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: Nevin's( Colby Ware, Baltimore Sun / October 20, 2011 )
The first time I went to Nevin's it was because a bartender there, Linda Diehly insisted -- nay, demanded -- I go there after overhearing my plans for an evening in Federal Hill. I'm glad I did. Nevin's is like Linda -- a little weathered, but with enough character for all of the Hill. It's also got the quirkiest karaoke in the whole city.--Erik Maza
Venue address: 31-33 East Cross St.