Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun and the festivities around Baltimore are still heating up. From notably historic venues downtown in the Inner Harbor to hidden gems in the counties, Baltimore has no shortage of fun and variety when it comes to the bar and restaurant scene. Juxtaposing many of the bars’ regular festivities are an array of drinking games to up the shenannigans. The following list offers five of our favorite venues where bar-hoppers can party and play––just be sure to have cab fare or a designated driver at hand.
1634 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Sticky Rice claims it has a “bad attitude,” which arguably gets a promotion to “scandalous attitude” on Thursday nights at 11 p.m. when the bar’s infamous “Blingo” events are held. What is Blingo? Blingo is a form of speed bingo basically saturated in alcohol with prizes ranging from abhorrent to awesome. The threat of a lap dance or chugging of a liquor-and-hot-sauce shot is incited during tiebreakers. Sometimes outrageous but always entertaining, Blingo at Sticky Rice is an event Baltimore bar-hoppers don’t want to miss.
10 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Luckie’s Tavern located within Power Plant might be as close as you can get to Vegas without leaving Baltimore. Every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. is Game Night, which features a slew of drinking games and casino-style fun, including trivia, beer pong, Texas hold ‘em, bingo, flip cup, skee ball and much more. Not able to make it down on Wednesday for the debauchery? Luckie’s Tavern expanded in recent years to include the neighboring Luckie’s Liquors, the number one “dive at Live!” which is designed to look like a liquor store and houses 75 different bottled beers. Those looking for a drinking game can take part in the bar’s “Mega Jenga,” featuring a magnanimous Jenga tower. You never know what will happen when visiting this Power Plant staple, but the tavern promises to be a place “Where everyone gets lucky…”
63 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
Every Monday night at 8 p.m., Padonia Station hosts a free beer pong tournament, with prizes granted for winners along with the opportunity to participate in the Maryland State Beer Pong Championships. Winners that are also first year teams will receive free entry into a future World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) Satellite. The structure of the game includes two person teams, double elimination, and random seeding. The Maryland Beer Pong Rules are be used and can be found at www.mdbeerpong.com. But beer isn’t the only beverage of choice on Monday nights, thanks to Padonia Station’s awesome specials. Yuenglings are a mere $2 on Mondays and Orange Crushes are $5. If you and your teammate work up an appetite after the game, indulge in all-you-can-eat wings for just $9.59.
Hightopps Backstage Grill
2306 York Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
This retro bar was a popular fixture in Fells Point for 10 years before relocating to Timonium, where it continues to yield customers by the throngs as a “hot spot” in the area. Along with drink and food specials that will leave even the most frugal of penny-pinchers satiated, Hightopps offers an eclectic mix of entertainment throughout the week, ranging from live music and dancing, to comedy shows and games. Every Monday at 7 p.m., patrons are invited to participate in a free game of Texas Hold ’Em followed by free live entertainment at 9 p.m. Poker not tickling your fancy? Stop back on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and test your knowledge with trivia nights hosted by Charm City Trivia. Teams have the opportunity to win tons of different prizes and house cash.
710 S. Broadway
Fells Point, Md. 21231
Having won numerous awards for its pizza, Cubanos and overall atmosphere, it’s no wonder Alexander’s Tavern always seems packed wall-to-wall. Those looking to try their hand at an array of classic games can escape the crowd downstairs and find a medley of fun, including free shuffleboard, foosball, darts, and rousing games of Twister and Wii in the upper level. A great way to celebrate with friends, Alexander’s Tavern offers the option of booking private parties on the top floor with the games and private bar. Those seeking a more formal assembly can also book a party downstairs in the private dining room,
Tracy Dye has always had an affinity toward writing and the arts. A fan of exploring all the hidden gems in Baltimore outside of her work and studies, Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to bring residents all the latest on nightlife and music in the area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.