By Brooke Keane
Planning a party (or any event) is a ton of work. From food and drinks to theme to the all-important ensemble. If you're planning a shindig, you want everything to be perfection. The pressure is intense, but the payoff of a perfectly planned party can be euphoric.
One of the most important aspects of the event is the locale. Without the right location, the party can fall flat before it even starts, but luckily for those of us in the Pittsburgh area, there are plenty of lively places to hold your best friend's surprise party, Stanley Cup Playoff celebration, or your sister's engagement party. Next time you have something to celebrate, don't stress, and just remember you have options beyond the nearest banquet hall.
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Not only is The Library, located on South Side's East Carson St., a great day-to-day bar with a huge food and drink selection, it's also a premiere party location, offering both space rental and catering services. The dark wood finishing of the bar gives it a rustic feel and while the main floor is open to the public, the second floor can be reserved for gatherings. The private dining floor also features a full bar, billiard room and access to the outdoor patio for late spring and summer events. The Library also offers multiple drink and dining options for you and your guests, whether you simply want appetizers or a full sit-down meal with drink tickets, an open bar, a cash bar, or a limited open bar. Perfect for smaller, intimate and casual gatherings, the library is a great space for your boyfriend's birthday, or maybe even your engagement party….since your boyfriend loved his birthday party so much.
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Looking for a space with some edge? Olive or Twist in the Cultural District is just that. The modern three-story bar offers three different spaces, accommodating from 20 to 200 people, on the top floor in four-hour time slots with separate rates for weekdays and weekends. Though each room also comes with a different minimum food and beverage commitment, depending on the size of the room, there is a huge selection of food to choose from including hot and cold appetizers, carving stations and entrée options, side dishes and even desserts. Obviously, being best know for their martinis, Olive or Twist also offers bar options including an open bar, a cash bar, drink tickets, a restricted open bar, and a beer and wine bar. The modern leather couches and chairs accent the exposed brick of the third floor space, creating a hip, downtown vibe while the long glossy bar shines under the dim lights. This sleek yet relaxing space is perfect for an evening cocktail party where your guests are sure to forget their daily troubles as they sip a martini with an olive or a twist.
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If your guests are looking to get a little rowdy, Buckhead Saloon in Station Square is the ideal destination. Best for bachelor and bachelorette parties or a big birthday bash, the venue boasts multiple bars, ample space for dancing and drink specials for the guest of honor and all their friends and family. Though Buckhead Saloon does not have any real "rooms" to rent out, you do have the option of reserving private seating for you and your guests through purchasing V.I.P. Bottle Service. The bar also offers special packages based on the type of party. The birthday package gets penny drinks for the birthday boy or girl and $3 drinks for the rest of the party as well as free cover for the entire group. The bachelor and bachelorette packages range in price and vary from simply free cover to rounds of shots, decorations and bottles of champagne and there are other party packages as well, including holiday, office and game day packages. The bar's party atmosphere with loud music and large crowds will guarantee a celebration not soon forgotten by your guest of honor, that is, unless they end up celebrating with too much champagne.
Brooke Keane acquired a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pittsburgh's Point Park University where she served in several editorial positions on school weekly, The Globe. Since graduating, Brooke has blogged for online vintage clothing boutique Crazy Hot Clothes and tried her hand at some freelance work. First a writer and then a fashion-lover, Brooke can be found spending time at the mall, when she doesn't have her nose buried in an AP Stylebook.
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