Ravens bar of the week: Delia Foley's
New South Baltimore bar has wing specials, ultra-Irish theme
Delia Foley's has hand-painted murals and wing specials on Ravens game days. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / February 7, 2011)
In South Baltimore, the Irish pub Delia Foley's is offering the next best thing: cheap wings.
The bar opened this year at the spot where Fort Charles Pub and Taps used to be. It is a prototypical pub, Lucky Charms-green and decorated with historical Irish flags.
Though it carries all the usual beers, Delia Foley's has developed a reputation for its wings menu, which is as long as an Irish folk song. Expect the crowd to be overwhelmingly young.
Drinks: Delia Foley's beer menu is on a par with what you'd find at Mick O'Shea's or James Joyce Pub. Yes, Foley's has Guinness, Kilkenny and Smithwick's. There also 16 rotating drafts, including Yuengling, which is $5 for a 16-ounce glass. And there are $3 Jameson shots. On Thursday, though, the bar won't have any Ravens-specific specials. (In its defense, it's likely few other bars will.)
Food: The bar excels at wings. Foley's has 25 flavors, including Caribbean pepper jelly and traditional fare like garlic Parmesan and Old Bay. Beware: There's also something called the Facemelter. Sandwiches, burgers and appetizers, like chicken tenders, round out the menu. On Thursday, all wings will be 49 cents each.
Decor: With its exterior a loud Kelly green and its interior painted in greens and oranges, the bar seems like it wants to out-Irish the city's other pubs. Its home is a spacious old building that used to be the Craftsmen Club and dates to 1920. It also has a second floor, where the bar has a 12-by-7-foot projector screen broadcasting the Ravens game. Downstairs, there are several wide-screen TVs, arcade games and darts.
Distance from stadium: About three minutes by car, 20 on foot.
Parking: On-street metered parking, which is hard to come by. You can also try the West Street Garage, 40 E. West. St.
If you go: Delia Foley's, at 1439 S. Charles St., is open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 443-682-9141 or go to dfpub.com.