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Football Fan's Guide to Heinz Field

Before & After the Game - North Shore Dining & Attractions

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Pittsburgh's North Shore, home to both Heinz Field and PNC Park, is still very much a work in progress. Millions of dollars of development are planned to take place over the next few years. For now, there isn't much in the way of nightlife right on the North Shore near Heinz Field, but the area is growing like wildfire and already offers several great options for a few hours of relaxation and fun. Plus downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District and even Station Square are just a quick walk, bus or boat ride away.

Dining and Drinking
Looking for a place to unwind and get a bite to eat before or after a game? Pittsburgh's North Shore offers a great mix of new twists and old favorites. A Pittsburgh game-day tradition, the Clark Bar & Grill housed in the historic Clark Candy Factory across from Heinz Field, is the ultimate scene for the true Pittsburgh sports fan. Another popular sports bar is Castellano's Deli which, in its new location across Federal Street from PNC Park, offers sports fans plenty to drink, great deli sandwiches and lots of Pittsburgh sports memorabilia. Other popular taverns include the Triangle Bar & Grill, Firewaters and the 222 Bar. If you're willing to walk or drive a few blocks, then consider the James Street Tavern on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, which offers great New Orleans jazz and Cajun/Creole cuisine, or Legends of the North Shore if you're in the mood for Italian.

Active Entertainment
Want to work off some energy after the game? Then try one of the North Shore's newest hot spots, the Hi-Tops Sports Bar for great food, drinks and fun. Or maybe you'd rather cruise down an Olympic bobsled run or shoot hockey pucks at a virtual goalie? Then check out the don't-miss UPMC SportsWorks, packed with over 40 exhibits featuring 70+ interactive experiences designed to test your skills in virtual games and sporting events.

A Bit of Culture
Tom Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, suspects that sports and arts crowds come from different planets, but I'm not so sure. One of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world, this North Shore institution contains 35,000 square feet of exhibition space on seven floors featuring the work of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th Century. It provides interesting insight into contemporary art and popular culture and is definitely worth at least one visit.

Hands-On Science
The Carnegie Science Center, one of my favorite Pittsburgh destinations, is located right next door to Heinz Field. Fun for kids of all ages can be found here with more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a four-story Omnimax Theater, interactive planetarium, a real submarine and three live demonstration theaters. One of the top ten Science Centers in the country!

Enjoy your visit to Heinz Field!

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