Not Just Another Night Out
Need a respite from the pounding bass and pounding head the next morning? Try these nightlife alternatives.
All-Night Gym: X Shadyside
5608 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/363-9999, xshadyside.com.
For anyone who’s ever tried to order a protein shake at the bar: We’ve officially found the place for you. One of the city’s only 24-hour gyms, X Shadyside is taking fitness to the "Xtreme," if you will. With round-the-clock hours Monday through Friday and 50 pieces of cardio equipment plus hundreds of free weights, what’s stopping you from starting your late-night workout plan? Those abs aren’t going to tone themselves. So if you’ve ever been inclined to throw on a sweatband and pump some iron around 2 a.m., we suggest you take a jog over to Walnut Street and get your fitness on, after-hours style. Opens Monday at 6 a.m. and stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours: Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Blues and Jazz: Moondog’s
378 Freeport Road, Blawnox; 412/828-2040, moondogs.us.
Your girl just left you, and the big boss just gave you the boot. Baby, you got the blues. And you need the perfectly dark and smoky joint where sunglass-wearing harmonica players are commonplace. So whether you’re feeling down or things are just swell, sit back and enjoy the smooth rhythms of your favorite blues, jazz and rock artists, including local and national acts such as Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers and John Eddie.
Dream Destination for the Designated Driver: Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty; 412/363-8277, shadowlounge.net.
This coffeehouse-esque music venue and bar is the ideal spot for all you loyal designated drivers-bartenders will whip you up a fresh mug of French-press coffee while your buds sip beer. The coffee beans are from Prestogeorge Fine Foods in the Strip District and ground in-house. Plus, they’re always switching up the flavors, with varieties such as African Sunrise and exotic Caribbean. Live entertainment is always changing, too, including acoustic performances, poetry readings, hip-hop DJs, open-mic nights and jazz. So grab a warm mug, claim a comfy couch and enjoy the sounds of Shadow Lounge.
Art at Night: Zombo Gallery
4900 Hatfield St., Lawrenceville; zomboworld.com.
With exhibits changing monthly, the colorfully retro Zombo Gallery hosts an opening and closing party for each of its original and funky collections. Displaying lowbrow art rooted in 1950s and ’60s pop culture, Zombo has featured everything from hand-painted bowling pins to comic-book graphics. This month, check out the work of Pittsburgh cartoonists at the gallery’s show benefiting The ToonSeum, a cartoon and comic-strip museum that is part of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The opening and closing parties will include a live DJ and refreshments, and will be held on Fri., Nov. 14, and Sat., Nov. 29, from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Karaoke: Nico’s Recovery Room
176 Pearl St., Bloomfield; 412/681-9562
If you find yourself "Livin’ on a Prayer" or calling out to "Sweet Caroline" (Bom! Bom! Bom!), Nico’s is asking you to please step forward and showcase your unbridled skills. Why reserve that showmanship and raw talent for the shower or for behind the wheel of your Ford Taurus? Nico’s Saturday-night karaoke has rookies and regulars taking the stage for their moment in the spotlight. You know you’re dying to let out your inner Tom Jones. Go on, grab that mic.
Comedy Central: Funny Bone and Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre
If laughter is the best medicine, these comedy clubs make the best pharmacies. The Funny Bone, a Pittsburgh staple since 1982, presents everything from local amateur acts to national headliners such as Louis Ramey and Sean Kent from NBC’s "Last Comic Standing." On Friday and Saturday nights, find first-rate karaoke at The Green Room, a separate room off the lobby. Or, if you prefer humor on the water, head to Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre at the Waterfront. This month, the Improv welcomes Michael McDonald of MADtv fame, Eddie Griffin and Hal Sparks. The Funny Bone, 242 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square, South Side. Show times and prices available online. Two beverage minimum. Info: 412/281-3130, funnybone pgh.com. Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, 166 E. Bridge St., The Stacks at the Waterfront, Homestead. Prices vary, check online for shows and special events. Two food or beverage item minimum. Some events are 21+ only. Info and tickets: 412/462-5233, improv.com-Megan Kappel
Midnight Cult Movies: The Oaks Theater
Last night, you were an Indy Car driver with the pedal to the floor. But tonight? The voice in your head is telling you to bring it back into the pits. You need a respite from your night of debauchery. And, while you could just go see a movie at any big-box cineplex, you’ll find much more interesting films and atmosphere at The Oaks Theater. A single-screen venue that seats 430, the Oaks presents everything from new releases to classics and cult favorites such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the last Friday of each month. Opened in 1938, the Oaks was renovated in 2002 to provide modern amenities while preserving its essential charm, such as the original oak-leaf light fixtures on the side walls. Grab some candy (perhaps a Sky Bar), a soda and some always freshly popped popcorn (combo deals start at $5!) and relish the experience. 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, 412/828-6311, theoakstheater.com. -Mike Lee