Bella Donna comes to Pittsburgh!
posted January 27, 2019 2:36 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Thu March 14 at 7:30 PM, Hidden Harbor
1708 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hey folks, I will be in town briefly on my way back to Sweden. Let us meet up on Thursday evening, March 14, at Hidden Harbor as suggested by several of you lovely folks.
Super excited to meet you all. I can maybe show up during happy hour as well but don't know yet. Main event for sure at 7:30.
posted by Bella Donna to Meetup (36 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I could do this!

After 5 is definitely better for me. Maybe somewhere around 7:30pmish? I'm not sure of the best place, so I'll brainstorm and wait for others to chime in.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 4:24 PM on January 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

Wonderful! Agreed with 7:30 being a great time. Throwing out some low-end affordable options: Kelly's in East Liberty, Belvedere's in Lawrenceville, Mixtape in Garfield, Grant Street Tavern downtown, The Modern Cafe on the North Side, Max's Allegheny Tavern in Deutschtown, Piper's Pub in the South Side...
posted by amicamentis at 7:53 AM on January 28, 2019 [2 favorites]

Oh hey. I could be up for this, I'm generally free on Thursdays.
posted by octothorpe at 11:48 AM on January 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'd better kickstart my Duolingo Swedish!
posted by Chrysostom at 12:06 PM on January 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

Va rolig, Chrysostom!

About where to meet: I am staying with a friend who reports that "meetup people are likely to know it as the Edgewood part of Regent Square."

Naturally, I have no idea what that means. But I have been told that it can sometimes be difficult to get across town to various places. Happy to meet up at the place most convenient for all, as long as someone else decides what that is.
posted by Bella Donna at 1:00 PM on January 28, 2019

I think this will be great fun! I’d love the opportunity to meet Ms. BD and Pittsburgh area Mefites. I know Regent Square well as I lived on Hampton Ave (Wilkinsburg) just behind it. Squirrel Hill is probably the closest spot for good eats/drinks. Hidden Harbor tiki bar would be festive. That said, mmmm, Piper’s Pub is delectable. I’m all the way up in gawd forsaken Beaver County now, but count me in!
posted by ReginaHart at 2:09 PM on January 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

Boooooo, I'm going to My Favorite Murder Live that evening. Have a wonderful time everyone!

If I was joining in on the fun, I would vote for Hidden Harbor (it is really festive and the Poke bowls are excellent) or Piper's Pub.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 4:03 PM on January 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

Hidden Harbor is in my neighborhood and is super great. Although it's earlier than it seems like it would work for most people, they have an EXCELLENT happy hour from 5-6pm. I haven't been to Piper's Pub, but it looks good too!
posted by lucy.jakobs at 10:29 AM on January 29, 2019

I drive past Hidden Harbor on my way to and from work so that works for me.
posted by octothorpe at 12:03 PM on January 29, 2019

It sounds like the majority votes for Hidden Harbor, which sounds fun to me. Thanks for the suggestions!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:01 AM on February 1, 2019

I'm up in Glenshaw now. I'll try to get out and make it, but if I don't it's because I've got a couple of small kids. Maybe I can convince my wife to come (she's way more interesting than me, but not on MeFi,) and we'll bring the kids and sit nearby. We don't really have a regular sitter. So it's a big maybe from me, but maybe we'll have more than one meetup this year?
posted by Catblack at 1:40 PM on February 7, 2019 [3 favorites]

I'm ¡MOVING TO PITTSBURGH! along with juliaem — but, like, 2 to 4 weeks after this. Though unlikely, if it happens that we're in town for apartment*- or work-related stuff on the 14th, we'll gladly stop in. Otherwise we'll catch yinz at the next one!
*(P.S., if anyone a line on a 2+ bedroom rental in the East End, holler at me.)
posted by D.Billy at 7:38 PM on February 7, 2019 [3 favorites]

It sounds like you’re going to be staying like, literally down the street from me. (I live in the Pittsburgh part of Regent Square. Regent Square is a neighborhood that is bizarrely split over four different...municipalities? Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, and Swissvale. It means that there are four different trash collectors, different tax structures, different public schools, and so on. Different street names, even!)

