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. 10: Walt's Inn( Sam Sessa, Baltimore Sun photo / October 10, 2010 )
The best karaoke bar in the city is a complete dive, in the most endearing way possible: Bartenders remember your name, dangerously strong Jell-O shots are a dollar apiece and no one will make you feel bad for your slurred rendition of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." The huge catalog of songs range from Disney soundtrack cuts to Johnny Cash to '90s radio staples, and all lead to a similar result: Smiles and laughs that can't be contained.
• Bar info: Walt's Inn, 3201 O'Donnell St., 410-327-1886, waltsinn.com