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December 15, 2009

Looking for bars with NHL Center Ice

hockey time!What Baltimore bars have NHL Center Ice?

I had a reader ask me that question via Twitter (are you following me on Twitter? No? Do it.) late last night, and I didn't really have an answer for her.

She used to watch the games at Fletchers, but, well, this happened.

Any suggestions?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:08 PM | | Comments (34)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Seems like something No Idea/Don't Know would have but that is pure speculation.

I think Turp's in Mt Vernon has NHL Center Ice. I remember a non-Caps gaming being on the TV when I was there in October.

The wharf rat in fells point has the package, and better yet the games are actually on them too!

Wharf Rat in fells point and the old Rat now Pratt Street Ale House have it.

I believe City Limits in Locust Point has it

Bleachers on Fleet St. had it when I lived in Canton, I'd be surprised if they got rid of it.

According to the website, No Idea carries it too.

Kooper's Tavern

Stalking horse in federal hill has it

No Idea and Don't Know Tavern both have it.

God, I love being correct.

Claddagh's and JD's in Canton both advertise that they show hockey games. Not sure if they definitely have the package but since they advertise the sport I assume they do.

Thanks for all the options!
Now the next question I've got - which place will be the most friendly to a non-Caps fan. It's not that I don't appreciate their skill but I'm a Buffalo girl who bleeds blue & gold :)

Go Sabres


No Idea Tavern has Labatt's Blue Light and Molson Canadian in bottles for all of the Sabre's fans that go and watch them. We even have IC Light for the Penguins fans.

I thought No Idea/Don't Know were Ney York and Boston bars?

I'm sold!!! Kicking myself for not knowing this before....
but do you have beef on weck? :)


Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Go to I-Bar, it's on Maryland Ave. just a couple blocks north of North Avenue (almost next to Nam Kang).

The guy who owns it is from Buffalo. One of the bartenders is from Buffalo. And, best of all, their wings are based on the original Anchor Bar recipe so you know they are one of the best places for wings in Baltimore. The rest of their food is at the very high end of quality for bar food too, I just had the cream of crab soup and crabcake, and both are among the best in town. And I'm picky.

And you KNOW you'll get your Sabres games. With audio, which I doubt you get too many other places.

So the Bills games moved from Fletchers to the Gin Mill. I haven't been, but I've heard they've also picked up the Sabres crowd too. Yay Buffalo!!

Slainte in Fells Point is promoting having NHL Center Ice very immensely.

Slainte Irish Pub in Fells Point has the NHL Center Ice.

Here's another question - has any bar figured out a way to carry Versus while it's not available on DTV?

All 3 Looneys have every package avail (NHL<NBA< NFL< College Basketball) and show up to 18 games at once

all Looneys has Versus...The have both DTV and cable now

iBar has Authentic Buffalo Wings, Labatt's Blue, Genny Cream Ale, and the feel of back home..

Please feel free to join us

2118 Maryland Ave, 21218

Really, Gary? 18% gratuity automatically added to any check with food service? That's kinda weak. Also, the only "authentic" wings in Baltimore? Questionable. (both observations are from the menu on the website)

Probably still be in to see you anyway. I heart wings.

Really, Gary? 18% gratuity automatically added to any check with food service?

That's a bummer.

Internet Cafe + Wings = Sticky keyboard

"Really, Gary? 18% gratuity automatically added to any check with food service?"

Better be damn good service!

I demand freedom of choice to stiff crappy or indifferent service!

Yes - Auto tipping is becoming more and more common. If service is bad or indifferent I WANT TO KNOW.

AND YES - Baltimore's ONLY AUTHENTIC Buffalo Wings. I stand by that. If you know Buffalo Wings then here is the place to be.

City Paper voted us Best Wings in Baltimore......guess you'll have to see for yourself. ASK FOR ME if they aren't.

This is an interesting can of worms.

Interesting indeed...............

The minimum wage for service personnel is nearly half that of the standard minimum wage.

Good servers are hard to KEEP.

The reason calculated tipping was instituted at iBar was because many good servers were getting stiffed. Often. Nature of things sometimes.

I decided that I would show them MY SUPPORT as best I could. That was the way. NONE were allowed to "phone it in" and if they do, they don't last.

If you are not happy with the service, I would GLADLY remove the 18% and let you decide.I will then determine whether it was the wait staff, the kitchen staff, or restaurant policy which caused any problems.

If changes need to be made, then I make them, whether it is policy or staff (or even customer).

Decide AFTER your meal - not before.

And arresting someone for not tipping? Lunacy.

As I said - See me if there are any problems. I will fix it or at the least, explain it and apologize. If you are still not happy - post away my friend.

Generally I tip 30% because I am aware of a servers life. Wouldn't it be great if everyone did hat? Imagine the GENERAL increase in the service level.

Stopped in for first time recently based on reviews and wings were very good but your blue cheese was lame. You gotta have good BC. There are some decent wings that beat your package and price= Kislings.

Anyone know a bar for Flyers Fans by chance???

The problem with auto-tipping is I tip 20% or more as a rule, because its easy to add up and I'm lazy, however, if tip is added in, that's all they get. Damned if you do, I guess.

Oh, and also, Go Pens!

I'm not sure how I didn't figure this out 4 months ago, but Rafters, up on Fort, has Center Ice this season as well as (I've known this for favorite...) $.35 wings Wednesday nites.

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