A few weekends ago Nick and I took a road trip to Pittsburgh to see our alma mater Marquette play Pittsburgh in basketball. Nick had been to Pittsburgh before but it was my first time visiting, and we had such a fun time sightseeing and eating our way through the city.
Friday evening we dined at the Church Works Brew Pub, a former church that has been converted into a brewery and restaurant. The building was beautiful inside with the arches and stained glass windows, but it was a little too dark (and crowded) inside to get a very good picture. I thought the brewing equipment up on the old alter was so funny!
Nick and I really enjoyed the food – we dined on pierogies (a traditional Pittsburgh side dish), lobster bisque soup and buffalo meatloaf. The micro-brews were really the star though – my favorite was the Cherry Imperial Stout and Nick had a really interesting Sour Piet (it was very good, but definitely tasted sour and unlike any other beer I’ve ever tried). We left with a growler of the Cherry beer, which we’ve enjoyed over the past week.
On Saturday we spent some time before the basketball game walking around the Pittsburgh campus.
The campus architecture was impressive and I fell in love with these red doors that were on many of the old buildings.
Before we headed back to the Peterson Event Center for the game I made Nick stop and pose with the competition, the Pitt Panther. I’m not sure who looks more ferocious 🙂
The basketball game was so much fun! We had great seats and Marquette stayed a few points ahead for most of the game. A last second three-pointer by Pitt tied the game and put it into overtime, but thankfully
we Marquette pulled ahead and they eventually won!
After the game we set out to do a bit more sightseeing. I was most surprised by the geography of Pittsburgh, it’s a very hilly city and is filled with steep and narrow, curved streets. I’m not sure I’d be able to live there, just driving to dinner on Friday night was nauseating 🙂
To get a really good view of the downtown we decided to take a cable car from the river valley to the bluffs overlooking the city. The Duquesne Incline is one of two inclines in the city and takes you 400-feet up Mount Washington. The fare is only a few dollars and the upper platforms give you a beautiful view of the city.
Pittsburgh has so many beautiful bridges.
We walked a mile or two along Mount Washington – and stopped at several nice viewing platforms to enjoy the view of the city below.
Along the way we stumbled upon a great little restaurant called the Shiloh Grill and relaxed for awhile over dinner and drinks.
Although it was overcast for most of the day, as we made our way back to the cable cars to head back downtown, we were able to watch the sun setting off the buildings below. It was so pretty, the pictures really don’t do it justice!
We didn’t get to see as much of Pittsburgh as we wanted, but thankfully it’s only a few hours from D.C. and hopefully we can make a return trip again soon!