I know it’s flashy and all, but “entertainment districts” (if I’m interpreting it properly) suck. They are huge and sit largely empty except for game days. On game days you and a friend can get a couple beers and a couple apps and your tab is damn near $100 after tip. And the food is the same crap you probably get in the stadium. If it’s anything like they have in Philly, I hate those places. Philly’s location kind of demands it because there isn’t anything near the park. One of the closer bars will shuttle you to the game.
St. Louis opened “Ballpark Village” across the street from left center field a few years back. It actually is built into the sight lines of the stadium so from home plate it looks like it’s part of the stadium. Looks nice. Rooftop stadium seats on top of one of the restaurants. But it’s a ghost town except for 81ish days a year. And way overpriced the one time we pregamed there. Atlanta, same deal. It’s all stuff better suited for the inner harbor. Atlanta had a PBR and the same stuff Baltimore already has. Baltimore doesn’t need a second location of corporate conglomerates collecting dust most of the year, do they?
I’d rather they just renovate some places nearby into neighborhood bars that actually open on not game days to serve the public. I don’t know if its still there, or still vacant. But I used to walk down Portland St. all the time from where I parked. There was a large, vacant, something, just past Quigleys. I always thought that would have been the perfect place to open a sizable bar/restaurant/live music venue.
Also haven’t been there in a decade, (it was also in December) hope it hasn’t changed into corporate awfulness, but Wrigleyville is more my jam.
Agree, those places tend to lack any authenticity or charm. The best thing they offer is the convenience of being next to the stadium, and as such I’d guess most of their customers are those who seldom attend games or are first-timers. Regulars probably already have a preferred routine they won’t break.
My pregame spot was Camden Pub, but I heard it closed a few years ago. The food and beer selection were ok, it was right across the street from a UM garage, it was never crowded on a weeknight (so you were sure to be done in time) and it was always kind of cool to walk past Babe Ruth’s birthplace when you made your way to the stadium.