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. 2: The Brewer's Art( Jed Kirschbaum, The Baltimore Sun / February 2, 2012 )
Perhaps the city's most known bar (thanks to Esquire for once naming it the second best in the entire country), Brewer's Art is a Baltimore institution that's always a contender for the best of the best. By now, we all know the wonders of its house beers. But at this point, you can enjoy a bottle of Ozzy or can of Resurrection on the couch at home. So consider this a reminder that the actual Brewer's Art is still one of Baltimore's most beloved bars, and for good reason: Upstairs remains civilized and classy while a quick walk downstairs transports you to a dark dungeon pouring delicious Belgian ales. It's a striking, night-and-day dichotomy, and just one of the many reasons Brewer's remains a favorite to Baltimoreans young and old.
• Bar info: The Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., 410-547-6925, thebrewersart.com