Last Updated on May 25, 2021 by Jeremy
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Please Note: Due to the many COVID shutdowns several birthday specials have been suspended at area businesses for the time being. The below list was originally published pre-COVID and has not been updated to account for this as conditions change regularly. For the time being, please assume that no birthday specials are being offered and reconfirm with the individual businesses if similar or other specials are available. The below list should be treated as a starting point at what was available prior to COVID only.
One of my favorite times of year is my birthday.
This is not because I love turning another year older, but rather is because Angie and I were born only a few days apart (in the same year), also started dating within the same week, and have many reasons to celebrate as a result.
In Pittsburgh we've been fortunate to find many local businesses that offer birthday clubs that help make our celebrations even more special with many discounts and birthday freebies to keep the party going.
Now, there are a lot of boring chain restaurants with birthday specials and many other national brands out there that you see on every other birthday freebie list, but we don't care about those. We're talking about the specials from local businesses that make Pittsburgh the great city it is!
The best part? We found a lot of them!
Free Entree at the Big Burrito Restaurant Group
For subscribers to their mailing list, you are rewarded with a free entree up to $30 in value at any restaurant (excluding Umi and Saturday service). This coupon is good for the period of one week before and after your birthday, giving a fair bit of time to schedule a visit for a great meal!
Free Pastry at Mediterra Cafe
Mediterra Cafe gives members signed up for their mailing list a free pastry good for up to about a month after their birthday! We believe this one gets delivered to your inbox if you sign up for emails / email receipts after purchasing at the store.
Free Burrito at Mad Mex
As if the Big Burrito coupon wasn't enough, their Mexican chain Mad Mex offers a separate mailing list which gives you a free burrito for your birthday too (also valid plus or minus one week from your birthday).
As an added perk, they also give you a coupon for a complimentary lunch special to be used within two weeks of signing up for their mailing list. Double burritos!
$10 off a Bottle from Wigle Whiskey
This coupon is also valid for one month before and after your birthday, giving it the longest validity period of specials on this list!
Birthday Discounts from Threadbare Cider House
$10 Off Your Meal at The Original Oyster House
The oldest restaurant in Pittsburgh, The Original Oyster House, offers a $10 coupon for your next meal up to 30 days after your birthday if you join their Birthday Club. Considering nearly everything on their menu is under $10, this means it is likely your entire meal will be free!
Even better, The Original Oyster House also gives a free t-shirt, mug, or Rocky Marciano poster when you redeem your discount too.
Free Birthday Meal from Double Wide Grill
Free Walk-in Session at Lumberjaxes
The indoor axe throwing range in Millvale, Lumberjaxes, offers a one hour walk-in session ($20 value) the week after your birthday. We received this offer via email after opting in for updates during our first visit.
There does not seem to be an online opt-in at this time.
Free Milkshake from Burgatory
Love the heavenly milkshakes from Burgatory? If you join their mailing list you'll receive a coupon for a free milkshake on your birthday! The coupon is good for seven days from the send date of the email, which is typically your birthday. When you receive it you are told to not open the discount code file (a ‘click here' link) until you are at Burgatory as it shows a countdown timer of five minutes to show the code to your server.
Birthday Freebies from Eat'n Park and Hello Bistro
The regional restaurant chain Eat'n Park is in on the birthday coupons bandwagon, as they offer discounts for email list members throughout the year!
Likewise, their offshoot bistro chain, Hello Bistro, also offers a free meal for your birthday if you are a member of their mailing list! (Validity period and exact details of the offer are unknown.)
Do you know of a good birthday special from local Pittsburgh businesses, comment below to let us know about it and we'll add it to our list!