Off-Beat Venues for your next Pittsburgh Event

Pittsburgh has so many unique venues, there is a place for your event (and your event photographs)! Because we specialize in capturing images of real people in spontaneous and sincere moments, we love supporting venues that are doing things in a marching-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drummer way, too. Every venue has a different feel and specialty, just like every couple, event, family, and so on is their own unique entity, too.

We always love venues that are new and different. Often times that means places that aren’t super experienced in holding events, although some of our faves certainly are. When you’re looking for your next venue, here are a few of our recommendations and favorite parties with whom to work.

Point Breezeway

Point Breezeway is an old family home turned small event venue in the East End. The building has seen many iterations of itself since it was built in the 1800s. With its “urban-cottage” architecture and the owners’ attention to detail, you immediately feel at ease. Point Breezeway is the perfect venue for intimate, daytime soirees. It has a charming, welcoming vibe. Another important point is the commitment to sustainability—they are as environmentally conscious as can be.

Great for: showers, reunions, intimate weddings, small get-togethers

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center in the East End offers glassblowing demonstrations and hands-on glassmaking as part of your event rental—need I say more? They’re one of the only green public access facilities for glassmaking. Since they’re an active glassmaking studio, there’s a creative vibe from the moment you set foot in the door. They host a variety of private classes and workshops and also have space for meetings, receptions, and demonstrations.

Great for: birthday parties, events where you want to leave with something, holiday parties, receptions, meetings, small to medium get-togethers

Workshop PGH

Workshop PGH is located in Garfield and is home to art and other creative classes as well as a small retail section featuring local makers. Like Pittsburgh Glass Center, the space is inherently creative and warm. They’re all about learning and getting messy; the creative process is, after all, not tidy.

Great for: events where you want to leave with something, meetings, birthday parties, small get-togethers

Carrie Furnace

Carrie Furnace was constructed in 1906 and stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. Today, they’re very involved in local arts programming, including continued metal pours. Because it is an old manufacturing site, the space is rough, but very undeniably Pittsburgh.

Great for: festivals, history- and/or Pittsburgh-themed gatherings, large-scale events

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum is an homage to Andy in the North Shore. It’s colorful, playful, and a little funky. Exhibits feature Warhol and his contemporaries as well as new artists with a similar aesthetic. The venue can host a variety of group sizes and aesthetics. Tours and studio activities can be added to your venue package.

Great for: corporate gatherings, movie screenings, receptions, lectures and symposia, sit-down or cocktail events, small to medium-sized parties

The Mattress Factory

Located in the Mexican War Streets, the Mattress Factory is home to a collection of ever-changing installation art. It can make for some really unique and different photos! Like the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory also accommodates groups of varying sizes and interests.

Great for: cocktail parties, receptions, milestone celebrations, weddings, small to medium-sized parties

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel is part of a boutique hotel family with a retro vibe in the East Liberty. They have three event spaces. One, an old gymnasium, is the largest. Then there’s a sun-drenched ballroom and an intimate private dining room. These amenities give it a truly different-than-other-hotel-venues vibe. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop so you can pick your desired vibe and venue size. They’re close to many Pittsburgh attractions if you want to do a “stay-cation” and be a tourist in your own city.

Great for: lectures and symposia, movie screenings, receptions, dinner parties, birthdays and celebrations, weddings, small to larger-sized gatherings

Choderwood

Choderwood is a secret garden in the middle of a big city. The land originally housed the Lock and Dam No. 2’s day-shift and night-shift lock masters in the 1900s. It’s an urban oasis between train tracks and the Allegheny River in Highland Park. The uses for this space are almost endless, but the overall feel of this venue is very much like a retreat.

Great for: intimate weddings, corporate getaways, retreats, showers, small get-togethers

Get outside!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our incredible park system. Pittsburgh’s City Parks have beautiful tree stands and hills with beautiful views. You’re able to rent a pavillion or campsite for your event if that’s your thing or just explore the great outdoors. There are also several beautiful state parks super close to the Pittsburgh Metro area.