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. 53: Grand Central( David Hobby, Baltimore Sun photo / February 16, 2007 )
Although it began as a much smaller pub in 1991, Grand Central has expanded multiple times, making it the city's premier bar for its gay and lesbian communities. Each area -- which includes the Disco, the Pub and the "exclusive ladies' lounge" Sappho's -- offers a unique experience, which makes Grand Central a great nightspot, no matter your mood.
• Bar info: Grand Central, 1001 N. Charles St., 410-752-7133, centralstationpub.com