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Getting closer and closer to the National Championships in Pittsburgh.  I thought it would be nice have a thread that discussed all things Pittsburgh like Restaurants, Transportation, Stadium info, Casino, Fan Fest, Surrounding areas, etc. 

If you have spent time in Pittsburgh and know the in's and out's feel free to let us know.  It seems there is a rail system.  I'm staying at the Holiday Inn North, the walk will only be a mile so not sure if riding the rail or uber/lyft is necessary.  I've listed below some of the restaurants that look interesting and seem to be easy to get to.

 

Market Square area has Starbucks, Pizza place, Chipotle, Moe’s, CVS,  Dunkin Donuts,  Bagel shop, 

http://winghartburgers.com/#hungry-custom-section-684   Wings and Burgers   Whiskey Bar      5 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 https://www.dibellas.com/menu     Subs/Sandwiches       16 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 https://primantibros.com/locations/market-square/           Subs/Sandwiches        2 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

 

http://www.bluebirdkitchen.com/                     Breakfast Spot       221 Forbes avenue Pittsburgh pa      around the corner from market square

https://www.redbeardspgh.com/menu.php         Sports Bar        144 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

https://theyardpgh.com/market-square/           Pub   Comfort Food   Craft Beer  100 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  This restaurant might be in the arena? 

http://mullensbarandgrill.com/          Sports Bar    200 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 

 

PPG Arena and surrounding area, lots of info    https://www.discovertheburgh.com/pittsburgh-penguins-hockey/

 

Thanks in advance for any info provided.

 

 

 

 

 

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Some more random bits of info...

 

SUBWAY, aka "the 'T'": The subway from downtown to the North Shore- and back toward the Arena- is free and easy to use. Steel Plaza is the station closest to PPG Paints Arena and is located across Grant Street from the Omni William Penn Hotel. Hotel Monaco is also handy. Marriott City Center and the Cambria (beside the Arena) should also use Steel Plaza station. Wood Street Station is the next stop and is closest to the Drury Hotel, the Westin, Embassy Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, and AC Hotel. Next stop is Gateway Center. Hotels near that station are the Fairmont, Hilton Garden Inn, Town Place, Wyndham and Renaissance. The subway goes under the river from here and only has two stops on the North Shore. The first one is near PNC Park. There are hotels, bars, and restaurants in this area. Tequila Cowboy and Bettis Grille are a couple of places. The next stop is the last stop. It is near Heinz Field. This is the stop for the Carnegie Science Center- which is pretty neat if you like that kind of stuff- and Rivers Casino- which is also kind of neat if you like that kind of stuff. You could also ride the "T" over to Station Square, where there are some bars and restaurants. Although it appears that you are at the bottom of the South Side, don't try to walk it.

TAXI CABS: If you see one, take a picture because no one will believe you (only slight exaggeration). There aren't many taxis in PGH. If you need one, check the entrances of the big hotels- Omni William Penn, Wyndham, Westin. PGH is a big UBER city. But, you need to download the app and load credit card information before you can use one. Lyft is another option, but I'm not familiar with their process.

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS: Lots of good places. PPG Paints Arena is up the hill from "downtown". There are a few places near the Arena - Buford's being the best of the minimal selection. To the south of the Arena (up the hill) is the Hill District- not a good place for tourists; to the west is Duquesne University; to the east is a bluff; so, to the north (down the hill)- Downtown- is really your only option. Union Standard in the Union Trust Building- along with Freshi's (quick salads), Jimmy John's; the Tap Room and Terrace Room in the Omni William Penn- along with a Brueger's and Starbucks; and the Commoner- along with a Dunkin Donut- in the Hotel Monaco are all located in buildings along Grant Street. Villa Reale has good pizza- and they deliver- on Smithfield downtown. Tako and Bakersfield Tavern (Mexican) are both good, Ten Penny (American), Sammy's (sandwich), Sharp Edge (huge selection of beer), are all places within 1-2 blocks of Fan Fest. Proper has great brick-oven pizza. Market Square has a lot of options. Winghart's has great burgers. The City Grille is a large sports bar but they've already said that their TV's will be tuned into basketball all weekend. Ten Penny will be tuned in to wrestling.

SOUTH SIDE: Good place with a ton of bars along East Carson Street. Check out Jack's if you like low-ceilinged dive bars. South Side Works has a Hofbrau House and an Irish restaurant, as well as a Cheesecake Factory and movie theater.

STRIP DISTRICT: Also a few interesting bars, restaurants, as well as Pittsburgh merchandise (i.e. cheap Steelers/Pens t-shirts). Wholey's is a good fish place. Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle is an Irish bar that typically has live Irish music.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Pittsburgh's Brooklyn. This is the newest, hippest area (not counting the development and gentrification around Bakery Square/East Liberty). A lot of good restaurants. As "hipster" as Pittsburgh gets. Not walking distance from downtown or the Arena. Arsenal Lanes is a fun bowling alley with DJ's and live bands.

