With the Big Game just around the corner, residents planning to watch the Super Bowl from a bar in Harford County might consider getting there early.

Pubs around the area are expecting plenty of purple-clad Ravens fans to fill the seats come Sunday, when the Baltimore team plays the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

After a full house last time, MaGerk's in Bel Air is expecting another busy weekend for the big game.

Sunday will feature a special rotating buffet, Jennifer Topper said, as well as a few added drink specials.


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"We will have raffles going on during the game," she said. "We will probably have some giveaways for different Ravens things."

Although the AFC Championship filled plenty of seats at MaGerk's, "we are definitely expecting bigger parties, bigger groups," she said.

Sunday's event is likely to bring out even bigger crowds, she suspected.

"The phone calls and things that we have gotten still make it seem like we are going to be just as packed," Topper said.

For the Super Bowl, "people tend to drag more people out with them."

She also expects the crowd to be excited but reasonable if the Ravens were to win.

"We are ready. We are geared for the win," Topper said.

At the Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air, district manager Patrick Leonard said the restaurant is taking reservations this time.

"We are almost booked up," he said, noting the Dark Horse has gotten about 150 reservations, with about 80 spots left.

For $25 a person, the bar will offer a "huge," extra-special buffet of seafood, like steamed mussels, ribs and barbecue items.

There will also be a separate, pre-Super Bowl buffet, he said.

"We think it's going to be different this year because of the Ravens," Leonard said about the Super Bowl. "Normally it's the slowest day of the year."

After hosting two Ravens players recently, the Dark Horse is expecting the possibility of one final Ravens-related treat.

The team promised the pub would get a player every Thursday night if the Ravens win the Super Bowl, Leonard said.

Half Pints Sports Pub & Grill in Bel Air is also having "a bit of a Mardi Gras scene," owner Nick Molyneux said, with necklaces being given away.

The bar will feature a heated tent for Sunday's event and drink specials, including a lot of Budweiser, the sponsor of the NFL.