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. 4: Nacho Mama's( Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun photo / February 3, 2011 )
Such a high ranking isn't a tribute to Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, the bar's beloved owner who unexpectedly died this year, but rather a recognition of his establishment's continued excellence. A favorite of O'Donnell Square, Nacho Mama's has long been a favorite of Canton residents, politicians and everyone in between, thanks to its loveably tacky decor (Elvis, everywhere!) and laid back atmosphere. Even Michael Phelps couldn't resist telling his 1.4 million Twitter followers that Nacho Mama's is one of his favorite spots in the city. It's normally cramped, but the wait is worth it, especially when a hubcap full of the house margarita finally arrives.
• Bar info: Nacho Mama's, 2907 O'Donnell St., 410-342-2922, nachomamascanton.com