Just above the open window of Elliott's Pour House, there's painted a row of draft beer taps. Look inside that window, and you'll discover that the paintings are merely a taste of what's in store. Behind the bar, 20 colorful taps bear the names of craft breweries such as Star Hill, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues. Guests sip on pints of craft beer or the locally beloved Natty Boh (also on draft) as they watch NFL games on the TVs or play ping-pong on the bar's own table. Elliott's is known for taking care of its regulars, who are rewarded with perks such as a $10 gift card for every $100 spent or enrollment in the Draft Club, which begins with a ritualistic bath in beer foam.
At Field House, guests guzzle gourmet pub fare, bubbling drafts, and sporting contests beamed from fifty separate plasma-screen TVs. Menu varieties satiate salivary glands with bread-bedded treasures such as the Maryland crab cake sandwich drizzled in old bay aioli and served beside kettle chips ($13). A cavalcade of specialty pizzas ($10–$13) indulges diners in the art of sharing, while the 12-ounce grilled new york strip steak ($23) is designed for solitary savoring by whoever can identify which borough its shape most resembles.
The Life of Reilly Irish Pub & Restaurant recreates the feel of an Emerald Isle public house. Framed jerseys decorate an exposed brick wall opposite the bar, above which flat-screen TVs showcase the latest international rugby matches. The bar itself stocks an extensive selection of Irish whiskeys, and its 10 drafts spotlight classic Irish brews such as Guinness and Magners Irish Cider.
But the kitchen's head chef, Dale Fields Jr., hasn't forgotten he lives in Baltimore. Alongside fish and chips and shepherd's pie, he underscores regional classics including a melt comprised of two mini crab cakes served on toasted english muffins. He rounds out his menu with other pub staples such as chicken quesadillas, beer-battered buffalo shrimp, and steak fries smothered with cheese and bacon.
For over 30 years, patrons hungry for fresh, local seafood and juicy burgers have made the pilgrimage up to the Poncabird Pub's second floor, clinking frosty beers and cocktails amid a welcoming sports-bar ambience. Underneath the rustic, knotty wooden rafters, 12 TVs broadcast baseball and football games, while sizzling grills broil 10-ounce patties of beef to mouthwatering perfection by helping them get over their fear of open flames. A spacious open-air deck frames revelers underneath fluffy summer clouds or twinkling night skies, and regular DJs infuse nights out with a pounding soundtrack.
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, the streets of Fell's Point come alive as crawlers hop from pub to pub, enjoying specials on food and festive drinks such as Absolut masquerade punch and Malibu hurricanes. A commemorative button, which can be picked up at Woody’s Rum Bar starting at 6 p.m. the night of the crawl, unlocks the special prices at each location. Each crawler also receives a map that shows the locations of all 15 participating pubs—including The Greene Turtle, Kooper's Tavern, and The Wharf Rat—ensuring they find each venue without having to spend all their doubloons on a GPS.
The crawl is one of the many events hosted by Fell's Point Main Street, an organization dedicated to revitalizing local commercial and historical areas.
John Saki opened Louisiana Restaurant to bring authentic Creole flavors from the bayou to the Baltimore area. The gracious interior, with appointments crafted almost exclusively by Fells Point craftsmen, creates an ideal atmosphere in which to enjoy the eatery’s menu of French cuisine with a Southern twist. The menu’s three courses highlight traditional down-home dishes, such as parmesan crayfish and Louisiana crab bisque. Entrees include Creole-mustard and pecan-encrusted catfish, as well as lobster hash and grilled quail with andouille-roquefort corn bread.
The elegant dining rooms, which John himself designed, also showcase eclectic pieces salvaged from local historic sites, such as the staircase from the old Inner Harbor Power Plant and pink-marble walls from the defunct Saks Fifth Avenue. John and his family actually opened Louisiana Restaurant on Valentine’s Day more than 10 years ago, making it a poetic destination to celebrate a romantic evening or a birthday; the restaurant was also recently voted one of Baltimore's most romantic restaurants by Yelp users. The restaurant’s ballroom also accommodates up to 150 guests, charming them with an atmosphere that provides the comfort of a Southern mansion without the discomfort of a Colonel Sanders costume.