What to do in Pittsburgh on Valentine’s Day 2016
Love is in the air… and whether you are single, taken, or “it’s kinda complicated,” here is a listing of what we think you should do on Valentine’s Day 2016 in Pittsburgh.
Valentine’s Day 2016 in Pittsburgh
Friday, February 12
The Pittsburgh Zoo Animal Instincts Dinner
What better way to spend V-day than with dinner, cocktails, and an adults-only presentation about the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating? The evening also includes a small animals visiting and a special Water’s Edge animal event.
Where: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
When: 6-9 p.m., seats are available on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13
Cost: $70 (members), $75 (non-members)
A menu listing and more information can be found here.
Join the Wigle gang for a ginger-inspired pre-valentine evening with Brooklyn Brewery. Be the first to try Wigle’s new ginger whiskey, Afterglow. Ticket price includes two Brooklyn Brewery beers, a Wigle Afterglow cocktail, Afterglow whiskey samples, and tacos from Smoke.
Where: Wigle Distillery, Strip District
When: 6-8 p.m.
Valentine’s Dessert Buffet at the Fairmont
Pastry Chef James Wroblewski will host his annual dessert buffet February 12 & 13 inside the lobby of the Fairmont. The “Love Lounge” will include all-you-can-eat plated desserts, cookies, cupcakes, truffles, and more, like rose and strawberry truffle pops, chocolate cherry cupcakes, raspberry macarons, lemon lavender cheesecake, and more. For $11, you can add on a glass of sparkling wine. Reservations not required.
Where: The Fairmont, Downtown Pittsburgh
When: 6:30-11:00 p.m.
Cost: $19 + $11 for sparkling wine add-on
FEAST at the Carnegie Museum of Art
FEAST is inspired by CMOA’s current exhibition The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a spectacular visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. The lush and colorful video features rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.” Acclaimed New Orleans–based chef Michael Gulotta will create a meal that fuses Vietnamese and New Orleans cuisine. Dinner includes an open bar cocktail hour with hors d’euorves, a family style meal with wine and beer pairings, and admission to the after-party. Dinner menu highlights include cane syrup-lacquered duckling; black bean gumbo with blue crab, jumbo shrimp, and roasted okra; and coconut milk glazed whole roast hog. (The full menu is subject to change.) An after-party will feature traditional Tết celebrations and Vietnamese street foods by Chef Gulotta and a cash bar. Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, celebrates the arrival of spring and good wishes for the next year.
Where: Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland
When: 6:00-9:00 p.m. dinner; 9:00 p.m.-midnight after party.
Cost: $150 for dinner (also includes afterparty), $40 for afterparty
Heartbreakers & Hell Raiser
Celebrate the day of love with three course and your favorite bottle of wine. Check Sweet Peaches Facebook page for more details about the menu. They’ll be posting items everyday leading up to the weekend.
Where: Sweet Peaches, Allentown
Cost: $35 for 3 courses, BYOB
For reservations: 412-219-3121
Saturday, February 13
Dinner at Market Street Grocery
Downtown’s Market Street Grocery will hold a three-course dinner on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 in the wine room featuring seared scallop with crimson lentil, wild mushroom sautee, tamarind, and lime; Elysian Fields lamb shank with crispy shallot, grilled white asparagus, polenta, and house smoked bacon; and strawberry shortcake with mascarpone, preserved strawberry, vanilla bean, and chocolate.
Where: Market Street Grocery, Market Square, Downtown
Cost: $50 per person; $75 with wine pairings
Reservations must be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 412-281-3818.
Sunday, February 14
Mattress Factory Breakfast in Bed
Celebrate love with booze, waffles, cats and free admission. Enjoy Wigle Whiskey bloody marys, Salúd Juicery mimosas, and a Waffallonia Liège waffle bar. Animal Friends will also be on site in case you want to adoption a new family member. After all that fun, explore the Mattress Factory at no extra cost.
Where: Mattress Factory, North Side
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Prix Fixe dinner at Whitfield at Ace Hotel
Looking for dinner plans? Try out East Liberty’s newest restaurant, Whitfield inside Ace Hotel. The menu includes: Beau Soleil Oysters with fresh chillis and lemon mignonette; Frisse salad with salad cream, crisp cheese, sunflower seeds, dried currants, dried onion, and pickled baby beets; 10 oz Beef Wellington with bone marrow, red wine, and roasted rapini; and Chocolate and Raspberry Four Play for dessert. If you book a reservation at Whitfield any time during the month of February, you can enjoy 25% off a room rate if you enter the secret code DUET at booking.
Where: Whitefield Hotel Ace Hotel, East Liberty
When: 5-11 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person/ $25 for wine pairing
To Make Reservations.
Dodgeball at Ace Hotel
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Shot to the Heart” — a series of grown-up dodgeball games in The Gym at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. Open to singles, couples and everything in between, players will throw down on classic games of dodgeball, plus variants like Scatterball, Protect the Pin, Ga-Ga and more. 21 and over only please — drinks will be flowing. Dodgeball games will run continuously throughout the evening, with opportunities to join new games every 15 minutes or so. Spectators welcome.
Where: Ace Hotel, East Liberty
When: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 in advance / $10 at the door
Pittsburgh Tours & More
Pittsburgh Tours & More is offering a variety of tours this Valentine’s weekend, including an urban wine tour, Steel City movie tour, and a brew tour. Visit their website for more information.
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