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. 84: The Sidebar Tavern( Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun photo / August 18, 2009 )
Punk-rock venues are a dying breed in this country, so the Sidebar gets points automatically for supporting the cause. But the club also offers one of the city's few open-mike nights for stand-up comedians on Mondays, which is a welcome -- and potentially hilarious -- alternative to looking up at a television all night.
• Bar info: The Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington St., 410-659-4130, sidebartavern.com