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

  • 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...

  • La Cuchara bar's delight is in its details

    La Cuchara bar's delight is in its details

    Sitting at the 40-seat, steel-top bar at La Cuchara on a recent weeknight, a couple cocktails in, I wondered: Does it get much better than this? It's a thought I've had more than once at this gem of a restaurant and bar in the Jones Falls Area, less than half a mile from Woodberry Kitchen. At some...

  • Wet City, a Mount Vernon beer bar, succeeds because of bold choices

    Wet City, a Mount Vernon beer bar, succeeds because of bold choices

    The space on West Chase Street had been a classic Irish bar named Dougherty’s Pub since it opened in 1994. When I stopped by on one of its last days in December, Sherry Dougherty mentioned the new owners’ vision for the low-lit Mount Vernon favorite. “It’s going to be the complete opposite of this,”...

  • Loch Bar showcases posh vibes, classic cocktails in Harbor East

    Loch Bar showcases posh vibes, classic cocktails in Harbor East

    With the Japanese-themed Azumi and the Mediterranean eatery Ouzo Bay, the local Atlas Restaurant Group has proved to have the quality and style to meet Harbor East's high-end expectations. While its first two Baltimore properties are food-focused, Atlas' third — Loch Bar, located in the Four Seasons...

  • The Food Market still stands out in Hampden

    The Food Market still stands out in Hampden

    Aside from geography, the shops and restaurants on West 36th Street in Hampden have little in common. On the strip better known as The Avenue, you can get a haircut, browse sex toys, eat a gyro, sip espresso, buy a bong and order a loveseat with minimal effort and time. If the Avenue has any connective...

  • 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...

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