Since the first Looney's Pub opened in Canton in 1993, co-owners Bill Larney and Steve Litrenta have been aggressively expanding the brand. The newest Looney's opened in College Park in October, following locations in Bel Air and Maple Lawn.
But for Sunday's AFC title game, only the original will do. Fans will mob the Canton bar just as they did in 2010, the last (and only) time the Ravens have beaten the New England Patriots. You can count on the crowd being young, wildly enthusiastic and head-to-toe in purple.
The bar also has a wide beer selection and lots of flat-screen TVs. It will also be offering several drink and food specials.
Drinks: For a sports bar, Looney's has a surprisingly wide selection of draft beers: 24. That's more, in fact, than the new location in College Park, which has 18. Most of these are your usual domestics. But there are also some craft brews — Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, Fordham Brewing Company. It's also offering Leinenkugel's seasonal Fireside Nut Brown. On Sunday, all domestic bottles are $2.75. Absolut vodka crushes and Bloody Marys are $5.
Food: The menu at Looney's consists of heavy bar grub — chicken sandwiches (starting at $7.99), cheese steak subs (starting at $8.59) and burgers ($7.99). But there are also four steaks; the cheapest, a New York strip, is $19.99. On Sunday, a dozen wings cost $8.99 and a pound of shrimp is $13.99; a half-pound of shrimp is $7.95.
Decor: Not its strongest attribute. Looney's has embraced a look that seems to be uniform for sports bars catering to young crowds: beer ads galore, arcade machines, lots of TVs. Though it may look indistinguishable from say, a Greene Turtle or a Tilted Kilt, Looney's at Canton has outdone them in the TV department — there are close to 60 on its two floors.
Parking: Metered on-street parking available.
If you go
Looney's Pub in Canton, at 2900 O'Donnell St., is open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Call 410-675-9235 or go to looneyspubmd.com.