Guide to Live Music in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's music scene is full of surprises!

Pittsburgh is known many things: delicious food, unique sites, a history of innovation. One of those less commonly thought of is Pittsburgh’s thriving music scene. There are so many large and small concert venues throughout the city. In Pittsburgh, you can go to a huge stadium tour, an intimate show with a local Pittsburgh act, or catch something totally out there. Here’s a guide on where to check out the hottest shows.

Large Venues

Your first stop in Pittsburgh might land you downtown, where you’re likely to catch some form of live music on any day of the week. The Cultural District is home to plenty of bars and large concert venues, as well as tons of festivals throughout the year, most of which offer live music on a number of stages. Not to mention Heinz Hall, which is home to the Grammy-Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Who do you stan? They’re probably coming to Pittsburgh soon. PPG Paints Arena is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it also houses some of the biggest concerts in the city. Get tickets to see your favorite artists in Pittsburgh!

The North Shore offers more than great views, awesome sports venues, and family fun. It also hosts some huge names in rock and hip hop at Stage AE, which offers both indoor and outdoor shows.

Local Spots

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Where can you can a feel for the local flavor, have a few drinks, and find your new favorite band or artist in Pittsburgh? Here are some of the city’s best local venues not to miss.

Club Café

South Side
Small Stage environment, local and touring acts, craft beers, wine, and cocktails

Thunderbird Café and Music Hall

Casual, unique acts, cheap tickets, craft beer, and pizza!


Two level pizzeria and bar with stages on both levels, party into the late night.

Smiling Moose

South Side
Restaurant and Bar, hosts DJs, bands, and solo artists for both family-friendly and 21+ audiences

Ace Hotel

East Liberty
Hosts weekly Industry DJ nights, check calendar often for new events

Mr. Smalls Theatre

Local and national acts perform at this refurbished Catholic church, presenting an array of genres in different facilities throughout.

That's just the tip of the iceberg! Pittsburgh is full of awesome live music venues not mentioned here. Get out and explore!