Where to Watch College Football in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Get your team colors on and get ready to bar hop because college football season is only weeks away and check this out - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was recently voted the #1 Best City in the Country for Beer Lovers. So this season you really can't go wrong if you are looking to have a cold draft while you cheer on the Pittsburgh Panthers, West Virginia Mountaineers, Penn State Nittany Lions or other local college football teams.
Here are a few great places to watch college football in Pittsburgh, PA this season:
If you are looking to get a real taste of Pittsburgh while watching a Pittsburgh Panthers football game you need to start at Primanti Brothers which is - to borrow a phrase from legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson - "The Granddaddy of them All." Order an "Almost Famous" Primanti Brothers sandwich and an ice cold Iron City draft and enjoy the game. There are four prime unique locations within the City of Pittsburgh to catch a game:
Jeorme Bettis' Grille 36
Grille 36 is owned by former Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis. The sports bar and restaurant is located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh within the shadow of Heinz Field where the Pitt Panthers play. You can catch a local or national college football game on one of the many flat screen TVs throughout the bar. Fans from many local college football teams have been known to frequent the bar to cheer on their squads. If the bar area is too crowded than head outside to the patio for a bit of fresh air and possible an outdoor broadcast of the game.
Try the World Champion Nachos, Mini Pierogies and Barnyard Burger.
You can't get much more "Pittsburgh Panther" than Peter's Pub near the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland section of the City. The pub is by far one of the most school spirited Pittsburgh bars on college game days. With a great selection of import and domestic draft and bottled beers and a great game day menu, this is the place to watch the Pitt Panthers.
Try an order of Cardiac Hill Cheese Fries and a Shrimp Po' Boy.
Here are a handful of other great places to catch a college football game in the Pittsburgh area:
- Carson City Saloon (Southside)
- Rum Runners Saloon (North Hills)
- Redbeards on Sixth (Downtown)
- Cain's Saloon (South Hills)
- Jergels Rhythm Grille (North Hills)
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Scott Kozelnik has called the North Hills of Pittsburgh home since 2003. As an historian and writer, he's been published by Arcadia Publishing - Images of America, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and can be found floating out in the blogoshpere. He manages the Pittsburgh.net events blog and social media assets.