Urbanist Guide. Photo by Matthew Wein

Urbanist Guide Pittsburgh released its second annual guidebook to the city last week, rolling out a new look to go with updated information.

“We have 10,000 copies floating around the city right now and we’re very excited,” Urbanist Publisher Michael McAllister says of the new edition with the pale blue and cream design. “This looks decidedly different.”

Last year, Urbanist did a running column of online interviews with business owners and people around the community. This year, they’ve changed the focus.

“We’ve devoted a whole panel to the breweries that are popping up around Pittsburgh,” McAllister says. “When people come to a city, one of the biggest indicators of vibrancy and economic strength is craft brewing. There’s so much positive stuff happening in Pittsburgh in that regard. It’s poised to be something really interesting in Pittsburgh in the next couple of years.”

McAllister added that Urbanist evolves much in the same way Pittsburgh does, incorporating the city’s finest in high-quality, high-design restaurants and shops. For the casual tourist who might only be passing through town or visiting for a few days, it contains more of what the town has to offer, besides trips up the inclines and the view from Mt. Washington.

McAllister and company will celebrate the release of the new guide with a party at the Mattress Factory on Thursday, April 10 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Acacia will offer a variety of rum punches made with Wigle’s Landlocked, Hop Farm Brewing will bring an assortment of beers, Butcher on Butler will feature fresh pig-roast tacos and Grit & Grace will serve some of its signature dim sum.

“Last year was about highlighting the guide, but this year is a little more about highlighting the people who have opened up in the past year and letting them do what they do well,” McAllister says. “We’ll also have a DJ on hand. Last year, a fun little dance party broke out and we really hope to recreate that.”

Tickets for the launch party are $45 and may be purchased through ShowClix.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...