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. 32 -- Leon's( Chiaki Kawajiri, Baltimore Sun / May 29, 2007 )
There's some respect that should be paid to Leon's. For starters, it's among the oldest gay bars in the city, if not the oldest. Except young gay men aren't known for respecting their pioneering elders. In fact, at most gay bars, the two crowds stay as far away from each other as Ted Haggard and his wife. But at Leon's, there's so little room between its circular bar and the walls, there's no choice for seniors and twinks to bump into each other. Sometimes they'll clash over the differences between Donna Summer and Lady Gaga, but sometimes, just sometimes, they get over their generational divide and get to know each other. In that sense of community, it's unlike just about any other gay bar in town. Drinks are also dirt cheap, especially on Sundays, when $3 buys two Coors. -- Erik Maza