The temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming, and spring is upon us. To me that means one thing: the start to another fun-filled Orioles season. With the most snow on record this winter I am overjoyed to bid farewell to snow shovels and winter sweaters and hello to sunshine and baseball. Baltimore definitely knows how to kick-off the Orioles season in style as downtown has been abuzz for weeks with Opening Day anticipation. Baltimore fans will stick by their beloved Orioles regardless of the number of losses they seem to have racked up over the years to throw one heck of an Opening Day party.
For me Orioles baseball is about getting outside in nice weather, sipping an ice-cold beverage, and socializing with friends and fans. I don’t think I am alone in that mind-set as the only tickets available for tomorrow’s game against the Blue Jays are standing room and single seats.
Not able to make it to the game? Keep up with the action at a few of my favorite sports bars near the field.
Pickles Pub – The perfect place to grab a drink beforehand, or watch the game on one of the dozens of flat screens. Pickles offers outdoor bars as well as food and drink specials during happy hour. They are also hosting an Exclusive Opening Day Pre-Party in their newly renovated upstairs area for $75 per person to include drinks and appetizers. http://www.picklespub.com/
Pratt Street Ale House – They offer an extensive list of microbrews that will satisfy any beer connoisseur. A full menu and the outdoor patio make this another hot spot for Orioles’ action. http://www.prattstreetalehouse.com/
Diamond Tavern- If the crowd at Pickles is too much excitement for you, then try out the Diamond Tavern. This new addition to the Hilton complex is so close to the stadium you may even be able to catch a fly ball! http://www.diamondtavern.com/