Perched a handful of blocks from the home stadium of the Pittsburgh Steelers, The Village Tavern and Trattoria serves as both post-game celebration spot and laidback neighborhood hotspot. Inside, cooks whip up classic Italian eats including pizza, pasta, and Ahi tuna entrees, while bartenders pour a wealth of drafts and craft specialty cocktails such as a jalapeno margarita and a vodka-infused banana split. Diners can take their pick of seating by lounging at one of the tables, bellying up to the bar, or cozying up on the year-round patio in hopes of catching an errant football.
For $16, you get a dozen wings (up to a $10 value), two sandwiches or burgers (up to a $16 value), and one hour of pool (a $6 value; up to a $32 total value). For $27, you get two dozen wings (up to a $17 value), four sandwiches or burgers (up to a $32 value), and one hour of pool (a $6 value; up to a $55 total value).
Buckhead Saloon's mounted buckhead keeps a watchful eye over bar-goers as they ingest American cuisine favorites and share pitchers of Yuengling. The ample, lively establishment houses a variety of seating areas, from its ski-lodge-style lounge area to its spacious, stool-lined bar. Let the congenial staff shake you up a martini as you shake tailfeathers with friends and fellow avian strangers on the dance floor, or grab a table on one of Buckhead’s local entertainment nights and scan the menu for the hand-breaded and deep-fried potato and cheddar perogies ($7.95). Indecisive eaters can sample the Jekyll and Hyde sandwich, an edible novella bound with one half buffalo chicken, one half barbecue roast beef, and one half misanthrope ($8.95). Buckhead Saloon rests just across the river from Heinz Field and PNC Park, allowing quick bites before or after the game.
The original McFadden's, founded in New York City, was known for throwing the wildest parties in the area, and the franchise's myriad locations now carry on the tradition throughout the United States. Resident DJs blast dance beats throughout the night, and, more often than not, both staff and patrons confuse the bar and the dance floor. Guests can steady themselves with burgers or pub fare and watch a Pittsburgh team on one of the 30 high-definition TVs around the bar. The bar also hosts bachelor, bachelorette, and birthday parties, as well as corporate events or fortnightly gatherings to howl at passing satellites.
Dominic’s Famous Deli and Bottle Shop stuffs its menu with paninis, hot dogs, soups, and hoagies ranked by WPXI among Pittsburgh’s Best Hoagies. The Cannonball hoagie ($8) slings midday meatballs against the tyranny of cubicles, cubed cheese, and ice cubes, and the Mount Washington cushions portobello mushrooms, olives, and pesto mayo with an italian baguette ($7). Boar’s Head hot dogs extend to a full 12 inches ($4.50), showered with premium toppings of nacho cheese, chili, and sauerkraut ($0.50 each). Eight high-definition televisions and a 220” HD projector broadcast sports games to cheering fans and dumplings bobbing excitedly in pittsburgh pierogi soup ($4).
Named after retired Chicago police officer Jim Mullen, who was seriously injured in the line of duty, Mullen's Bar & Grill first opened its doors in the Windy City before branching out to Pittsburgh. Classic bar fare such as boneless wings, nachos, and burgers shares menu space with deep-fried philly cheesesteak sandwiches and SpaghettiO's straight from the can. An entire squad of flat-screen televisions hangs from exposed rafters so eaters can easily view broadcasted sports without craning their necks or duct taping rear view mirrors to their wrists. Mullen's Bar & Grill has two locations, one stationed near the cheering crowds at PNC Park and the other in the midst of the nightlife scene on Carson Street.