Best Bars to Watch UFC Fights In Pittsburgh

April 19, 2012 6:00 AM

Primanti's in Market Square

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The UFC fights on Pay Per View can run any average viewer between $44.95 to $54.95 a pop. Add in food and drinks for 10 of your closest friends and you’re looking at a tab of $200, give or take. If this scenario isn’t the most feasible for your wallet, we’ve rounded up the best five local bars to catch the fights, and the viewing can all be done for free. Most bars offer great specials just for fight fans, and you won’t run the risk of breaking your buddy’s coffee table if your favored contender doesn’t win.
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Carl’s Tavern
3386 William Penn Highway
Wilkins Township, PA 15235
(412) 823-4050

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This family friendly joint may be a familiar face around Monroeville, and rightfully so. With its convenient location right off the parkway, variety of tempting foods (try the fish sandwich – it’s to die for), and awesome drink specials during the fights, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to relax and watch your favorite match up. Beer lovers can also find their favorite seasonals both on tap and in bottles to enjoy during the fights. While the location is convenient, parking can be spotty so be sure to come well before the bout to ensure a good space.

Primanti's in Market Square

(Source: KDKA)

Primanti Bros.
3847 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 856-8380

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The Primanti Bros. started its humble beginnings in the 1903s as a sandwich cart in the Strip District. Now with 17 locations in the Pittsburgh area, Primanti Bros. has become a Pennsylvania staple. Fast service, friendly staff and a sandwich as big as your face is precisely what the doctor ordered for your UFC viewing pleasure. The drink specials can’t be beat and there’s (usually) a table available, even though this bar and restaurant is particularly packed on fight nights. Specials change monthly, so check out the website before heading out.

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Wheelhouse Bar & Grille at Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-7777

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Something remarkable happens when you combine sporting events displayed on gorgeous, crystal-clear televisions and add in fabulous food, drinks and gambling. Wheelhouse at Rivers Casino is one of the best spots in Pittsburgh, if not all of PA, to catch your favorite UFC bout and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. The atmosphere is casual, yet contemporary and the restaurant is just steps away from your favorite games of chance. Like Primanti’s, specials change monthly, so call or surf over to the website for further information before the fights.

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Rick’s Sports Bar and Grill
5400 Wm. Penn Highway (Route 22)
Export, PA 15632
(724) 327-4148

Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The name says it all for this bar, and the slogan is “TV’ out the wazoo!” If you’re looking to watch UFC in tandem with college basketball, a Steelers game, the nightly news or a Pirates opener while either in the bathroom, at a booth or parked on the bar, drop everything this very instant and head to Ricks. The bar, quite literally, has televisions mounted on every available space. The food is super affordable (and the portions are huge), the beer selection is excellent and your kids can even join you for a go in the game area between fights. For atmosphere, service, cleanliness and price, this bar gets an A+.

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The Boulevard
900 Towne Sq. Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 420-5955

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

A Westmoreland County tradition, this restaurant is a delightfully kept secret from the majority of folks living in the eastern, southern and northern provinces of Pittsburgh. The theme of this fabulous little gem is “old Hollywood” and the menu is exquisite. You’ll have to sit at the bar to catch the fights at this restaurant, but the full menu is available throughout the establishment. Grab a freshly prepared Rachel and a deliciously cold draft beer to enjoy a quaint, if low key, evening with your favorite UFC event. With a new special every month, the Boulevard can’t be beat.

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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at

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