Pittsburgh

Known for its striking location at the intersection of three rivers, Pittsburgh has recently been tied to gay culture as the fictional hometown of the hit Showtime series Queer as Folk. While accurate place-names like Liberty Avenue were used in the show, scenes were shot in Toronto, Canada.

Not unlike Toronto, Pittsburgh is a big, modern city with skyscrapers, major universities and a bustling cultural scene. Locals are known for their love of sports and the city's geographic location as not quite Eastern or Mid-Western lends a unique identity.

Roughly midway between New York and Chicago, Pittsburgh's history has been deeply influenced by some of America's biggest tycoons. Post Civil War industrialists Andrew Carnegie (steel) and Andrew Mellon (banking) built immense fortunes and through their philanthropy have literally left their name on the city. Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums are just a few examples of that legacy. This long history of philanthropy and support of the arts and creativity continues. The Downtown Cultural District anchors Pittsburgh as one of America's premiere performing and visual arts scenes.

Hotels

  • Best Western Parkway Center Inn, The
  • 875 Greentree Road
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Website: www.bestwestern.com
  • 412-922-7070
  • Omni William Penn Hotel
  • 530 William Penn Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • 412-281-7100

Bars

  • 5801 on Ellsworth Video Lounge & Cafe
  • 5801 Ellsworth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Website: www.5801.us
  • 412-661-5600
  • Blue Moon
  • 5115 Butler Street
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-781-1119
  • Brewery Tavern (Gay-Friendly)
  • 3315 Liberty Avenue @ Herron Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-681-7991
  • Cruze Bar
  • 1600 Smallman Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Website: www.cruzebar.com
  • 412-471-1400
  • Donny's Place / Leather Central
  • 1226 Herron Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-682-9869
  • Images
  • 965 Liberty Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-391-9990
  • Link, The
  • 12 Wendel Road
    Irwin, PA
  • 724-446-7717
  • Real Luck Cafe
  • 1519 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-566-8988
  • Remedy Restaurant and Lounge
  • 5121 Butler Street
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Website: www.remedypgh.com
  • 412-781-6771
  • There Video Lounge
  • 931 Liberty Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 412-642-4435
  • Zebra Lounge
  • 910 Constitution Boulevard
    New Kensington, PA
  • 724-339-0298

Shops

  • OutPub - Pittsburgh's GLBT Newspaper
  • 801 Bingham Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
  • Website: www.outpub.com
  • 412-381-3350

Attractions

  • Andy Warhol Museum, The
  • 117 Sandusky Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Website: www.warhol.org
  • 412-237-8300
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • 665 Penn Avenue (Theater Square Box Office)
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Website: www.pittsburghopera.org
  • 412-456-6666
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • One Wild Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Website: www.pittsburghzoo.com
  • 412-665-3640