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Ravens bar of the week: The Ottobar

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The Ottobar in Charles Village is well-known for its live music.

Jimmy Eat World, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Baltimore's Lower Dens have all played there; electronic musician Dan Deacon, psychedelic band Celebration and duo Wye Oak have announced shows there in December. The bar is also known for its cheap specials, like Two for Tuesday (two beers for the price of one), and its pool games upstairs.

But it's also a good place to watch the Ravens. While co-owner Craig Boarman says away games draw more of a crowd, neighbors of the bar on Howard Street will find several Ravens specials this Sunday.

Drinks: Count on the traditional domestics behind the bar — Red Stripe, Natty Boh. But on game days, they're extra cheap: $2.50 for all domestic bottles. And with a purchase of an Ottobar pint glass or a koozie, you get a free beer.

Food: The best food at the Ottobar is from the affordable pizza places and hole-in-the-wall restaurants nearby — like the Charles Restaurant & Carry Out on St. Paul Street. But for Ravens away games, the Ottobar hosts a crab feast upstairs; Boarman suggests signing up a week in advance. The bar also allows guests to bring in food for potlucks or to have food delivered.

Decor: The Ottobar's best features are its worn couches scattered throughout the second floor. Downstairs is mostly taken up by the stage and dance floor, but the first floor is ample enough to hold groups of Ravens fans. Of course, the Ottobar broadcasts the game. It has two big-screen TVs upstairs.

Distance from stadium: The Ottobar is about a 15-minute drive from M&T Bank Stadium.

Parking: This is an area where The Ottobar has a huge advantage over sports bars in Canton and Fells Point. Metered and unmetered parking is widely available on the street.

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If you go

The Ottobar, at 2549 N. Howard St., is open 9 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday-Tuesday, and opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Call 410-662-0069 or go to theottobar.com.

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