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Performing Arts

Gilded and plush with red velvet, Italian marble, and Viennese crystal chandeliers, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave. (tel. 412/392-4900; www.pittsburghsymphony.org), endowed by Henry John Heinz, is the elegantly opulent home of the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony. The nearby Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., houses performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet (tel. 412/281-0360; www.pbt.org), Pittsburgh Opera (tel. 412/281-0912; www.pittsburghopera.org), and Pittsburgh CLO (tel. 412/456-6666; www.pittsburghclo.org), which produces a summer season of musicals. Pittsburgh is also home to several theater companies, including PNC Broadway, 719 Liberty Ave. (tel. 412/471-6070; www.pgharts.org); Pittsburgh Public Theatre, 621 Penn Ave. (tel. 412/316-1600; www.ppt.org); and Pittsburgh City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St. (tel. 412/431-2489; www.citytheatrecompany.org).

The Bar & Club Scene

A good place to check out the nightlife is the Strip District (tel. 412/201-4774; www.neighborsinthestrip.com), which becomes a club scene after dark. Firehouse Lounge, 2216 Penn Ave. (tel. 412/434-1230), features a wide variety of music, includes plenty of drinking and dancing, and even offers a cocktail and dessert lounge. Station Square (tel. 800/859-8959; www.stationsquare.com), across the Smithfield Street or Fort Pitt Bridges from downtown, is home to several after-hours restaurants and bars with nice city views.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.