Game's On In The Square

Hey, sports fans, even if you can't get front row tix to cheer your favorite team on to victory, you can watch the game from some of the best seats in town — right in Market Square. That's right, now you can show your true colors, which might just happen to be Black and Gold, at any number of the Square's restaurants, grilles and watering holes. So, if you're looking for a spot to root, root, root for the Steelers, Penguins, Panthers, Dukes or any other home team this season, check out our All-Star lineup of Square joints where the game is always on.

New Diamond Market Bar and Grille: This rookie is creating a sensation with its All-American gourmet burgers and homestyle comfort foods. But the real power play here is a six-pack of wide screen, HD screens that always seem to be tuned to the Game of the Week. Open seven days a week, NDMBG always offers you a home field advantage with a drink menu of classic cocktails, wines and more than 20 draft beers on tap and 30 more bottled selections. For some pre-game action, the Monday-Friday Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. knocks a buck off all alcoholic beverages.

Las Velas Mexican Restaurant: We like to think of Las Velas as the Square's version of the skybox. Perched above The New Diamond Market Bar & Grille, this spicy Mexican eatery provides a bird's eye view of the action below on terrazzo plaza every Monday through Friday. Everyone's a winner during Happy Hour with discounts on everything from Dos Equis brews to the specially mixed margaritas. With two TV screens above the liquor shelf, fans can stay tuned to nearly every bouncing bar sport from Big East hoops to World Cup soccer clashes.

NOLA On The Square: We don't know if the Saints will ever come marching in, but NOLA is the perfect place to chill during a Pens game with New Orleans inspired cuisine and live music. Open every day except Sunday, NOLA's three TV screens will help you catch every play of the big game from pre-season to playoffs. Happy Hour specials run the field from 5-7 p.m. every Monday through Friday with deep discounts on cocktails, brews and wines.

Fat Tommy's Pizzeria: Sports fans won't mind going out of bounds Square-wise to find a seat at Fat Tommy's Pizzeria. Located just around the corner from NOLA on lower Forbes Avenue, Tommy's delivers a tasty one-two punch of daily Happy Hour cocktail and beer specials and fresh-from-the-oven pies for loyal Steel City rooters. From 5 for 5 Bud Light pony bottles on Monday to $5 margarita's on Friday, Tommy's scores all week long with a pair of wide-screen TVs in its newly remodeling dining area.

Primanti's: From the multitudes of the Steelers Nation to the lovable Leftfield Loonies from PNC Park, Primanti's in the Square is a fan haven seven days a week from 10 a.m.- midnight. Whether you hold your own tailgate party in the Square with a mammoth "almost famous" cheesesteak and egg sammich or huddle close to the bar with a cool draft for that two-minute drill in the game's closing moments, Primanti's might just be the next best thing to being at the game itself.

Moe's Southwest Grill: Open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., Moe's serves up tempting Tex-Mex dishes from the opening kickoff to the final gun during most Steelers games. While the Men of Steel grind up the competition on the field, you can conquer your thirst with a variety of brews or a cool, refreshing margarita. And if you did manage land some choice seats to a Pens contest or a Pitt basketball game, Moe's is an ideal starting point just about any day of the week for a bite to eat without paying big-league concession prices at the sporting venue of your choice.

The Original Oyster House: Now 141 years young, the Oyster House has been around longer than the Pirates, Pens, Steelers and every other team in town. From the bigger than life illustration of undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano behind the bar to the fabulous breaded fish sandwiches, the Original Oyster House scores a unanimous decision with its food, history and authentic hometown atmosphere. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Oyster House is the place to relive Pittsburgh sports teams glory days and watch future champions in the making.

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