Location of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Eat, Drink, and Play at Pittsburgh’s Rivers’ Casino
Sin City is not the only destination that is gambler-friendly anymore. Casinos have been popping up all over the country – even along the East coast and no I do not mean Atlantic City. I am talking about more unexpected locations such as the Steel City, the city of bridges, the home of the most successful football franchise. Yes, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has more to offer than fantastic home sports teams, Carnegie Museums, and historic sites – it is now home to the Rivers’ Casino. If you think the Steel City has lost its luster. The Rivers’s Casino is proof it is in a time of redemption.
There are several areas that come together to form the outline of downtown Pittsburgh. Arguably, the most popular destination is the North Shore. As its name suggests the North Shore lies exactly to the north of down town, separated only by the Allegheny River and three bridges. The most popular of the three bridges is the Ninth Street Bridge, known to locals as the Roberto Clemente Bridge. It leads directly to the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park. If you continue your stroll through the North Shore, only a few blocks away, you will stumble upon Heinz Field – home to six time Super Bowl winners the Pittsburgh Steelers. And a stones throw away from the legendary teams home turf? The Rivers’ Casino! Of course the Carnegie Science Center is also a midst the two facilities, coming together to form a triangle. So, while standing in front of the Rivers’ Casino you will fins Heinz Field in one direction, a Carnegie Museum in the other, and the Ohio River serves as the picturesque background. With so much going on outside you will likely not want to go indoors, but once you enter the casino it is hard to leave.
The Rivers’ Casino was built, or finalized and opened its doors in August of 2009. It offers the internal appeal of a Las Vegas casino, comparable in size and in beauty to some of the very best on the Vegas strip. Upon initial entry to the Rivers’ Casino flashing lights and the constant sound of slot machines will overwhelm you. More than 100 table games outline modern architecture and old-fashioned slot machines. Within its own personal space is the Poker Room, with 30 Poker tables. The Poker Room is adjacent to the high slots area where those with, or without, deeper pockets may insert up to 100 hundred dollars as a minimum into the elegant machines. A midst the gambling, game playing, and laughter cocktail servers offer “on-the-house” drinks and also serve up some of the most delicious drinks at the Spiral Bar. The Spiral Bar within the casino has somehow set itself apart – despite being in the center of all of the action. Take three short steps up from the casino floor and you have entered what appears to be an entirely new location. Beautifully lit and always accompanied by the sounds of live music being played by local artists, the casino’s Spiral Bar is reason enough to head to Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
All of this play is sure to make you hungry and there is a reason the Rivers’ Casino advertises itself as a place to: Eat, Drink, and Play. There are four incredibly delicious restaurants directly on the premises, not to mention the dozens located just outside of the doors throughout the North Shore. Nearly the entire top floor of the casino is dedicated to the enormous and lovely Grand View Buffet. The entire restaurant is outlined by floor to ceiling windows, offering views of the Ohio River, Mt. Washington, and the downtown skyline, but the view is not the only thing that is grand. If you and your gambling partners cannot agree on what to eat, look no further than the Grand View Buffet. The restaurant
boasts the best Italian, American, and Mexican cuisine, and that is only to name a few. There is a pasta, sushi, and dessert bar and of course it is all you can eat. On Sunday mornings the buffet transforms into a beautiful brunch that includes all of the best brunch amenities and offerings, even the endless mimosas. For those patrons in the mood for fine dining The Rivers’ Casino is home to Andrews Steak and Seafood, which also offers incredible views and impeccable customer service. For those who have built acquired an appetite and want to watch the big game while they eat the Wheelhouse is an excellent option and like the other restaurants, great views are always included. And of course there it is an option for those who are wanting just a simple, quick bite, The West End Café and Ciao, both small restaurants are located on the gaming level of the casino offer quick bites and easy treats.
While the Steel City will never claim to compare to Sin City when it comes to casinos and gambling, it certainly has its own wonderful perks it brings to the table. And if you are visiting from outside of the area there are numerous hotel accommodations within walking distance of the casino. So, come eat, drink, and play and catch a home game while you’re at it!