Last updated: April 12th, 2018
It’s officially wedding season, and that means it’s time to start planning bachelor and bachelorette parties!
Pittsburgh offers plenty of fun (and crazy) activities to create a memorable weekend for your wedding party. Between our massive craft beer scene and collection of foodie haunts, there is plenty to do in Pittsburgh for your bachelor, or bachelorette party.
Below are a few activities guaranteed to add some excitement to your special weekend. Do you have any ideas? Share them in the comments below!
Be sure to stick around to the bottom, as we have shared our bachelorette party survival kit!
Cooking Class at Gaynor’s School of Cooking
Homemade pierogies, pasta, or sushi? Yes please! Located on the South Side, Gaynor’s cooking school is a perfect place to spend an evening before hitting East Carson Street. Gaynor’s will work with you to pick the perfect class for you and your friends. Guests will prepare a gourmet lunch or dinner, which they will then enjoy (with wine, of course). Examples of the types of classes Gaynor’s frequently offers include: pierogi making, breakfast baking, foods of Morocco, foods of Brazil, and more! Gaynor’s School of Cooking
Celebrate New England Style With the Cousins Maine Lobster Truck
New on the Pittsburgh food truck scene is the city’s first Cousins Maine Lobster Truck. This popular food truck began in 2012, serving up authentic Maine lobster rolls from a truck in Los Angeles. Six years and 20+ cities later, the first Cousins Maine Lobster Truck has arrived in Pittsburgh. From their classic lobster roll to lobster mac and cheese and lobster tots (you heard that correctly), this delicious food will be a hit at any party. Catering is a big part of the Cousins Maine Lobster business, and the Pittsburgh truck is happy to find a way to accommodate your party. Cousins Maine Lobster
Stay in an Airbnb in a New Pittsburgh Neighborhood
Even if you’re from Pittsburgh, you can make the weekend feel like a vacation by staying in a different zip code Find a new rhythm, visit different coffee shops, hang out in local parks, and finally check out that one bar you’ve been meaning to go to for months! Staying in an apartment on Airbnb provides the opportunity to make home feel like…. well, not home. Plus, if you have lots of people coming into town, it’s easier than hosting everyone at your house.
First time user of Airbnb can sign up using our code and will get $40 off their first rental!
Cruise Along the Rivers in a Tiki Boat
This new addition to three rivers might be the most flam-buoyant way to cruise down Pittsburgh’s famous rivers. Starting in spring 2018, Cruisin’ Tikis Pittsburgh is offering two-hour sightseeing tiki boat charters. Each 16-foot tiki cruise boat carries six people, and comes with a cooler, ice, and a blender. Guests bring their own beverages and snacks. Each cruise will be lead by a fully-licensed, Coast Guard-certified Captain, who will guide the vessel (at speeds of 4 to 6 mph) around the Three Rivers. Crusin’ Tikis Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Axe Throwing Gym
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No, that’s not a type-o. There really is an axe-throwing gym in Pittsburgh! Lumberjaxes, located on Sedgwick Street in Millvale, will organize an entire axe throwing tournament for your wedding party. The group will go head-to-head, throwing axes at a target, until one person is crowded the winner of your group. If you’re looking for some friendly competition with an edge, axe throwing might be your perfect activity.
The gym is BYOB for beer and wine. Stop by the Millvale breweries Grist House and Strange Roots to grab a growler before the games begin. Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh
Go To A Pirates Game
This one might seem a little obvious, but if you’re in town while the Pirates are playing, get yourself to a game. Not only are the Pirates the best team in the MLB (I mean, depending on who you ask, right?), but PNC Park is an absolutely gorgeous ballpark, and worth the experience. Pittsburgh Pirates
Build Trust at the Rock Climbing Gym
Wedding parties with nerves of steel can head to Ascend, the rock climbing gym on the South Side. This indoor rock climbing gym is “bouldering-centric”, meaning most of their walls are free-climb without ropes or harnesses. Rock climbing is a great way to work up a sweat and build trust amongst your party as you challenge each other to climb to the top. The gyms also offers yoga and other fitness classes. More information can be found online. Ascend PGH
Ride the Bull at Tequila Cowboy
As the website states, “party like a Nashville star” at Tequila Cowboy. From grabbing a few drinks, to a total VIP experience, Tequila Cowboy has the flexibility to make your bachelor/ette party a special night. Guests will enjoy live music, a mechanical bull, karaoke and (many) frosty drinks. Because the venue has multiple bars, you can organize the perfect night, which may or may not include everyone taking a shot in the bar’s shot chair (it probably does). More information can be found online. Tequila Cowboy.
Spend a day in Pittsburgh with Napa Valley vibes by exploring Pennsylvania’s local wineries. Many passionate vintners in the area have tasting rooms where guests can enjoy light bites and plenty of wine. Check out this Southwestern PA wine passage from the Pennsylvania Wine website. Be sure to have a designated drive and pace yourself if you plan visit more than one vinyard in a day.
