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September 24, 2010

What are Baltimore's best Ravens bars?

PX00010_9.JPGWhen picking a sports bar to watch a Ravens game, there's really very little difference between one bar over another. They all have the same beer and the same cable access; fans aren't too discriminating as long as there's booze around.

But certain watering holes are perpetually mobbed with people on game days. In today's Live! there's a list of the five best bars in the city and the county to watch Sunday's home opener. They are Mother's, Pickles Pub, Baltimore Gameday Warehouse, Padonia Station and Greene Turtle.

So why do people keep coming back to them if they just want a place to drink and scream? What the story finds is that the best sports bars are much more than just tacky memorabilia, flat-screen TVs and a couple of domestics. The play both haven and lucky charm.

It doesn't matter if your team wins or loses — fans keep coming back to them for the comforting embrace of a crowd of like-minded enthusiasts and for the irrational feeling that their mere presence might spare the team a loss.

In addition to Live!'s top five bars, Midnight Sun wants to know readers' five best sports bars, and on Monday, I'll compile them for a post.  Write your comments below.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:54 PM | | Comments (31)
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Mothers is way too crowded during games. I like Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters, and the Tilted Kilt in White Marsh

I prefer the Applebees on Joppa. the fans there are awesome...

I prefer the Applebees on Joppa. the fans there are the best. The bartenders totally have your back and highfive you HARD!! Billy mixes up some awesome drinks and u know that Sue keeps teh beer extra cold...it's always a good time

City Limits, Don't Know, Muggsy's, Stalking Horse, basically anywhere but Mother's.

And a other good spot is Beanchwarmers Pub in Middle River come check it out :)

I like Midtown Yatch Club and of course Turp's if you can find a seat.

Della Roses in White Marsh and The Barn in Carney.

I know who's not going to win this contest.

But my vote would have to go to Della Roses. They are the real deal

Mother's. Saying not going to Mother's because it is too crowded is like saying going to the games is too crowded (and that's fine if that's your opinion). If you don't like going out for all the cheering and energy exchanged between fellow fans, then go to a quieter bar. If you want more of a game day experience with people going to or coming from the game, with plenty leftover to cheer with you during, Mother's is the place.

For whatever reason, I forgot about the Purple Patio,

I change my vote to Mother's.

But I still have to checkout this Gameday Warehouse....

But Mother's has the Queen, so back to Mother's it is!!!

Went to the Gameday Warehouse before and after the Ravens-Giants game. I was pleasantly surprised in that they did a nice job with what they have to work with. At least a dozen very nice flat screen tv's that have what many Baltimore bars lack - a quality picture.

There was a decent amount of people in there pre-game and a bit of a post-game crowd too. Once the word gets out I can see the place getting packed for every home game.

It's the perfect place for anyone leaving the Ravens' 1pm games to catch the 4 o'clock games on tv...and not have to sit in stadium traffic.

Chotchkie's

@Ted

Why not Flingers?

RJ McGoodTimes out in Columbia has a pretty slammin' 148" TV with awesome 2 for 1 apps during every Ravens Game, and XTREME Cilantro in Fells Point has their Purple Ravens Gameday Cilantro Cannon that fires every time Ray Lewis tackles someone!!

Any real football fan who grew up in this area and is old enough to be in a bar is a Redskins or Colts fan. These bandwagon Ravens fans are still pleasuring themselves over the team's only real accomplishment, which was 10 years ago. But good on the bars for convincing these folks that they actually are Ravens fans and that Flacco actually is better than Boller.

Anon -

Did they raise the drinking age to 35?

Evan -

Brian, the really cool waiter at Chotchkie's, always hooks me up with extreme fajitas.

Flinger's just doesn't have the same flair.

Any of the three Looney's.. Great Crowd and awesome food.

Any of the three Looney's.. Great Crowd and awesome food.

Looney's Pub..Any of them..great food, great drinks & staff..More tvs you can look at..Every NFL game shown..And the best game day crowd. msn voted them one of the 32 best NFL bars in the country & best Raven's bar..oh, they have a free shuttle to every home game!!

Looney's Pub..Any of them..great food, great drinks & staff..More tvs you can look at..Every NFL game shown..And the best game day crowd. msn voted them one of the 32 best NFL bars in the country & best Raven's bar..oh, they have a free shuttle to every home game!!

Cross Street Market. Several bars, great selection of food (sushi, greasy spoon, raw, they have it all) Tons of seating AND fans ready for the high-five. Mother's is way too much. I want a crowd AND a place to sit during half time. I don't want to wait 15 minutes to get a drink.

Cross Street Market. Several bars, great selection of food (sushi, greasy spoon, raw, they have it all) Tons of seating AND fans ready for the high-five. Mother's is way too much. I want a crowd AND a place to sit during half time. I don't want to wait 15 minutes to get a drink.

In Catonsville, you can't beat GL Shacks.

Hudson St Stackhouse!!

Last week a bunch of us went to Nick's Fish House. For the next month of so when the weather is nice I totally recommend it. Not crowded; $2.50 Coronas and Heineys; food specials; easy to see TVs.

My one gripe is that they serve a brunch menu until 2:30, so you can't order off the regular menu until then. You can get the pit beef and raw bar specials at any time, but getting any other food is delayed. They really need to rethink that one.

Hey Farva what's the name of that restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?

Evan - where is this RJ McGoodTimes that you reference in Columbia? Doesn't come up in a Google search, and I've never heard of it. Is it new???


Max's in Fells Point. Plenty of flat screen TV's and with 102 beers on tap, I'm always certain of drinking something awesome during the game.

You couldn't pay me to watch the game at Shack's (even though I admit the place has improved since smoking inside bars was banned).

Claddaghs in Canton isnt bad to watch the game. A beer tower(2 1/2 pitchers worth) and 30 wings all for $28. Not a bad deal..

everyone, the post tallying up readers' choices for best ravens bar is here:
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/2010/09/readers_choice_looneys_della_r.html

A good place in the Anne Arundel County area is Ellie's Place in Millersville. They have great wings and $10 domestic buckets. It's a little small but a solid place to watch the game.

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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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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