A Hockey Night Hideout in Pittsburgh
The not-so-secret spot for a pregame beer.
PHOTO by Renee Rabenold
Shale’s Cafe is the sort of no-nonsense Pittsburgh bar that serves as the cornerstone of many neighborhoods.
The big difference: This one’s right across the street from PPG Paints Arena and the beer is cheap.
The small pub (1208 Fifth Ave., 412/391-2949), opened in 1934 by Shale Kaczmarski, draws a crowd every time its neighbor hosts a big event; it’s particularly popular before each Penguins home game.
A bottle of Duquesne Pilsener or PBR will set you back $3; given the wallet-wilting prices for alcohol inside the arena, it’s good financial planning to leave yourself time for a round or two at Shale’s before the puck drops.