Even though you can’t make the trip to cheer on the black and gold, you don’t have to miss out on the action-packed atmosphere of a Steelers game. In Pittsburgh, where football is practically a religion, there are hundreds of local sports bars and restaurants that cater to Steelers fans and provide the genuine Pittsburgh pride fans have come to expect. Grab your Terrible Towel, don your black and gold jersey and get ready for these weekly parties that rival any home-game tailgate.
Buffalo Wild Wings
480 Home Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
For more than 20 years, Buffalo Wild Wings has been among the best places to watch a game. The restaurant’s Robinson location has fast earned its recognition as the best place to watch a Steelers game. If you’re bringing the kids along, Buffalo Wild Wings has plenty of other activities, like Buzztime Trivia, to keep them occupied while you cheer for the Steelers. Order one of the sharable appetizers like the Tablegating Sampler and wash it down with one of the bar’s domestic, import, craft or specialty beer selections or a non-alcoholic huckleberry lemonade for the kids. Arrive early on game day since the restaurant and bar tends to get crowded quickly.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
393 N. Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Any restaurant that’s been voted Pittsburgh’s best sports restaurant every year since opening is certainly capable of throwing one dynamic party. With a prime location within walking distance of Heinz Field, Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 attracts a mix of locals and out-of-towners, creating a playful team rivalry experience. For Pittsburghers who love to throw back a couple beers, there’s plenty at Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36—36 on tap, along with 36 incredible wines and 36 exclusive specialty cocktails and martinis. Grab a table inside among the tons of autographed notes and pictures from former Steelers or dine on the outdoor patio overlooking The Three Rivers and Mount Washington.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
211 N. Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
No other Pittsburgh bar beats McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon for the best home-game drink specials. With its $15 Coors Light buckets before and during all Steelers home games, this Irish-style pub draws a sea of black and gold partygoers every game day who come to shout at the 40 52-inch HDTVs with surround sound. Come see for yourself why McFadden’s is considered the craziest Steelers bar in the country.
Doubleday’s Famous Burgers
121 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Nestled in the city’s Cultural District is Doubleday’s Famous Burgers, a neighborhood-style watering hole that has become the favorite pre- and post-game pit stop. Once an average bar with just three TVs and a limited selection of alcohol, Doubleday’s has fast earned its reputation for gathering some of the area’s most diehard Steelers fans who are notorious for dishing out some friendly banter toward fans of rival teams. All of Doubleday’s famous burgers are priced under $10, leaving you with plenty of cash to drop on the bar’s 18 draft beers, more than 40 bottle varieties and over 130 liqueurs and liquors. Despite its small, intimate setting, Doubleday’s Famous Burgers is certainly big on Pittsburgh pride.
Billy’s Black & Gold Bar
514 Sharpsville Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146
With its black and gold theme that proudly supports all three of Pittsburgh’s pro sports teams and some of the most delicious game-worthy grub, Billy’s Black & Gold Bar is the ultimate game-day man cave. No matter where you sit in this bar, you can expect to have a prime view of the game, which is broadcast on the more than 20 TVs positioned throughout the bar. Bite into some of the city’s best dishes with a Steelers touch, including Farrior’s Fish Sandwich ($5.25) and Polamalu’s Potato Perohy ($6.95). While you’re there, be sure to check out the area’s largest collection of black and gold memorabilia and the 18-foot mural of Pittsburgh.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.