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Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Pittsburgh

March 14, 2013 6:00 AM

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North Park Club House(photo credit: npclubhouse.net)

North Park Club House(photo credit: npclubhouse.net)

North Park Club House(photo credit: npclubhouse.net)

North Park Club House(photo credit: npclubhouse.net)

The college basketball tournament kicks off on March 19, giving basketball fans and sports lovers alike a reason to sit glued to their TV with their favorite brew in hand. But why cheer on your bracket picks at home when you could be celebrating and partying with your buddies at one of Pittsburgh’s best sports bars? With pubs, grills and bars scattered throughout the city’s North Shore and South Side neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of places to watch your favorite teams in this year’s tournament. Fill in your bracket, place your bets and get ready for tournament festivities at these five Pittsburgh bars.

Mullen’s Bar And Grill
200 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-1112
www.mullensbarandgrill.com

If you plan to be glued to the TV for all 21 days of the basketball tournament, you might as well be glued to the many TVs located throughout this North Shore bar and grill. Tune into the first tournaments with daily specials, including $2 Yuenglings during the 5-7 p.m. happy hour and Wing It Wednesdays where you can score 35-cent wings from 5-10 p.m. and $2 Bud Light drafts from 5-7 p.m. If you’re craving a Mullen’s favorite, chow down on Michael Jordan’s favorite sandwich and locals’ preferred entree, the Pittsburgh Wrap. After all, if an NBA legend like Jordan says it’s good, it must be! Before you head down to this Federal Street location, be sure to join Mullen’s free Loyal Tree Rewards program to receive your complimentary basket of Super Tots during your next visit as a thank-you for signing up.

Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon
2001 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431-6757
www.smokinjoessaloon.com

Gather the guys together and cheer on your favorite team at Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon, one of the manliest sports bars in town. Happy hour and late night food specials are offered daily so you can stick around long into the final game’s final points and devour the bar’s guy-friendly grub. Smokin’ Joe’s has more than 60 different tap beers and 350 bottled beers to wash down its variety of amazing appetizers, sliders and wings. Whether you’re celebrating a win or looking to drown your sorrows after a loss, do so at this South Side bar that’s been named the Best Beer Selection in Pittsburgh for 2008, 2010 and 2011 by BarSmart.com.

Clark Bar & Grill
D.L. Clark Building
503 Martindale St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-5720
www.thepipagroup.com/clarkbar

The Clark Bar & Grill prides itself on being Pittsburgh’s original sports bar. Its no-fuss, casual sports bar atmosphere makes it a prime pick for your tournament games. Relax and take in the game with extended happy hour specials from 3-7 p.m. or enjoy goof, classic bar food like burgers fries (with big portions) anytime. The Clark Bar & Grill is located inside the D.L. Clark Building on Pittsburgh’s North Side, making it the perfect place to catch the games.

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Buffalo Blues
216 S. Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 362-5837
www.buffalobluespittsburgh.com

Grab a beer and get ready to cheer at Buffalo Blues, where great food and drinks, including more than 30 draft beers, are just one part of this ultimate sports bar. Take in a game on one of the bar’s large televisions, which offer up an awesome view of the game no matter where your’re seated. Happy hour specials like half-priced wings, drafts and specialty fries also score big with regulars. Buffalo Blues is located in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood.

North Park Clubhouse
5301 Ranalli Drive
Gibsonia, PA 15044
(724) 449-9090
www.npclubhouse.net

It’s all about food, fun and friends at the North Park Clubhouse and, during March and April, it’s also one of the city’s best places to catch your must-watch games. This entertainment venue and restaurant is home to more than 30 TVs and 10 big screens so you’re sure to keep tabs on the score no matter where you’re hanging out, be it at the bar, restaurant or gaming area. A nice selection of beer, wine and liquor go well with the clubhouse’s signature appetizers, wings, dips and sandwiches. The North Park Clubhouse if located on Ranalli Drive in Gibsonia.

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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.

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