When Rye moved into the former home of Leadbetters, eyebrows lifted. Could Rye’s intimate feel be re-created in a space that was previously a Baltimore dive-bar legend? In a word: yes. Rye feels refreshed, and the main reason is Perez Klebahn, a managing partner and steward of the European-influenced cocktail program. Rye has cocktails that emphasize herbal liqueurs like amaro and absinthe, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find better traditional drinks in the neighborhood, too.
1639 Thames St., Fells Point, 443-438-3455, ryebaltimore.com
— Wesley Case