10 Winter Pittsburgh Date Ideas You Should Try

David Fulmer   photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

David Fulmer photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Everyone gets the winter blues.  But the blues don’t have to affect your dating life. When it comes to winter date night in the Burgh it doesn’t have to be dinner and a movie every weekend. We love the winter favorites - you know like ice skating at PPG. But what about trying something new this winter? We're here to help, we’ve done the winter date research for you.  

1. 21+ Nights

James Whatley   photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

James Whatley photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Okay, so you’ve might have heard of this one. But it is worth mentioning again. Usually museums and kids go hand and hand, but what about us adults? When do we get the chance to experience museums like a kid again? These nights at the museums let us do just that. And they let you drink while you explore.  I’ll happily sip a glass of cabernet while viewing Andy Warhol pop art with my fella. Museums are always a great date choice, but this version just makes it better. Check out the links below for each PGH museums 21+ night dates/times:

Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Museum of Natural History:  After Dark Nights (check back for new dates)
Andy Warhol Museum: Good Fridays

2. Hot Date

Nathan J. Shaulis

Nathan J. Shaulis

It’s about to get hot.  To be precise about 550 degrees.   We’re talking melting glass.  The Pittsburgh Glass Center hosts several Make-It-Now workshops, and around the holidays they specialize in Ornament classes.  But get this.  They actually have pre-planned Make-It-a-Date nights! This class is definitely a test of compatibility because it takes teamwork to sculpt and blow glass. After some hands-on hot time, they provide hors d’oeuvres and wine or beer, plus live entertainment.  

Make a reservation to get together for a hot date at Pittsburgh Glass Center

3. Take Your Relationship to New Heights

Spend a night rock climbing for a fun new view on your relationship.  The Climbing Wall, Pittsburgh’s premiere indoor rocking climbing center has more than 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain.  They offer bouldering, top-roping and sport lead climbing.  If you are an experienced climber then you can share your talents with a date or if it’s new to you both you can share the experience together!

4. Lovers Brew

This date is for the beer lovers.  Copper Kettle Brewing Company offers single batch one-of-a-kind beer brewing.  

How cool is that?  

Now this is a date you MIGHT (and I say might depending on much beer you consume) want to do as a double or even triple date.  You pay per kettle brewed and the small batch will brew two cases.  So why not find some other beer loving Pittsburgh couples and get to brewin'!   Then you and your fellow beer lover can take your Winter Love Brew home and sip it by the fire.  

5. Date Day

What’s the best Date Day?  I’d say a day that involves Pittsburgh food favorites! Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour offers a fun day of food sampling and Pittsburgh history.  They offer tours in the Strip District, Brookline, Bloomfield and Northside.   Check it aht! 


6. You Had Me at Holiday Cookie

Do you know what would make holiday shopping more delightful?  Enjoying the sights and sounds of the city while shopping with your Boo Bear and getting FREE COOKIES! Lawrenceville’s Cookie Tour 2015 is just around the corner. Make holiday shopping a date and a fun one while you’re at it.  Visit 40 unique businesses along Butler, 39th, 43rd, and 44th Streets for holiday shopping and sample cookies! Collect the recipe cards as you go to make your own later.

The event is Dec. 3, 4, 5 & 6 and you can learn more about it here.

7. Buns Hun

Not THOSE buns.  Bread buns.  Have you ever made your own bread? If you haven't you should take Enrico Biscotti's breadmaking class

The class begins around 10 a.m. with a large brunch (and who doesn't love brunch?!) and some of Enrico's homemade wine.  They give a brief history of bread while you eat and drink.  After that, you hop in the kitchen and learn how to make dough.  Then you individually form loaves of bread and bake it in our brick oven. I see the potential for a Ghost type scene to happen here, except rather than clay this time it's with dough - are you with me?! After it's all done, you even get take your loaf home with you.  The class runs about 3 hours.  

8.  Whiskey Warms the Soul

IntangibleArts   photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

IntangibleArts photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Wednesdays just got better.  Introducing Whiskey Wednesday at Braddock's Street Side Bar. Every Wednesday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. they offer whiskey tastings. You get to sample 3 whiskeys and learn some interesting facts about American’s original spirit.  Whiskey in the winter time warms the soul. 


9. Pittburgh Pierogi Night

Magic Madzik   photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Magic Madzik photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

We've all been there.  A night where you just don't feel like going out - especially during the winter months. Okay, I get it,  BUT instead of your usual Netflix and Chill night - why not try to tackle making homemade pierogies as a date night? It’s definitely an activity for two and totally Pittsburgh themed.  I feel like you would really own your Pittsburgh status if you can say you've made your own pierogies. So give it a try, at least for the bragging rights n'at.  

Okay you've caught me, this date isn't actually in Pittsburgh.  But we had to include all the Pittsburghers that left home.  Anyone can try this, no matter of location.  We've tried this recipe and had success, but feel free to find your grandma's famous recipe and try that!

10. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

David Fulmer     photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

David Fulmer photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Downtown Pittsburgh during the Holiday Season is just magical.  The city seems to come alive under the holiday glow.  Now picture experiencing the holiday atmosphere from a horse drawn carriage ride – much better right? It’s about to get even better because get this, November through December -- IT’S FREE.  

You’re welcome. 

Free Carriage Rides depart the Fourth Avenue side of the PPG Place Plaza.  Arrive early as rides fill up quickly.  No reservations needed.

2015 DATES & TIMES: 
Saturdays from November 21 through December 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


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