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pomme de terre Jan 20, 2009 07:52 PM

Some friends and I have a New Year's Resolution of sorts to try a different bar every two weeks, starting with A and working our way to Z. We need a good 'B' place that isn't Brewer's Art or Bertha's. The only one I can think of so far is Bert's in Charles Village. We can go further afield than Baltimore, but that's our home base.

b bistro was suggested but I've never been and thought it was more of a sit-down place than a bar scene.

  1. viperlush Jan 20, 2009 08:17 PM

    If you just need a "B" Bay Cafe? But there has to be better options...

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      pomme de terre Jan 21, 2009 04:49 AM

      Ha, yes! For whatever reason, there are a lot of crappy bars that start with b! That's why I had to turn to the Chowhounds.

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      Wacko4Flacco Jan 20, 2009 11:03 PM

      Bill Bateman's is fairly solid as far as bars go.

      1. rpb Jan 21, 2009 01:42 AM

        In Fells Point you've got Birds of a Feather (the Scotch bar), Blarneystone and Brass Monkey. Then headed over to Canton/Brewers Hill you've got Bartenders, Bleachers, Baltimore Tap House (formerly Growlers) & Brewers Hill Pub. Personally, I'd go with Bartenders on Boston Street. Aside from being a fun bar they put out some pretty tasty pizza, too.

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          pleiades Jan 21, 2009 05:54 AM

          Bartenders FTW

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          lawhound Jan 21, 2009 05:37 AM

          Upstairs at the Brass Elephant?

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            pomme de terre Jan 21, 2009 06:18 AM

            I was considering that one -- if I don't do it this time, I can save it for T (since it's technically called the Tusk Lounge).

          2. BaltoPhilFood Jan 21, 2009 06:56 AM

            I'd like to see your A-Z list when you guys complete it! Where was A and what did you think? FWIW-Try Birds of a Feather...Bartenders is a cool bar too though

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              pomme de terre Jan 21, 2009 07:32 AM

              A was Asahi Sushi in Fell's. I'd never been to the old location, but the new one is very nice. It's BYOB, so I had a veggie roll and a spicy tuna role for $11 including tip. Very nice service. My one and only complaint was that the sushi was rolled a bit loosely -- I almost lost a roll or two in transit. But I liked it very much and hope to go back lots.

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                LGood Jan 21, 2009 09:42 AM

                I originally suggested b bistro, but I think Bartenders or Birds of a Feather is the way to go.

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                  BaltoPhilFood Jan 21, 2009 10:59 AM

                  Thanks! I'd like to try it, sounds like it won't break the bank either, which is always a plus.

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                    jkosnett Jan 21, 2009 07:09 PM

                    A should have been Annabel Lee's... too bad you missed it.

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                      pomme de terre Jan 21, 2009 07:58 PM

                      I've been to Annabel Lee's before -- it is a nice place! Actually, I think it was my A from last year (when I only got to E, I think -- but I'm doing much better this year so far!). It's not a hard and fast rule, but I'm trying to use the alphabetical happy hour to try new places. Otherwise, we'd all just go to our standard spots, which have worn a little think lately.

                      Obviously the posters have no way of knowing what I've tried -- that's why I put the kibosh on nice 'B" spots like Brewers Art, Bertha's and Brass Elephant.

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                  hon Jan 21, 2009 10:02 AM

                  How about "Bar" in Fells Point?

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                    rpb Jan 21, 2009 02:05 PM

                    I remembered "Bar" after I made my suggestions, but that's a whole different world of drinking there. I also forgot Bad Decisions in Fells across from Ale Mary's. I guess the question is if the OP is looking for food along with the drinks, or is this just an occasion to imbibe at some of Baltimore's memorable drinking holes?

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                      pomme de terre Jan 21, 2009 03:04 PM

                      Oh, Bad Decisions! I always wanted to try that place. I appreciate truth in advertising. But it would be good to have some food with the drinks.

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                        Hal Laurent Jan 21, 2009 03:22 PM

                        "Bar" is indeed something else. I haven't been there for years, but at the time the wine list consisted of "red and white". I can't remember if they still had the vinyl LP's for the music.

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                      ronandaim Jan 21, 2009 05:48 PM

                      For a cultural experience, you could always go to Bamboo Bernie's!

                      Or the Barn on Harford Road.

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                        igrowveggies Jan 22, 2009 02:31 PM

                        Bartenders! Or Bertha's, Brewers Art, Babalu, Blue Agave...that is such a great idea- I'm thinking of poaching it with my own friends!

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                          pomme de terre Jan 22, 2009 04:10 PM

                          Gasp! No! You cannot! It is totally my original and copyrighted idea! And not at all something I poached from a Going Out Gurus chat from the Washington Post from five years ago!

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                            igrowveggies Jan 29, 2009 09:01 AM

                            love it love it love it. unfortunately mi amigas lack that sort of structure. we'd get tipsy and distracted. so i must live vicariously through you...please keep us posted!

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                          pomme de terre Feb 9, 2009 08:10 PM

                          Thank you so much for all the suggestions! We ended up at Bartenders in Canton and had a terrific experience.

                          If anyone has ideas for C bars, give a shout. So far the best I can think of is Cinghale's 1/2 price wine night on Tuesday, but the place seems to get mixed reviews around these parts. I don't want to dish out Cindy Wolf-level money for anything mediocre.

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                            BaltoPhilFood Feb 10, 2009 06:46 AM

                            Corks! Well, I guess it depends on how big your group is but had some wine and snack with a few girlfriends at the bar in the back and it was GREAT. Or Captain Larry's on Fort Ave. I remember you saying you went to Asahi in Fells for your "A" trip so if BYOs are fair play then Clementine on Harford Rd is worth looking into as well.

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                            hon Feb 10, 2009 08:33 AM

                            Club Charles, Charles Village Pub, Claddaugh Pub, Cazbar, Cats Eye Pub, Canton Station, etc.

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