Baseball, football, hockey, soccer...no matter your favorite sport, there's no game time experience that's quite the same as watching from a sports bar. Surrounded by fellow fans who are cheering (and booing) by your side, a sports bar offers the same comforts of home but with the excitement and fervor you'd expect from a live game. Add with a cold beer and lick-your-fingers-clean eating at reasonable prices, the end result is a match well made. Luckily, Baltimore is home to quite a number of stellar sports bars. If this list leaves you still wanting more sports, be sure to check out these additional top sports bars in Baltimore.
Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant
Historic Fells Point
1700 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Known for the slogan, "Where Soccer is Religion," and also reputed to be Baltimore's favorite hockey bar, a visit to Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant will not disappoint. Fans can count on live games streaming from its 12 HD TVs at all times, including channels such as MLS Direct Kick, MLB Extra Innings, NHL Center Ice and NFL Sunday Ticket. For most sports fans, there's no need to say more. However, in addition to its devotion to sports, Sláinte has also been voted as "Baltimore's Best" across a number of categories from corned beef and cabbage to best pint of Guinness – so be sure to eat and drink up during your visit. With an upbeat atmosphere and a "make you feel at home" Irish charm, it's no surprise that this pub has become a favorite among Baltimore sports fans.
520 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Baseball and football fans, or better yet, Orioles and Ravens fans have all found themselves at one time or another at Pickles Pub, which has a long-time reputation for being one of the best sports bars downtown. Whether you're seeking a fun time before, during or after a game (as this pub is conveniently located near Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium), there is always an exciting crowd at Pickles and you can count on great game time and happy hour specials like 2-for-1 pitchers to see you through. Although this bar's popularity results in some jam-packed evenings, there are at least 30 HD televisions available so no game time will be missed no matter where you're sitting (or standing). Tailgating is also offered here during football season. Top game day off with a round of Old Bay wings or fried pickles and you'll have a winning combination to see you through both the good plays and the bad.
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No Idea Tavern
1649 S. Hanover St.
Federal Hill, MD 21230
Sobo's finest sports bar, No Idea Tavern is your neighborly, pub-style sports bar offering something for every fan. The bar has DIRECTV's NHL Hockey package, as well as plays MLB, NFL and Setanta Sports (European Premier League). The bar also shows every Liverpool match with the sound on. During commercials or rain delays, guests can relieve some stress by playing shuffleboard, ping pong and Megatouch. Another plus is the tavern's wireless Internet so you can check team stats and updates at any time. No Idea Tavern certainty has an idea of what it takes to keep today's sports fan happy.
David's 1st & 10 Sports Bar
3626 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211
Touted as Hampden and North Baltimore's most lively sports bar, David's 1st & 10 may be new to the bar scene, just recently opening in May 2013, but it has made quite an impression on sports fans in the area. The bar provides coverage on a wide variety of sporting events, plus a sizable beer list with regular daily specials to make game time a fun time. There are also plenty of televisions to watch the games no matter where you sit. Not just a sports bar, there is also a restaurant with delicious food for fans looking to catch a bite before or after a game. This restaurant-bar combination makes David's a great place to take friends who may not be as devoted a sports fans as you, so you can still catch the game and everyone goes home happy.
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
Drinking a refreshing cold beer and watching a sports game truly go hand-in-hand, and there's only one place in Maryland where you can find the largest selection of local and imported beers – Max's Taphouse. With 1,200 bottle beers in stock, 140 rotating drafts and five hand-pumped cask ales, there's no getting thirsty during a game here. No matter which sport you follow, you can catch the latest sporting events from one of the bar's 18 TVs in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. If a game goes well, you can opt to catch a safe ride home on a Water Taxi; and if the game turns sour, you can play a game of pool until your mood improves. All in all, Max's is truly a sports and beer lover's paradise located just east of the Inner Harbor in historic Fells Point.
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