Seven South Florida Bars Every Steelers Fan Should Visit
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4. Off the Ave Food & Spirits
A Delray spot known for its thin-crust pizza, Off the Ave also creates camaraderie by giving free shots whenever a car drives the wrong way on the one-way street outside. While this usually keeps most patrons on edge with their eyes glued to the window anticipating the next confused driver and free drink ticket, during the Steelers game, the attitude changes. From businessmen to laid-back barflies, Steelers fans of all shapes and sizes are attracted to the Steelers game on TV. Just be careful if you walk in with a Patriots shirt or a Tom Brady jersey; patrons are known to start some harmless mischief. BTW, the Philly cheese-steak sandwich is a can't-miss.
Bonefish Mac's Sports Grille
3. Bonefish Mac's Sports Grille
Owners Chuck and Jane McLoughlin have been in South Florida for more than 25 years, but the loyalty to their hometown of Pittsburgh hasn't waned. While they have locations in Wellington and Port St. Lucie, it's the Lighthouse Point outpost that Steelers fans have flocked to over the years. Be sure to arrive early and decked in your favorite jersey or hat, because they fill up every game and don't take reservations. And be sure to try the Steeler Menu, available only on game day, when they serve the Big Ben Burger, Robins Burger, pierogies, and of course, Iron City beer.
East Side Pub
2. East Side Pub
Dubbing itself "the Pittsburgh of Fort Lauderdale," East Side Pub caters to any Pittsburgh-based sports team, like the Penguins and the Pirates, but the Steelers are definitely their main squeeze. Black-and-gold memorabilia coats every inch of the walls, and while they're known to fill up quickly before every game as fans flock from the tricounty area, at least you know you'll be sardined inside with your fellow compatriots. And don't worry: With ten TVs lining the walls, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Rooney's Public House
1. Rooney's Public House
The Rooney family founded this Jupiter gastropub in 1997. Sixty-four years earlier, the same Rooney family also founded THE Pittsburgh Steelers. A one-stop for everything black-and-gold-related, it plays every game on the plasma TVs and over the years has attracted South Florida's most fanatic fans. Management recommends arriving an hour before the game starts to secure a seat. With drink specials on the signature Rooney's Red Ale (which is fittingly brewed in Pennsylvania) and some other Pittsburgh classics like pierogies and "Steelers Stew" made with mutton, it's the next best thing to Heinz Field.
1153 Town Center Drive, Jupiter, FL