Help me buy a gift! Pittsburgh edition.
December 15, 2017 7:47 AM   Subscribe

My almost 30-year old brother moved to Pittsburgh this year (maybe last year - can't remember.) He'll be with me for Christmas, and I'd like to get him a gift certificate to something local to him, in the $50 range.

He works at a place called Condado Tacos, and I believe he lives near work. He might be considered a hipster but he's not twee. Tattoos, full beard, likes all kinds of music, loves to go to shows, likes to drink and eat. Bikes everywhere though he does have a car. He's a bartender.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
posted by lyssabee to Shopping (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: This looks like a lot of fun and I totally want to do it sometime: A little higher than your price point if you wanted to cover two people, though. But maybe worth it?
posted by miratime at 7:52 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

The History Center is within walking distance of his job, so maybe a membership there? We've done some of the member events and it's a nice way to meet people. (Also I just think it's a fun hands on museum.)
posted by librarianamy at 8:03 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: A tour and tasting of the Wigle Whisky distillery? (I've gotten people gift certs in the amount equivalent to a tour, so they can pick their own date.)

Is he a mountain or BMX bike enthusiast? You can get him a gift certificate for a couple days at Wheel Mill bike park.
posted by soren_lorensen at 8:09 AM on December 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

A $50 gift card to Mister Grooming would cover some nice pampering.

Wigle Whisky tours are also a lot of fun.
posted by punchtothehead at 8:21 AM on December 15, 2017

East End Brewing offers gift cards. (Maybe the other local micros do too.)
posted by booth at 8:33 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

I literally just asked a Pittsburgh-native friend of mine a similar question (for a couple with two kids instead of for a single person), and he suggested a gift card to Zone 28. It looks sort of like a Dave & Busters' kind of place with bowling, arcades, etc. and food.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:06 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

> likes to drink and eat

Look into Point Brugge Cafe. Good food, good beers.
posted by slidell at 9:25 AM on December 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

Maybe a gift certificate to Venture Outdoors? They have a lot of activities (kayak, hiking) that he could do, and a lot of the hikes end at a craft brewery.

Also the Pittsburgh Glass Center has a series of "make it now" workshops that are one time events, usually within your budget, that are fun. We've done the ornament one and it's in general a fun funky place to hang out.
posted by librarianamy at 9:41 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

full beard? perhaps something from the locally made Lovett Sundries?
posted by standardasparagus at 12:20 PM on December 15, 2017

Response by poster: Thanks for all the awesome ideas! You all definitely picked up what I was putting down. He's got a birthday coming up soon and we hope to visit next summer, so I dare say he'll be enjoying more than one of these.
posted by lyssabee at 8:22 AM on December 16, 2017

I thought of one more on my way into work, maybe a certificate for his bike? It looks like this place (which I think is close to him based on your mention) does repairs/services: Love Bikes.
posted by librarianamy at 7:44 AM on December 18, 2017

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