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Things To Do Between Sporting Events in Pittsburgh

Coming to Pittsburgh 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

Pittburgh's food scene is varied and delicious, with international flavors and neighborhoods filled with top-rated restaurants and multiple James Beard Award nominees. Our beer scene isn't bad either, and we were ranked the best city for suds in 2022.

Downtown Pittsburgh alone has hundreds of 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, 30+ local breweries featured 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. You also don't want to miss The Standard Market & Pint House, which offers great grub, a self serve beer wall (yes, you read that right) and vintage arcade games. 

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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. 

Serving homestyle comfort food, Walter's BBQ Southern Kitchen is a neighborhood favorite and features a special brunch menu on the weekends. 

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. You can also enjoy popular and delicious options such as BurgatoryBar Louie and Southern Tier Brewery.

No games at the stadiums that day? No problem. Schedule a tour of PNC Park, one of the best classic ballparks in the world, or tour the Steelers Hall of Honor and re-live six Super Bowls and iconic moments with interactive exhibits.

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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. 

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

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Station Square

A beautiful 52-acre riverfront complex, Station Square offers plenty of dining, nightlife and entertainment options for everyone. Catch the game or match at Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh or Homerun Harrys, featuring 26 flat screen TVs plus pool tables and darts.

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. Or, come aboard the Gateway Clipper for a majestic riverboat ride around our three rivers.

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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 secret recipe coleslaw, and has been featured in every Food Network show imaginable.

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

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