Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers (or really any of the city's sports teams) are often regarded as the most passionate in the country.
And if you can't make it to Heinz Field to show your support on a Sunday afternoon, the next best thing is surrounding yourself with others wearing black and gold in one of the Pittsburgh area's many sports bars.
But the Steelers' fan base extends far beyond the hills and rivers of western Pennsylvania, and these out-of-town enthusiasts also need an opportunity to cheer on their favorite team. Plus, people from Pittsburgh want to be able to monitor the gridiron action while on the road. Fortunately for both groups, Steelers bars are open throughout the world, providing a safe space to wave your Terrible Towel while enjoying food, drink and companionship with others who share a common interest.
Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille, Arlington, VA - Steelers fans in and around the nation's capital can regularly watch Pittsburgh sports teams (and Penn State) in this neighborhood bar that has served as a gathering place for Pennsylvanians since 2007.
Martino's on Vine, Cincinnati, OH - Southwest Ohio may be considered "Bengals Country," but their AFC North division rivals have a presence in the area as well. If the authentic Italian food on the lengthy menu doesn’t warm your heart, the greeting you receive from your fellow Steelers fans will.
The Irish Exit and Hibernia Bar, New York, NY - With The Big Apple being the largest city in America, there's obviously a need to have two Steelers bars serving such a high population. Billed as the "#1 Irish Party Pub This Side of Dublin," The Irish Exit in Midtown Manhattan is known for its fun, friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, log on to the website of Hell's Kitchen's Hibernia Bar, and it will take less than 10 seconds to see that this is a spot that strongly supports the six-time Super Bowl champions.
Oscar's Food and Spirits, Myrtle Beach, SC - It's not uncommon for Pittsburghers to retreat to the beaches of the Carolinas for their annual family vacations, but Oscar "Freddie" Williams is one of the city's residents who decided to permanently relocate there. Since 1988, he and his wife, Carla, have operated Oscar's as a "home away from home" for other fans of the Steelers to stop at while they're in town.
Malarkey's Tavern, Dallas, TX - The Cowboys and the Steelers have played each other in three Super Bowls, with Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain defense earning a pair of rings in the 1970s before the Cowboys brought home the championship after the teams clashed in the big game in 1996. But at "North Dallas' Newest Upscale Pub," names like Bradshaw and "Big Ben" are revered more than Staubach and Aikman.
Noreen's Lounge, Las Vegas, NV - You can "put it all on black (and gold)" at this gaming bar, a favorite for Las Vegas locals for more than 30 years. Every Steelers game is shown on Noreen's HD TVs, creating a party atmosphere complete with giveaways and no shortage of daily specials.
Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Cave Creek, AZ - Known for having the "largest Pittsburgh Steelers fan base outside of Pennsylvania," this huge establishment with a fascinating history is located 27 miles northeast of Phoenix and can accommodate 600 fans inside and another 200 on the outdoor patio.
La Botticella, Rome, Italy - Tons of Steelers fans exist in Pittsburgh's "Little Italy" neighborhood of Bloomfield, but the team also has a significant following across the Atlantic in Rome. Despite the time difference, La Botticella, located in a century-old building on a cobblestone alley, is packed before kick-off on Sundays.
Pittsburgh, Sochi, Russia - Many Americans may recognize Sochi as the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but they may be surprised to learn that a Pittsburgh-themed bar, complete with replicas of PPG Place, Fifth Avenue Place and the West End Bridge, can be found in the Russian city on the Black Sea. Apparently, the story behind the idea is quite simple...the owner visited Pittsburgh...and liked it!
Previously a lifelong resident of south central PA, Scott Hershberger has a deep passion for his new hometown of Pittsburgh. He particularly enjoys cheering on the city’s sport teams, exploring attractions with his family and attempting to eat at every restaurant in Allegheny County. Contact him at via email or follow him on Twitter.