There are few things Pittsburgh is known for more so than their football team and the caliber of fandom the residents of this city posses for their beloved teams. Now that cooler temperatures have started to kick in and the first batch of oranges and reds are starting to fall from the trees, everyone’s ready to kick back and enjoy their Sunday in proximity to a TV with the game on. We’re here to identify some of our favorite spots and neighborhoods to catch the game. Some are obvious, others, not so much. Ever wondered where you can catch a game but dodge the usual bar crowd? Or how about enjoying a nice plate of sushi alongside all the touchdowns we’ll score this year? Here’s your go-to guide on all things football, the ultimate Sunday Funday, if you will.
South Side: The obvious culprit for a Steelers Sunday, the South Side can get crowded, especially during the Super Bowl. This is where you’ll find a majority of the action, second only to attending the actual game. If you’re trying to extend the Saturday night spirit, South Side is the place for you. Double Wide Grill recently started serving brunch, so get there early and fill up before the game. This place features four ten-foot wide, high-resolution projection screens and numerous flat screens so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Catch some of the early season games at Local Bar + Kitchen, indulge on a Yinzerita and order their popular special, Pierogie of the Week. Come hungry, we hear the food is bangin! If you’re in more of a liquor mood, whiskey is Wingharts‘ specialty. Enjoy one of their gourmet burgers and wash it down with their awesome whiskey selection as you cheer on the black & gold.
Shadyside: The perfect mix of class, quaint and college, Shadyside’s offerings are as diverse as its inhabitants. An intersection of college students, young professionals and affluent folk flock to Walnut and Ellsworth streets as if they were the only places to be seen in the city. New establishments are popping up every day, such as the Steel Cactus, a Mexican-themed bar/restaurant that’s got two floors and plenty of space to watch the game. Their quesadillas come highly recommended! If Tex-Mex is more your thing, there’s always Mad Mex, whose enormous projection screen above the first floor bar provides great sight lines for any table. Their September margarita special is a delicious mix of apple cider and apple butter. YUM!
Lawrenceville: If you’re trying to watch the game in this part of town, you have many options. The first place that comes to mind is New Amsterdam, whose giant projection screen stole our hearts during Snowpocalypse a few years ago, as it was the only walkable place to watch the Super Bowl! Their wings are killer too. Round Corner Cantina is also a good choice and features a brunch special, bangin tacos and projection screen in the second room. Be sure to try one of their Bloody Marys! We’re sure the new kids on the block at Industry Public House know how to cater to the average football fan. Try their excellent craft beer selection or nosh on one of their yummy apps. There are TVs on each side of the bar, making it easy to see from any spot.
East Liberty and beyond: Some not so obvious spots to try include the Shadow Lounge, which features “Sushi Sake Sundays” from 7-11PM and a big screen for games. There’s also Hough’s in Greenfield, who will be brewing a special beer for EVERY game and D’s Six Pax & Dogs in Regent Square, which features some of the best weiners in town. Bring home a six pack after the game to continue the celebration or cushion the brunt of a loss.
There’s somewhere for anyone to watch the game in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking to brunch it up, sip on delicious specialty drinks, drink cheap beer or eat some light apps, most places in this town cater to the casual or serious Steelers fan. Where’s your favorite spot to watch the game? Tell us in the comment section!