In Baltimore, warm weather, spring and summer months have always been synonymous with Orioles baseball. Short of munching on hot dogs and sipping cold beer at Camden Yards, there’s no better way to catch the game with friends than at one of the city’s best sports bars. From Opening Day festivities to season-long ballgame specials, there’s no shortage of great spots to catch an O’s game.
520 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Located across from Camden Yards, this is the place to go before, during or after Orioles home games. Family-owned and operated since 1988, Pickles Pub also hosts private parties on the bar’s upper level. Bar apparel and gift certificates can also be purchased here, if you’re in the market for a gift for your favorite baseball fan. For grub after night games, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. and for day games, daily food and drink specials have included omelets, Belgian waffles and pints of Guinness. In honor of the Orioles, Pickles Pub serves up a drink called “The O Face,” made with blood orange vodka, fruit rum and Red Bull in a martini glass rimmed with Tang. Miller Lite girls are on hand during games selling raffle tickets and live broadcasts from local radio stations take place here. Pickles often hosts special events and parties, so be sure to check the bar’s calendar regularly.
647 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. during baseball season
Camden Pub is the place to go to get rowdy with fellow O’s fans and is known as the headquarters for baseball pre-game parties. Family-owned since 1990, the pub is also known for its “Bawlmer” wings and is located around the corner from the Babe Ruth Museum, just two blocks from the ballpark. With wall-to-wall sports memorabilia, photos and jerseys, this place exudes the sports bar vibe, so come wearing your jeans and favorite jersey. Check out the daily specials before stopping in to save some money on pitchers of beer, margaritas and drafts.
Hours: Tues to Fri, Sun – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Nobles Bar opened in 2008 and is located in Federal Hill within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Recent expansions include two levels, four bars, a catwalk, and large enough space for private parties for groups that really take their baseball-game watching seriously. A versatile bar, this spot can be your homey neighborhood bar Sunday through Wednesday, but converts into a party with upbeat music and dancing every Thursday through Saturday.
26 E. Cross St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For less of a sports bar vibe and more of an upscale feel, the Stalking Horse is a vodka bar featuring more than 50 different kinds of the cold, clear spirit. The bar also specializes in frozen slushy drinks like pina coladas and daiquiris (perfect after sitting in the sun at Camden Yards all day) and has an extensive martini list. This is the only place where you can order Ripken fries or Baltimore Stallion pizza.
Sandbaggers Sports Bar
105 Chesapeake Center Court
Glen Burnie, Md. 21060
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sandbaggers is the newest sports bar in Glen Burnie that supports all the Baltimore home teams. Catch the game on the bar’s giant 96” projection screen, or any of the 17 flat screen TVs. Sandbaggers also features live music every Friday and Saturday night and offers a mini-arcade, many pool tables and a darts board. Several spotlight specials are only $5 and under, and happy hour is all day Sunday with free pool until 10 p.m.
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