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. 44: Geckos( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / January 12, 2010 )
It's not easy to make three floors feel intimate, but this unpretentious Tex-Mex restaurant pulls it off. While its kitchen tends to draw customers in -- a rotating menu based on what's fresh at the market will do that -- regulars know there isn't a more welcoming seat at a bar. It's the ideal spot for a cold Corona and game of pool (or ping pong).
• Bar info: Geckos, 2318 Fleet St., 410-732-1961, geckosonline.com