NORTH SIDE: The Warhol Museum is near PNC Park on the North Side. Some areas can be sketchy but a cool area off the typical tourist path. Check out the urban art of Randyland, or the rowhouse converted to a restaurant- Monterrey Pub- in the Mexican War Streets. Pittsburgh Banjo Club gets an SRO crowd at the North Side Elks every Wednesday night- definitely worth checking out. Park Inn around the corner from there also has a bluegrass band on Wednesday nights.

ALCOHOL: the nearest beer distributor that I know of is about 15 minutes north of downtown. Liquor is sold in "state stores" in PA. I don't know if there are any downtown- there'd have to be, though. Send me a message if you want a connection to a former wrestler who recently started his own distillery for vodka and gin. The vodka is top-shelf smooth for about $10 per bottle less and it can probably be delivered to you.

 

 

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Please post links to the various clubs parties during NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh (I will try to update this post as people post links)

WEDNESDAY, March 20:
The Kickoff Party, hosted by Jordan and Lauren Burroughs: 7:30 PM at Jay Verno Studios, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, http://www.thekickoffparty.com/home
Looks like DT, Snyder, Helen Maroulis will be there and it raises funds for local club(s)

 

Old Dominion University Social: Wednesday March 20  5:00-8:00pm - Embassy Suites  535 Smithfield St.;  $40 at the door; Three Championship T-Shirts; Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres, Beer, Wine and Non-Alcohol drinks


THURSDAY, March 21:
Edinboro: 3-5:30pm, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center,
Come meet and mingle with the Edinboro Wrestling Coaches - Matt Hill and Mike DePalma, Director of Athletics - Katherine Robbins, Olympic Gold Medalist – Bruce Baumgartner, former Edinboro wrestlers, friends, families, and supporters!
Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar.
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019
https://secure.touchnet.com/C20711_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=26&CATID=59


FRIDAY, March 22:
Lock Haven Alumni Association NCAA Social: 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM Double Tree by Hilton https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/loc...tling-social-at-2019-nationals/20003293395030

Slippery Rock University Alumni NCAA Social: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Marriott City Center in the Three Rivers Room

Clarion Wrestling NCAA Social: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Café Fifth
https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/clarion-wrestling-social-2019-ncaas/20003456903934

Pittsburgh Wrestling Club NCAA Social: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Penn Society Club (below Ten Penny Restaurant), $35 per person (food and 1 drink ticket included), https://www.pittsburghwrestlingclub.com/2019-pwc-social

WPIAL Wrestling Social: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Red Ring Bar and Grill, 1970s/80s WPIAL wrestlers, family and friends, open bar and complimentary appetizers with a $20 suggested donation (all proceeds to boys and Girls Club of Western PA).



SATURDAY, March 23:
Penn State Alumni Association NCAA Wrestling Championship Mixer: 3-5 p.m., March 23, @Bufords_5thAve, Free for @PennStateAlums members; $10 non-members, Registration required and non-transferrable. Limited space.
Register ➡️ https://t.co/5jJYl5zHQO pic.twitter.com/WB9Z7cX38n

Wrestlers In Business Network NCAA Social: 2:00-5:00 PM Pittsburgh Marriott City Center https://www.wrestlersinbusiness.org/events/wibn-national-social-ncaas

Penn State Wrestling Club: Immediately following Awards ceremony https://www.pennstatewrestlingclub.org/ncaasocial/join.php (SOLD OUT)

Cornell Wrestling NCAA Post-Tournament Reception 2019: 10:00 PM or immediately following Session VI, Buford's Kitchen - 1014 Fifth Avenue, $40 for each adult 21 and over, $20 for 20 and under (cost includes food and beverage in a Cornell party just steps from the Arena) https://alumni.cornell.edu/event/cornell-wrestling-ncaa-post-tournament-reception-2019/

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I agree with Tightwaist: South Side has a college "bro" type of feel. Personally, I'm much more inclined to stay downtown at the restaurants/bars than go to the Strip. The North Shore will be more lively than Downtown, though, just because there are fewer places and a bit younger crowd at those NS bars.

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First Night Eats

Primanti Bros.

“The Capone” Italian Hero (what we NY’ers call it as opposed to a sub)

Side order of Primanti Fries

Washed down with an Arnold Palmer Ice Tea

Second Night Eats

TBD

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1 hour ago, Fletcher said:

What is Market Square? Is that like a pedestrian mall or something? Walkable from the PPG Arena?

Any places worth eating at by Duquesne University? Is that even a real school?

From what I've researched Market Square is .7 miles from the arena and it seems like a lot of different types of restaurants in a small area.  It is going away from where fan fest will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center though.

