Baltimore Orioles fans embrace many traditions that show their devotion to the birds. They scream “O!” during the first stanza of the Star-Spangled Banner. They love taking their picture with the Orioles mascot, or next to one of the life-sized sculptures of baseball legends Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson displayed in the stadium’s garden behind left-center field, or the statue of Babe Ruth just outside the stadium on Eutaw Street.
On Sundays, kids can run the bases after the game, and starting this season, the Orioles are offering free admission for children under nine years old. During the game, keep an eye on the jumbotron for the hot dog races (cheer for ketchup, mustard or relish to win) and the crab shuffle. And during the 7th inning stretch, be prepared to dance to John Denver’s “Thank God I'm a Country Boy.”
But don’t miss the tastiest ritual: relishing pre-game drinks and noshes at the area’s bars and restaurants. Here are six spots where the food and drinks hit a home run.
Located among a cluster of rowhomes across from Camden Yards, the classic sports bar offers great happy hour specials and plenty of TVs to watch the game. Try the crab cake sandwich or the crab patty, a burger topped with crab dip. Pair it with some crabby fries and a Natty Boh for a classic Bawlmer meal. True to its name, the bar serves beer-battered pickles served over tortilla chips. Or start the meal with honey Old Bay wings.
Located down the street from Camden Yards, Pratt Street Ale House serves an impressive collection of craft brews made offsite at Oliver Brewing Co. The restaurant serves English-style ales in converted historic rowhomes with exposed brick interiors. Sit outside to catch O’s fans on their way to the game. Get your crustacean fix with a crab pretzel, crab mac and cheese or flatbread pizza with crab.
The longstanding bar in Baltimore’s Federal Hill draws a crowd on game days, whether it’s the Orioles or the Ravens. (Head there during football season to lounge on the Purple Patio.) But don’t overlook the food in the made-from-scratch kitchen, whose specialties include crab cakes, fish, and 20 types of burgers. Pair it with the classic Maryland summer drink, the orange crush, made with vodka, orange juice, triple sec and sprite.
Baseball isn’t the only game in South Baltimore. The sports bar offers Pac Man, Galaga and other old-school video games within a 10-minute walk from Camden Yards. Play a round of pool, beer pong or darts before biting into the Baltimore burger topped with a crab cake and Old Bay.
The large rectangular bar in the middle of the Diamond Tavern is the perfect spot to grab a beer or cocktail before the game. Located inside the Hilton Baltimore, guests can take the east tower skywalk to get to the restaurant. The crab soup and crab cake entree are among the winning menu items. Sit on the patio for a view of the stadium.
Billing itself as a restaurant that loves sports, The Yard takes pride in its seasonal menu and sourcing of local ingredients. Dark hardwood floors and exposed brick give the space a homey touch while a floor-to-ceiling image of Domino Sugars gives a nod to the iconic Baltimore sign. Start the evening with the Old Bay chips or the nachos topped with Natty Boh cheese sauce. Pair it with a local brew or your favorite wine from the self-serve beer and wine wall.
Filled with Orioles memorabilia, this bar and restaurant offers traditional favorites such as burgers and sandwiches. Try the Old Bay wings for an extra kick while watching the game on one of the bars many televisions.
If you’d rather enjoy your refreshments inside the stadium, check out our guide to Camden Yards’ food and drink options here.