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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
US

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
US

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
US

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

Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Luckie's Tavern for all of your favorite American dishes. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Luckie's Tavern, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Luckie's Tavern is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Make sure to check out Luckie's Tavern's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. With its spacious interior, Luckie's Tavern is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Luckie's Tavern diners who prefer their meals al fresco. The restaurant frequently features a DJ, so patrons can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor. Noise levels at the restaurant can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night.

Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Dress is typically casual at Luckie's Tavern, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.

Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Market Pl location offers nearby street parking.

Luckie's Tavern offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. Luckie's Tavern accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

10 Market Pl
Baltimore,
MD
US

Casual American fare can be found at Waterfront Hotel. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Waterfront Hotel won't disappoint. Gather the whole family for a trip to Waterfront Hotel — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. The private room at Waterfront Hotel is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Waterfront Hotel diners who prefer their meals al fresco. Musical guests frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.

The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system. Take it nice and easy at Waterfront Hotel, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Getting your food to go is also an option. For the tastes of Waterfront Hotel from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.

Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Thames St location offers nearby street parking.

Waterfront Hotel's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Waterfront Hotel — swing by for for favorite meal.

1710 Thames St
Baltimore,
MD
US