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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.

  • Paulie Gee's back bar graduates from best-kept secret status

    Paulie Gee's back bar graduates from best-kept secret status

    You’d be forgiven for overlooking the back bar at Paulie Gee’s. With a couple of eye-catching, wood-burning ovens located in the center of the Hampden restaurant, acting as its beating heart, it’s easy to stick to the front half and its plentiful seating. Neapolitan-style pizza is the main draw...

  • Revived Baltimore Eagle leather bar pulsates with good energy

    Revived Baltimore Eagle leather bar pulsates with good energy

    When the Baltimore Eagle closed at the end of 2012, the city lost a storied establishment that was more than just a place to socialize and dance. It was an open-minded, safe space for all visitors, including those who embraced its leather subculture for personal enjoyment and empowerment. But after...

  • Hightopps Backstage Grille sustains success with breezy atmosphere, attentive service

    Hightopps Backstage Grille sustains success with breezy atmosphere, attentive service

    Those visiting Hightopps Backstage Grille for the first time will likely notice the Timonium mega sports bar’s popularity before even exiting the car. It’s the type of place that requires staffing just for its parking lots — the type of people you’d expect to see at a concert venue or sporting...

  • Debated for years, Crossbar der Biergarten impresses in Federal Hill

    Debated for years, Crossbar der Biergarten impresses in Federal Hill

    For about seven years, Crossbar der Biergarten was just an ambitious megabar concept, a “coming soon” social media account and a lightning rod of a topic among Federal Hill residents. To many outsiders, it also sounded like an amorphous idea — one you’d hear murmurs about, but wonder if it’d ever...

  • 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...

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