Welcome to MaGerk's Pub and Grill. We are located in the historic downtown area of Bel Air. Come on in and enjoy one of our Philly Cheese Steaks or a Jumbo lump crab cake! We've recently expanded and our new side has plenty of seating, Shuffleboard, and several plasma tv's for all the games!
A gleaming wood bar reflects the rows of spirits lining the shelves as well as the eyes of pool players, which dart in a calculated fashion across the emerald felt. At Bel Air Billiards Sports Pub, colorful spheres clatter and roll across eleven tables, which include 7-foot bar-box units and 9-foot Olhausen models. Tucked away from the smooth trajectory of cues and the wild arm gestures of dishonest fishermen, a scattering of tables boosts patrons as they sip beers by the glass or bottle and nosh on sandwiches and other finger foods. From the kitchen, one can hear hot oil crackling in applause as wings leap beneath shelves brimming with Old Bay and more than 20 spicy, barbeque, and mustard-based sauces. Ten high-definition plasma televisions situated around the perimeter flicker with images from live sports or public apologies to knocked-over hurdles, and karaoke nights flesh out the chatter with raucous choruses.
To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.
Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtle's philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.
From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.
The menu at Piv's Pub & Restaurant includes a variety of seafood and classic American cuisine alongside a hefty list of draft beers and craft bottled beers. An ever-gracious hostess, the vegetable du jour accompanies many entrees to their respective tables, including the jumbo-lump crab cakes, served over grilled tomatoes ($17.99 single order, $24.99 double order), and the juicy filet mignon with homemade mashed potatoes ($22.99). The shrimp salad ($9.99) is pleased to attend the table alone or with the companionship of a baked potato and onion rings ($4.99 each) from the à la carte menu. Diners looking for a solid base can turn to jumbo shrimp, lump crabmeat, and juicy scallops swathed in a cream sauce atop Piv's Norfolk Pasta ($19.99).
As the official history explains it, Jedediah Bumphus founded Wits End Saloon in 1867 "with a dream to serve cheap whiskey and freshly made raccoon sandwiches to the locals." If that sets your stomach growling, prepare for disappointment—it's completely untrue.
By its own admission, Wits End's history—including a bit about Jedediah's dual enlistment in both the Union and Confederate armies—is "fantastic and completely fabricated." The comedic touch makes sense for a saloon located at Magooby's Joke House, where local comedians take the stage every Tuesday, filling out a calendar of live events that also includes live music and trivia nights. While you won't find raccoon on the menu, there are plenty of classic bar bites including veggie quesadillas, Creole-style catfish tacos, and burgers made from local grass-fed beef. As for the whiskey, that might be the only part of Wits End's history that's actually true, as bartenders pour shot of more than 50 varieties, along with craft beers and handmade cocktails.