100 best Baltimore-area bars 2011: Meet eccentrics
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
If you have comments or opinions about the list so far, please use the comments field below.
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Meet eccentrics: Mt. Royal Tavern( Elizabeth Malby, Baltimore Sun / December 25, 2006 )
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.