Steeler Nation, West

There are only a handful of venues in the entire country officially designated by the city of Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh Steeler bars, and we happen to have one of them right here. This becomes important, obviously, on Feb. 6 when the Steelers meet the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

It’s hard to miss Noreen’s Lounge, 2799 E. Tropicana Ave.: Its black-and-yellow checkerboard motif on the front gives it away as the “home of the ’burgh” for transplants and visitors. Every Steeler game is an event, but this Sunday’s game is obviously special. There are the standard beer specials, of course, but you’ll also find the Burgh Buffet, which features homemade Midwestern comfort food such as meatballs, coleslaw and potato salad for $5. Noreen’s will be raffling off a 42-inch widescreen TV and a leather Steelers jacket during the game.

“There’s no better place to watch a Steelers game than at home,” says bar owner Sean O’Connor.

O’Connor’s father, Donald “Timmy” O’Connor, moved to Las Vegas in the late ’60s, and purchased the bar in 1987. Back then it was called the Who Cares?; he wisely renamed it after his wife, Noreen. In 2008, Sean O’Connor renovated the bar to market to Steelers fans, and in September 2009, Pittsburgh officially recognized Noreen’s as “an outpost of The Steeler Nation, and commends Noreen’s Lounge for carrying on the great tradition of Pittsburgh hospitality, serving The Steeler Nation with distinction and for keeping the spirit of Pittsburgh alive in Las Vegas.”

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