Crowding around the TV at home with snacks and a case of beer is all well and good, but nothing beats the energy of watching two of the best teams in the NFL duke it out amongst a group of die-hard football fans at your local bar. And while we’re not exactly thrilled to watch Tom Brady prance around the field this year, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to party no matter what teams are playing.
Whether you’re in it for the witty commercials, just here for the Puppy Bowl, excited to watch Lady Gaga take the stage, or actually planning to follow the game, head to these neighborhood watering holes to crack open a cold one and chow down on pub grub as the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots this Sunday night.
Das Bier Haus: Staying true to its German roots, this corner bar in Federal Hill is throwing a blowout with happy hour pricing in effect throughout the entire game. Drink specials of note will include $3 bombs, $10 domestic beers poured into a three-liter glass boot, and $1.20 “Deflated” bombs whenever Tom Brady throws an interception. Fans are also invited to partake in special drinking games and buy numbers in the bar’s Block Pool. 1542 Light St., 443-708-8894
Five & Dime Ale House: It’s only been a few months since this Hampden hangout made its debut, but the beer bar has already made a splash—hosting viewing parties for everything from soccer matches to televised musicals. Starting at kickoff, Five & Dime will offer $3 Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Michelob Ultra bottles, $4 16-oz. craft drafts, and a two-for-one deal on all appetizers. 901 W. 36th St., 443-835-2179
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood: Now in its 26th year, this all-inclusive bash habitually features a silent auction, photobooth, raffles, magicians, caricature artists, ice luge, and appearances by Ravens players (previous attendees include Terrell Suggs, Jonathan Ogden, CJ Mosley, and Torrey Smith). Snag a spot in front of one of the restaurant’s 30 screens to sip beer and cocktails and enjoy a full Bull & Oyster Roast with pit beef, raw oysters, and all the fixins’. 6526 Holabird Ave., Dundalk, $65, 410-633-4040
Johnny’s: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., gather at this Roland Park favorite to pregame with football party-themed brunch dishes including a bacon short stack with maple-bourbon syrup, chorizo-and-onion-stuffed burgers, and pimento cheese dip with pickled jalapeños. The bar team has also created a signature cocktail—fusing amaro, black walnut bitters, club soda, and cardamom cola syrup—to get fans into the spirit. 4800 Roland Ave., 410-773-0777
Mad River: Wrangle your crew and stroll over to this Federal Hill favorite to tune in while enjoying premium open bar access from 6 p.m. until the final whistle. Plus—if you’re going through tailgate withdrawal—indulge in classic eats like wings, nachos, crab pretzels, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, and Buffalo chicken fries. 1110 S. Charles St., $30, 410-727-2333
Mother’s Grille: Though best known for throwing Ravens ragers on its Purple Patio, this Federal Hill mainstay is a game day go-to no matter who is playing. For $25, line your stomach with an array of specialty pub grub while sipping bottomless beer and rail drinks throughout the game. 1113 S. Charles St., 410-244-8686
Mt. Washington Tavern: No Super Bowl party is complete without tasty snacks, and this neighborhood spot will offer plenty of options. Head up to the tavern’s top-floor skybar to dig in to bottomless eats including chili, cheeseburger sliders, Buffalo wings, hot dogs, Mexican dip, and lasagna. The all-inclusive deal also includes domestic beers and house wines. 5700 Newbury St., $45, 410-367-6903
No Idea Tavern: It seems like this South Baltimore staple has specials for every occasion (locals rave about its $10 bottomless happy hour deal on Fridays), and this Sunday night will be no exception. Pull up a barstool, challenge a friend to a game of shuffleboard, and enjoy all-inclusive Bud Light drafts, rail drinks, and house wines alongside a buffet spread with plenty of football munchies. Plus, don’t miss giveaways, raffles, and a special round of Super Bowl bingo. 1649 S. Hanover St., $30, 410-685-4332
The Point in Fells: Watch all of the action unfold at this laid-back hangout in Fells Point, which will be showing the game with sound on multiple screens throughout the space.Don a lucky jersey, place your bets, and enjoy a number of specials including $6 bombs, $8 burgers, $15 domestic buckets, and a $20 pitcher-and-wing combo. 1738 Thames St., 410-327-7264
R. House: Move over Miller Lite. While most football parties focus on beer, R. House is switching things up, hosting a whiskey-themed bash in honor of the game. Spend the evening hanging out at the new communal food hall, which will feature wings and chicken sandwiches from BRD, salads and wraps from Stall 11, and sweet treats from BLK//Sugar paired with plenty of Jameson cocktails to go around. 301 W. 29th St., 443-347-3570
SoBo Cafe: You can’t go wrong with a buffet filled with classic comfort foods. At this neighborhood spot, fill up on macaroni and cheese, wings, pulled pork, potato salad, queso dip, and an array of desserts while sipping discounted drafts, $5 sangrias, and $6 house wines. 6 W. Cross St., $25, 410-752-1518
Tin Roof Baltimore: There’s no such thing as a bad seat at this venue inside Power Plant Live, which boasts TVs around every corner and a massive 10-inch projector screen. Head there to enjoy one-pound orders of wings for $8, and wash them down with $8 pitchers of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Shocktop, and Yuengling. 32 Market Place, 443-873-8187