The Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Pittsburgh


Looking for a place to listen to music? Wanting to check out places that you've never been? Do you just want to hear to some of your favorite local bands but haven't found the time? Well, have no fear. With this list, you'll find some of the best venues - some known and some unknown - around Pittsburgh.

Mr. Smalls Funhouse
Mr. Smalls Funhouse located in Millvale is a renovated church, the former St. Ann on top of a hill on Lincoln Avenue, this concert venue is also a studio. The skate park, unfortunately, is no more. But console yourself with music at Mr. Smalls Theater, the Funhouse Bar, and the War Room all within the former church. Mr. Smalls features national and up and coming local bands. See their calendar for more details.

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Ask a Pittsburgher what the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is famous for and you'll likely get two answers: pierogies and music. Right at the corner of Liberty and the Bloomfield Bridge in Bloomfield, this family owned and operated spot has been in Pittsburgh since 1985. While noshing on your Polish Platter, Golabki, or Haluski and you just might discover your favorite new band. Open mic night happens every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and live bands perform every Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their list of groups for September and October here.

Rex Theater
The Rex Theater in the South Side's East Carson Street features many national and local bands. Originally a vaudeville theater that opened in 1905, the Rex Theater has established itself as one of Pittsburgh's favorite concert venues. Featuring craft, domestic and imported beers, the Rex Theater practically features some entertainment every night. See their calendar for the full list of events.

Club Cafe
Club Cafe down the street from the Rex Theater on 12th Street is an intimate space for national and local bands. This venue is strictly over 21 and requires a valid ID. Food and drink are served during performances. Club Cafe features live music nightly and has become an "iconic staple of Pittsburgh's historic South Side district." Check their calendar for details.

Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
The Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall was built in 1898 and is the second of three libraries constructed in the Steel Valley. Considered a grand and opulent place, the Carnegie Library of Homestead was more than a library when it was originally built. The Music Hall can seat over 1,000 people and with many bands coming in, they need all the space they can get. For more details about the space, please check out their website.

The Mr. Roboto Project
The Mr. Roboto Project located in Garfield is a "cooperatively-run show space and art gallery." Mr. Roboto's Project's mission is to create a comfortable and open and safe space for people to experience a real DIY community. Originally located in Wilkinsburg, the venue moved relatively recently. Featuring local and national bands, Mr. Roboto also contains an art gallery. For more information, please check out their website.


Cheryl Werber came to Pittsburgh in 1995 for college and never left. Catch her on Instagram or Twitter.