It's never too early to start planning where you're going to watch Super Bowl 47. If you're a fan of the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers, you'll want to know where to find other members of your tribe. And If you just want cheap beer and huge screens, we know where to find those, too. Today, we'll look at where to hang out with D.C.'s Ravens crowd.
Glover Park's Mason Inn, a bar known for attracting preppy crowds who love SEC football, might not seem like a natural place for Ravens fans. And yet, as its T-shirts boast, Mason Inn becomes "Baltimore South" on game days. Bartenders serve $9.75 pitchers of Bud Light, pints of Abita Purple Haze and shots of a sweet, "purple drank"-esque concoction they call Raven's Blood to crowds sporting Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis jerseys.
When Mason Inn opened in 2011, it didn't have a "home" team to feature on the bar's televisions, owner Fritz Brogan said. So Brogan let regulars and employees decide which team's games would be shown. More Ravens fans showed up than any other team, and they kept coming back every week to cheer for Baltimore. Now the Ravens rule the roost at Mason Inn, down to a DJ spinning Baltimore-themed songs before and after games and cuing up "Seven Nation Army," the Ravens' crowd-rallying anthem, whenever the action on the field warrants it.
Brogan says some of the bar's die-hard fans are heading to New Orleans for the Super Bowl: "They were on their iPhones trying to buy plane tickets at the end of the (AFC Championship) game." But he's expecting a good atmosphere at the bar nonetheless, with drink specials and the game on 12 flat-screen televisions and a 100-inch projection screen.