Fun on the South Side

There's loads of fun on the Sahside! I'm hoping more of these folks will go online themselves.
Airheads Balloon Art
130 S. 18th St., 412.432.7177

Custom Balloon Creations for all occasions, dedicated to providing quality, affordable balloons entertainment, decorating, body art, clowns, and delivery to the greater Pittsburgh area. They have a great Web site, too!

Blues Cafe
The Blues Cafe (nee Blue Note Cafe, now Primanti Bros. Blues Cafe) is at 1832 E. Carson, 412.431.7080.

** In Pittsburgh's Best Blues

***> Sent by Michael Fonas at The Blues Cafe is a great place to see live misic. With the tragic demise of the DECADE in Oakland, the Blues Cafe is in a class by itself. Ask for Pete, Percy or Bobby for the coldest beer in town. (2/20/96) ***> Sent by Paul (Pooge) Hughes-Cromwick at Check this place out on Saturdays where they have 3 bands beginning at 1:00PM and going until 2:00-3:00 AM. The special feature is Tony Janflone and In Synch where Tony does his entire show while strutting on the bar. (4/28/95)

***> Sent by Greg Majcher at Possibly the best blues bar in Pittsburgh. And with a recent merger with Primanti Bros., a very good place to eat. Check out Happy Hour with Michael Todd every Friday from 5:30-7:30. (Great accoustic tunes!) 8/10/95

***> The noted band Jill West and Blues Attack is a frequent attraction.

City Theatre
At 57 South 13th Street, the City Theatre is located at the corner of 13th and Bingham (one street closer to the river from E. Carson). 412-431-CITY, Fax:412-431-5535

Entering its 22nd season as one of the finest professional theatres in the tri-state region, City Theatre provides and artistic home for the development and production of quality, contemporary plays of substance and originality. Critically acclaimed, its productions consistently rank among the region's best.

Excuses is located at 2526 E. Carson. Great bands and a blues jam on Thursday evenings.

***> Sent by Jesaca (6/14/01). Excuses is in a long process of remodeling the front. After the owner settled a lawsuit brought against several South Side bars for not being handicapped accessible (after Excuses settled, the suit was dropped against the other bars), the remodeling began. Once finished, will look like the other "Main Street" turn-of-the-century store fronts, instead of a hole-in-the-wall.

***> Sent by Mark Singleton at Rythm and blues. Open stage nights. Some of the hottest wings ever. 27th and Carson (beside the Goodwill store). Decor is dated but the music is good. (5/28/96)

***> The noted band Jill West and Blues Attack is a frequent attraction.

Neville Ice Arena
Neville Ice Arena is at 220 21st St (towards the slopes). (687-5283).

***> Sent by Ronald Michalak at I was looking at your great web page and noticed that you forgot something. I have been living in the South Side for all 18 years of my life, and one of the most fun things to do is go to the Neville Ice Arena. They have public sessions on weekday afternoons and friday nights for $4 and $1.50-$2 for skate rental. There are also pick-up games and college games featuring Pitt and Duquesne.People can also check out the nostalgic wall of fame. On about 300 tiles, there are autographs from Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, and many others. Penguin player Joe Mullen even shows up now and then. It is located on 21st street below the Mission Street bridge, and can be reached at 68-skate (687-5283) over the phone. (11/25/96)

Nick's Fat City
Nick's is at 1601 E. Carson. They have live entertainment and are all card-carrying "home of the blues" folk. 481-6880


***> Sent by Crossan Barnes at great beer specials. look for brown mary in concert (5/3/95)

What's at the Rex (courtesy of Stuart Clamen and friends), has the link to the P-G article but the telephone numbers no longer work. Anyone know what's going on at the Rex these days?

Shootz Cafe & Billiards
Located at 2305 E. Carson. Haven't been here yet! 488-3820

** In Pittsburgh's Best of 1995, 1996: Best Place to Play Pool

***> Sent by Steve McDonell at After several visits to Shootz, I have decided that the food is good, the service is excellent, the drink prices are reasonable and the cost of playing pool is OUTRAGEOUS!!!! (6/13/95)

Sigmund's Nutt House
Near the corner of 22nd and E. Carson. They have live entertainment most nights; check out the acoustic open stage on Tuesday evenings.

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