Bayardstown Social Club

May 8
6 p.m. – midnight

Where can you sit around a cozy campfire with friends new and old with the city’s stunning skyline at your back? No, it’s not the name of Pittsburgh’s newest rugby club, nor is it a musical opening at the Pittsburgh CLO.

If you’ve heard the buzz about Bayardstown Social Club but still don’t know what or where the heck it is, you don’t want to miss its jubilant season opener this Friday. What began as a summer experiment in May of 2013, has rapidly become one of Pittsburgh’s most talked about outdoor venues boasting 1,000-plus members and counting.

At Friday’s kick-off, social clubbers will be treated to live music under the stars by good-time country and rural swing band, The Turpentiners, along with funky soul by DJ Gordy G of Pittsburgh’s own funk and soul dance party. The opening party will also screen movies and provide seasonal treats.

Test your skills at outdoor games, including—if you dare—rounds of Stump (read: a game involving a hammer, nails, a tree stump and beer). Fuel up with grub at local food trucks parked along Penn and wash it all down with beer from local breweries such as Rock Bottom.

Along with your membership ($40)—on sale until May 8th—you’ll want to snag some BSC merch, such as t-shirts, patches and koozies featuring the club’s logo—a tribute to the 19th-century street gang the Bayardstown Rats and the Strip District’s former name.

The brainchild of Pittsburgh-based innovation studio Deeplocal, the communal BYOB spot provides residents with a fair weather urban oasis, as well as a much-needed alternative to the traditional bar scene. Equipped with picnic tables, grills, fire pits, tape decks, boom boxes, shade and rain cover and a stage, Bayardstown also hosts happy hours, special events, concerts, film screenings and more, and is open through October.

Managing operations and events for BSC is local DJ, promoter and producer Pete Spynda, known for his popular Pandemic dance parties at Brillobox, Pittonkatonk Brass Festival and the all-ages Weather Permitting concert series at Shadyside Nursery.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...