Bars in Arbutus


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With a diverse mix of events, a roster of live music, a pool league, and a full kitchen?plus a new sushi bar?it's hard not to find something to like about Fish Head Cantina. The back patio houses a two-stage venue accommodates up to 1,000 music lovers, as well as a full tiki bar and koi pond. Inside, patrons can sidle up to a table to peruse the enormous menu, which ranges from wings to tacos to more than 20 maki rolls on a sushi menu.
4802 Benson Avenue
Halethorpe,
MD
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Jovial crowds of sports fans line the wooden bars and maroon booths at both Loafers Sports Bar and Grill locations to unwind with cool brews and a tasty spread of seafood and pub eats. Flat-screen TVs broadcast football games for die-hard sports enthusiasts and Antiques Roadshow reruns for appraisal fanatics as they enjoy burgers and plates of wings, nachos, and potato skins. Chef Joe Rocco packs jumbo lumps of meat into his crab cakes and steams pots of crabs year-round to complement pints and the Big Loaf beer, a 1-liter pour of draft ale. A variety of nightly events draw in revelers with specials, karaoke, and live DJs, as opposed to old computers programmed to play "Glory Days" in binary.
6518 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville,
MD
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Sit back with a burger and fries at Houlihan's, a relaxed spot serving American cuisine. It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options. Be sure to complete your meal at Houlihan's with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Houlihan's. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Houlihan's is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups. If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Diners at Houlihan's will love the free parking nearby. You can take it easy on your wallet at Houlihan's — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
8240 Gateway Overlook
Elkridge,
MD
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Built by a group of friends interested in camaraderie, cold drinks, and good food, Diamondback Tavern aims to put a contemporary spin on a traditional Maryland tavern, and its pub menu has earned accolades from the Baltimore Sun and Howard Magazine. Wrangling local meats, seafood, produce, and bread, the staff builds fresh sandwiches filled with garlic-braised pulled pork and caramelized bananas, crab-cake platters loaded with two 5-ounce jumbo lump crab cakes, and veggie risotto topped with grilled portobello. Behind the bar, chilled local and domestic brews and sangria blended from a family recipe cleanse palates and put out fires after fire-eating competitions gone wrong. Diners enter under a traditional hanging tavern sign emblazoned with a brown diamondback-turtle shell before nestling into a spacious sports bar or dining room. Diamondback Tavern also hosts open-mic nights and screening events around NFL games to keep ears and eyes entertained as mouths gnaw on the minimalist, modern decor.
3733 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
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Kick back with your friends and enjoy an American meal at Kelsey's Restaurant. Low-fat choices are not featured on the menu this place serves the real deal. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Kelsey's Restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Kelsey's Restaurant. Just around the workday bend are Kelsey's Restaurant's happy hour food and drink bargains. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Kelsey's Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting). Between the music and the crowds, Kelsey's Restaurant's noise levels can be intense. The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. Kelsey's Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Kelsey's Restaurant as well. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. At Kelsey's Restaurant, free parking is offered on the whole block. You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Kelsey's Restaurant, so plan your budget accordingly. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Kelsey's Restaurant serves up all three meals.
8480 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
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Throughout the afternoon and evening, the streets of Ellicott City echo with the footsteps and laughter of revelers making their ways between the city’s pubs and breweries. Bar crawlers visit four local pubs; The Diamondback Tavern, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Judge's Bench Pub, and La Palapa Grill & Cantina. Revelers sip domestic beers, spirits, and wines as they tactfully ignore bar-trivia rivals inside the Diamondback Tavern's rustic interior, between the wooden trim and hanging amber-colored lamps of Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and the Judge's Bench Pub, or between the exposed brick walls and colored glass mosaics at La Palapa. To help stomachs soak up excess alcohol, some bar proprietors lay out snacks for touring groups. Participants on both earlier and later crawls walk away with a souvenir T-shirt, as well as a new layer of bar-crawling memories to replace lingering remembrances of high-school-trigonometry lessons.
3733 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
US
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