An afternoon sure to please any beer fan, Porter Tours offers private tours in a decked-out school bus to different Pittsburgh breweries. A great preamble to a night out, the tour includes tastings at every brewery, and behind the scenes tours of the brewing process. For $75/person, the tour will take your crew of 8 to 14 people to three different breweries in Pittsburgh. Common stops include Grist House, East End Brewing, Dancing Gnome, Draai Laag and more! Porter Tours
Chocolate Making at A519
Everyone who sees A519’s delicate chocolates is mystified by their appearance. With A519’s interactive truffle-making class, guests get to go behind the scenes with owner and head chocolatier Amanda Wright and learn how she makes these unique treats. The class is hands-on, and teaches guests to paint the acrylic mold with colored cocoa butter, temper chocolate, cook ganache, pipe the filling, and more. The chocolate class lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours, and there is a minimum of four guests, and maximum of eights guests. Best part: Everyone goes home with a box of their own handmade truffles! A519 Chocolate’s Truffle Making Class
Beer Making at Copper Kettle Brewing
Make a special beer to serve at your wedding with Copper Kettle Brewing! This Greenfield brewery offers groups the chance to design, brew, bottle, and custom label their own beer. The process starts with the brewing: Guests can choose from 30 different beer recipes – from hoppy ales to boozy Belgians – and, with the assistance of Copper Kettle, weigh and mix the ingredients. Three to six weeks later, return to Copper Kettle to bottle and label your beer. Each kettle is $200 and can accommodate up to eight people (it is possible to purchase multiple kettles). The process lasts two hours, and yields four cases of beer per kettle. Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Rent a Pontoon Boat
Spend an afternoon lounging on Pittsburgh’s famous three rivers. Pittsburgh has 25 miles of navigable river that make for a unique experience for any bachelor or bachelorette party. Boat PGH offers pontoon boat rentals for up to eight people. While it is possible to bring alcoholic drinks and food onto the boat, one person must abstain from drinking so they can operate the boat. Boat PGH offers full day (eight hours), and half day (four hour) excursions. More information can be found online – spots fill up quickly, so book early! Boat Pittsburgh
Visit the Lodge at Glendorn
The lush and secluded Lodge at Glendorn is located three hours from Pittsburgh, but with good music and good friends, the drive is part of the party, and the destination can’t be beat: The Lodge at Glendorn was voted the best hotel in Pennsylvania by Travel & Leisure magazine. The Glendorn grounds offers private cabins, a spa, a gourmet restaurant, and many outdoor activities, including hiking, shooting, horseback riding, paddle boarding, and much more. The space is enclosed in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest, and a weekend at Glendorn is sure to be a tranquil escape for a bride-to-be. The Lodge at Glendorn
A great way to bond as a wedding party is to volunteer together. Many Pittsburgh nonprofits and organizations, including the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works can help organize a group volunteering experience, like cleaning up a park, or lending a hand at the food bank. For a bachelor or bachelorette weekend in Pittsburgh, this is a great way to do something different and help the community. Bring a picnic lunch along to enjoy after cleaning up a local park.
Ride Around on the Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
You’ve seen them, and you’ve heard them, and now is your chance to try one. The Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is a giant, Dutch-made pedal bike that seats eight to sixteen people for a fun and boozy ride around the city. You pedal, and your designated driver steers the way through Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The pedaler is great for stopping at different bars, but is also a fun way to experience a foodie tour of the city. Designing the route for the pedaler is fairly flexible, with the bike operating in several neighborhoods in the city. Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
Design Your Own Tour with Vantastic Limo
Vantastic offers vintage boogie vans for hire! If you are looking for a safe, fun, and funky way to explore Pittsburgh’s bars and distilleries, Vantastic is a great choice. The team will work with you to design a 3.5 to 7 hour tour for ten adults. Van options include a 1989 Chevy G20, and a 976 Dodge B200. More information can be found online. Fun stops could include:
- Perlé: A champagne bar located in Market Square.
- Pittsburgh Winery: The tasting room for Pittsburgh Winery, a California grown, Pennsylvania made wine distributer in the Strip District.
- Wigle Whiskey: Pittsburgh’s award winning whiskey distillery, located in the Strip District.
- Maggie’s Farm Rum: Pittsburgh’s award winning rum distillery, also located in the Strip District.
Paint Monkey on Butler Street is a great way to start a night out in Lawrenceville. This BYOB painting studio will guide guests through creating their own masterpiece while they sip on something delicious. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own appetizers and snacks with them. Private parties can be accommodated for a minimum of 10 attendees. Paint Monkey
Organize a Cheese Tasting with Wheel and Wedge
For cheese lovers in Pittsburgh, a private event with Wheel and Wedge is the way to go. Focusing on small batch, and uniquely produced cheeses, Wheel and Wedge has one of the most diverse cheese portfolios in the city. Some of their cheeses include Misty Creek Goat Dairy Kidchego, Hidden Hills Dairy Buttercup, and Clover Creek Aged Cheddar. The company will work with you to create a special event that works best for your party. Wheel and Wedge
Aerial Yoga and a Drink
Relax and unwind with aerial yoga followed by a post-workout drink. Many believe yoga and beer are a natural combination, as both assist in helping individuals wind down. A unique way to try this out would be with the new Aerial Yoga trend. Several studios in Pittsburgh offer aerial yoga classes and private events. Verve 360, and Aerial Movement are conveniently located in Pittsburgh’s Downtown, and South Side neighborhoods respectively.
Tea Designing Class
For smaller groups of four people, Tupelo Honey Teas will assist guests in designing their own blend of loose leaf tea. Whether it be a bedtime tea, or a detox mix, Tupelo will help you customize the perfect blend. Classes are kept small to ensure personal attention for each guest. Everyone leaves with their tea, and a copy of the recipe. Tupelo Honey Teas
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