Tuesday, November 25, 2008

2. Station Square

Station Square used to be the meeting place for passengers arriving on the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. Today, it is a 52 acre riverfront complex that houses many of the city's best dining and entertainment spots. It runs for 1.2 miles along the shoreline of the Monongahela River. There is also a giant fountain in the middle of Bessemer Court which shoots up jets of water up to 40ft in the air, choreographed to different kinds of music and lights. Children can also ride the Station Square Express, a trackless train that goes around the The Freight House Shops.

The grand old dame of Station Square is the Grand Concourse Restaurant. It has it's setting in the Edwardian splendor of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Terminal that was built in 1901. Well known for it's seafood, the Grand Concourse let's you experience how it's like to be in the high society circles back in the day. Lots of brass, marble, mahogany and high stained glass cathedral ceilings, the Grand Concourse definitely retains much of it's old charm and elegance.

If you are hungry for some authentic Italian food, head over to Buca Di Beppo. Great food, meant to be shared with family and friends. A good place for family gatherings.

You should also check out Bar Louie. It's a hip restaurant, famous for it's over sized sandwiches and special martinis. If you are in the mood for jazz and martinis, this is definitely the place to go.

Joe's Crab Shack is all about fun and seafood. There is a patio space outside if you want to dine al fresco during the summer time. Good food, good music and good fun!

Red Star Tavern serves the best BBQ in Pittsburgh. Wash it all down with some cold beer and frozen drinks.
When you are in Station Square, you have to check out The Funny Bone. It's a stand up comedy club that promises to keep you laughing til your sides hurt!

You are in the mood for some good ol American food and also want to listen to a live band, where do you go? Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, of course! The only Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh and it's located in Station Square!

If sitting down someplace for a meal is not your cup of tea, then take a dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pittsburgh as you go up and down the three rivers.

When the sun goes down and you have already filled up on food, head over to The Matrix Night Club! There are four clubs/sections under one roof. The Goddess plays Top 40 music and it caters mostly to the young crowd. There is also the infamous booty bar in that room, a 4ft tall bar where girls can dance above everyone else. Liquid is the rave room, playing intense techno and trance music. Velvet is a chill out room, playing salsa and the only room which doesn't have loud music. People usually go there to relax, chillout and have a good conversation with friends. My favorite room is Exit. They play retro music all night long. Imagine 400 people dancing and singing along to their favourite 80s music. It's Mambo Night, every night!

Station Square has 19 restaurants, 20 places you can buy a cocktail and 4 dance clubs. It's an entertainment one stop shop line no other in Pittsburgh. No matter what you like or what you are in to, you will find it in Station Square!

Station Square
1 E Station Square Drive,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tel: (412) 261-2811


Henry said...

Is No.1 Primanti Bros? :D

Charlene & Kevin said...

Yup! Of course! :D