Best Game Day Bars in Pittsburgh

As the preseason games have come and gone, and as summer starts to fade, there are few things that true Pittsburghers look forward to more than Steeler football season. 

From tailgates to office potlucks to spirit days and the Steeler chant, there is no doubt that football season is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year.  Steeler fans come from every edge of the country just to get a piece of the action, and who can blame them?  Steeler games are an experience like no other and, without a doubt, are one of the most highly coveted sporting events in the city to attend; those with tickets have often had them for generations, and the rest of us are left fighting over what’s left.

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Good news, though:  You don’t have to be live to love the game.  What’s more:  Even if you don’t have tickets, Steeler Nation will make every bar and restaurant in every neighborhood on Sunday afternoon (or night) feel as though you are sitting in Heinz Field.

Southside

Local Bar + Kitchen

Located at 1515 East Carson Street, Local is “great for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch on the city’s largest heated, enclosed roof-top deck or in the main dining area inspired by vintage Pittsburgh scenes.”  Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite or enjoy a drink at the bar while watching the Steelers, Local is a staple in the Southside bar scene.

Mario’s Southside Saloon

A Pittsburgh favorite, Mario’s was brought to life in 1982 by Pittsburgh native Bob Pessolano, who created a bar that has a unique blend of a neighborhood, college and sports bar rolled into one.  A popular Southside game-time destination, you can also find a Mario’s in Oakland and Shadyside.

Carson City Saloon

The self-proclaimed “#1 sports bar in Pittsburgh” is in the heart of Southside.  With three floors to find the perfect spot to camp out and watch the game, it’s no wonder that Carson City is so popular among the natives.  With a menu full of game-time staples and specials every day of the week, Carson City is worth a stop.

North Shore

McFadden’s

Close in proximity to Heinz field (just a few steps away!), McFadden’s is the ultimate pre-game destination.  Opening four hours prior to kickoff, McFadden’s is a great place to set up shop.

Tequila Cowboy

Featured on the popular show Nashville, Tequila Cowboy offers great dining and “a revved up nightlife.”  With four venues under one rock’n rooftop, Tequila Cowboy is a great place to stop by for the game – and remain afterward.  The 17,000-square foot facility also includes Little Red Corvette for all of your ‘80s and ‘90s favorites!

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Winner, winner, Charlie Batch’s signature.

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Shadyside

William Penn Tavern

A Shadyside staple located off of Walnut Street, the William Penn Tavern, or just “The Tav,” is a great place to watch a game whatever day or time it is.  With a “hometown bar” vibe, a kitchen that’s open until midnight each night and an indoor/outdoor bar, there isn’t a better place to join your friends.

Steel Cactus

Located on Walnut Street, Steel Cactus is one of Shadyside’s best rooftop spots.  With two full-service floors, a newly renovated rooftop with lots of space and home of the “Yinzerita,” Steel Cactus is a must-stop, game-time destination.