There’s no denying that Pittsburgh is a sports town with plenty of black and gold pride for its baseball, football and hockey teams. But the sports appreciation doesn’t end there—the Olympic season brings another wave of excitement to the city’s local sports bars. From casual, neighborhood pubs to super fan sports bars and even family-friendly restaurants, there’s a variety of options where you can catch your favorite Olympic events. Cheer on the USA Olympic Team at these five Pittsburgh bars that are perfect for watching the 2014 Winter Olympics.
1731 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
You don’t have to be a diehard sports fan to fit in at Silky’s Pub. This Bloomfield-area bar boasts a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that offers plenty of TVs for your viewing pleasure. Order one of Silky’s delicious burgers or its special stuffed peppers and wash it down with its awesome tap beers while you watch your favorite Olympic athletes. For a low-key, casual neighborhood hangout, be sure to add Silky’s Pub to your list of Olympic-viewing bar locations.
2132 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
With eight gigantic HD TVs, a rotating variety of tap beers and one of the Southside’s most flavorful menus, Coppertops gets high marks from local sports fanatics. Its somewhat upscale yet masculine atmosphere complete with pool tables and beautiful wood and leather touches makes Coppertops a great alternative to your usual sports bar. Grab the guys and order up a round of drinks from the more than 75 bottled beers and 24 tap beers or choose from the daily happy hour specials for unbeatable bar bargains. There is plenty of prime Olympic coverage on the TVs scattered strategically throughout the dining area and bar, so no matter where you sit, you won’t miss a play.
Carnivore’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
215 Allegheny Ave.
Oakmont, PA 15139
If you’re having a hard time finding a bar that’s quiet enough to hear the commentary on your favorite sports, you’ll certainly appreciate having your own TV at Carnivore’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. Every booth in this spacious, non-smoking, family-friendly bar features an in-booth flat-screen television that puts you in control of what’s on. Order from the restaurant’s full menu of delicious entrees and appetizers, enjoy one of the bar’s 30 tap beers and hundreds of craft beers and cheer on your favorite Olympic athletes. Carnivore’s Restaurant and Sports Bar is located on Allegheny Avenue in the city’s Oakmont area.
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Blue Line Grille
1014 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
If your favorite Winter Olympic sport includes hockey, pull up a bar stool at the newly opened Blue Line Grille, which has quickly earned its reputation as the city’s premier sports lounge and restaurant. Located within walking distance to Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center, you’ll be sure to throw back a few brews with other devoted hockey fans looking to enjoy a hockey-centric experience at this uniquely decorated hockey-themed bar. Large TVs placed throughout the restaurant and lounge means you’ll catch every goal, hat trick and powerplay while you indulge in some friendly Olympic competition and the grille’s selection of American comfort foods. Blue Line Grille is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of the city.
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
393 N. Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
For another family-friendly option that’s not packed with intimidating sports fans, check out Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36. Whether you came for the food, brews or sports coverage, you’re guaranteed to get the best of it all in this North Shore bar that has consistently been named as Pittsburgh’s best sports restaurant since first opening its doors. With specials everyday, including beer-of-the-month and happy hour promos, you’ll have a great time filling up while watching Team USA on one of the restaurant’s many TVs. As Pittsburgh’s black and gold bar, you’re sure to find other likeminded sports fans to cheer with.
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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.