Pictures: Baltimore's 50 best bars 2010
Fall always seems to usher in big changes on Baltimore's bar scene. New watering holes open and some old favorites close. It's a good time of year to take stock of Charm City's colorful nightlife -- from neighborhood dives to ritzy lounges. We've counted down the city's 50 best bars. Bottoms up!
List compiled by Erik Maza and Sam Sessa of Midnight Sun and Richard Gorelick of Dining@Large.
Also see: Baltimore's 50 best restaurants
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No. 42 -- Turp's( Baltimore Sun / October 27, 2009 )
There are other sports bars in the neighborhood -- Midtown Yacht Club, for starters -- but Turp's is the place to go to on game days. It's the Mother's of Mount Vernon. A lot of it is location, but the other big draw is John Turpin, for whom the bar is named, and who just recently quit. Many came for the game, stayed for the repartee with Turp. That familiar face is sometimes all that makes a neighborhood bar. When he left, old customers poured in with the same question: "Is Turp around? I wanted to do one last shot with him." -- Erik Maza