Ideas for a Pittsburgh Bachelorette Party

by Tom Ryan

With its rolling hills, historic architecture and three rivers, Pittsburgh is a picturesque city for a wedding. It's also a lively place for the festivities leading up to one. A Pittsburgh bachelorette party can be a quiet, reflective evening with friends or a night of pure debauchery before the start of a lifetime of wedded bliss.

Sightseeing tour

Pittsburgh is a geographically unique city that boasts hundreds of years of history in its architecture and style. If you and your girls are always on the go, plan a whirlwind tour of the city that will give you an opportunity to explore and cut loose. Try something out of the ordinary with a Just Ducky tour, the only tour in Pittsburgh that takes you across land and water in the same vehicle. The Gateway Clipper fleet offers evenings out on the river, where the lights of downtown's office buildings and stadiums reflect on the water. You might even cap off the night with a trip up to Mount Washington, where the observation decks offer an unparalleled view and the perfect photo-op for you and your friends to remember the occasion.

Bar crawl

Bar crawling is a sacred Pittsburgh institution, and one that suits any major celebration, including bachelorette parties. You and your girls shouldn't be confined to any one spot for too long, so take the party with you on a bar crawl. The guidelines are simple: Make your way through a neighborhood while stopping at each of its bars--or at least, quite a few of them. Start, for example, at one end of the South Side's famous East Carson Street, which is home to dozens of local bars and taverns. When you become sluggish, stop in at a Pittsburgh cafe like The Beehive for a caffeinated pick-me-up between stops. If you go farther than walking distance, be sure to take a taxi or bring a designated driver. Some local companies offer buses that specialize in transportation for bachelorette parties, too.

Entertainment evening

If your idea of the perfect bachelorette party entails kicking back and being entertained, Pittsburgh has options for you. The city is home to a variety of live entertainment acts, including comedy clubs like the Improv. Theater-lovers will find options, as well, from acts at downtown's Heinz Hall and Benedum Center to City Theatre in the South Side. Musical acts like Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney play at the Consol Energy Center, which opened in 2010, while other performers put on concerts at Carnegie Music Hall. Whether you and your crew prefer a night at the symphony or an evening rocking out, Pittsburgh has the venue for you.

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About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.