Bayardstown Social Club

May 9
6 p.m. – midnight
Free; open to ages 21+

Summer is arriving early in the city, or at least to one urban plot that’s helping to transform Pittsburgh’s social scene by providing a communal backyard of sorts. May 9th marks the official opening of season two at Bayardstown Social Club, a 5,000-square-foot social and recreational space nestled at 3800 Penn Ave. between 30th and 31st Sts. And you don’t have to be a member to attend this party.

Though it precedes the summer solstice by more than one month, Friday’s outdoor happening won’t be short on fair weather fun. Free and open to the public, the event features live and local fare, with music by The Grifters, Molly and Chet, and Alba Flamenca, eats from Brassero Grill and Oh My Grill and complimentary beer courtesy of Rock Bottom Brewery.

Providing an urban oasis amidst Pittsburgh’s industrial and commercial Strip District, the communal BYOB gathering spot features green space, picnic tables, grilles, fire pits and music nooks. Newly added amenities to the casual retreat include an awning to provide shade and rain cover, new cassette players (move over vinyl), and a brand new stage. For its second season, Bayardstown will feature Friday happy hours, events programmed by Pandemic and the VIA Music & New Media Festival, including video, film and music nights, comedy acts, and more.

The brainchild of Pittsburgh-based innovation studio Deeplocal, which owns the space, Bayardstown first opened in May of 2013 as a shared outdoor space for city residents to gather, eat, drink and engage. The club will remain open through October of 2014. Membership does have its benefits, especially when it’s only $20 for the entire season. Open to ages 21 and up.

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...