Not sure if it will work but below is a link to the street view that you can look around

 

https://www.instantstreetview.com/@40.440407,-80.002393,-178.86h,5p,1z

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6 minutes ago, Marcus Cisero said:

First Night Eats

Primanti Bros.

“The Capone” Italian Hero (what we NY’ers call it as opposed to a sub)

Side order of Primanti Fries

Washed down with an Arnold Palmer Ice Tea

 

Second Night Eats

TBD

Wtf side order of fries? Put dat right on the sandwich!

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Ok,  I am going for the out of the Burgh itself and into the suburbs for some treats with 3 destinations:

 

Oakmont Bakery (this place is easy to drop $40 on pastries):  https://oakmontbakery.com/

Blawnox (Starlite Lounge)  This place has been on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  PIEROGIES are MASSIVE!  Great atmosphere and probably for you all that like a drink,  a great place to hit up and kick back (btw...very little to no signage...drove by like 4 times finding it with my dad):  http://starliteloungepgh.com/  Moodogs Music Bar is right there too....here is a link to bands playing DI weekend:  http://moondogs.us/events/2019-03-22/

Russelton, PA (Deer Creek Diner)-  TRUST A BIG GUY ON THIS....go out of your way and hit up Breakfast early here...you will not need to eat another meal for a long....long time, and a good chance you will have leftovers (especially if you get the pancakes which they flip using an old steam shovel...I did a non timed food challenge there,  and made it through half dozen eggs, 3 sausage, 3 bacon 4 slices of toast,  but only 1 of 3 pancakes...had to get 4 to go boxes...it is insane amount of food):  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deer-Creek-Diner/161987227175645

 

 

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Lived in greater Pittsburgh for almost 7 years now so I'll weigh in. 

For the beer fans, I can happily weigh in on the local craft beer scene. 

Breweries

1. Brew Gentlemen, Braddock PA - one of the worst areas but some of the best hoppy beers you'll find. They also do other, less sexy styles quite well. Mr. Automatic is one of the best simple porters you'll find.

2. Voodoo, Homestead, PA - also a sub-par area but they make fantastic stouts. Their hoppy stuff is hit or miss (some prominent QC issues in cans) but they are largely well above average. 

3. Dancing Gnome, Sharpsburg, PA - they do hoppy beers relatively well but skip them for literally every other style. They have 7 taps and 5 will be IPAs or hopped up pales anyway. 

Also worth considering are Yellow Bridge (Delmont), Grist House (Millvale), and Roundabout (Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh proper).

For bars

Fat Heads in the Southside and Independent in Squirrel Hill are both very worth the time.

Food - skip Primanti's. It's a tourist trap that's not really that good. I can weigh in a lot further depending on style preference if anyone wishes. I'd very much recommend going to any Pamela's location for breakfast. They have the best pancakes I've had. 

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On ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 3:14 AM, PSUMike said:

Lived in greater Pittsburgh for almost 7 years now so I'll weigh in. 

For the beer fans, I can happily weigh in on the local craft beer scene. 

Breweries

1. Brew Gentlemen, Braddock PA - one of the worst areas but some of the best hoppy beers you'll find. They also do other, less sexy styles quite well. Mr. Automatic is one of the best simple porters you'll find.

2. Voodoo, Homestead, PA - also a sub-par area but they make fantastic stouts. Their hoppy stuff is hit or miss (some prominent QC issues in cans) but they are largely well above average. 

3. Dancing Gnome, Sharpsburg, PA - they do hoppy beers relatively well but skip them for literally every other style. They have 7 taps and 5 will be IPAs or hopped up pales anyway. 

Also worth considering are Yellow Bridge (Delmont), Grist House (Millvale), and Roundabout (Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh proper).

For bars

Fat Heads in the Southside and Independent in Squirrel Hill are both very worth the time.

Food - skip Primanti's. It's a tourist trap that's not really that good. I can weigh in a lot further depending on style preference if anyone wishes. I'd very much recommend going to any Pamela's location for breakfast. They have the best pancakes I've had. 

Within an easy travel distance - Best sandwich/sub shop?  Best sports bar?  Best steakhouse?  Best NY style pizza?  What about the food choices inside the arena? 

I'm staying at the holiday inn north side, what travel mode would you recommend to and from the arena?  Uber/Lyft, walk, subway T?  Thanks in advance

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Does anyone have thoughts on late night walking back ?  Anywhere to avoid?  How does the South Side / Mt. Washington residential area rate in terms of safety?  I have an Airbnb up towards the hills on the South Side. Are Ubers generally available at all hours?  And of course - what time do the bars close / open?   Thanks in advance. 

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Fun fact: Pittsburgh has self-driving Ubers. Not sure how late at night they run, or what the protocol is for inclement weather since I haven't been there in over a year and it was still autumn.

