• Pittsburgh Venue Spotlight: Shorty’s Pins x Pints is Long on Group Offerings

     
    POSTED March 30, 2022
     
  • Pittsburgh Venue Spotlight: Shorty’s Pins x Pints is Long on Group Offerings

     
    POSTED March 30, 2022
     

Duckpin bowling, pinball machines, shuffleboard, foosball tables and a vintage arcade. Groups can enjoy all of these “retrotainment” options at the newly opened Shorty’s Pins x Pints, located in a 10,000-square-foot space in Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The new venue, formerly the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, can accommodate groups from 15 to 600 for events that include product launches, “legends of your team” teambuilding experiences, “bowl-offs,” wrap parties and more.

While full venue buyouts are available, most events are semi-private and booked within a reserved area, such as the 5,000-square-foot riverfront outdoor area that features fire pits, bocce courts, cornhole and more. Reserved event areas typically include a mix of seating and standing space. “We encourage and expect our guests to play, eat, drink and socialize,” the venue says in a description of its event space. Food and beverages include a rotation of craft beers, draft batch cocktails, “Free Spirit” non-alcoholic beverages and “elevated Latin street food."

Despite its throwback vibe, Shorty’s offers high-tech touches like tableside ordering and paying by scanning a QR code and a vintage photo booth that allows users to post their pics instantly to Instagram. Still, Mike Hanley, president of HiLife Hospitality, which owns Shorty's, believes it’s the human touch that sets Shorty’s apart. “The entire space is interactive,” he told TribLIVE. “We have retro-gaming. In a world of technology, we encourage people to interact with each other and get back to the days before everything became computerized.”

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Since the onset of the pandemic, event planners and venues have been finding ways to perfect the art of meeting outdoors.  From enhanced technology that allows an entire function to take place in nature to open air teambuilding activities, I’ve seen so much creativity in the planning process. A natural backdrop can be both inspiring and calming, helping attendees to make meaningful and lasting connections with their peers, while offering fresh air for a safe meeting environment.