Opening Day Booze and Fun Guide

Featured, Pubs and Grub — March 29, 2014 at 7:54 am by

With the extreme and long winter that we’ve had around here, it’s almost hard to believe that Opening Day has finally arrived.  Monday, winter be damned, our beloved Birds take on the hated, and unfortunately, defending World Champion Red Sox here at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Baltimore has been buzzing about the O’s for weeks. GM Dan Duquette went out and added starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and veteran masher Nelson Cruz to an already young and talented team.  News flash:  The Birds are good again.  As fans, it’s time to set the tone for a fun and exciting season by kicking it off with a kick ass Opening Day.

Of course even when the Orioles have sucked, Baltimoreans have known how to throw an Opening Day bash.  OPACY overflows with orange and black and all the surrounding bars, pubs, and restaurants rock before, during, and after the game.   From Canton to Federal Hill and beyond, Baltimore treats Opening Day like what it should be treated like, a national holiday.

Last year we gave you our first Opening Day guide and we talked about the great bars of Canton and Federal Hill.  Of course places like Looney’s, Nacho Mama’s, Ryleigh’s Oyster, and Mother’s are always solid, if not spectacular, options for pre and post game festivities. Besides good food, flowing booze, and good service, these joints offer a less crowded oasis away from the utter madness that surrounds Camden Yards.  Just a short cab ride to and from the stadium, the bars in these popular neighborhoods are good starting and finishing points for your day of mayhem;  plus you don’t have to deal with overly congested parking garages in order to leave the downtown area.

But if you’re intent on diving into the proverbial swimming pool of madness that is Pickles and Sliders, by all means, go for it.  Anyone who possesses eyesight can easily establish that both Pickles and Sliders sit directly across from Camden Yards.  Hell, there’s even a statue of the human vacuum, Brooks Robinson, and his gold glove sitting right there for you viewing pleasure.  Pickles and Sliders do a great job of roping off an outdoor area and providing extra outdoor bars for your drinking pleasure and extra outdoor grills for your grubbing pleasure.  It’s gonna be packed, no doubt, but if you want to see the most amount of people you know, think you know, or think you may have hooked up with, in the shortest amount of time, this slice of Smalltimore is perfect for you.  Just take our advice and buy multiple drinks when ordering and come correct with cash; cash is easier on bar, bartender, and customer alike on crazy days like this.  And tip well, you’ll stand out and get better service, and it’s just the right thing to do anyway.

Also downtown, and something we enjoyed last year, was the block party on Portland Street hosted by Quigley’s Half Irish Pub.  Last year this block party featured beer trucks, makeshift outdoor bars, and live music from the 80’s cover band, The New Romance.  New Romance is back again this year and the party starts at 10 a.m.  What’s cool about this spot is that while it’s still crowded on the street, it’s not sardine crowded, there’s plenty of room if you’re in a big group; and if you get there early enough, you may even be able to claim one of the standing high-top tables they have in the street.  Also, the live music really helps add to the atmosphere.  Nothing says summer is coming better than drinking outside and listening to live music.

Another intriguing option could be Sullivan’s Steak House and their new Orange Patio.  Sullivan’s is on Pratt Street, and while here you can enjoy $4 Natty Bohs and half priced delicious burgers while chillin’ at a beautiful bar and patio area that’s usually reserved for people who make way more money than you.  They’ve also got a nice cigar humidor so you can celebrate an impending O’s victory with a Boh and a fresh stogie.  Class it up a bit while you keep the party rockin’, babes.  Ahoy polloi.

Speaking of Natty Boh, just drink it, it’s the unofficial, official beer of Opening Day.

And remember, don’t be an asshole, get a safe ride home after boozing.

Have fun, and Go O’s!


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