Ideal bar - B'more
Continuing a thread from the General Board, what are some favorite liquoring holes in Charm City?
- Brewer's Art. You have the suave upstairs bar when you want to feel sophisticated with your 12-year single malt, or the downstairs dungeon when you feel slightly dangerous, or are just having a bad hair day and prefer near total darkness. Plus, the Ozzy works every time.
- John Stevens. Perfect amount of crustiness. This is my first stop on my way home from BWI when I've been out of town for anyhting more than 48 hours.
- Upstairs bar at Brass Elephant, if you catch it on a night when the young broker-wannabes aren't there. Everybody knows about it, but it still feels like it's a secret.
I agree, somewhat with previous comments.
Brewer's Art -- Upstairs for a first date, downstairs for subsequent date. Good for taking hip out-of-towners who are suspicious of Baltimore.
Ixia -- Very nice design, swanky, but continuing problems with harried and/or sloppy staff make it a risky choice.
Brass Elephant -- I agree that one's fellow drinkers are sometimes problematic, and the staff often seem to be at war with each other. I would heartily recommend this for illicit affairs.
Explorers Club (Harbor Court Hotel) -- Because sometimes hotel bars are just right. Wonderful service, good nuts.
The Club Charles -- On weeknights, before it gets crowded. Getting to know the bartenders will help you have a good time. Zodiac, the adjacent restaurant, goes through phases (appropriately enough, considering its name); it seems to be un an upswing now.
The Baltimore Eagle -- oops, wrong message board.
If you'd like a bar in Fells Point that's content to be a bar and doesn't try to be a "destination spot," go to Backstreeets on Bank Street. Roger, the owner, is a really nice guy and pours a great pint of Guiness. No crabcakes at this bar, just a good spot to hoist a few and meet with friends.