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Baltimore Sun bar reviews

Critic Wesley Case regularly reviews bars in the Baltimore area. For more nightlife coverage, visit baltimoresun.com/midnightsun.

  • Lee's Pint & Shell an effective rebrand in Canton

    Lee's Pint & Shell an effective rebrand in Canton

    Opened in Canton in 2008, Saute never seemed to truly know itself. The corner establishment served likeable pub fare in a prime location, but the vibe inside felt stuffy and drab. Was it a sit-down restaurant or a casual bar? As new bars opened around the city in recent years, owner Dave Carey...

  • R. Bar at R. House is crowded, and it's easy to see why

    R. Bar at R. House is crowded, and it's easy to see why

    On a recent Friday night, I nearly rubbed my eyes in disbelief. Could it be — two vacant chairs at R. Bar? In the bustling atmosphere of the Remington food hall R. House, spotting a couple of empty seats at its center bar can feel like discovering an oasis. Here, you don't second-guess reality...

  • Wits End Saloon in Timonium takes whiskey seriously

    Wits End Saloon in Timonium takes whiskey seriously

    The first three years after brothers Marc and Andrew Unger opened their Timonium comedy club — Magooby’s Joke House — inside the former Lorenzo’s Dinner Theatre, the old dressing room space sat empty. In 2013, they transformed the 600-square-foot area into a whiskey-focused bar called Wits End...

  • Gunther & Co.'s bar is whimsical and well-balanced

    Gunther & Co.'s bar is whimsical and well-balanced

    Chatting recently with Shaun Stewart of Gunther & Co., I asked the mind behind the bar program of the Brewers Hill restaurant to describe his approach to the cocktail menu. “‘Innovative’ is always a flashy word, but it’s more about putting something fun in front of somebody,” Stewart said. Striking...

  • Gnocco offers an intimate experience at the bar

    Gnocco offers an intimate experience at the bar

    In June, chef-owner Brian Lavin opened Gnocco, a love letter to his time not long ago studying abroad — and eating and drinking — through Italy and Spain as a University of Maryland, College Park student. An August Baltimore Sun review of Lavin's cuisine called the Brewers Hill establishment “a...

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