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Best Places To Watch The NCAA Tournament

March 20, 2011 4:12 PM

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March Madness is in full swing. With upsets and buzzer beaters wreaking havoc on everyone’s brackets, why not make a new friend at a local sports bar? Here’s a list of some of the best sports bars around Pittsburgh where you can watch the NCAA Tournament!
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Silky’s Sports Bar and Grill

1731 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-9222

Silky’s is equipped with multiple televisions, a jukebox and a shuffleboard table. This Squirrel Hill neighborhood bar is the place everyone wants to be because of its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Although everyone from college kids to suit-wearing business people can be found at Silky’s year-round, crowds are known to flock there on big game days, so plan to go early, especially during the NCAA Tournament. The beer selection is extensive and the burgers are delicious, so plan to stop by, relax and enjoy yourself for as long as you can at one of Pittsburgh’s best sports bars. Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Piper’s Pub

1828 E Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-3977
www.piperspub.com

This South Side pub is inspired by the British Isles, making it the best sports bar in Pittsburgh for soccer fans, but it’s also great for watching the Big Dance. With an extensive food and bar menu, there is bound to be something for everyone at this popular watering hole. One of the things that separate Piper’s Pub from other spots in the area is the massive selection of scotch they have to choose from. To fully embrace the Piper’s theme, we suggest trying the classic Shepherd’s Pie with an Imperial Pint (which is priced at under $6). For a fun, yet classy feel, Piper’s is a true find that gives sports bars a good name. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Buffalo Blues

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

If you love to cheer and get loud while watching a game, this is the place to go. Serious sports fans flock to Buffalo Blues for the high energy it maintains and the massive televisions displayed near and around the bar. As a result, you’ll find plenty of people with the brackets in hand! In addition to the animated crowds, there are 32 beers on tap to choose from, with beer specials offered year-round. Buffalo wings are appropriately the specialty here, but if you’re looking for something less carnivorous, there are also tasty sandwiches, burgers and salads to choose from. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

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Obey House Tavern

1337 Steuben Street
Pittsburgh PA 15220
412-922-3883

http://www.obeyhouse.com/

Its own website describes Obey House Tavern in Crafton Heights as “what a neighborhood bar should be.” With daily kitchen specials, a 2-hour happy hour with 50-cents off drinks and a free jukebox – not to mention live acts like “Gum Band,” how can you go wrong? Add in the excitement of the NCAA Tournament and you could end up spending the entire day at this establishment!

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