Top 10 Pittsburgh Pirates Sports Bars

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link-to-major-league-baseballWhere to Watch the Pittsburgh Pirates

Best place to watch the Pirates is PNC Park in Pittsburgh. But what if the Pirates are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? Check out the best Pittsburgh Pirates bars to watch the game with other Pirates fans. Plus: some of the most popular restaurants near PNC Park!

Pirates Team Overview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a professional baseball team in the United States. And the Pirates compete in the Central Division of the National League (NL) of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Pirates Team History

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Poster of the 1909 National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates on a pirate ship.
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1925 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates at the White House with President Calvin Coolidge.
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Statue of Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman William Mazeroski, who was the batter at the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the New York Yankees in 1960. In fact, it was the first time the series had ever been won on a home run. Photo Credit: Davey Nin.
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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series. In fact, they were only the fourth team in history to come from a three games to one deficit to win the series.

The Pirates were established in 1882. Originally, they called themselves the Allegheny. Then, in 1987, they changed their name to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

Finally, they changed their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1891. And they have been known as the Pirates ever since.

However, some fans refer to the team as the Bucs or the Bucos. These nicknames are short for buccaneers, which is a synonym for pirates.

The Pirates have won nine East Division titles. And they went on to win nine NL pennants. Most importantly, they have won the World Series five times.

Where the Pittsburgh Pirates Play

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The Pittsburgh Pirates play home games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. In fact, it is located across the Alleghany River from downtown Pittsburgh.  And many Pirates fans walk across the bridge to attend baseball games.

Many people think PNC Park is the best baseball park in Major League Baseball. The sight lines are excellent, And it has very good facilities. Most importantly, there are amazing views of downtown Pittsburgh.

Regarding facilities, there are 69 suites. And they are situated on their own concourse level. These  include:

  • Club seating at both the field and mezzanine levels.
  • An outfield barbecue run by former Pirate Manny Sanguillen.
  • An outdoor river terrace and river walk.
  • Jim Beam Left Field Lounge & Jim Beam Porch.

PNC Park is located across the river from  downtown Pittsburgh at 115 Federal Street. In addition to hosting baseball games and other sporting events, it occasionally hosts concerts.

Best Pirates Bars in Pittsburgh

Here are some of the food and beverage outlets most popular with Pirates fans in Pittsburgh. Included are some of the best Pirates watch bars in Steel City.

Many of the restaurants and cafes on this list are within walking distance of PNC Park. In fact, many fans like to stop at them on their way to and from games.

If you are planning to watch a Pirates game at one of these establishments, be sure to call ahead to make sure they will be showing the game. And ask if they will be turning on the sound.

Because of COVID-19, some of the establishments on this list might be temporarily or permanently closed.

  1. Redbeards on Sixth – 144 – 6th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 261-2324. Facebook
  2. Mullen’s Bar & Grill – 200 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 231-1112. Facebook
  3. Buckhead Saloon Pittsburgh – 225 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 232-3101. Facebook
  4. Southern Tier Brewing Company – 316 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 301-2337. Facebook
  5. Social House 7 – 123 – 7th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 709-6808. Facebook
  6. Meat and Potatoes – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) . Facebook
  7. Pork & Beans – 649 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 325-7007. Facebook
  8. City Works Eatery and Pour House – 2 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 448-2900. Facebook
  9. Carson City Saloon – 1401 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 481-3203. Facebook
  10. Sharp Edge Bistro – 288 West Steuben Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) . Facebook
  11. Bakersfield – 940 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 586-5024. Facebook
  12. Emporio at Sienna Mercato – 942 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 281-2810. Facebook
  13. Allegheny City Brewing – 507 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 904-3732. Facebook
  14. Condato Tacos – 4300 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 863-7630. Facebook
  15. Bill’s Bar & Burger – 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 567-2300. Facebook
  16. El Burro Comedor – 1108 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 904-3451. Facebook
  17. Bier’s Pub – 900 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 224-2163. Facebook
  18. The Commoner – 458 Strawberry Way, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 230-4800. Facebook
  19. Biergarten at Kimpton Hotel Monaco – 620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Telephone: (412) 230-4800. Facebook

A Word to the Wise

While many of these venues tend to attract Pittsburgh Pirates fans on game day, there are no guarantees.

First of all, not all baseball games are broadcast. And even when they are, sometimes they won’t turn on the sound. Otherwise, they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special activities.

Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.

Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.

Your Input on Pittsburgh Pirates Bars Wanted

If you have patronized any of these Pittsburgh Pirates sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.

You can mention the ambiance for Pittsburgh Pirates fans. For example, is there team memorabilia on display?

And what about the visibility of TV screens, the resolution, and the quality of the sound?

Finally, do they serve bar food? If so, how is it? Also, are there happy hour specials on game day? And what about the service?

Furthermore, please let me know if any of these Pittsburgh Pirates watch bars have closed – or if Pittsburgh fans are no longer having Pirates watch parties at them. Do Pirates fans show up on Big Game Days?

Your own recommendations on where to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play will also be greatly appreciated! Especially welcome would be Pirates-friendly sports bars in other cities!

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