Washington Post

After a lost year, a sports bar hopes a new season brings it back to life

Pickles Pub, like sports bars across the country, has limped through the pandemic. Baseball season in Baltimore may bring new life. Foto: Washington Post/Jonathan Newton

BALTIMORE - Half of Pickles Pub's sprawling first floor sits in darkness, bar stools resting upside down on high-top tables - the universal bar signal for "go away." Some of the stools haven't touched a floor in more than a year. Some of the HD televisions lining the walls haven't glowed in that same span. It should smell like beer and wing sauce. It smells like industrial cleaner and lost revenue.

In the other half, a dozen or so socially distanced patrons sit and hoist beers under tasteful lighting at the bar and at the streetside window tables, where the view is of Brooks Robinson's backside, his bronzed form frozen in the middle of a throw to first, and beyond that - just a lazy flyball away - Gate F of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which hasn't welcomed a baseball fan in more than 18 months...

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