By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun
8:46 AM EST, January 18, 2013
Big playoff games deserve big bar specials.
A $3 domestics deal might have worked a couple of months ago, but the AFC championship game demands more. As players elevate their games, it's only fitting sports bars do, too.
This concept is not lost on No Idea Tavern, the cozy Federal Hill bar a comfortable distance from the Cross Street Market madness. There are only four words you need to know about No Idea's Ravens special on Sunday: all you can drink.
Although it's normally a New York Jets bar, No Idea will make an excellent spot for Ravens and Patriots fans, given its 17 TVs and larger-than-expected space. There's even Wi-Fi (for the many Facebook statuses, Tweets and Instagram photos you'll post) and shuffleboard.
Drinks: For $20, Bud Lights and rail mixed drinks are all-you-can-drink from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. No Idea is accepting reservations for parties of eight or more, and each table gets a 750-ml. bottle of Fireball, the now ubiquitous cinnamon-flavored liqueur, as long as each person does the all-you-can-drink deal. This same deal will be offered for the Super Bowl, whether or not the Ravens are in it.
Food: There are no food deals during the game, but No Idea's menu offers bar food with prices comparable to other popular sports bars in Baltimore. There's also a brunch menu offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in case you're getting there really early.
Atmosphere: Compared to other, more popular Federal Hill sports bars, No Idea is comfortable and warm. It could be the least obnoxious sports bar in the neighborhood, which is quite an accomplishment.
Parking: Parking can be tricky because the streets closest require residential permits, so read the signs carefully. There's always the West Street garage nearby.
If you go
No Idea Tavern, at 1649 S. Hanover St., is open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. However, it will open at 9 a.m. this Sunday only. Call 410-685-4332 or go to noideatavern.com.
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