Let Us Help You Plan Your New Year's Eve

Review our short list of recommended local hangouts before finalizing your Dec. 31 plans.

Root 174 photo by Laura Petrilla


Consult our short list of suggested spots to ring in 2014 in style, and remember to make advance reservations.

notion: This New Year’s Eve, Dave Racicot and his staff want you to be in charge: By ordering the four-part meal, diners can choose their dishes. If you’d rather let the culinary experts do the picking, there’s also a six-course chef’s tasting. (128 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty; notionrestaurant.com)

Tender: Whether you intend to stay the whole night or pop in before heading elsewhere, this dimly lit, ’20s-inspired bar has the right mix of liquor and live music to keep you content. The kitchen crew also will prepare light bites. (4300 Butler St., Lawrenceville; tenderpgh.com)

Root 174: Vegans and carnivores can rejoice: Keith Fuller and company will serve five-course menus for both kinds of eaters. Dishes include parsnip soup, trout and the legendary flourless chocolate cake.  (1113 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square; root174.com)
— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor


To aid with your holiday shopping, Pittsburgh Popcorn Co. recently has opened spots inside Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village. After getting all of your sartorial and gadget gifts, make a beeline for the food court to pick up tins for loved ones and bags of popcorn to serve at gatherings. If you’re attending a Pittsburgh Penguins game, you’ll find a Pittsburgh Popcorn stand there, too. We’re betting you’ll get hooked on the seasonal candy-cane flavor.

(Six area locations; pghpopcorn.com)
— K.M.


Hop Farm Brewing Co. grows hops on its property, adding a new layer to the farm-to-table movement. The brewery, which opened this fall, harvests hops at the end of summer and uses them in its three beers — Saison, Nut Brown and the IPA. Hop Farm also offers a new monthly brew, which can be picked up by the growler at its shop.

(5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville; hopfarmbrewingco.com)
—Mahala Scott, PM Editorial Intern

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