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: Red House Tavern( Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / May 3, 2011 )
This year, Ron Singer, who also owns Leon's, took over the Red House Tavern, renovated, and turned it into not just the best debut of the year, but one of the best bars in town. Red House redefines the neighborhood bar. Friendly, chill, it isn't just a place to spend a mindless night away from home, but one where you'll be taken care of with yummy bar grub over a nice selection of craft beer.--Erik Maza
Venue address: 2239 Essex St.