovers over the lobby. The hangout is full of pool tables, pinball machines — including a collection of retro tables — and dartboards.
My favorite feature has to be Big Cinemas’ in-theater VIP rooms — basically, movie luxury boxes. You and seven friends can rent a private viewing booth where you can chat to your heart’s content (the booths are soundproof), and everyone gets free drinks and popcorn. You might have some sticker shock at the price tag — packages start at $250 — but remember that tickets, sodas and snacks for eight people often will come close to that mark anyway. So if you’re planning to nerd out loudly when the new “Star Wars” hits theaters in December, you can bring your Jedi crew here and do it in style.