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. 38: MaGerk's Pub & Grill( Sam Sessa, Baltimore Sun photo / October 11, 2010 )
What began in 2000 as a sports bar intended for transplanted Philadelphia Eagles fans has transformed into one of Federal Hill's more underrated megabars. There's a just-big-enough upstairs for dancing, a more breathable downstairs for mingling and an outdoor patio for those in need of a smoke break. The fact that you can get a close-to-authentic Philly cheese steak only helps MaGerk's cause.
• Bar info: MaGerk's Pub & Grill, 1061 South Charles St., 410-576-9230, magerks.com