Like many sports, there’s nothing quite like watching your favorite team play while surrounded by cheering fans. When you add comfort food and cold beers to the mix, you’ve got a winning combination to see you through the game. Although attending the game at the arena would accomplish all of this, the cost of tickets, food and drink is often a hurdle, notwithstanding the traffic and other stresses you’d face in the commute. So if you can’t get to the rink, do the next best thing and pull up a stool at one these bars below to enjoy the hockey game.
Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant
1700 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Often touted as Baltimore’s favorite hockey bar, Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant is a place that you can always count on to be streaming NHL games on its 12 HD TVs. Located in historic Fells Point and home to above-average pub food made from fresh ingredients, hockey fans should bring their appetite and plan to indulge in the $7 Sports Menu. Also throughout the games, you can get specials on Coors Light, Molson Canadian Lager and Blue Moon. So if you want to catch every face-off, goal and brawl live come game day, this is the place to be.
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Hudson Street Stackhouse
2626 Hudson St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
A hot spot in Canton with a unique interior and architectural highlights, the renovated Hudson Street Stackhouse has a dozen beers on tap, many more in the bottle and NHL Center Ice on the screen. Fans can sit back and enjoy the game at its spacious, C-shaped bar with perfect viewing of the windows and, most importantly, six flat-screen TVs. For down-time during commercials and in between periods, there’s plenty of excuses to start a friendly game of bubble hockey with friends. Or just sit back with a good brew and soak in the creative flair of the bar like the artifacts from the American Can Company or old photos capturing Baltimore pastimes on the walls. Either way, the casual, welcoming atmosphere and convenient parking are a definite plus for NHL fans seeking refuge.
709 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Featuring a “man cave” with couches might be incentive enough for most sports fans to make a stop by Dogwatch Tavern on game day. Add in the double-sided bar and 10 HD TVs running both NHL and NFL packages with views from every seat in the house, and it’s no surprise that this bar has a growing reputation among hockey fans. When your eyes aren’t glued to the TVs, there’s also a free pool table, skeeball, pinball machine and more to unwind at – or perhaps even help relieve some stress during those more intense games. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with plenty of weekly specials to take advantage of during the game.
City Limits Sports Bar
1700 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Watch NHL Center Ice, and just about any other game you might want to watch, from 19 HD TVs plus a large projection TV at City Limits Sports Bar located in historic Locust Point. No game night is complete without an order of tasty wings and luckily this bar boasts the reputation of Baltimore’s best wings, in addition to being a great spot for happy hour. Fans can enjoy a casual atmosphere where they can eat, drink and relax with good friends at the bar or in the comfortable dining area.
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No Idea Tavern
1649 S. Hanover St.
Federal Hill, Md. 21230
No Idea Tavern is your neighborly, pub-style sports bar and offers DIRECTV’s NHL Hockey package, as well as MLB, NFL and Setanta Sports (European Premier League), for local sports fans. The tavern hosts an extensive beer list, including $3 domestic, $4 imports with over 50 different bottles of beer available and 20-ounce drafts for only $5. Also, there are 12 rotating drafts to ensure you’ll get a new taste for every hockey game. Tasty appetizers are another bonus with a few favorites being crab dip, Old Bay wings, nacho grande and hand-cut fries. Despite its name, No Idea certainly has a clue about what it takes to make hockey fans happy.
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