Beat The Heat

Okay, there's no way we're wishing for a blizzard that buries Downtown under two feet of snow again. But a cool breeze now and then would be just fine during this little heat wave that's pushing the temperature toward triple digit range. Maybe you can't fry an egg on the sidewalk, but, baby, it's hot outside. Still, there's just too much happening Downtown to stayed cooped up in the office or loft all day — even if the AC is cranked up to way past high.

Of course, you'll want to stay hydrated as you venture outdoors. That's why we're suggesting a layover in Market Square, Downtown's favorite new urban oasis. Now, we don't mind telling you that we enjoy a beverage or two in the Square just about anytime of the day. For instance, a yummy chocolate milk helps wash down one of those amazing Prantl's pastries in the morning. And in the afternoon, well, we could sit in the Square for hours sipping icy thirst quenchers like the fruity frozen Coolatta from Dunkin' Donuts or the crazy sweet iced peach coffee from Bruegger's. Don't let the construction in front of Nicholas Coffee keep you away. Step inside this quaint store for a taste of Jet Tea, a green-tea base with fruit flavors--it's frozen-blended heaven!

For more natural tastes Starbucks serves up a cool unsweetened iced tea that refreshes your body and mind after a sweltering first half of the day at the office. And for super lunch that you can sip through a straw, order up a fruit, juice or yogurt Smoothie at Mixstirs. We can't think of a cooler way to add some extra nutrition to your diet. We're not trying to get fresh. But the Square is a great place to get a few sweet licks, too, if you stop by the Original Oyster House for a gigantic cone of soft-serve ice cream.

A great way to beat the heat is to stay out of traffic. So instead of sitting in rush hour gridlock, we suggest a stroll back to the Square for an adult concoction. For true blue Pittsburghers, an icy cold brew at Primanti's is the perfect way to chill. And we always say "ole" to the margaritas at Los Velas and Moe's. For a more sophisticated nightcap, we recommend the specialty cocktails at Bella Sera that are as smooth as they are unique. And just one little reminder, make sure  you have a designated driver — just in case you cool off a little too much.

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