Up This Week: Happy Hour, Block Parties, and More!

Hey all! Hope everyone had as much fun as they could handle this weekend! Keep that weekend feeling alive by checking out some of the events going on around town this week…

Monday September 26

Biggies Bullies Happy Hour

  • Where: Independent Brewing Company- Squirrel Hill
  • When: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: Free (21+ event)
  • Head over to Independent Brewing to support Biggies Bullies! A portion of all drink sales will be donated back to the charity to support their work in rescuing/fostering/adopting out Pit Bulls in the area. There will be merchandise for sale, and Walter, a Biggies Bullies Alum, will be in attendance! Beers and doggies, does it really get any better? Doubtful…

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Cheers to the Weekend

Hey everyone! Time to start planning for the weekend!

Now, overall, this is a pretty big weekend in Pittsburgh. The St.Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, so that typically means festivities all day long. If you are partaking, you probably already have a game plan, so I’ll leave you to it.

But, If you are looking for something more low key –I’ve got you covered.


Friday March 11

21+ Night: Food Science w. Wigle Whiskey

  • Where: Carnegie Science Center- North Shore
  • When: 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Cost: $11
  • Join the Carnegie Science Center and Wigle Whiskey for a night devoted to food science. Explore how your genes can impact your taste, mess around with liquid nitrogen (hello frozen marshmallows), and determine if you are a “super taster”. Enjoy samples from Wigle at the various experiments, and if you get there early enough, you can grab $15 slot play for Rivers Casino.

Saturday March 12

Noir Night Out

  • Where: Hollywood Theater- Dormont
  • When: 7:30pm
  • Cost: $12
  • Head to Hollywood Theater for some chili, beer, and film noir. Your $12 ticket gets you a seat to view Out of The Past, a bowl of chili, and 2 drink tickets (choice of stout or dark ale). A great way to chill out on a Saturday- maybe that pun was intended.

The Calm Before the Storm

  • Where: Club Cafe- South Side
  • When: Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm
  • Cost: $15
  • To really get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, join Mark Dingam and Friends for a night of traditional Irish music. This is one of my favorite music genres, and I think it would be worth braving the crowds in South Side this coming Saturday to experience it.

Sunday March 13

First Sabbath at Blackforge Coffee

  • Where: Blackforge Coffee- Allentown (1206 Arlington Ave.)
  • When: 9:00am
  • Cost: Free
  • Celebrate the first of many Sunday openings at this amazing coffee shop. They will have coffee (obviously), but later in the day there will be beer samples from Hitchhiker Brewing and Spoonwood, discussions on sustainable brewing practictes, and a live podcast from The Drinking Partners w. Rick Sebak as a guest. This is worth getting out of bed on a Sunday!

Enter the Hagis

  • Where: Pittsburgh Winery- Strip District
  • When: Doors at 6:00pm/ Show at 7:00pm
  • Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
  • Another of my favorite genres of music is folk (as my mom-I was quite the free spirit). Combine Celtic rock with some folk and I am sold. This is another chance for you to get your Irish music on this weekend, so head to Pittsburgh Winery and check out this critically acclaimed band.



Have a safe and fun weekend! See you back here on Sunday for some options to make the week less weak.

Monday Already?

Hi All! Hope you had a good weekend!

The weekends always seem to go way too fast and the weeks way too slow. Breaking out of the daily routine during the week by heading to an event or trying a new dinner spot always helps for me- give it a try this week with all there is to pick from!

I must have been pretty hungry and/or really wanting a good drink when I picked these events- they all have to do with booze and food (arguably 2 of my favorite things)!

Monday March 7

Washington County Restaurant Week

  • Where: Various restaurants throughout Washington County
  • When: March 7-13
  • Cost: Varies
  • Head out to Washington County to find a new dining spot. The week will feature special menu options, as well as special pricing on features. Check out the list of participating restaurants by following the link to the site.

Tuesday March 8

Donations and Libations: Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

  • Where: Butterjoint-Oakland
  • When: 4:30pm-12:00am
  • Cost: No Cover
  • The next installment of the Butterjoint’s fundraiser series will benefit the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. If you don’t know much about the association, or watersheds, I encourage you to follow the link and read through their site to learn more about the importance of protecting our local watersheds (my inner environmental science self LOVES this stuff). All proceeds from food and drink will go directly to the association to help with restoration efforts and outreach events. Don’t forget cash for tips- servers will also be donating ALL CASH tips to association!

Wednesday March 9

Perfect Pairs: Whiskey and Cheese

  • Where: Wigle Whiskey Distillery- Strip District
  • When: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: Free Entry- activities vary
  • In the second week of Wigle Whiskey’s demo series, you will work on crafting the perfect whiskey and cheese pairings. Cheese and whiskey used in the demo will be available to purchase for recreations at home!

Claddagh’s Whiskey Dinner

  • Where: The Claddagh- South Side Works
  • When: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Cost: Varies
  • Enjoy a 5 course Irish style dinner with each course paired with an Irish whiskey. If that is not the perfect dinner, I’m not sure what is.

Thursday March 10

21+ After Hours Playtime

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Cost: $10
  • If you haven’t been able to check out the new ‘Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s’ exhibit, now is your chance! Enjoy this adults only event by revisiting favorite childhood toys complete with a retro candy bar. Music from the eras feature in the exhibit will also be playing, and a cash bar will be available! A great way to celebrate the ALMOST end to the week.


As I mentioned last week, we went to see Jason Isbell at the Benedum for Matt’s birthday. Initially, when I bought the tickets, I wasn’t super excited, but I knew Matt would enjoy it. The closer it came to the show, though, the more into it I became. I had been spending a lot of time listening to everything Spotify had on Jason Isbell and his other projects. So, when it came time for the show, I think I ended up knowing more of the songs he played than I have for other people I consider my favorites.

The show itself was amazing, and having it at the Benedum made it even better. Listening to beautiful music and a very beautiful venue makes it all 10x better. If you haven’t had a chance to hear Jason Isbell, I highly recommend looking him up. If you’re interested, this is my favorite song by him, 24 Frames–take a listen.

So, what started as just a gift for Matt ended up as something we both enjoyed together. Major win!

Enjoy yourselves this week! I’ll see you back here on Wednesday to get ready for the weekend!