Baltimore's Best Sports Bars
Alot of people ask me "Hey Phil! What's your favorite spot to watch a game and have a beer when the Ravens or Orioles are out of town?" Usually I have no definitive answer and simply make my bodyguard remove them from my personal bubble but this time I decided to visit all the sports bars Baltimore has to offer and rank the top five. Tough job huh? Remember there is more to being a "sports bar" than just having the Ravens or Orioles game playing on the TVs. I judged these establishments on: location, number of televisions, beer selection, and menu. Here we go.......
Elliott's Pour House (3728 Hudson Street)
Bottom Line: Great little neighborhood bar but the fact that they don't serve food really hurts them.
Riptide by the Bay (1718 Thames Street)
Bottom Line: CRABS!! Probably the best spot on the list for authentic Maryland grub. Too bad it's tiny and parking in Fells Point is horrible.
Shuckers of Fells Point (1629 Thames Street)
Bottom Line: 40+ TVs and a great waterfront location. Unfortunately the TVs are prehistoric and there isn't really a devoted area to watch the game if all the seats at the bar are filled.
Location: Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore
TVs: 8 50" HD Plasma TVs
Beer Selection: Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, Sam Adams, Yuengling, New Belgium Fat Tire, Flying Dog, and a cider beer.
What's For Dinner?: Your typical bar fare. Everything from wings to steamed shrimp. Also sandwiches and burgers, including one of my favorite southern traditions, the patty melt.
Bottom Line: If you haven't been to Power Plant in a while it's very different than the days of your youth. The main reason is it's now home to some great bars and Luckies is one of them.
Location: Federal Hill
TVs: 20 HD TVs
Beer Selection: Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Guiness, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Sam Adams, Yuengling, Mama's Little Yella Pils, and New Belgium Fat Tire.
What's For Dinner?: The best cheesesteaks south of Philly. You think I'm joking.
Bottom Line: Watched the first day of the NCAA tourney here last year and it was a ton of fun. Great atmosphere without being annoyingly crowded. Magerks has the feel of a sports bar without the walls looking like a Dick's Sporting good threw up on them. I stopped by there on a random night last week and they had four different sporting events on the TVs in my view. Now that's a beautiful thing.
3. Field House
TVs: 50+ HD Plasma TVs
Beer Selection: Blue Moon, Guinness, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Sam Adams Seasonal, Leinenkugel, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Miller Lite, Yuengling.
What's For Dinner?: Menu features a dozen or so appetizers, five styles of pizza, sliders, sandwiches, and some entrees like new york strip and cake cakes.
Bottom Line: Decent beer selection. Live music. Food is a little pricey (8 bucks for a soft pretzel???). GREAT projection screens for watching any sporting event imaginable. If you're in Canton and you want to watch the game do it here.
Location: Fells Point
Beer Selection: 102 beers on tap
What's For Dinner?: Burgers, wings, sliders, pulled pork, salads, and quesadillas.
Bottom Line: People don't come here for amazing food or to watch a game. They come here for the best beer selection in town. The beers are always rotating and if you can't find something here you like you should just go home. Only problem.....bad layout. Enjoy spending 15 minutes fighting your way to the bar to grab another adult beverage.
Location: Federal Hill
TVs: 20 HD TVs
Beer Selection: Miller Lite, New Belgium Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Stella Artois, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Yuengling, and Coors Light.
What's For Dinner: Of all the places in Baltimore to watch the game Mother's has the best menu overall. They have all your standard bar food (maybe the best wings I've ever had and I used to live in Buffalo) but they don't stop there. Soy Glazed Tuna, New York Strip, Fish Tacos. Did I mention they make their own ice cream? They cover all the bases and they do it really well.
Bottom Line: With their recent expansion and their amazing menu, Mother's is the best place in Baltimore to watch a game. Max's has a better beer selection and Field House has more TVs but Mother's has all the ingredients for the ultimate sports bar. I worked in a restaurant for ten years so I can tell when a place makes stuff from scratch or buys it frozen. Mother's does it the right way. If you find yourself in Charm City without a ticket to the big game do yourself a favor and head over to this Federal Hill establishment.
Think I missed a place that deserves to be on the list? Wanta tell me how great of a job I did writing this? Write it in the comment section below and I'll check it out!