Sometimes eating at Consol, PNC Park and Heinz Field aren’t always the best options due to high prices, crowds and time constraints. Therefore, this list presents the best five places to grab a bite and a brew with your buds before the game, and all are within close proximity to Pittsburgh’s legendary sporting arenas. Get there early, grab a corner for your crew and watch the pregame highlights before embarking on your next destination. Believe us, you’ll be a much happier spectator with a satisfied stomach and a fuller wallet.
2 South Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh’s preeminent sandwich shop, has great drink specials and tons of big-screen action to get you geared up for the game. The Market Square location is incredibly close to North Shore’s action and whether you’re preparing for a game or concert, is the place to go for laid-back revelry. Make sure you go early and arrive with everyone in tow; the Market Square P. Bros is bustling. Every location boasts different happy hour deals – call ahead or visit the site to learn more.
Rivertowne North Shore
337 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Perfect for when you want to get pumped up before the game, Rivertowne’s extensive list of craft beers on tap offers an exciting selection. In addition, 19 impressive LCD TVs make Rivertowne’s North Shore location your ideal destination for pre-game food and drinks. Make sure to check out the back patio with the only fire pit on the North Shore that will add a little extra fun to your experience as you sit along the river and take in the gorgeous view of this shimmering city.
Garage Door Saloon
223 Atwood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
No cover any evening, daily drink specials (we’re talking $1 16 oz. drafts here, people!) entertainment and a great, laid-back atmosphere – you can’t beat Garage Door Saloon for your pre-game needs. Check out the daily $2 Captain Morgan specials, too, and $3 bombs to boot. Whether you want to hang with your buddies all night or use this great establishment as a pit-stop before the game commences, enjoy your evening well. Be advised, however, that this establishment orders all food from the restaurant next door, so allot time for delivery.
Finnegan’s Wake, Pittsburgh’s biggest and baddest Irish pub, is located right near PNC Park on Pittsburgh’s iconic North Shore. Visit pre- or post-game for all of your dining and drinking needs, while listening to some of the best live music to grace this great city. Daily food and drink specials abound, and even enjoy the ESPN Steelers post-game show live with hosts Stan Savaran and Mike Logan. Call for details or visit Finnegan’s website for further information.
Carson City Saloon
1401 E. Carson St.
Southside Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Get a great view of the city (or just the huge, blue AT&T clock) from Carson City’s brand-new rooftop deck. Whether you’re looking for drafts, martinis or wings and things, grab your buddies and head on out for an upscale pre-game hangout. Game-time specials abound, the people are friendly and best of all – you can grab the “T” to get to the game, so no designated driver needed! Call for further details or visit Carson’s website for events and menu options.
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