But yeah, I’m up for a meetup! If you want to stay in Regent Square, I suggest the Map Room. Usually quiet, cheap drinks, but I don’t think there’s food there?
posted by punchtothehead at 4:53 AM on February 16, 2019 [2 favorites]

Hidden Harbor is super great. Amazing tiki drinks and one of the best chefs in Pittsburgh.
posted by punchtothehead at 4:56 AM on February 16, 2019 [1 favorite]

It sounds like Hidden Harbor has a decent vote - do we want to make this official?

D.Billy - let us know when you arrive, I think most of us would love to have a more active Metafilter meetup group. Welcome to Pittsburgh!
posted by punchtothehead at 7:10 PM on February 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

I would love it if somebody would make this official who wasn’t me only because I’m dealing with a bunch of stuff at the moment. Anyone?
posted by Bella Donna at 9:35 PM on February 25, 2019

Ah nuts, this is my game night! If we get done early, I may be able to swing in a little later in the evening, but if not, have fun! :)
posted by helloimjennsco at 1:17 PM on March 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

So I'm here but not seeing anyone obvious. I'm pretty tired so I don't think that I'll hang.
posted by octothorpe at 4:40 PM on March 7, 2019

Wait, the map says Mar 7, but the text says Mar 14?
posted by Chrysostom at 8:52 PM on March 7, 2019

I just went by the calendar entry which was the seventh. Is it actually next week?
posted by octothorpe at 3:24 AM on March 8, 2019

I contacted the mods and Jeremy Preacher fixed the date. See yinz next week.
posted by octothorpe at 8:18 AM on March 8, 2019

Oh my God, peeps. I must’ve been super tired when I made this meeting official. The meet up is March 14 for sure. I am so sorry octothorpe, mega apologies!
posted by Bella Donna at 9:49 AM on March 8, 2019

It's literally on my drive to and from work; I stopped at at TJ's for groceries and then stopped at Hidden Harbor and looked around for Mefites but didn't find any so I continued on my way home. It was fifteen minutes out of my life at the most.

Next week it should be in the '60s and daylight savings time will have kicked in so it'll be lighter; maybe we'll even be able to sit outside.
posted by octothorpe at 10:31 AM on March 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm still hoping to come, but my wife has something going on, so not looking super good. Jag hoppas du har kul.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:15 PM on March 13, 2019

Tack, Chrysostom! A buddy may come with me tonight. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.
posted by Bella Donna at 8:34 AM on March 14, 2019

Some last minute schedule changes on my end, so I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Hopefully we'll have another meet up soon and hopefully Bella Donna will be passing through town again sometime.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:43 AM on March 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Sorry to miss you, lucy.jakobs! Attention other folks: I have short gray hair and wear bright pink glasses. That is all.
posted by Bella Donna at 3:16 PM on March 14, 2019

Hey we’re here. Look for the big hairy dude in the orange Hawaiian shirt.
posted by ReginaHart at 3:22 PM on March 14, 2019

I'll come by in a few minutes. Tall bald guy wearing a"Film Photography Project" shirt.
posted by octothorpe at 3:30 PM on March 14, 2019

Are you early? Thought we were meeting at 7:30 pm. Will get over there ASAP but it will take a bit of time. Apologies.
posted by Bella Donna at 3:38 PM on March 14, 2019

We’ve at a big table in the back.
posted by ReginaHart at 3:38 PM on March 14, 2019

Oh no no no! No hurry! We came early to eat.
posted by ReginaHart at 3:38 PM on March 14, 2019

Great! See you soon.
posted by Bella Donna at 3:55 PM on March 14, 2019

I'll be there too!
posted by icosahedron at 4:01 PM on March 14, 2019

Thanks for the wonderful evening, Pittsburgh MeFites! You guys, it was 72 fucking degrees when I left the joint. WTF? Thanks for rolling out the warm weather for me at close to 10 pm. Y'all rock, and y'all were super fun to meet. I am absolutely coming back if I possibly can.
posted by Bella Donna at 6:46 PM on March 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Hey peeps! Thank you again for the awesome get-together. It was great to meet all y’all, and Eric and I look forward to seeing everyone again.
posted by ReginaHart at 5:49 PM on March 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

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