A Pittsburgh Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Make your way to the Steel City for the ultimate guys' getaway.
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Allyson Johnson
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Allyson Johnson
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  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
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Updated Jul 07, 2021
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Pittsburgh is a city on the rise, and one you should look into for a guys' weekend. Plan a Pittsburgh bachelor party and the groom will not be disappointed. This city has a lot to offer: Good food, good sports, good bars, and good times.

What Are Some Pittsburgh Bachelor Party Ideas?

There's a lot on offer for a Pittsburgh bachelor party—this city can fit any type of groom. Professional sports? Check. Craft breweries? Check. Lively nightlife? Check. Just plan the weekend according to his heart's desire. (And don't forget to thank the rest of the crew for showing up with gifts from The Knot Shop.)

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

It may be the city of steel, but that doesn't mean Pittsburgh is lacking in opportunities for fresh air. Consider renting stand up paddleboards to make your way along the Allegheny River. Or try a game of frisbee golf at the popular greenspace, Schenley Park.

For the Drinkers

There are more than 30 craft breweries throughout Pittsburgh, including Southern Tier, Allegheny City, and Dancing Gnome. Plus there are whiskey distilleries to imbibe at, too.

For the Partiers

Pittsburgh takes claim to the most bars per capita out of any city in the U.S.A. And when it comes to hitting some of the liveliest, the city's South Side is the place to be when the sun goes down.

For Sports Fans

Time your Pittsburgh bachelor party to catch a game, be it the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Pittsburgh?

Pack as much in as possible for a three-day bachelor party in Pittsburgh using our itinerary that gets everything into one long weekend.

Day 1

Morning: After checking into your stay for the weekend, make your way to the Strip District for breakfast or brunch at Pamela's Diner, a beloved institution in the city. Though it's Friday, there may be a bit of a line to get in. But the food is worth the wait with homemade chorizo hash, croissant French toast, and kielbasa and eggs as just a few of the select menu items.

Afternoon: If the weather is warm enough, get to know the city from the water. Rent paddle boards or book a tour on the Allegheny, where you'll cross under bridges and enjoy Pittsburgh's skyline views and a great shot of PNC Park. Too cold for a day on the water? Have yourself a good ol' axe throwing competition at Lumberjaxes, where you can rent your own lane and BYOB.

Evening: Dinner tonight is at Gaucho, an Argentinian spot offering up woodfired grilled meats. Choose from one of five different steak plates, or options like jamon y queso, pulled pork, shredded beef, a selection of housemade chorizos, and empanadas. After you've had your fill, head to the Rooftop at Foxtail where you will find craft beer and specialty cocktails along with a live DJ.

Day 2

Morning: Nothing says bachelor party than starting your day at the aptly named Meat & Potatoes. Brunch options include brisket hash, chicken and waffles, and a bacon and egg sandwich on brioche. Don't forget to try a side of their peppered bacon, monkey bread, and truffle fries. Oh and did we mention the Bloody Mary bar?

Afternoon: It's off to the breweries today. Book a tour to three craft breweries in the area on a private bachelor party coach. You'll stop at three breweries, where you'll enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and tastings of up to 16 different beers. Plus you'll get a knowledgeable guide and soft pretzel snack, among other tour perks.

Evening: Make happy hour a stop at Wigle Whiskey, where you can sample small batch whiskey in the tasting room or, if the weather cooperates, out on the whiskey garden where you can also have cocktails. From there, it's off to dinner at Butcher & Rye, a rustic spot for New American, including the butcher burger, dirty pasta (made with rigatoni, ground duck, and duck liver), and venison sausage, among other things. Then it's off to bar hopping in Pittsburgh's popular South Side. Jekyl & Hyde is a great dive bar with a year-round Halloween theme; for live music try the Smiling Moose; or make your way to Fat Head's to sample more craft brews.

Day 3

Morning: Your last brunch for the weekend should be at Waffles INCaffeinated, home to at least 10—you guessed it—specialty waffles, as well as omelettes, French toast, and breakfast sandwiches.

Afternoon: Keep it easy today and hang out at Blend Cigar Bar, where you can choose between a variety of cigars and enjoy them alongside a craft cocktail while you and the guys relax in the Art Deco lounge.

Evening: Go super casual tonight with dinner at Back to the Foodture, a casual spot for good burgers, hot dogs, and fries. Or skip dinner here and make your way directly to the last stop of the weekend: Hofbräuhaus. The German-style beer hall offers good brews, along with standard beerhouse foods (think soft pretzels and sausages). You can come here to drink the night away, and when the weather is warm, enjoy the outdoor beer garden overlooking the river.

Where Should I Stay in Pittsburgh for a Bachelor Party?

If you want to be in walking distance to a lot of the action, make your stay on the South Side. But Piittsburgh is a big city and Ubers are plentiful, so you'll have easy access to everything no matter your weekend home base.

Best Pittsburgh Bachelor Party Hotels

  • The Hyatt House Pittsburgh-South Side offers a prime location with your budget in mind, and includes breakfast, an indoor pool, and a large outdoor patio with fire pits.
  • Right in the heart of downtown, the affordable Courtyard Pittsburgh offers a prime location, modern rooms, and quality amenities including a state-of-the-art exercise room.
  • Offering an indoor pool, contemporary rooms, and a bistro, the Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh-Downtown is super friendly on your wallet while keeping you close to the South Side.

Best Pittsburgh Home Rentals

  • A Southside Slopes Home offers easy access to downtown, a hot tub, and awesome views of the city for groups of up to 11.
  • Large groups (up to 12) on a budget will appreciate this Six Bedroom Home near the South Side that is within walking distance to many attractions.
  • This Tropicana Inspired Home offers four bedrooms, hot tub, plenty of outdoor space, and a central location in the South Side area for up to 11 guests.

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