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. 3: Max's Taphouse( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo / December 13, 2011 )
The constantly changing and surprising beer list makes this Fells Point corner bar a near lock for one of this list's highest spots on a yearly basis. Max's takes beer seriously. The city doesn't have a more vital beer resource than Max's 140 rotating drafts and roughly 1,200 bottled beers. But Max's is more than just a house for rare beers: It's an ideal place to kick back with a date or some friends. It's unfathomable to think of Fells Point without thinking of Max's.
• Bar info: Max's Taphouse, 737 S. Broadway, 410-675-6297, maxs.com