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.
Amid the satisfying clinks of cocktail glasses and the glow of neon lights, patrons at Laurel Station Bar & Grill feast on juicy burgers and steaks, lump crab cakes, and succulent steamed shrimp, all while enjoying the exploits of their favorite sports stars. Over 20 high-definition screens deck the brick walls, broadcasting all Sunday football games and most pay-per-view events, and an enormous projector screen unfolds sporting events and shadow-puppet cage matches in jumbo resolution. Guests belly up to the granite-topped bar for frosty draft beers, or book a private party room to ring in special occasions with good company and hearty pub fare.
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.
The memorabilia inside Birdland Sports Bar and Grill pays homage to sports old and new, including the Colts, Ravens, and Orioles, according to Bmore?s interview with owner Casey Jenkins. The sports-themed eatery features more than a dozen different sliders, pastas, and dishes infused with a Southern flair.
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.
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 Turtles' 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.