Things To Do Between Sporting Events in Pittsburgh

Coming to town for the big game? Here’s an insider’s guide to some cool, local hotspots not to miss while you're here.

In case you get to town early for a football game, or hockey game, or if you find you have some free time in-between sessions of your favorite collegiate tournament, we have a couple of ideas for what to do or where to go. Hungry? Maybe feeling a little touristy? Here’s a few ways to spend your time in the ‘Burgh!

Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was named a top foodie city by the BBC, and Downtown Pittsburgh alone has more than 300 dining establishments that can satisfy every craving. The hub of most downtown activity lies in Market Square, where you'll find City Works. With more than 15 flat screen TV’s and an energetic, lively atmosphere, City Works provides the ultimate sports bar experience. 

But if you had something else in mind, take a walk on Penn Avenue and stop into the dozens of restaurants that line the street including August Henry’s Burger Bar or Sienna Mercato.


Located just three miles from Downtown, a short Uber ride will place you in one of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods, Lawrenceville. Butler Street is lined with popular bars and restaurants like the award winning Burgh’ers Brewing and Industry Public House. Offering one of the best craft beer selections in the city and some delicious American-style comfort food, Industry has something for everyone to enjoy. 

With some extra time on hand, be sure to check out The Clemente Museum, offering the largest collection of baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente memorabilia in the world. Be sure to call ahead, because the museum is open for tours by appointment only!

North Shore

Most famous for its iconic sports venues – Heinz Field and PNC Park – the North Shore offers no shortage of places to find a good pub and grub in between sessions. Jerome Bettis Grille 36, owned by former Steelers Running Back Jerome Bettis, is any sports fans go-to spot. 

North Shore Drive provides plenty of other popular and delicious options such as BurgatoryBar Louie and Southern Tier Brewery.

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Home to Pittsburgh’s famous East Carson Street, a 15-block juggernaut filled with more than 50 bars and restaurants, Southside’s energetic neighborhood has become a renowned spot to hang out. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh provides a place for guests to enjoy authentic German biers, food and fun times. 

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Fat Head’s and Carson City Saloon have also engraved their names as prominent spots when visiting Southside.

Station Square

A beautiful 52-acre riverfront complex, Station Square offers plenty of dining, nightlife and entertainment options for everyone. One of the best spots to catch the game or match is Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh. Another great option is Buckhead Saloon, offering three projector screens and more than 15 TV’s to provide a vibrant atmosphere to hang out.

Hoping to see Pittsburgh from a different view? Climb aboard either the Duquesne Incline or Monongahela Incline and head to the top of Mount Washington to take in incredible views of the city skyline.

Strip District 

If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Pittsburgh, look no further than the Strip District, home to the original Primanti Brothers since 1933. It’s a foodie heaven that is authentic and bursting with local flavor. A trip to the ‘burgh isn’t complete without a Primanti Brothers signature sandwich. This sandwich is topped with French fries and coleslaw and open 24/7. 

Other Pittsburgh staples include Pamela’s DinerRoland’s Seafood Grill and The Beerhive!

Wherever you end up, you're sure to have a great time in Pittsburgh while supporting your favorite teams!