Natty Boh at Dimitri's in Hampden

Eris Sadowski downs a Natty Boh at Dimitri's in Hampden. (Colby Ware, for The Baltimore Sun / July 25, 2014)

There's not much better than downing an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. But how about downing a really inexpensive ice-cold beer on a hot summer day? Yeah, that may be better.

For our third annual survey, we again divided the city into four quadrants, called hundreds of Baltimore's biggest, posh-est, smallest and divey-est bars and asked for their best prices on bottles/cans, microbrews and happy hours. We're not against drafts, but we've eliminated that category this year because there wasn't much variation in price across the city.

Wherever you live, work or play, you can find a cheap beer around the corner. Now go raise a glass -- and keep that wallet light.

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CENTRAL & NORTHWEST

BOTTLES/CANS

Dimitri's Tavern, 3820 Falls Road, 410-889-9545 — $1.50 Natty Boh 12 oz.

The Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St, 410-547-6925 — $2 Natty Boh 12 oz.

Backstretch Saloon, 1301 W. Old Cold Spring Lane, 410-889-3003 — $2 Natty Boh 12 oz.

The Dizz, 300 W. 30th St, 443-869-5864 — $2 Natty Boh 12 oz.

Hon Bar, 1000 W. 36th St, 410-243-1230 — $2.50 Natty Boh 16 oz.

MICROBREWS

The Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St, 410-547-6925 — $3 Resurrection, Ozzy (er, sorry, "Beazly"), Birdhouse

Midtown BBQ & Brew, 15 E. Centre St., 443-835-2472 — $4 The Raven lager

Swallow at the Hollow, 5921 York Road, 410-532-7542 — $4 Yards ales: Tavern Spruce, Brawler, PYNK

iBar, 2118 Maryland Ave., 443-759-6147 — $4.25 Flying Dog draft

Alonso's, 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, 410-235-3433 — $4.50 Lagunitas

Hon Bar, 1000 W. 36th St, 410-243-1230 — $4.50 Union Duckpin

HAPPY HOURS

iBar, 2118 Maryland Ave., 443-759-6147 — $1 Natty Boh (4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturday all day)

David's 1st & 10 Sports Bar, 3626 Falls Road, 410-662-7779 — $1.25 domestic bottles (4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Alonso's, 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, 410-235-3433 — $1.50 all draft domestic (4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon, 909 N. Charles St., 410-685-7427 — $2 domestic, $3 imported bottles (4-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday)

Rocket to Venus, 3360 Chestnut Ave., 410-235-7887 — $4 for any three 8 oz. drafts (5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday)

NORTHEAST

BOTTLES/CANS

Pulaski Liquor Emporium, 6425 Pulaski Highway, 410-483-7500 — $1.50 Bud Ice/Natural Light 12 oz., $2 bottle domestic 16 oz.

Racers Cafe, 7732 Harford Road, 410-882-5212 — $1.75 Miller Lite (during the day) $2.50 Miller Lite (during the evenings) 16 oz.

Harford House, 7509 Harford Road, 410-444-6712 — $2 all 12 oz. bottles (except Heineken)

Clementine, 5402 Harford Road, 410-444-1497 — $2 Natty Boh 12 oz.

Hamilton Tavern, 5517 Harford Road, 410-426-1930 — $2 Natty Boh 12 oz.

MICROBREWS

Freddie's Ale House, 7209 Harford Road, 410-254-8373 — $3 Terrapin Golden Ale/ Terrapin Recreational Ale

Racers Cafe, 7732 Harford Road, 410-882-5212 — $4 craft beer 16 oz.

