Pittsburgh, known as Steel City and the City of Bridges, is the second biggest city in Pennsylvania, and if you’ve made the trip up before, you’ll know that there is plenty to do and see while you’re in town. Beyond the Steelers, there are quite a few people who have made names for themselves straight outta Pittsburgh, and Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, is one of them.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Gillis started experimenting with electronic music and sampling while in high school and then formed his solo project Girl Talk, while studying biomedical engineering at University in Ohio. Taking on music fulltime in 2007, he’s been hyped by the likes of Rolling Stone, Time, Pitchfork and Spin to name a few. Girl Talk and Philly’s Freeway just released a collaborative EP, Broken Ankles, featuring Waka Flocka Flame, Jadakiss and Young Chris – which has already had over 50,000 downloads on DatPiff.
Currently on tour, Gregg took some time out of his schedule to throw us his favorite spots through his hometown — where to chill, get some grub, see some underground shows and do a little people watching too. Click through the pics above and check out The Pittsburgh Guide With Girl Talk
Best Record Stores
This depends on what you’re looking for. Jerry’s in Squirrel Hill for obscure vinyl, Sound Cat in Bloomfield for your indie fix, and Best Buy in Monroeville for all of the hottest mainstream sounds. Also, definitely worth mentioning 720 Records in Lawerenceville for excellent curated selections.
Get That Underground Sound
This is a gallery space that has been hosting all types of underground events since the early 2000’s. I played many of my early shows here. Shoutout to Manny!
4931 Penn Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Beers With A Side Of Rock N Roll
It’s the best dive in Pittsburgh. Real deal rock and roll vibes. It’s a great place to check out local bands and eat wings.
3117 Brereton St,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Up In The Club
I’m down for all types of nightlife, but when I want to hit the club and go insane, I like to hear mainstream music in a mainstream setting. This is in southside; many underground-music-types would consider weekend nights in this area of the city hell. Personally, I like the chaos.
E Carson St,
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Hidden Hang Out
I can’t give you the address because it’s someone’s house, but they have a crazy bowl in their basement. I don’t skateboard, but this place blew my mind. The last time I was here, people were shredding while listening to a Rodney Dangerfield standup album.
Give Me Breakfast
This is 10 minutes outside of the city, near where I grew up. It has that classic diner appeal. The mixed grill would be my pick.
Gab & Eat
1073 Washington Ave,
Carnegie, PA 15106
Pittsburgh's Best Sammy
The Big Wheeler at Peppi’s. Get the red pepper relish on it. It’s not on the standard options.
927 Western Ave
I don’t drink coffee, but I’m down with the egg sandwich at this spot.
Lili Coffee Shop
3138 Dobson St,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Not For Tourists Food Joint
Home cooked Hungarian food. It’s kind of like going to a friends house to eat.
4800 Second Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
It's The Middle Of The Night + I Need Food
The sandwiches have gotten much better this year.
4924 Baum Blvd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Oh, To People Watch
Get drunk at the sandbar and get a glimpse of of Pittsburgh waterslide enthusiast culture. You will probably see some sick Psychopathic Records tats that you wouldn’t be able to catch on fully clothed Juggalos or Juggalettes.
Sandcastle Water Park
1000 Sandcastle Dr,
Homestead, PA 15120
Gimme A V-I-E-W
Kennywood is a classic Pittsburgh amusement park. I go every summer. Wait in line for the front seats on the Phantom’s Revenge, and during the slow incline up the first hill, you get a great view of the park and beautiful West Mifflin.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Go see a Steeler’s game at Heinz Field. This is what it’s all about in Pittsburgh. We bleed black and gold. Or black and yellow. Grab a Primanti’s sandwich while you’re there.
100 Art Rooney Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15212