With two weeks of away games coming up for Baltimore football fans, it’s easy for spirited tailgaters to feel a slight touch of the blues. But regaining that full shade of purple is only a bar hop away as Baltimore hosts a number of dedicated restaurants and pubs that unite Ravens fans for an almost-like-a-home-game experience.
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Nobody knows how to do football like Mother’s. Home to the renowned Purple Patio, a great tailgating spot open before and after home games, this grille opens at 8 a.m. every Sunday for a hearty breakfast or brunch and lip-smacking bloodies. This is great for the early crowd who still wants to get in a few hours of fun before the 1 o’clock game.
Mother’s also hosts over 20 HD flat screens for watching the game plus portable radios to catch the live broadcast at your table. Also, be sure to check out its sports memorabilia room which bleeds purple and honors Baltimore’s all-time favorite legends with great photos and jerseys.
63 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Never miss an away game at Padonia Station with NFL Sunday Ticket! Start off with some Yuengling pints for only $2.50 on game-day Sundays and finish the night with half-price burgers made for winners (available after 7 p.m.). Or try the chef’s specials including unique options like Chestertown Mac & Cheese with Old Bay and lump crab meat, Triple Threat Sandwich with a root beer BBQ sauce and Oysters Rockefeller. These dishes will make any local feel right at home.
Sláinte Irish Pub & Restaurant
Historic Fells Point
1700 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Watch every snap for any out-of-towner with the added comforts of a special game-day menu, plus $3 Guinness Black Lager, $4 Harp and Smithwicks and $4.50 Guinness during the games. Thanks to the NFL Sunday Ticket and a slew of regular, passionate Ravens fans, Sláinte’s has adopted the motto “where football is religion.”
However, dedicated sports fans will also appreciate the extra attention given to AFL, MLB, MLS and NHL, as well as EPL (English Premier League, which covers European sports) games. So don’t hesitate to wear your purple any time you stop in – you’ll always be in good company.
City Limits Sports Bar
1700 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Sit back and enjoy the game with perfect views from 19 HDTVs, including a large-projection TV, with a cold beer in one hand and some of Baltimore’s best wings in the other. City Limits Sports Bar features a casual, relaxed bar and dining area for watching the game on NFL Sunday Ticket, even if you may be sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time. Sunday beer specials are $3 Miller Lite bottles and $15 Miller Lite buckets, or enjoy $5 Bloody Marys and Orange Crushes all day. Lastly, place an order of Maryland Crab Dip for the table and everyone will be happy to be home in Baltimore.
Buffalo Wild Wings
8200 Perry Hall Blvd.
Nottingham, MD 21236
Although a chain restaurant with several locations around Baltimore including Arundel Mills, Bel Air, Owings Mills and Westminster, Buffalo Wild Wings makes the cut as it consistently provides a fun, high-energy atmosphere combined with lots of purple jerseys (worn even by the servers). Of course not even an away game day is complete without delicious traditional and boneless wings that are tossed in a wide variety of sauces and seasonings ranging from mild to blazing.
Plus, BWW’s drink menu has a well-rounded variety of domestic, import, craft and specialty beers (draft and bottle) to suit every taste. While each location’s set-up is a little different, you can always count on lots of big-screen TVs, contagious enthusiasm and being able to pull a few tables together to watch the game with friends.
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Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her on Twitter at @KtBlue16 and online at Examiner.com