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. 33 -- Ale Mary's( AMY DAVIS, Baltimore Sun / October 7, 2005 )
Ale Mary's is a lot like its owner, Mary Rivers: brassy, no-nonsense, and very Fells Point. Come here at midnight and you'll feel like you're in your big sister's dining room downing some good beer. Part of it is Rivers herself, welcoming despite the put-on attitude. But the other half is the decoration. Rivers has outfitted the diner-like bar with recycled religious artifacts -- ancient lockers from a torn-down Masonic temple; crucifixes and hymnals from a long-gone church. But all the religious imagery on the wall has been donated by the customers themselves. And the black-and-white Sacred Hearts are even more personal. They're from Rivers' grandmother's home in Highlandtown. -- Erik Maza