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.
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.
Blue Line Grille accomplishes a rare feat by combining the electric atmosphere of a lively sports bar with a sleek layout and upscale cuisine. Diners can catch a Penguins game while they nosh on specialty pizzas, mahi-mahi, and filet mignon, or simply stick their head out the window to hear the roar of the crowd from the adjacent CONSOL Center. High-backed wooden booths and a lengthy bar framed by TVs offer plenty of comfortable seating, as does Blue Line Grill's Sin Bin?a VIP penalty box that seats up to 20.
The diverse crowds at Level 20 Sports Bar Restaurant seem to always keep it busy. Boasting big-screen TVs, an upscale menu, and a spacious atmosphere, patrons have plenty for which to come back. The lofted banquet provides an ideal viewing space for their plethora of widescreen TVs, and ensures baseball fans won’t miss any animated arguments between umpires and managers. Specials and events, such as the weekly saturday night karaoke, help regular patrons avoid routine fatigue, and Level 20’s banquet hall is ideal for hosting class reunions, birthday parties and family get-togethers.
Inside Mike’s Place, a relaxed setting dotted with sports paraphernalia and a pool table, classic Italian-American recipes meet standard bar eats. As guests alternate bites of homemade lasagna and jumbo wings doused in 1 of 10 sauces, bartenders keep glasses brimming and campaign-finance-reform discussions to a minimum. On Friday nights, live musicians and DJs take center stage.
While 20/20 is typically a metric for eyesight, at Hula Bar & Grill it is a metric for culinary vision; the eatery complements its array of 20 specialty burgers with 20 specialty pizzas. In their kitchen that stays open until midnight 365 days per year, the chefs bake golden-brown pies such as the Bloody Mary pizza with red vodka sauce, celery, and chicken. They also whip up burgers such as the Kahuna burger—a five-pattied cheeseburger that towers over plates at a foot tall, the size of the burgers Godzilla eats while on a diet. Those who can’t decide between the two specialties can get the best of both worlds with the Pizza Burger, a patty crowned with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and Italian cheeses. Chicken wings swoop to tables in an array of flavors, from wasabi ranch to bourbon barbecue—another house specialty—washed down by long island iced teas and other refreshing cocktails.