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

  • Cosima's bar reflects its confidence

    Cosima's bar reflects its confidence

    There are much easier restaurants to find in Baltimore than Cosima, the Southern Italian eatery whose entrance requires a winding descent along a steep driveway. Even with the aid of GPS, you could overlook the orange arrow — which appears with little warning around a Falls Road bend — pointing...

  • LB Skybar: Finally, a true rooftop bar in Baltimore

    LB Skybar: Finally, a true rooftop bar in Baltimore

    Call it little-brother syndrome, but at times, many of us go to great lengths to avoid giving Washington credit — of any kind. But one area in which D.C. has Baltimore beat, undeniably, is its abundance of rooftop bars. When the weather warms here, we have minor options like Woody’s Cantina and...

  • At West Madison Craft Beer & Wine Bar, focus shifts to bar

    At West Madison Craft Beer & Wine Bar, focus shifts to bar

    Let's begin with an obvious truth: Longevity is hard to come by in the bar business. For every rock-solid establishment with decades under its belt, there are many more nascent concepts hoping to execute a vision with staying power. When that doesn't happen, for whichever of the many reasons these...

  • Brunch cocktails at Canton's Iron Rooster deliver

    Brunch cocktails at Canton's Iron Rooster deliver

    Recently, I told a friend in Canton my plans to check out the all-day breakfast spot Iron Rooster. “Good luck,” she responded, without hesitation. “It’s always crazy packed there on weekends.” In October 2014, Kyle Algaze opened his first Iron Rooster in Annapolis and quickly found success — so...

  • For Penny Black in Fells Point, a return to basics

    For Penny Black in Fells Point, a return to basics

    In Baltimore, you can go home again, especially if home is a bar. Charles "Chuck" Doering and his family proved it last July, when they finished renovations on the former John Steven Ltd., a corner bar in Fells Point since rebranded as Penny Black. Doering originally opened the bar — known colloquially...

  • Woodberry Kitchen's bar is worthy of praise, too

    Woodberry Kitchen's bar is worthy of praise, too

    The diner to my left, mouth slightly agape, fixed her eyes on the bartender, whose hands became blurs as she vigorously shook a couple silver shakers. Once, she shot a glance my way as if to say, "Are you seeing this, too?" At some point, she couldn't contain her awe. "You must be so tired at the...

  • Boiler Room more than fun and games in Federal Hill

    Boiler Room more than fun and games in Federal Hill

    Back in 2004, four friends opened Barcade, a marriage between vintage video games and craft beer in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Williamsburg neighborhood. Since then, Barcade has expanded to New Jersey and Philadelphia as numerous competitors with similar concepts around the country have followed. To varying...

  • At the Prime Rib, a charming relic lives on

    At the Prime Rib, a charming relic lives on

    In these breathless times of instant information, it is nice to be reminded that some of the most useful tips still come the old-fashioned way: face-to-face conversation. Earlier this winter, over an unhurried dinner in a Mid-Town Belvedere hotel, I met a middle-aged couple that had developed a...

  • Snake Hill earns reputation as early hit in Highlandtown

    Snake Hill earns reputation as early hit in Highlandtown

    When partners Rich Pugh and Randy Coffren opened their bar, Snake Hill, in Highlandtown in mid-November, the duo expected to ease into the neighborhood, building a clientele over time through word of mouth. The neighborhood, however, did not feel like waiting. “The response has been great. Unfortunately...

  • Ware House 518 ups its craft with Louie Bar

    Ware House 518 ups its craft with Louie Bar

    Ware House 518 celebrated its first anniversary in October with a rebranding of sorts. The restaurant side remained the same, but its back bar area was renamed the Louie Bar, a nod to the Mount Vernon location's former occupier, Louie's Bookstore Cafe. For owner Ezra Tilaye, creating two different...

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