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August 16, 2010

Introducing Gameday Warehouse, a new Ravens bar

gameday warehouseRavens pre- and post-gamers now have a new hangout that's much closer to M&T Bank Stadium than anything in Federal Hill.

Gameday Warehouse, a 2,500-square foot bar with a capacity of 750, opened for last week's preseason game at 1400 B Warner St.

Gameday Warehouse, which is being run by CBS Radio, will be open for every home Ravens game. After getting a sneak peek at the new space, I think Gameday Warehouse was a brilliant idea ...

Instead of buying a liquor license and going through that whole rigmarole, organizers applied for single day liquor licenses for each of the home game days. Even if the Ravens tear it up in the playoffs, Gameday Warehouse will only be open a dozen days, at most.

inside gameday warehouseInside, Gameday Warehouse has wood paneled walls, four bars, several purple booths and lots of standing room. They're leasing the building from the neighboring Second Chance, and salvaged much of the bar's decor from leftover antiques and scrap materials.

The bars are made from oak doors (you can still see the mail slots), and are topped with old pine. A statue of Cecil Calvert stands near one corner, draped in a purple cape with a raven on his right shoulder. And a sign for the old Chug-A-Lug Bar & Grill rests on the other side of the room.

While Gameday Warehouse is a buck or two more expensive than most of the bars in Federal Hill (and exponentially pricier than bringing your own cooler), it's much cheaper than drinking inside the stadium.

Miller Lites and Coors Lights are $4, Yuengling is $5 and bottled water is $2. Shots or cocktails made with name brand liquors like Maker's Mark and Jameson are $9, bombs (Jager, cherry, etc.) are $7 each. The warehouse has food, too: A jumbo lump crab cake is $11, pulled pork sandwiches are $8 and a cheeseburger is $7.

Gameday Warehouse doesn't have a website yet, but they're working it, organizers said. It will be open next for the Ravens-Giants game Aug. 28.

(Photos by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:16 PM | | Comments (23)
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I agree. Inspired.

That's cool!

However, Google Maps was unable to find "1400 Warren St" in Baltimore.

It's Warner St, not Warren St, right? Warren St is in Federal Hill, 1400 Warner is warehouse space right near the stadium.

Absolute genius, should take some of the pressure off of surrounding neighborhoods on gameday.

(cue owners complaining about business being stolen on game day)

It is indeed Warner Street. Fixed!

I still prefer to pregame in a parking lot but this is a great idea and I hope it draws a crowd. Any plans for entertainment? Hey, maybe the CBS pregame show broadcast from there one weekend.

In comparison to the Purple Patio, the prices at The Warehouse are on par. I will stil stick with Lot H on gameday since it's the most fun and more cost effective.

Someone please explain to me how this article is different from a press release, and why Sam Sessa is paid by the Sun, and not some PR company, to write promotional literature for CBS.

Genuis.

very nice, brilliant idea. Are they hiring?

Sam, needed this post a week ago. My step-mom AND a co-worker were both very smug about scooping me on this new spot. haha. I will definitely stop in on one of my tailgate tours.

What happens to this place after football season?

@kateebee Do you have a purple Flabongo? Please share...

@BaltBabs -- Presumably, they close it until next year. I'll bet the rent's not that much, and neither are the single day drinking permits. They're probably going to make a mint off this place. Oh, and something I didn't put in the post -- I can see it siphoning business from the Purple Patio at Mothers. How much? We'll have to wait and see.

I thought the single day hings only entailed beer and wine. And you can rent like an entire warehouse down ther fo $1500 a month. I wanted to start my own version of fight club- with Baltimore rats.

I believe this building is part of the Gateway South development, which is, not surprisingly, stalled.

What a great idea to make some use of those buildings though...If anyone's ever been to Gilette in Foxboro, Kraft basically has a half million sqft of retail space to suck more dough out of NFL fans. Here in Baltimore, we have abandoned warehouses. I think this type of venture represents what's cool about Baltimore though...anti-Dave and Busters, but instead a (bit of a) grimy-arse warehouse where you can snort back a few (or, knowing Raisins fans, eight or nine) tallboy brews and hang with some friends and not spend a small fortune.

Over/under on fights during Browns/Stillers/occasional Eagles games?

This looks like a great concept.

@Frankie Sez - The Gateway South development is all but dead due to this location being the selected site for the City slots parlor...which is stalled.

@eCommerce not yet, but I will definitely have at least one in my possession by the start of the regular season. the flabongos are the only reason i get invited places, haha.

Honestly, I think this is a rediculous idea. Maybe I am missing something, but with a space this big in the city and to only be open just for the games... they are losing out on a lot of opportunity to capitalize on a huge sports bar that could be extremely profitable.

This only seems useful if you live nearby, or are going to the game anyway, as there is no dedicated parking.

This only seems useful if you live nearby, or are going to the game anyway, as there is no dedicated parking.

@ColumbiaBill- It's only open during Raven's home games-duh! There is plenty of stadium parking. Just gotta pay $40 to park. Ouch!

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About Erik Maza
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 erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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