Game Day Finds + “Judge Jackie Justice” at CLO Cabaret (CPs Sun., 2/2/2014)

It’s game day, and today’s the big one! Our Steelers may not have made it, but let’s have one last hoorah before the offseason. Are you ready to party?

1)  If you want wings, you want Archie’s. With 14 different sauces and rubs ranging from lemon pepper to flaming hot, there’s something for every wing palate. Pair it with a tall draft and it’ll feel like Steeler Sunday one more time. If you can’t choose between a hoagie and pizza during the game, try the Archie flat bread, topped with your favorite Italian hoagie fixins. Grab your friends, order a round of cold ones, and let the fun begin! Archie’s also has specials during Penguins and Pirates games, so you may have found the place to watch all your sports. Open at noon Sunday. 2328 E. Carson St., South Side.

2) If you don’t feel like street parking or venturing into the city, check out the suburban Thirsty’s in Allison Park. With nine TVs and plenty of sports memorabilia, this is a great place to kick back and watch the game. Enjoy $3.95 Ultimate Bloody Marys all day, $2.50 Budweiser or Bud Light drafts during the game, and $1 shots from 8 – 10 p.m. As far as the food goes, if you leave hungry, it’s your own fault. Start with the Lounge Fries (you’ll need a fork with all the toppings, and no one will judge you). Feeling spicy? The stuffed banana peppers make the play. If you’re looking for something more substantial, the Steel City BBQ Burger or the fish sandwich will tackle your hunger. With a TV at nearly every possible angle and plenty of cold beer on tap, you’ll be coming back again. 11 a.m. – midnight. 2412 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park.

3) Before you settle in with more food than you can imagine, consider helping out our less fortunate neighbors by attending WYEP’s Alternative Souper Bowl. Local artists will be performing and the station’s broadcasting the event live. This year’s lineup includes the ambient sounds of Sleep Experiments, modern bluegrass by Townsppl, and indie rock from Triggers. Donations will be collected for HEARTH to help local displaced women and their children. 12 – 3 p.m. Carnegie Museum. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

4) If you’ve had enough sports for one season, a musical comedy might be just what the doctor ordered. Fill your prescription at the CLO Cabaret with Judge Jackie Justice. Making Judge Judy look like an amateur, Judge Jackie takes on cases with zombies, furries, and more. But the judge gets a taste of her own medicine when she loses her gavel and ruling authority. Come early to get the true cabaret experience with the cabaret’s various menu items and full bar. 2 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

5) Free admission to the all Carnegie Museums and The Warhol today if you have a membership from participating organizations including Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, The Andy Warhol Museum), the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the Frick Art & Historical Center, the Mattress Factory, the National Aviary, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Senator John Heinz History Center, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. If you don’t have a membership, now’s a perfect time to purchase one, support great local organizations and get a few extra free perks thrown in.

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