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Best of Baltimore 2017

Best cocktail bar: Rye

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

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