100 best Baltimore-area bars 2011: Critic's picks
When it comes to bars, Baltimore has long had a dizzying abundance of options. Our list last year of the city's best 50 barely scratched the surface. So, this year, we've expanded the list to 100.
Like last year, there's a critic's top 10, but the bars are split into 10 categories, including best clubs to go dancing and best bar to meet eccentrics. Ten of the bars have also been picked by you.
To choose the winners, we looked at bars that held events regularly, that attract crowds, whose prices are fair, and that provide consistent service. If we picked a bar for one category, it meant it couldn't be picked for another -- except for the readers' and critic's picks.
On this year's list, there are old favorites, lots of new names and bars in the areas surrounding Baltimore. Inevitably, there will be rumbling about who was left out. Sure, rankings are controversial, but they're a starting point to Baltimore's sprawling nightlife scene.
Also see: Going out guide: 100 best bars
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Critic's picks: Brewer's Art( Colby Ware, Baltimore Sun / October 20, 2011 )
If you're still harboring any doubts about why Brewer's Art is consistently in good favor just visit this Mt. Vernon on any given week night. It won't just be predictably packed, it'll be teeming with people, with regulars, with tourists, with people from other neighborhoods. The crowd is what makes Brewer's feel so alive all the time. But, the bar has also not slackened its commitment to great service -- remember the great bartender Karma Ward? -- and tasty beer after all these years. Just get there early so you can commandeer a table for you and your friends.--Erik Maza
Venue address: 1106 N. Charles St.