For a sports bar that craft beer fans can appreciate, go to Elliott's Pour House. Five years old this May, Elliott's goes the extra mile to cater to devoted sports fans.
Earlier this year, it organized a bus trip to the Orioles opening game. But it's also a sports bar for discerning beer drinkers. The bar is best known for its 20-tap beer tower.
Owner Jeff Mason has recently switched over to a complete craft menu, with 20 brands on tap and 18 by the can. And, while the bar gets crowded, it won't get as hectic as some of the sports bars around Canton Square.
Drinks: During Ravens games, Elliott's has several specials: $2 domestics and $3 Newcastles. The bar also offers a $2 'bite shot' after every touchdown. The highlight, though, is the beer tower, which features a lot of variety and regional flavors, including Maryland's own DuClaw and Fordham Brewing beers.
Food: Elliott's lacks a kitchen, but the bar makes food for every Ravens game. Mason makes traditional tailgate food inspired by the opposing team. For the Steelers game, the bar served a chip chop BBQ ham sandwich, homemade fries and Polish sausage chips with a sweet chili dipping sauce. For the Rams game, the bar had a choice of cheeseburger, hot dog or bratwurst with fried ravioli. Expect traditional tailgate food for the Cards game next Sunday. Plates stay under $8 per person.
Decor: Much like a traditional sports bar, the decor here is simple. Its main features are the beer tower and the six flat-screen TVs. Mason expects to add a seventh screen by the back wall in time for the Steelers game.
Distance from stadium: M&T Bank Stadium is about 20 minutes away by car.
Parking: Street parking is available near the bar.
If you go
Elliott's Pour House is at 3728 Hudson St. Call 410-276-2200. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.