Ravens bar of the week: Pub Dog Columbia
An alternative to crowded county sports bar scene
Like its sister location in Federal Hill, Pub Dog in Columbia serves draft beers by the pair. (Alexis Jenkins, Baltimore Sun / October 1, 2012)
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When Federal Hill's Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse expanded to Columbia in 2007, its managers were aware of its surroundings — namely Nottingham's and the Greene Turtle, two well-established sports bars in the area.
So Pub Dog decided to offer an alternative to the usual sports bar experience. Instead of creating a scream-to-be-heard scene, Pub Dog keeps the sound of the game off, allowing customers to enjoy its beers and pizza in relative peace. Locally brewed beers, award-winning pizza and a Ravens game? There are worse ways to spend a Sunday.
Drinks: On Sundays, Pub Dog sells 22-ounce plastic souvenir cups for $6. Customers can get it filled with any of Pub Dog's beers. Refills cost $3, and regulars know to bring the cup back each week rather than buy a new one.
Food: In the October 2011 issue of Baltimore Magazine, Pub Dog's thin-crust pizza was named among the best in the area. Although not discounted during games, the pizza (ranging from $8-$10) is worth the regular price. The 10-inch pies are satisfying enough for one, and include flavors such as Alaskan Husky (three-cheese white pizza with olive oil and basil) and Cajun Dog (spicy chicken and sausage with red onion and fresh garlic).
Atmosphere: Pub Dog is a place for sports fans, dates, families and, of course, four-legged friends (outdoor seating allows dogs to hang out alongside diners). If you're in search of a bar to cheer on the Ravens without the usual cluster of day-drinking fans, Pub Dog will come as a relief.
Parking: Free in the lot
If you go
Pub Dog Columbia, at 8865 Stanford Blvd., is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Call 410-872-0364 or go to pugdog.net.