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Historic area of downtown Pittsburgh that features an eclectic mix of community, cultural, business and entertainment venues
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  • StefJax
    Tampa, Florida2,392 contributions
    Fun area for nightlife
    This is a great area for nightlife - bars, restaurants and clubs. That includes all the things “nightlife” can bring. Fun times and also drunks. Lots of cool and different places here - a little something for everyone!
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 13, 2020
  • george g
    Twinsburg, Ohio84 contributions
    Just to say we went
    Old meets new, lots of neighborhood bars on Carson street, at the end is the new shops and restaurants mainly chain stores and restaurants upscale nice to walk around.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2014
  • Lynkslover
    74 contributions
    Many Many restaurants and bars...
    So many places to stop and visit. Wonderful gastro pubs and eatery's . To many sport bars to mention also a very trendy place . Diversification is what the South side is all about. Urban Tap , Fat Heads , Southside BBQ and many many more..
    Traveled on business
    Written February 10, 2015
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coachcaitlincahill
Pittsburgh, PA6 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
In my opinion, in order to appreciate the South Side, one also has to enjoy the type of atmosphere that it offers: cheesy themed restaurants, bars, & nightlife. And since I am not one of those people, the South Side is my least favorite neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
The traffic on East Carson St. is slow; however, there are pedestrians everywhere, so it SHOULD be slow. But it appears that most drivers would prefer going 35 mph if they could.
During the daytime, it has that stale beer/bar/garbage smell, and during the nighttime it has that same smell, just add too much cologne and perfume to the mix. After 2:00am, add the vomit smell - and the cycle starts again.
The restaurants are also not the best. Though Double Wide Grill gets a lot of hype for being a meat and vegan friendly place - it is also one of the restaurants where I have complained the most about food-quality and service.
The South Side Works, where all of the major corporate stores are all bunched together farther down the blocks, is also a hot driving mess. Hardly ever any parking on the street, or in the garages. I suggest starting Law of Attraction positive affirmations about 24 hours before looking for a parking spot. Seriously.
And any of the small independently- owned stores that I DO like, thankfully also have locations elsewhere. For Example: The Culture Shop - also in Oakland. Espresso a Mano - also in Lawrenceville.
If you like to party, go clubbing, or burn couches after sports events - this is probably your neighborhood.
If you like the quieter and more artistic scene - check out Garfield, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, and East Liberty. Better coffee spots. Better food. Better tattoo artists. Easier to get around.
Written December 13, 2017
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mrdesign
Washington,Dc347 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
East Carson Street used to be the commercial center for imigrants who lived about it and who worked in the steel mills. Today it has been reborn as a most popular location for younger professionals who live in refurbished row houses and shop in stylish shops, coffee bars, unique stores with well designed offerings. Street teams at night with a youthful and joyful crowd .
Written October 20, 2017
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Alex
Enola, PA292 contributions
I've been here a couple of times and have enjoyed it every time! There are tons of restaurants and some shopping too. There are chains and local places, both for the restaurants and stores. There are a lot of young people around but I think older people would enjoy this area too. Come check it out!
Written April 13, 2015
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Robin A
Canonsburg, PA44 contributions
Sep 2014
South Side is one of those place that many shops have come and gone. It once was a place that had as many Churches as it had bars.

Though the sad thing now is that churches there have bebyeen replaced by other businesses.

South Side has a college town feel to it on weekends, since Pittsburgh has about 15 colleges right across the river in Oakland...thee biggest college town in Pittsburgh.

Station Square is in the middle of where West Carson and East Carson meets and is the where all the excitement is!

With the inclines, subway, ducky tours, horse drawn carriages, hotels, mall, restaurants, river, bridges and other attractions; Station Square is the place to go!

And Station Square is the beginning of the South Side, head further down in the town itself, there are many restaurants and night clubs to visit.
Written February 21, 2015
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SedoneStars
Philadelphia, PA234 contributions
I ate at a restaurant in this area and have driven through it a number of times. It was described as a "college kid" area by a local, and I could see that once I was there.

It's not far from the downtown area and has plenty to offer in terms of restaurants and shopping. I believe the casino is in or near this neighborhood. I'm not a gambler, so I didn't look for it.

I wouldn't say this area is as nice or interesting as the strip or shadeyside, but it's worth a visit if you're in town.
Written November 8, 2014
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conrade886
Huntington, NY253 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
I've been here alot since I've lived in Pittsburgh as it was recommended as an area to go to for fun from people at my job. There are many bars one can get to by foot or cab here, some restaurants, and it is overall a good feeling being here. There is a lot of foot traffic here and at peak social times, one of the places here will always be functioning at 110%. Some of the places are quieter too which adds to the variety of good selection here. Also present are many tattoo parlors more so than other such neighborhoods in the city so if one is looking to get inked up, this is a good area to shop in. For those unfamiliar with Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh residents tend to be more inked up than the average American, I know this having 12 tattoos and feeling like I have only an average amount. I mention that as a means of pointing out that the tattoo parlors here tend to get a lot of business and add a lot to this neighborhood. Overall, the Southside is a good experience if in Pittsburgh, if one is an out of town traveler on a weekend trip here, this should definitely be a place they go for social events more so than the other districts in the city.
Written June 15, 2014
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Rockanova50
Fort Lauderdale, FL21 contributions
Mar 2013
Pretty cool place! Love the feel and vibe there during the day. Also love the assortment of mom and pop stores and not the franchise or chain stores that sometimes take over neighborhoods.
Written March 25, 2013
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Ariann B
Pittsburgh, PA11 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
I used to love going to the South Side to check out all the cool little shops they have down there. Over the last couple years, though, it's become a really unattractive place. The quality of people that hang down there is lacking. Crime has increased (including stabbings) and it just doesn't feel safe anymore. Coupled with the fact that it's now mostly frequented by drunk college students. We don't even like driving through the area especially at night because we have to play what I like to refer to as Frogger with Drunks. They like to stagger into the road right in front of cars. Surprised more of them haven't gotten hit. We haven't been to the South Side in quite some time because of this.
Written February 28, 2013
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jairabree82
Denver, CO53 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This location is a college student's dream. Tons of bars, happening night life. I don't recommend solo walks if you are a girl, as it can get rough at night. But it's a fun area with a ton of places to eat, drink and be merry.
Written June 10, 2019
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Kat
Toledo, OH1,419 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Stayed in an AirBnB in the Southside and cannot recommend the area enough! There are a lot of shops and restaurants to walk to. The neighborhood is revitalizing and there are a lot of beautiful homes to look at. Southside Riverfront Park is also gorgeous! Would definitely stay in this area again when in Pittsburgh!
Written November 7, 2018
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