Highlandtown bar serves spirit of the tournament

June 18, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Tommy's Lounge in Highlandtown will be one of the few area places to catch World Cup spirit.

The bar is fully decorated, and the big-screen television is fired up for the World Cup, which began yesterday.

"We are a soccer bar, and there are not many places like that," Debbie Wall said. "We are expecting a larger than usual crowd because of [the World Cup]."

Tommy's Lounge not only has a large number of soccer fans, but strong connections with soccer in this area. Debbie Wall is married to Essex Community College men's soccer coach Tommy Wall and is the sister of UMBC coach Pete Caringi.

While Tommy's Lounge has an overwhelming Italian clientele, it is trying to introduce some flavor for all the countries in the World Cup.

"We are going to have something different every day," Wall said. "We are having different ethnic foods when the teams are playing."

Tommy's Lounge featured German and Spanish foods yesterday.

Balls sports bar on Pratt Street should be another good spot to catch the action, as it is planning to show all the games on its TVs.

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