When the Mt. Royal Tavern closed for a couple of days in October, frantic phone calls were placed, desperate questions were asked on Facebook, tweets demanded to know: When will it re-open?? Over the years, MRT transcended your average dive bar to become such a reliable, scrappy hangout that even a couple of days without it seemed unbearable. Thankfully, its owners say the bar -- and its cuss bucket -- will stick around like a bad hangover. --Erik Maza Venue address: 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Elizabeth Malby, Baltimore Sun