Baltimore's 100 best bars [Pictures]
Baltimore's nightlife scene is a reflection of its people -- extremely eccentric, but just as endearing. We put personality at a premium, and expect good value, too. So while we're happy to visit D.C. for the occasional swanky escape, given the choice, we'd take a cold Boh in a Baltimore bar nearly every time.
But which one? Ask 100 Baltimoreans their favorite bar and you'll likely receive just as many answers. That's because it's a diverse, forever-evolving community, susceptible to rising trends (craft cocktails, beer-snob hang-outs, sophisticated wine bars), but firmly committed to its long-standing haunts and dives. Last year, we broke the overall top bars list down into Top 10s (best places to go dancing, best places to meet singles, etc.). But this year, we stripped the signifiers and tackled the city's scene head-on. Raise a glass, and let the debates begin. --By Wesley Case
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No. 43: 13.5% Wine Bar( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / July 16, 2009 )
The Avenue's go-to wine bar attracts a wide range of personalities, from Hampden hipsters to young professionals to a well-to-do older crowd. Take it as a sign that this modern lounge continues to do things the right way, by offering more than 40 wines by the glass and 200 by the bottle. Baltimore has too many places to get a Boh, and not enough like this.
• Bar info: 13.5% Wine Bar, 1117 W. 36th St., 410-889-1064, 13.5winebar.com