This gritty city of steel has a softer side too, thanks to the charisma and character of its people. Surrounded by three rivers, and fueled by enthusiasm, Pittsburgh is growing as a heart of American innovation while still keeping a foot firmly planted in its working-class past.
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Birmingham Bridge Tavern
Think of "Cheers" with a Pittsburgh twist at this South Side pub with a long list of microbrews.
Espresso a Mano
Hipsters, artists and neighborhood regulars find inspiration at this Lawrenceville espresso bar.
Joggers, dog walkers and nature lovers traverse the trails of this 151-acre park.
Hollywood classics and indie movies, both at this old-fashioned movie house in Dormont.
Nicky's Thai Kitchen
Owner Ratthasak Insawang whips up spring rolls and pineapple curry for the throngs of frequent diners.
Vegetarians pack this diner for the delectable tofu tenders, spicy peanut wraps and other meatless fare.
Salt of the Earth
Chef Kevin Sousa dazzles with his imaginative menu served up in a former Harley-Davidson showroom.
A hip club destination for fans of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, African music and other live acts.
Regulars queue for the killer strawberry milkshake at this dazzling cafe.
West End Overlook
A breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline from the bluffside neighborhood.