Pittsburgh is a hockey town, and we take our team very seriously.
Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins
From cheering them on at the game, or watching them score from our favorite neighborhood hang out, we live and breathe the Penguins.
Another thing Pittsburghers take seriously is their food and drinks, and we appreciate hanging out and grabbing a bite before heading into the arena. So if you’re looking to kick back a few before the game, make sure to check out these popular Penguins hot spots.
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The Souper Bowl is an all-time fan favorite hang out. Game nights are the busiest nights of the week, so if you want a table, be sure to get there early!
910 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Souper Bowl is the place to go before a Penguin game.
It’s right across the street from the arena, and most fans agree that it’s a must-visit before the Pens drop the puck. It’s located on the 2nd level, so you also have a surprisingly nice view while you sip on your beer or nibble on some pub food.
It gets very crowded on game nights, but it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re just looking to get a few brews before the game. And since it’s so close, there’s no excuse for being late to the game!
Right down the street from the Souper Bowl is another Pens fan favorite. It has two levels so it can fit more excited fans.
818 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
If you’re looking for the best place for pitchers and wings, look no further than Cafe Fifth.
Also located across the street from the PPG Paints Arena, Cafe Fifth has been serving up their famous wings to fans for years. There’s always a good beer special too, and if you’re with a crowd, make sure to opt for the pitchers.
This is also a very popular after the game spot. Whether celebrating a Pens’ victory or agonizing over a defeat, Cafe Fifth can help you do both.
With lots of TVs and stellar pub food, The Saloon is a solid stop on the way to downtown from the South Hills. Image courtesy of The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon
622 Washington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
The Saloon is a local favorite in Mt. Lebanon and has quite the crowd before Penguin games.
It could be because their draft list is spot on or because there’s always plenty of free popcorn to go around. Either way, this is a local favorite of the South Hills and on most fans’ way downtown.
There’s usually a Penguin’s game special, so even if you haven’t scored tickets to the game, you can find a comfortable spot at the The Saloon and watch it from the bar.
...The warm atmosphere, extensive drink selection, surplus of mounted TVs, cleanliness, and unlimited fresh popcorn are some of the reasons this place is always packed with people. The staff is so friendly, even amongst the sea of people they are quick to serve you and your party. - Yelp Review
Another stop on Route 19 down the road from The Saloon is Cain’s Bar. This is a great spot to grab a bite before the game or stay for the whole thing!
3239 W. Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Cain’s is another South Hills Pens’ fan go to stop before the big game.
It has a huge selection of drafts that are always changing, and it has no shortage of great bar food to accompany it. Make sure you try their huge Cain’s Cheesesticks-- they’re listed as an appetizer but big enough to be a meal!
...Excellent draft list - they have a great variety. It's the perfect place to watch a game. Their food is far above expectations from a typical sports bar - everything is homemade and really fresh. - Yelp Review
A great downtown bar to stop at before a Pens game. Redbeard’s also has a location in Mt. Washington if you feel like stopping up there instead!
144 Sixth St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Redbeard’s is a nice local bar in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh.
It has that good sports bar vibe, so fans can feel comfortable stopping in before a Penguin’s game.
There’s always a large contingent of hockey fans sporting their favorite player’s sweater and sampling all excellent craft beer available on draft.
This local bar is a great place to stop in and grab a drink before the Pens game! Image courtesy of Hough’s
563 Greenfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
If you’re in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, be sure to stop by Hough’s for a pint before the game.
This spot is as famous for its list of rotating draft beers as it is for its pierogies. Pen’s fans like this spot because it is a small, family-owned business, and they feel like they’re really a part of the community.
...Good prices and great beer specials...speaking of beer...excellent selection!!! Nice atmosphere with plenty of beautiful woodwork. Street parking. Always good service. - Yelp Review
Hidden off the main drag of Southside, Birmingham Bridge Tavern is full of Penguin’s fans before the game.
2901 Sarah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Birmingham Bridge Tavern is located across the river in the Southside, but it is just a quick ride away from the PPG Paints Arena.
Pens fans make it a point to stop in before the game for a quick bite before heading downtown.
It’s not on Carson St., so you can expect a strong, neighborhood bar feel to this place. Pens fans love this about it, that and there’s always a game special and new drafts to try on their list.
Duke’s is a great place for Pens fans to stop in before the game. Their friendly bartenders are always ready to fill your class up with another local or craft beer. Image courtesy of Duke’s Upperdeck Cafe
122 W. 8th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15120
Located in Homestead, Duke’s is the place to go before any Pittsburgh sporting event.
It’s a mix of a sports bar and an old time Pittsburgh bar, topped off with a great local vibe. Pen’s fans like it because as the hockey season rolls into spring, their second floor patio opens up for guests to enjoy the warmer weather-- and hopefully a chance to watch the Pens make the playoffs!
Mario’s has plenty of space, and plenty of TVs, to help prepare you for any Pens game!
1514 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
With 18 HD TVs and a 120” high definition screen, Mario’s in the Southside is a great place to get pumped up before the Penguin’s game.
This place is always packed full of fans, either on their way to the arena or settling in the catch the game on the huge screen. Make sure to stop in for their specials, which are all nicely priced for the game!
What better way to show your favorite Penguins fan you care then with a GiftYa gift card to any of these Pittsburgh hockey bars? Grab a bite with the locals before heading into the PPG Paints Arena to cheer the Pens on to another victory.