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2 hours ago, TFBJR said:

Does anyone have thoughts on late night walking back ?  Anywhere to avoid?  How does the South Side / Mt. Washington residential area rate in terms of safety?  I have an Airbnb up towards the hills on the South Side. Are Ubers generally available at all hours?  And of course - what time do the bars close / open?   Thanks in advance. 

Use your doubles, singles and high-crotch.

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7 hours ago, restlefan said:

Within an easy travel distance - Best sandwich/sub shop?  Best sports bar?  Best steakhouse?  Best NY style pizza?  What about the food choices inside the arena? 

I'm staying at the holiday inn north side, what travel mode would you recommend to and from the arena?  Uber/Lyft, walk, subway T?  Thanks in advance

Sandwich shop...from where you're staying, there are 2 places that are supposed to be good but I've never been. One is North Shore Deli and the other Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe. 

Sports bar would probably be Fat Heads in the Southside although I'd rather **** a light socket than go to the Southside on a weekend night. Not my kind of scene. 

Steakhouse would be Meat and Potatoes in the Cultural District a.k.a. downtown, center city. They have a tomahawk for 2 that's excellent. I think it's 44oz with 2 sides, compound butter and bone marrow for around $75. I basically never order steak out as I can usually make it better with my sous vide and a cast iron but that's worth it. 

My favorite pizza in the area is Aiello's in Squirrel Hill. Right next door is Mineo's. There is a big rivalry between the 2. Legend has it Mineo brought Aiello over from Italy to help him in his shop and then a few years later, Aiello went out on his own and started his own shop literally next door. Both sell by the slice so you could compare. Both excellent but Aiellos gets the nod from me. 

Inside the arena will be typical arena food. Nothing to write home about. 

 

The T runs from south of the city to the Northside and back. That's it. It wouldn't be advantageous for you to use it. Walking is probably is a little rough. Uber or your car would be my recommendation. Parking around the city isn't great but it's not awful either. There is on-street parking available in most neighborhoods. 

 

5 hours ago, TFBJR said:

Does anyone have thoughts on late night walking back ?  Anywhere to avoid?  How does the South Side / Mt. Washington residential area rate in terms of safety?  I have an Airbnb up towards the hills on the South Side. Are Ubers generally available at all hours?  And of course - what time do the bars close / open?   Thanks in advance. 

The Southside can be a little sketchy at times. It's the hangout for all the college kids so it attracts some trash as well for easy pickings. On the main street running though (Carson), you'll be fine but going back into the slopes (where it sounds like you'll be staying) might be a touch risky. It's not something I'd definitively say is a bad idea especially if you'll be with a group. But one guy walking by himself at night in that part of town might attract a little attention. Ubers are plentiful and I seldom wait too long even in my neighborhood 20 minutes north of the city. Most bars will open for brunch around 10-11. Close at 2am by state law. 

Also as a side note, the area immediately surrounding PPG Paints arena is fine but under no circumstances should you venture Northeast of there. The Hill District is an area I don't even like to drive through. Stay south of Fifth Avenue. 

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Great advice.  Totally appreciate it.  I'm solo this time, so Ubers it is.  

 

May have to try one of those Tomahawks for 1.  Sounds tasty. 

 

Thanks very much. 

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57 minutes ago, TFBJR said:

Great advice.  Totally appreciate it.  I'm solo this time, so Ubers it is.  

 

May have to try one of those Tomahawks for 1.  Sounds tasty. 

 

Thanks very much. 

NP. If you're a cocktail kind of guy (I am not), Meat and Potatoes supposedly has some kickass whiskey drinks, the Manhattan in particular. 

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On 3/6/2019 at 12:51 PM, tightwaist said:

North Shore or Strip District are the places to be.  Downtown has some decent spots.  Southside is like Jersey Shore, if you like that type of thing (drunk meatheads).  

I'll also echo the Strip District. I really enjoy going down there on a weekend morning and just walking around shop to shop. Some great food in that area as well. There is a cool concept called Smallman's Galley where the owners rent out 4 kitchens to aspiring restaurateurs so it's essentially 4 food menus in one spot. I highly recommend checking that out. 

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On 3/6/2019 at 1:19 PM, dpd926 said:

I agree with Tightwaist: South Side has a college "bro" type of feel. Personally, I'm much more inclined to stay downtown at the restaurants/bars than go to the Strip. The North Shore will be more lively than Downtown, though, just because there are fewer places and a bit younger crowd at those NS bars.

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14 hours ago, PSUMike said:

NP. If you're a cocktail kind of guy (I am not), Meat and Potatoes supposedly has some kickass whiskey drinks, the Manhattan in particular. 

I 100% am.  Total cliche.   Steak and a Rye Manhattan to start.  I've contacted M&P and Butcher and the Rye already for reservations.  Many thanks. 

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