Ravens bar of the week: Pickles Pub

M&T Bank Stadium is conveniently flanked by two sports temples: Mother's in Federal Hill and Pickles Pub in Camden Yards. If Mother's is revered as the de facto Ravens bar, Pickles is beloved by fans of the Orioles.

But that doesn't mean it overlooks the Ravens. On home games, Pickles is mobbed with fans coming out of the stadium. And on away games, the specials are generous. In addition occupying prime real estate right across from Camden Yards, Pickles is also known for its hot dogs and the man who sells them — a pirate look-alike.

On away games, expect the crowd to consist of those staying in nearby hotels and students from the University of Maryland.

Drinks: Pickles carries 12 beers on draft, including some of the more mainstream crafts, like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. On away games, all draft beer and pitchers are half-off. The bar also carries the usual domestics, which are $2.50 on Sunday. Of course, it also carries Natty Boh, which is always $2. Also on special: rail mixed drinks for $3.

Food: The first person you'll notice at Pickles is Mick Kipp, who has worked at the bar since 1988 and dresses like a pirate — colorful bandanna and earring included. Kipp sells hot dogs outside the bar. Consider the quarter-pound Raven dog, which is topped with peanut butter, cream cheese and grape jelly. The rest of the menu has your typical pub grub: pizza (a cheese 16-incher is $6 on game days), burgers, nachos ($4) and wings ($5 for a dozen).

Decor: With its proximity to Oriole Park and M&T, expect lots of sports memorabilia and posters. Like Kipp, the bar has a lot of character. The spacious bar is outfitted with 30 flat-screen TVs that broadcast NFL games, the Orioles and the National Hockey League.

Distance from stadium: Walking distance.

Parking: As hard to find as in Federal Hill, but there are several (sometimes pricey) parking lots and there is metered street parking.

If you go: Pickles is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; its kitchen closes at 1 a.m. Located at 520 Washington Blvd. Call 410-752-1784. http://www.picklespub.com



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