Neighborhood and Lodging


Pittsburgh Glass Center is located in the Friendship/Garfield neighborhoods on Penn Avenue in the East End.

We are within a mile of some of Pittsburgh's most interesting hot spots. Within walking distance to PGC, you'll find:

  • Commonplace Voluto - A coffee shop with an amazing pour and delicious light bites in an inviting environment.
  • Primanti Bros. - Famous for huge sandwiches with fries piled on top, and other tasty bites and brews.
  • Spork - Small plates, cured meats, and classy cocktails.
  • Spork Pit - An indoor/outdoor BBQ pit
  • St. Clair Social - A neighborhood restaurant and bar for socializing

Explore Nearby Neighborhoods


Between Negley and Mathilda avenues, is a growing hub for the arts. The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative (PAAI) acts as a catalyst for attracting and enticing artists to live and work in the neighborhoods along the Penn Avenue corridor. Get more details about Penn Avenue.

East Liberty

When Pittsburgh Glass Center opened, high-rise apartment complexes blocked the view of East Liberty, a once vibrant commercial center in 1940s and '50s. In early 2000, the apartment buildings were demolished opening the gateway to this growing neighborhood. In East Liberty big developments like Whole Foods Market and Target intermingle with independent businesses like Zeke's Coffee, Dinette, and Kelly's Bar. The neighborhood is an easy walk from Pittsburgh Glass Center where you can find anything from groceries to fine dining, BBQ or a beer. Get more details.

Highland Park

This is a cool little residential neighborhood surrounding Highland Park, one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful parks with a Victorian-style garden and easy trail for walkers and joggers that circles the local reservoir. The park also shares a border with the Pittsburgh Zoo. Bryant Street in Highland Park is a hub for dining in Pittsburgh with a quaint community coffee shop right around the corner on Highland Avenue. Get more details.


Home to independently-owned shops, studios and art galleries that runneth over with one-of-kind finds. Creativity runs deep in Lawrenceville and locally-made goods are strongly represented. In fact, you might just be buying your favorite new thing directly from the artist who created it.  Lawrenceville restaurants serve up the flavors you savor, from home-style breakfasts through late-night bites. The menus at the independently-owned restaurants succeed at drawing from our past and pushing the envelope. Multi-generational Lawrenceville mainstays attract loyal customers for “world-famous” fish sandwiches and old-world Italian favorites. Newer ventures expand into vegetarian, New American and global traditions. Get more details about Lawrenceville.


Its tree-lined streets and meticulously maintained Victorian homes is a great area for shopping, dining and strolling. While the neighborhood is home to three business districts, each within walking distance of the others, Walnut Street is the heart of things with many shops from eclectic independents to international powerhouses. If you get hungry shopping, there are many options for dining. Get more details.

Lodging Near PGC

PGC has a variety of lodging options for students and weekend visitors. 


Briarwood Home is a fully furnished two-story row house that combines the charm of a Victorian-era dwelling with the modern conveniences of 21st century living.  Located less than one block from a bustling business district with shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, yet tucked away on a quaint side street that's a quiet, serene oasis. Call Julie Ransom for discounted rates at 412.608.4240. (2 miles to PGC)

The Hotel Indigo® Pittsburgh East Liberty hotel is a beautifully restored boutique hotel in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic East Liberty neighborhood, full of décor and design touches that showcase our community’s theatre, entertainment and charitable heritage. Each of our spacious rooms features plush bedding, spa-inspired showers, ergonomically designed desk chairs and free Wi-Fi. Call 866-325-2281 and ask for the Pittsburgh Glass Center rate or book online. (0.6 miles to PGC)

The Marriott Springhill Suites at Bakery Square has spacious studio suites with a king or double queen beds including a microwave, refrigerator and separate eating/living areas; complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and access to a full service fitness center adjacent to the hotel. Call the hotel sales department at 412.404.9828 for discounted rates. (1 mile to PGC)

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s budding East Liberty neighborhood, The Maverick offers close proximity to a number of the Steel City’s best attractions, eateries, bars, and nightlife spots. Revel in the fashionable sights, and lay your head down at night to enjoy the comfort, security, and sophistication of our boutique hotel that was once the historical Pittsburgh YMCA. (.5 miles to PGC)

We have connections with home stay options in the neighborhood for reasonable rates. If you are interested in a list of these accommodations, please EMAIL us.