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. 50: Johnny Rad's( Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun photo / October 5, 2010 )
Not enough pizza places have a punk-rock attitude. But at least we have Johnny Rad's, the casual tavern that opened in July 2010 with a nice bottled beer list and reasonably priced thin-crust pies. But what we really like is how charming and weird it is, like Movie Mondays, where patrons can watch old classics ("Poltergeist" and "Alien" were appropriately played in October) and enjoy a vegan cheesesteak.
• Bar info: Johnny Rad's, 2108 Eastern Ave., 443-759-6464, johnnyrads.com