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January 23, 2008

Patriots and Giants bars?

Yesterday, a colleague asked about hangouts for Patriots and Giants fans.

And outside of Don't Know Tavern and Porter's Pub, I don't know many places.

I'm a Ravens fan.

So when I walk into a bar and see a bunch of people wearing Patriots jerseys, I cringe and do an about-face.

So, Baltimore-based Giants and Patriots fans, where do you go to watch the game? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:50 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I don't know if I'd call it a Giants bar, but all season long there were quite a few Giants fans at Bert's (formerly Rocky Run) in Charles Village for the games. For those who haven't checked this place out since it changed ownership, it's a great set-up with quality tv's in every direction.

Greg, I've been meaning to get out there since it changed. Is it worth a nightlife column?

I think there is a place three or so hours north on 95 for Giants fans. As far as Pats fans go, I think it's the bottom of the harbor.

I used to Giants fans all the time at Looney's in Canton. Odd bunch, considering I asked one time how many were actually from the New York. The answer: zero.

Don't Know Tavern on Light St in Fed Hill is a Pat's and Red Sox Bar.

NcDevins is a Pats bar.

Sam, speaking of columns, have you ever reviewed Yellow Dog on Foster in Canton? I went in there once and thought th staff was awfully pretentious. I do think it would be interesting to check out, given that it used to be a dive called "Mike's Happy Hour" that, I'm pretty sure, served meatballs from a crock pot at all hours.

Pants, I drove by there last night and almost went in. But I didn't, because Elizabeth Large reviewed their food a couple months ago. So I want to wait a little bit before writing a nightlife column on the place.

Last week, I was toying with the idea of doing a Fab Five Friday on the worst bar names. NcDevins would be a serious contender for No. 1 on that list.

Yellow Dog is decent, but I the food looks better than it actually tastes. I wasn't overly impressed. The staff was friendly and accommodating at least.

NcDevin's is a Steelers bar as far as I know. Maybe Pats fans have taken it over now that the Stillers are out of it?

If you're a Giants fan in Canton, Looney's is a good option as well as JD's upstairs.

I know where there are great Pats bar. New England. And I know where there are great Giants bars, Edison, New Jersey.

When I lived out of state, I never thought it pretentious enough to find a place like a "Ravens" bar to watch the game. I think it obnoxious that there should be bars in Baltimore...where we have a team last I checked...that caters to this sort of nonsense.

Where is the Arizona Cardinals bar?

Sam, they definitely made some improvements when they changed it to "Bert's", but nothing too spectacular. The best/biggest change was that they took out the row of elevated booths in the center of the bar area and replaced them with pub-style high tables. That actually opened up the whole front room quite a bit. Aside from that, a coat of paint and the addition of all the tv's (which are great), not much else has changed. The menu is virtually the same and they still have a few Rocky Run beers (mmmm, Mountie Red) on tap.

bet you don't find many Colts bars here.......

JTK- Bar in Fells Point is a SERIOUS Cards bar. you can't move in there when there's an Arizona game on.

NcDevins is a "bandwagon" bar who will attach itself to whoever's hot at the time. They had Steeler flags waving after they won the SuperBowl a couple of years ago, so I wouldn't be surprised to find that they are backing the Patriots now.

Also, I heard that the Giants fan group had a falling out with Looney's so they migrated to JD's. You couldn't move in there during the NYG/Cowboys playoff game.

Bandwagon bar or not, try walking around in NcDevins when a Steelers game is on. The place is packed with the black and gold.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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