Best bars for watching football

Turn up the excitement this football season in Maryland and catch a game at a local bar with multiple screens and yummy munchies.

You can take in the touchdowns at a renown Eastern Shore restaurant with 23 TVs, in a haunted brew pub over 100 years old, or toasting a win at a local grill with a specialty drink the color of your favorite team. Whether you prefer a big rowdy bar or a family-friendly restaurant with good food and a laid-back atmosphere, the Annapolis area has plenty of different places to tune into whatever football game is on. Check out a few of the options below.

Football barWAcme Bar and Grill, Annapolis

If you head to downtown Annapolis to watch football, you're probably looking for a bit of a party, and Acme can provide that.

Fourteen screens show pretty much every game, though most fans are rooting for the Ravens or Redskins. The crowd is diverse, including families with kids, midshipmen, college kids and couples with dogs on the patio.

"It's a friendly atmosphere and a great vibe," says Blair Wood, general manger.

If you are with a group, try the beer tube which is 10 beers in a giant tube and includes half-price appetizers. Besides chicken wings, most fans are munching on the steak and cheese egg rolls on game days.

The bar has 14 beers on tap and a Sunday happy hour from 4-8 p.m. when domestic drafts are $2, domestic bottles are $3, and cocktails are $3.

163 Main St., Annapolis
410-280-6486, www.acmegrill.com

Adam's Ribs, Eastport - now Adam's Taphouse and Grille

Adam's might be known for its ribs, but it's also a prime spot to watch football. On the four big screens, Adam's shows four different games on weekends, though most of the clientele are loyal to the Ravens or Redskins.

Game days are busy, but you can always find a seat, says Sean Leahy, manager.

"Once the weather is cooler and the Ravens are in the playoff hunt, we certainly get a crowd, but you don't have to fight for parking that you do downtown," Leahy says.

Leahy recommends the buffalo fried ribs, chicken wings, crab dip, steamed shrimp and nachos, which are all popular munchies on game days. Adam's offers 12 beers on tap, and during football season there are always drink and food specials.

921 Chesapeake Ave., Annapolis
410-267-0064, Adamsgrilleannapolis.com

Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House, Grasonville

With 23 screens in the lounge at Annie's, you're bound to find your game on Saturdays or Sundays no matter who you root for. Although Ravens or Redskins fans are in the majority here, fans from plenty of other teams make Annie's their home for football games.

"It's a very exciting atmosphere," says owner Michael Katinas. "We're probably known as the gathering place for sports bars on the Eastern Shore."

The bar is fun, but football fans also come to Annie's for the food. Along with steaks and seafood, Annie's is known for its chicken wings and 11-ounce burgers, Katinas says.

On Sundays, "bar bites," like chicken wings are 25 percent off, fresh squeezed crushes in different colors and fruits are $5 and select drafts are $2.50. Half of the 16 beers on tap are craft beers. Wear a Maryland, Virginia Tech, Penn State or Navy jersey on college football Saturdays and get a free Coors Lite.

During football games, the crowd is excited, but not rowdy, Katinas says. Patrons tend to be 30 and older.football bars MothersWWatching the game at Mother’s Peninsula Grille in Arnold

"Children are also welcome," he says. "We're very family oriented."

410-827-7103, www.annies.biz

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Ellicott City

This restaurant and craft brewing company is housed in a 100-year-old "haunted" building. It's not a rowdy place to catch a game, but has character, unique German eats and a friendly atmosphere.

"It's a cool venue in a historic building and we feature the best craft beers in America," says manager Dave Venable.

Six screens in the restaurant and bar have the capability to show two different games. Most of the fans, however, are rooting for the Ravens.

For a taste of fall, order the pumpkin ale in a glass rimmed with cinnamon, sugar and allspice. If that's not your thing, try one of the eight beers on tap.

The locally made sausage and wild boar goulash are popular picks for a cool fall afternoon. Happy hour runs all day Sunday, which means 10 chicken wings for $6 and half price burgers. Venison, elk and buffalo burgers are also popular picks.

"We're pretty packed on football days, but it's a family-friendly place," says Venable, explaining the crowd ranges from young hipsters to families with children as well as older couples.

8308 Main St., Ellicott City
410-313-8141, www.ellicottmillsbrewing.com

Mother's Peninsula Grille, Arnold

It's all about the purple at Mother's Peninsula Grille. Customers [FOR PRO GAMES] are mostly Ravens fans, though Redskins fans are welcome too, says manager Vic Brocheo. Just don't come in on a Sunday sporting a Steelers jersey, he jokes. The 26 TVs and 20 burger and wing choices probably bring in the crowds.

On football Sundays, order the purple crush and, if you're feeling crazy, go for the Raven-Aid shot, which will take you back to the days of purple Kool-Aid. Buckets of beer are popular on game days or choose from 16 beers on tap. The crowd is excited but not overly young and unruly.

"We're a high-energy, fun atmosphere," Brocheo says.

969 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold
410-975-5950, www.mothersgrille.com

By Kristy MacKaben