Since The Elk Room opened, it has brought a level of novelty back to the cocktail scene in Baltimore,demonstrating that mixology does not have to be stuffy, uptight, or pretentious. Modern techniques are used at every juncture at this Baltimore bar, but they are only employed to create tastier drinks. A selection of 600-plus spirits inspires endless creativity for the cocktail menu, which changes twice a year (in April and October). The Maryland bar, making its debut on our list, is known for pushing the envelope of flavor, presentation, and technique. Designed by Patrick Sutton, The Elk Room has a very dark atmosphere illuminated only by candlelight. A giant elk head sits above the bar overlooking the space. To enhance the speakeasy theme, The Elk Room doesn’t have any signage outside. You have to find the unmarked door down a long courtyard and ring the doorbell for access. The most popular cocktail is Fool's Gold, a combination of Eagle Rare 10-Year bourbon, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, Letherbee Fernet, lemon, honey, and eucalyptus. Executive chef Julian Marucci has created shareable plates like pork belly steam buns, Burgundy snails, chicken liver bruschetta, dry-aged beef sliders, and crispy oysters.