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. 56: The Gin Mill( Colby Ware, for The Baltimore Sun / July 17, 2008 )
Fans of this quiet East Baltimore bar tend to point out how homey it is, and we can't blame them, given the multiple fireplaces and dim lighting. But this is as good of a bar as any to jump start your night, thanks to the diabolically potent "Happy Drinks," a light-pink cocktail we've only come across at Gin Mill.
• Bar info: The Gin Mill, 2300 Boston St., 410-327-6455, ginmillcanton.com