Best Local Steelers Bars

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The TV Gods don’t seem to be favoring the Steelers at the moment. If you haven’t noticed for the past 20 years, when Pittsburgh and the Ravens play at the same time, the Ravens get television priority in our area.

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It’s ridiculous, I know, and I have been lobbying on twitter for several years now — However, it’s the decision of the NFL (who doesn’t get its audience), not our local TV stations. And you know it’s bad enough that the Black and Gold aren’t on TV, but the fact that it’s the Ravens just adds salt to the wound.

»» What games are broadcast each week, updated each Wednesday

Every season has a few of these fateful days, and when one arrives you’ll need a way to catch the game.

There are a few things you need to know before heading out:

  1. Not every bar gets every game so be sure the bar you chose is showing it.
  2. Not every local bar is Steeler friendly, but not every bar is strictly Steelers loyal (beggars can’t be choosers).
  3. Prep for Game Day each week with my Cheers, Jeers and Fears for the week ahead.

Note: This list is not exhaustive, and we would love to hear where you catch the games!

Designated Steelers Bars

The Sturges Speakeasy

BBQ Pork Belly Benedict: Brunch at The Speakeasy.
BBQ Pork Belly Benedict: Brunch at The Speakeasy.

The Speakeasy (or even, “Speak,” as it is affectionately known) is a genuine Pittsburgh bar that will always show the Steelers on Sundays. Speak features multiple TVs that surround the bar and dining space so you won’t miss any of the action no matter where you sit.

What to order: Speakeasy has a great variety of sandwiches, bar food and your typical “football foods,” like nachos and wings to satisfy any fan. And you won’t have a problem with picking a great beer from their ever-rotating tap list.

Pro Tip: Grab some brunch (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) if the Steelers happen to be the early game. The BBQ Pork Belly Eggs Benedict is definitely a favorite.

The Midtown Tavern

Large screen TVs, pool tables, and great craft beer make this Midtown bar an ideal place to catch the game. One Yelp review called The Midtown Tavern a Steelers paradise and that non-Pittsburgh fans should beware. Sounds like you will be amongst friends.

What to order: They have a top-notch list of rotating craft beers plus local staples like Perpetual IPA, which pairs perfectly with some delicious .40 cent hot wings. Oh and Sara says “splurge on the curly fries with cheese.”

The Wharf 

Another local bar that is dedicated to the Steelers. They feature The Sunday Ticket as well, so you can be sure that they will have each and every Steelers game on.

What to order: Pick a $6 Margarita, Orange Crush or Mojito and grab one of their famous strombolis to share with the table, or be greedy and eat it yourself.

Enola American Legion

[Ed.note — How many of you remember when the Steelers Fan Club was at Zee’s Underground???]

Join the Harrisburg Steelers Fan Club at the Enola Legion. Anyone can attend — admittance for one game is just $5 or $15 for the entire season.

The feature a STEELERS inspired menu, and of course drinks. During halftime, they have a 50/50 and raffle to keep things interesting.

What to order: Two words: cheap drinks.

Steelers-Friendly Sports Bars

Arooga’s – Various locations

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While technically not a Steelers bar, the combination of dozens of TVs, expensive draft list, and convenient locations should make any Arooga’s a fall-back when you’re looking to catch the Black and Gold.

Tips on what to get: Coal Cracker or Almost Everything (or Sara’s go-to, Kangarooga) extra wet Arooga-style wings with an IPA to wash it all down.

Underdog Sports Bar & Grill

Not necessarily a Pittsburgh bar, but they do subscribe to the NFL Sunday Ticket to show every game throughout the day. Make sure when you get there that your table is facing the right TV and that you have a cold beer in hand. The Dog is also split up into a smoking bar and non-smoking dining area.

Tips on what to get: Wings are definitely at the top of the list. If you’re looking for heat, the hot ranch or hot garlic are the way to go. If you’re not into the hot sauce, then the Jack Daniel’s BBQ or General Tso are tasty options as well.

For drinks, make sure to check out the $12 craft beer bucket that features anything from Dogfish Head 90 Minute to Grapefruit Sculpin.

Bars to avoid (because of fan loyalty):

Note: Sara’s big mouth contributed to this article in many places. Don’t get her started. 

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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