Ravens bar of the week: Horse You Came In On Saloon

The Horse You Came in On Saloon is the Ravens Bar of the Week.
The Horse You Came in On Saloon is the Ravens Bar of the Week. (ELIZABETH MALBY, Baltimore Sun)

To watch the Ravens and be surrounded by some history, go to the Horse You Came In On Saloon.

The Fells Point bar is said to be among the oldest in the city, dating to 1775. According to its website, the owners even claim to be the "oldest continually operated saloon in North America."

It is also said to be the last place where Edgar Allan Poe had a drink before he died.

These days, the bar is commonly mobbed with people in their 20s on weekday nights. It is not quite the antithesis of Bond Street Social down the street, equally popular with young professionals, but it is definitely rowdier, with loud, classic rock music constantly blaring from the dank interior.

It is also doubles as a sports bar and, at least until recently, was one of the few places in town where Ultimate Fighting Championship fights were broadcast. On Sundays, the specials are surprisingly generous, and cover dinner and lots of drinks.

Drinks: The bar bills itself as Maryland's top Jack Daniel's bar, whatever that means. It also has a broad selection of cocktails. The beer selection is nothing to brag about, but it's cheap on Sundays. From noon to 7 p.m., Yuengling and Coors Light drafts are $3. Also: lemon drops are $4, and cherry bombs and Bloody Marys sell for $5. From 9 p.m. to close, Miller Lites are $2.50, cherry bombs are $5 and Grand Marnier shots are $6.

Food: Like all saloons, the Horse You Came In On specializes in bar grub: Wings, mozzarella sticks and something called cowboy fries are all on the menu. On game days, some of these are discounted: cheese steaks and fries sell for $6, and buffalo tenders go for $5. One classy special is the wings and beer combo: 20 wings and a bucket of five Miller Lites for $25.

Decor: The Horse You Came In On has three flat-screen TVs up front and three by the back. It also hosts live music every week. But, as befits a bar that claims to be over 200 years old, it still looks rough around the edges. Like several bars in Fells Point — the former Whistling Oyster comes to mind — it also claims to be haunted. Not a bad way to watch the game. It's in part what attracted the cable show "Drinking Made Easy" to film a recent episode there.

Distance from stadium: About 15 minutes by car.

Parking: Metered on-street parking is available, though like everywhere in Fells, hard to find.



If you go

The Horse You Came In On, at 1626 Thames St., is open 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-1:30 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Call 410-327-8111 or go to thehorsebaltimore.com.

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