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. 7: The Ottobar( Josh Sisk, For The Baltimore Sun / November 1, 2012 )
The bands, Ravens games and dance parties are all great, but The Ottobar earns this spot because of its versatility. Not only does it book some of the more exciting bills in the city, but it has an upstairs bar that acts as its secret weapon, a spacious getaway from the appropriately dingy downstairs. Play pool and grab a cheap beer upstairs while you wait for the band, because it beats tapping your feet and incessantly refreshing your Twitter timeline.
• Bar info: The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., 410-662-0069, theottobar.com