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Pittsburgh has been described more than once as “a drinking town with a football problem,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that sports bars are plentiful here. Some of the very best are clustered in the North Shore, where PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Heinz Field, the Steelers’ stadium, are located. We love Mullen’s, McFadden’s and, former Steeler running back, Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36, which all cater to the sports fanatic with dozens of flat-screen TVs and plenty of pub grub. Stop by after a Pirates or Steelers game to experience these bars at their most energetic. Elsewhere in the city, popular sports bars include Piper’s Pub, where international soccer matches are screened, the friendly Silky’s Sports Bar and Grill, and Shadyside’s mammoth Buffalo Blues.
And of course, Pittsburgh is a great place to see games played live. Steelers football is religion in Pittsburgh, and Heinz Field is the high church - the energy in the 65,000-seat stadium by the Ohio River is infectious. With tickets that are easier to get than those for Steeler’s games, watching the Pirates play at the gorgeous PNC Park is an experience not to be missed. The classic-style stadium, opened in 2001, has views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Allegheny River. If hockey is more your speed, stop in for a game at Consol Energy Center, where you can see the Pittsburgh Penguins play in their new home.