Pittsburghers may bleed black and gold when it comes to football, but it’s not all about the Steelers at these local bars. Whether you’re cheering on the Pittsburgh Panthers or, if you dare, a rival team, these sporty hangouts offer everything you need for your upcoming college football game day, including large TVs, unbeatable drink specials and filling halftime food. You’ll find plenty of fellow football fans thanks to their locations nearby downtown universities as well as the casual, laid-back atmosphere. The next game day, be sure to support your favorite college football team at these five bars that cater to the college sports fan.
Mario’s South Side Saloon
1514 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Mario’s South Side Saloon is your go-to for college football viewing and drink specials every day of the week. This South Side bar is the perfect mix of neighborhood friendliness, college crowds and sports bar fun. What could be better than cheering on your favorite team over $2 drink deals, food specials and even team trivia nights? With plenty of TVs, there’s not a bad seat in the bar so you’re sure to catch every play, fumble and touchdown, even while sitting at the bar. Mario’s South Side Saloon is located on East Carson Street in the city’s South Side neighborhood.
3911 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Ask any college-aged student where to go to watch college football and Hemingway’s Café is sure to be among the best of the best. With its Oakland location within close proximity to the University of Pittsburgh campus, this frequently recognized “best college bar” is a popular hangout for the university’s football team fans. There are plenty of TVs located throughout the bar to watch the games while enjoying its more than 36 varieties of draft beer or delicious menu of game-time food, including wings, pizza, sandwiches, soups and more. Nightly specials Monday through Saturday mean you’ll also get some of the best drink deals in town.
The Smiling Moose
1306 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Let The Smiling Moose get you in the mood for football season with its selection of seasonal beers, including fall flavors to help you kick off your game-time festivities. You’ll get up close with every play on The Smiling Moose’s massive projection-style television, a highlight on game days. Enjoy halftime with the bar’s complete menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks, including local favorites like homemade potato salad and hot pastrami sliders. The Smiling Moose is located in Pittsburgh’s South Side on East Carson Street.
216 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
With its eat, drink and cheer approach, Buffalo Blues is always ready for college football. Happy hour specials from Monday to Friday mean you can drink—and eat—more for less thanks to specials on the bar’s drafts and wings. If you plan to make Buffalo Blues a regular game-day hangout, don’t miss out on its B2 Restaurants Loyalty Program, which helps you earn 10-percent back on all of your food purchases. Buffalo Blues is located in Shadyside, just minutes from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.
116 Oakland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Pittsburgh Panthers football fans are regulars at Peter’s Pub, one of the University of Pittsburgh’s closest bars. With a hometown sports bar atmosphere, Peter’s Pub is a prime pick for college football fans who crowd the bar for game viewing as well as daily food and drink specials. Celebrate a victory or drown your losses with the bar’s selection of domestic bottles, imports and drafts, many of which are featured regularly on its happy hour specials. Peter’s Pub is located in Oakland within a five-minute walk of the University of Pittsburgh.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where she 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 AXS.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.