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Celebrate Ravens Playoff Run at These Bars and Tailgates

Drink specials and purple parties happening this wild-card weekend.

Our hearts are still racing from last week’s Ravens game against the Cleveland Browns—in which linebacker C.J. Mosley clinched a playoff run with a critical interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. (Sorry not sorry, Steelers.) This Sunday, our AFC North Champions are taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild-card game at M&T Bank Stadium—and Baltimore is ready to party.

Whether you’re hoping to post up at a tailgate or gather with other die-hards at a neighborhood bar, there are plenty of purple parties to celebrate the Ravens’ first playoff run in years. Here’s where to head before kickoff:

101 Baltimore: If you’re planning to catch the game on South Charles Street in Federal Hill, this neighborhood hangout will be offering plenty of drink deals. Cheer on the birds while downing $5 Chambongs (6-oz. Champagne shooters), $6 Orange Crushes, $7 glasses of red and white wine, and $15 domestic buckets. Just next door, sister-spot Banditos Bar & Kitchen will highlight $5 32-oz. Modelo, Shocktop, and Bud Light beers, as well as $18 Corona buckets. 1118 S. Charles St. 443-682-9480

Alexander’s Tavern: Spend your Sunday at this Fells Point staple, which will offer a game-day menu in conjunction with its regular bottomless brunch deals. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sip all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers for $15 while also enjoying half-priced nachos and tots. Other football specials include $2 New Amsterdam half shots, $3 22-oz. Bud Light drafts, $5 Baltimore bombs, and free shooters for every Ravens touchdown. (Sister bar Huck’s American Craft will have similar specials.) 710 S. Broadway. 410-522-0000

Bmore Around Town Purple Tailgate: Super Bowl champion Jamal Lewis will be pregaming at this bash thrown by the tailgating experts at Bmore Around Town. Make your way to Stadium Square on West Ostend Street to get down to live music by DJ Crome while enjoying open bar access for three hours before the game. The $40 admission fee also includes shucked oysters, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, life-sized games, and raffles to benefit the Kamryn Lambert Foundation. A barbecue buffet will highlight brisket, smoked turkey, pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, French fries, and all the fixins’. 701 W. Ostend St. $40-45 443-865-5935

Donna’s Tavern: Dundalk locals flock to this neighborhood hangout for its epic football parties, which feature raffles, giveaways, and free shooters for every Ravens touchdown. Noteworthy playoff specials will include $4 grape bombs, $6 burgers, $9 crab pretzels, $10 crab cake sandwiches, and $12 Budweiser buckets. 6607 Pine Ave., Dundalk. 410-633-6677

Don’t Know Tavern: Belly up to the bar at this South Baltimore spot to watch the game alongside other purple fanatics. Don’t Know will offer $3 Miller Lite drafts, or—if you’re drinking with a crew—go in on $14 Miller Lite Buckets, $15 Miller Lite towers, or $20 Blue Moon towers. 1453 Light St. 410-539-0231

Frazier’s on the Avenue: Nothing screams Baltimore pride like gathering with other fans at this Hampden institution. Grab a seat at the bar to crack open $2.50 cans of Natty Boh while chowing down on discounted appetizers all afternoon. Snack specials will include $5 tots, onion rings, nachos, soft pretzels, and taco flatbreads. 919 W. 36th St. 410-662-4914

Jimmy’s King in the North Playoff Tailgate: Throw on a jersey and get hyped for this lively pregame hosted by Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Held outside of the future home of Hammerjacks on Russell Street, the tailgate will feature music spun by DJ Buddha, as well as familiar ’90s covers by local rockers Here’s to the Night. The $45 price of admission also includes a premium open bar, bottomless beer, lawn games, a photo booth, and a full buffet. Football fare to look out for includes pit beef, cream of crab soup, Italian sausage, homemade meatballs, and crabby chicken cheesesteaks. 1300 Russell St. $45. 410-314-6968

Lee’s Pint & Shell: This Canton hangout will host a free, one-hour open bar after the game if the Ravens win. The only catch? You have to show up to Lee’s (in your purple gear, of course) before kickoff. No matter the outcome, the bar will feature buck-a-shuck oysters, $3 Natty Boh drafts, $3 Blue Moon drafts, $5 Smirnoff grape bombs, and $5 Smirnoff Crushes during the game. 2844 Hudson St. 410-327-2883

Minnow: Make the most of your Sunday Funday with an all-day happy hour at this seafood-centric spot in South Baltimore. For the playoff game, Minnow will be featuring half-priced small plates and drink specials from 1-7 p.m. in the bar. 2 E. Wells St. 443-759-6537

Miss Shirley’s: This comfort food staple is paying homage to Eric Weddle’s ice cream sundae ritual with “Weddle’s Playoff Pancakes”—a tall stack buried beneath plenty of sweet toppings. Starting this Purple Friday, all three locations will offer the Ravens-inspired flapjacks topped with blackberries, white chocolate chips, purple whipped cream, purple cream cheese icing, powdered sugar, and black and purple sugar sprinkles. You can also add a scoop of Taharka Bros. ice cream for good measure. The Ravens pancakes will be on the menu throughout the entire playoff run. Multiple locations including 513 W. Cold Spring Lane. 410-889-5272

Mother’s Grille: We can only imagine how spirited the Purple Patio at this Federal Hill mainstay is going to be this weekend. Equipped with satellite bars, flat screens, and plenty of Ravens decor, the outdoor venue is a go-to party spot for home games. As always, Mother’s is offering fans a $35 all-you-can-drink deal for three hours beginning at 9 a.m. 1113 S. Charles St. 410-244-8686

Ottobar: This Remington rock club is gearing up for another one of its Ravens ragers in the bar upstairs. Be sure to bring a dish to share for the potluck party, which also features discounted drinks, beer buckets, and plenty of giant screens for bird watching. 2549 N. Howard St. 410-662-0069

Pratt Street Ale House: Located just a football’s throw away from the stadiums, this game-day destination is always down to cheer on the birds. In honor of the playoff run, the Ale House is offering $3 domestic bottles, $4 Oliver Brewing Company pints, and $5 house wine and rail drinks throughout the day. 206 W. Pratt St. 410-244-8900