Night Clubs & Dance Clubs
The 7,000 square foot posh nightclub Pure opened in August 2006 in the Pittsburgh Strip District.
1620 Penn Ave.
Revamped as a nightclub several times after its original incarnation as a church, The Altar has brought the former Sanctuary back to life. There's a stage for live entertainment, and a large flat screen and laser lights for club nights. This strip district club also features Friday night Happy Hours and several VIP areas.
1910 Smallman Street
Located in the Strip District, Banana Joe's is the ultimate jock bar and is very popular with the college crowd for it's dollar drink specials and College Madness night. An attempt at a Caribbean theme, and a separate room with pool tables in the back.
1900 Smallman Street
No cover charge and DJs grinding out 80s electronica attracts a large college and recently graduated crowd to this Strip District dance club. They style themseleves as "what parties grow up to be," although the mechanical bull leaves me wondering...
4 Station Square
The former site of Chauncy's in Station Square is now the home of Buckhead Saloon, a nationwide party-bar franchise.
56-58 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh's premier "wired" music nightclub, Club Cafe on the South Side showcases original musical performances from local, regional and national artists in an intimate setting. Unique cocktails, bottled beer, and creative munchies too.
2106 Penn Avenue
Intimate seating areas, Tuscan decor, and a moderate dance floor make the DejaVu restaurant and lounge a popular stop in the Pittsburgh Strip District. Serves up American, Asian and sushi for lunch and dinner, and DJ music after the sun goes down. A relatively upscale nightclub, with a wine bar and VIP service.
Diesel Club Lounge
1601 E. Carson St., South Side
The long-time home of Nick's Fat City on the Pittsburgh South Side has been transformed as Diesel, with table service and a dance floor with great lights and sound. Tuesday and Thursday nights feature live music performances by local and regional artists. Reservations available.
2016 Smallman Street
Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Strip District, H2O is a modern disco bar with a decent size dance floor and top 40 hits. H2O also hosts an Under-21 party every Sunday.
2204 E. Carson Street
This artsy club reflects the South Side neighborhood in which it makes its home. The back room offers an eclectic mix of entertainment, and the crowd tends to reflect the nightly musical theme.
1650 Smallman St., Strip District
Located in the former venue of the Rosebud nightclub, Prive -- which means "secret" or "private" -- is a 10,000 square foot upscale, contemporary ultralounge. Plenty of seating areas and alcoves, plus three full bars, a vodka bar and gourmet appetizers. No t-shirts, baggy or ripped jeans, or tennis shoes!
818 Liberty Avenue
This all-inclusive dance club is Pittsburgh's most popular gay lounge and a hit with singles of every persuasion.
SandBar @ Sandcastle
1000 Sandcastle Drive
Sandbar at Sandcastle Water Park features great food and drinks, a huge hot tub, sand volleyball courts, a swimming pool, dancing and much more. Open Friday and Saturday nights, June through mid-September only.
15th & Smallman St.
Enjoy the excitement of Spring Break year down at this Boardwalk entertainment complex. Drinks are cheap, starting at $1.50 and the musical theme varies nightly.
2003 E. Carson Street
This retro tiki bar sets the mood with traditional tropical cocktails, water falls and statuary. A DJ keeps the place pumping on weekends.
1400 Smallman Street
A true lounge space with cozy seating, the jungle-themed Touch Nightclub can handle everything from martinis and sushi to dancing the night away. A favorite with 20-somethings dressed to impress. Be prepared for the dress code.
The Town Tavern
2009 East Carson St., South Side
Popular with the college crowd, the Town Tavern in Pittsburgh bills itself as a "New York" style club, modeled after the original in Greenwich Village. Two large bars and upstairs dance floor means the place is usually packed.