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. 5: Rye( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun photo / August 31, 2012 )
Owner Ryan Perlberg is doing something right in Fells Point. His gourmet hot-dog joint Stuggy's now delivers, and his newest endeavor, Willow, is a thoughtful take on a Latin lounge. But it's Rye, his dimly lit ode to hand-crafted cocktails, that makes the best impression. Its informed bartenders are always concocting something new, which keeps the menu, and thus the experience, fresh. It's a modest space most concerned with presenting stellar drinks, and that serious -- but not stuffy -- attitude makes it not only one of the best new bars in the city, but one of the best, period.
• Bar info: Rye, 807 South Broadway, 443-438-3296, ryebaltimore.com