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September 7, 2007

Fab Five Friday

Here is my list of the best five places to watch the Ravens play.

1. Mother's Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles St.

Mother's goes insane on Ravens games. They set up a big tent in the parking lot next door called the Purple Patio, and inside the place gets jam packed. If you want to get riled up before the game, Mother's is the place to do it. 

2. McCracken's on Key

I'll bet you've seen this place a dozen times but never been inside. It's right across Key Highway from Little Havana. They've got a few big screen TVs, excellent service and $1.75 domestics. I went for the first time last night and I'm sold. 

3. Looney's Pub, Canton Square (pictured)

At Looney's, a lot of the fans know each other and have no qualms about shouting, whooping and swilling extra loud.

4. Padonia Station, 63 E. Padonia Road, Timonium

The Station is big enough where you can usually get a table or a barstool in time for the game. At game time there's a mix of old-school regulars and early 20-somethings. Plus, they (purposefully?) call their happy hour the Grande Happy Hour, which sounds old-timey and inviting.

5. Bedrock Billiards, 401 W. Baltimore St.

Here, you can shoot pool upstairs while watching one of the numerous TVs or head downstairs to the more relaxed lounge. Bedrock is in a classic building with super high ceilings, and they've decorated the place well.

(Algerina Perna/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:53 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


do any of these places (or any others) have exceptionally great deals food or drinks on game days?

Nice work here. You identified some classics that most people probably know about (and deserve the respect they've earned) but also a few places below the radar that people can now check out. Keep up the good work.

You mean best places yuppies go to watch the ravens. Snoooz.


Another great spot in Parkville is The Emerald Tavern. On any given Sunday, you'll see fans of all teams watching their game, as the bar has The Sunday Ticket. Cold beer...good food. A nice little spot!

Hey Sam, ANY Damon's Grill is a great to watch the Raven's or any and every NFL game. The one in Hunt Valley is my favorite. Buffalo Wild Wings in Westminster is great too!

Dave, I didn't see any yuppies at McCracken's last night ...

TG, you know they just opened a Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh.

A, I know Mother's has half price wings, $7 Miller Lite pitchers and $10 Killians pitchers from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. during away games. But a lot of bars don't have drink specials on home games because they don't need to.

Ravens who? Go to Fletchers in Fells Point and watch the Bills or the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION Indy Colts play! Cheap beer and grub!


Careful with those Colts comments ...

yeah, people have been known to lose body parts when expounding on the indianapolis irsays' virtues around here!!

Where's the love guys? :) GO INDY!!

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