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Baltimore Sun bar reviews

Critic Wesley Case regularly reviews bars in the Baltimore area.

  • Magdalena's bar is swanky and inventive -- with pricetags to match

    Magdalena's bar is swanky and inventive -- with pricetags to match

    A rule that always applies, no matter the restaurant: The higher the cost, the higher the expectations. I was reminded of this on a recent weekday night while seated at the bar inside Magdalena, the section of the luxurious Ivy Hotel in Mid-Town Belvedere open to the public. I enjoyed a night of...

  • Alma Cocina Latina makes waves at the bar, too

    Alma Cocina Latina makes waves at the bar, too

    The Can Company, a dining and shopping site on Boston Street in Canton, is a place I associate with quick trips. Usually, I pop by on the run — a coffee to go here, a bagged burrito or salad there. There are exceptions, like the underrated brunch at Langermann's, but for the most part, my friends...

  • If Aggio seems too fancy, just sit at the bar

    If Aggio seems too fancy, just sit at the bar

    I had the wrong idea about Aggio, and maybe you do, too. Opened in February 2014, the first Baltimore restaurant from celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio — a Frederick native and “Top Chef” alum — didn’t draw me in on the surface. Maybe the “fine dining” label and Power Plant Live location didn’t seem...

  • Brew House No. 16 not to be missed in Mount Vernon

    Brew House No. 16 not to be missed in Mount Vernon

    As new concepts and fresh approaches continually emerge within Baltimore’s bar scene, it’s natural for our impatience to grow. If it’s new and potentially exciting, we want it now — no, yesterday — fully formed. High-level execution takes time, though, as I was reminded on a recent Friday evening...

  • Laid-back bar Shakers a nice fit in Pigtown

    Laid-back bar Shakers a nice fit in Pigtown

    There's plenty to debate about Baltimore's bar scene. But what can't be denied, particularly if you prefer taverns and pubs to nightclubs, is how rich it is with options. Motivated imbibers can easily plan entire weekends with different nights out without repeating locations, neighborhoods or concepts....

  • Mussel Bar and Grille a fun fit in Harbor East

    Mussel Bar and Grille a fun fit in Harbor East

    Restaurateurs in search of a challenge could do worse than the 8,000 square feet at Harbor East’s 1350 Lancaster St. Just ask Restaurants America, the Chicago-based operations group whose Townhouse Kitchen & Bar lasted less than two years before it unceremoniously closed in January 2014. In March,...

  • Huck's American Craft a fine, modern corner bar in Brewers Hill

    Huck's American Craft a fine, modern corner bar in Brewers Hill

    The evolution of the corner bar continues in South Baltimore. For a long time, the concept of the corner bar was encapsulated in the Canton/Brewers Hill/Highlandtown area by unpretentious hangouts like Lear's II and Harry's American Bar — old-school places where Keno is king and to become a "regular"...

  • Sports bar Game a comfortable place to watch and play

    Sports bar Game a comfortable place to watch and play

    There are more reasons than ever for an NFL fan to stay home on Sundays rather than go to a bar: Commercial-free cable channels with live feeds from every stadium, cheaper food and drink options and no need to crane your neck for a decent view of the action. On Sunday, I was reminded why making...

  • An improved Nick's Fish House still offers escapism

    An improved Nick's Fish House still offers escapism

    Some summers, a trip to the beach can seem like a distant, shimmering mirage. The hot sand, icy beverages and minimal decision-making — the thought is enough to instantly trigger the Liz Lemon inside all of us. “I want to go to there,” the mind mutters in defeat. I, too, have watched my summer...

  • Summer cocktails stand out at Sugarvale

    Summer cocktails stand out at Sugarvale

    When Phil Han, the owner of the coffee shop and restaurant Dooby's, announced the arrival of The Hatch — an inconspicuous space in the lower level of Mount Vernon's Park Plaza Building — two summers ago, the Gilman alum envisioned it as something like a permanently rotating incubator space for...

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