The closest bar to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Slider's is located just a traffic island away from third base. It's a cozy, unpretentious tavern that was packed right before the game. To ease the pressure inside, the short stretch of pavement outside the bar was closed to traffic, and a beertender was selling cans of Bud from a cooler by the door. Groups of fans were standing in the street or on the sidewalk. "Boston is a big series, and we sell a lot of beer, so in order to keep people satisfied we get permission to close the street," said General Manager Kristin Olsson.
We thought it was a great idea, but Olsson said it only gets better.
"Depending on the big series for the month -- like the Yankees or the Phillies -- we bring in beer vendors and a grill for pit barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, and set up tables so people can eat outside," she explained. "We'll have some live music, too. Last year, for example, Red Stripe sponsored a few parties, and we had reggae bands and the Red Stripe girls giving away T-shirts."
A few times this season, Sliders will join with the neighboring Pickles Pub and shut down an entire block of Washington Boulevard.
Slider's is open daily, though, not just on game days, and sports 14 beers on draft inside.
-- Fritz Hahn (April 2003)