Koco's Pub, 4301 Harford Road, 410-426-3519 — $4.50 Flying Dog

Hamilton Tavern, 5517 Harford Road, 410-426-1930 — $4.50 Union Duckpin

Maggie's Farm, 4341 Harford Road, 410-254-2376 — $5.50 Blue Mountain Brewing Kolsch

HAPPY HOURS

Brannan's Pub, 5516 Harford Road, 410-426-7300 — $1.50 domestic cans and bottles (5-7 p.m. Sunday-Saturday)

O'Hara's Irish Pub, 6510 Belair Road, 410-444-7400 — $1.75 Natty Boh bottle/Natural Light 12-oz. can, $2 domestic bottles (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; all day Monday)

Pulaski Liquor Emporium, 6425 Pulaski Highway, 410-483-7500 — $2 all bottles (5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Racers Cafe, 7732 Harford Road, 410-882-5212 — $7 for three draft beers 12 oz. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Saturday)

Freddie's Ale House, 7209 Harford Road, 410-254-8373 — $5 domestic/$6.50 craft beer 32 oz. mini pitchers (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday)

SOUTH & SOUTHWEST

BOTTLES/CANS

Barfly's, 620 E. Fort Ave., 443-682-7227 — $1.50 Natty Bohs during Orioles games

Southside Saloon, 430 E. Fort Ave., 410-547-9995 — $1.75 Natty Bohs

Captain Larry's, 601 E. Fort Ave., 410-727-4799 — $2 Natty Bohs and Pabst Blue Ribbon

Maisy's, 313 N. Charles St., 443-220-0150 — $2 Natty Bohs

Brewer's Cask, 1236 Light St., 410-273-9377 — $2 Natty Bohs

MICROBREWS

Metropolitan, 902 S. Charles St., 410-234-0235 — $4 12 oz. select cans

Blue Agave, 1032 Light St., 410-576-3938 — $4.50 16 oz. select glasses

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd., 410-752-1784 — Microbrews starting at $4.75

Note: Eight bars have microbrews starting at $5.

HAPPY HOURS

Banditos, 1118 S. Charles St., 443-835-1517 — $1 Miller, Coors and Bud Light (8-10:30 p.m. Thursdays)

Nobles, 1024 S. Charles St., 410-727-1355 — $10 bottomless cups on Friday nights

HomeSlyce, 336 N. Charles St., 443-501-4000 — $1 Natty Bohs 4-7 p.m. every day

Mad River, 1110 S. Charles St., 410-727-2333 — $1 Coors and Miller Lite on Thursdays

Southside Saloon, 430 E. Fort Ave., 410-547-9995 — $1.25 drafts until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

SOUTHEAST

BOTTLES/CANS

Mustang Inn, 3203 Eastern Ave., 410-732-1001 — $1.25 12 oz. Natural Light, Colt 45, Milwaukee's Best cans

The Chasseur, 3328 Foster Ave., 410-327-6984 — $1.25 Miller High Life cans

Duda's Tavern, 1600 Thames St., 410-276-9719 — $1.50 Natty Bohs

Nacho Mama's, 2907 O'Donnell St., 410-675-0898 — $1.75 Natty Bohs from 4-7 p.m.

Cockey's, 1901 Gough St., 443-873-8687 — $2 Natty Bohs

MICROBREWS

Max's Taphouse, 737 S. Broadway, 410-675-6297 — $3.50 16 oz. select house drafts

Hummers Bar and Grill, 3242 Foster Ave., 410-522-1696 — $4 16 oz. Tavern Ale

Kooper's Tavern, 1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423 — $4 house

Mustang Inn, 3203 Eastern Ave., 410-732-1001 — $4 12 oz. Loose Cannon and Baltimore Pale Ale

Silks, 2641 Hudson St., 443-708-0317 — Microbrews starting at $4.50

HAPPY HOURS

Hudson Street Stackhouse, 2626 Hudson St., 410-342-0592 — $2 off all drafts until 7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Cardinal Tavern, 901 S. Clinton St., 410-327-7850 — $2 off all drafts on Thursdays

One-Eyed Mike's, 708 S. Bond St., 410-327-0445 — $1.50 off all drafts 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Claddagh Pub, 2918 O'Donnell St., 410-522-4220 — $1 Bud Light on Thursdays

Tavern on the Square, 2903 O'Donnell St., 410-675-1880 — half off all drinks 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday


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Editor's note on microbrews: There is great debate, in and out of the beer community, over what constitutes a microbrew/craft beer. Several factors are in play, including production size and innovation. And while some official organizations techincally call Yuengling and Sam Adams microbreweries, our official stance is that they should not be put in the same category as Heavy Seas or Union Duckpin.