By Troy Petenbrink
As the first leg of the famed Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby has a special place in the hearts and minds of horse racing fans all around the world. But when your city is the second stop, it takes on added meaning. So its no surprise that Baltimore, host of the Preakness Stakes, has some outstanding Derby Day parties. Here are five of the city’s best bars to have some fun and watch the most exciting two minutes in sports.
3328 Foster Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
For the fifth consecutive year, The Chasseur will hold its Kentucky Derby Block Party. From 12 noon to 8 p.m. on race day, the popular New American bar and restaurant will feature live music by local bands, a beer truck, a bomb bar, and a craft brew station. There will also be a special raffle to support a local charity. Attendees will be able to watch the Kentucky Derby horse race via a large video projection.
Turp’s Sports Bar & Restaurant
1317 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
A fixture in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood since 2009, Turp’s is consistently ranked as one of the city’s best sports bar. Patrons on Derby Day will be presented with an outstanding selection of beers and cocktails and a mouth-watering menu of pub grub — including some of the tastiest chicken wings available in Charm City. The bar includes many flatscreen TVs strategically located for easy viewing..
The Brass Tap At The Fitzgerald
1205 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
If you enjoy drinking an outstanding beer while watching the Kentucky Derby than The Brass Tap at The Fitzgerald should be on your shortlist of places to be. Located in the historic Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood, The Brass Tap offers more than 100 different beers including dozens of locally sourced brews. On Derby Day there will be drink and food specials to enjoy while watching the game on the wall of TVs above the bar or one of the many located throughout the bar and on the outside pet-friendly patio.
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737 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood is overflowing with bar’s but Max’s Taphouse is top of mind for those in the know. It has been named among the top 100 beer bars in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and called “a model of consistency” by The Baltimore Sun. In addition to picking the wining horse, selecting from the more than 1,000 available beers at Max’s Taphouse will be your most difficult decisions on Derby Day. For watching the race, there are more than a dozen TVs for the watching.
Mother’s Grille Federal Hill
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
The famed Purple Patio at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille will go from a Raven Haven to the Derby Destination for race day. Named one of the top 25 sports bars in the country by Sporting News Magazine, this Baltimore hot spot knows how throw a party. There will be drink special and plenty of music to keep guest entertained. And there are 20 HD TVs around to make sure none of the action is missed.
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