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e bars in Baltimore

Some friends and I have a New Year's Resolutionto try a different bar every two weeks, starting with A and working our way to Z. We need a good 'E' place.The only ones I can think of so far are El Patron in Mt. Vernon (which I think is more of a restaurant than a bar), Elvis in Fed Hill (might be just a carry out?) and Eden's Lounge (also in Mt. Vernon).

We can go further afield than Baltimore, but that's our home base. Bonus points for places with Monday or Tuesday night specials.

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  1. Is Edgar's pool hall still around?

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    1. re: KAZ

      Nope, no more Edgar's. Hmm, where IS there a good pool hall?

    2. el patron does have a full bar sorta separate from the restaurant with some happy hour specials so could probably work for you.

      1. I live in Ft Lauderdale so unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for you - but I just had to say that I love that idea! Good Luck!

        1. If you want a great neighborhood bar try Elliott's Pourhouse in Brewers Hill.

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          1. re: casper28

            Second Elliot's Pourhouse! Somewhere between a dive bar and indie cool. Good guys running the place, Decent beer selection, and a fun spot with a pool table and popcorn machine located in brewer's hill. Get a black and tan with Dale's and Murphy's. Prices are a steal!

            1. re: hawaiigrl2003

              Elliott's Pour House is definitely the E bar you should try. Lots of goodies on tap & in a bottle. Great neighborhood bar. Always something going on. Good people & cold brew. The bartenders aren't afraid to throw a couple back with you either.

          2. The Emerald Tavern on Harford Road

            1. Elvis is sit down and carry out, but no liquor license.

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              1. re: LGood

                BARS!!! not take-out mexican food!

                1. re: abovethewaves

                  You're point being? I was telling the OP that Elvis isn't a bar.

              2. Not a bar special, but Tuesdays is the all you can eat sour beef and dumpling special at Eichenkranz :)

                The only other bar I could think of was the bar at Eggspectation in Ellicott City.

                I still love this idea, and I hope you post your final A-Z when you are through!

                1. Is El Salto in Brooklyn a carry-out or sitdown place?

                  1. once again, i LOVE this idea! i third elliott's pour house and add ellicott mills brewing company in ellicott city. have fun!

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                    1. re: igrowveggies

                      elliott's is the way to go. chill atmosphere, cheap drinks. when you get to L, M, T, and P, let me know. I second the creative idea. wondering, where did you go for I and A?

                    2. Great idea! Just out of curiosity, what were the bars you've tried so far?

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                      1. re: hotel

                        I've been to Asahi Sushi, Bartenders, Cinghiale, Diamondback Tavern and El Salto thus far. There's more info in the link in my profile if you're interested.

                        I ended up at El Salto for a bunch of reasons, and I do hope to get to Elliott's sometime soon. My go-to Canton buddy is pregnant, so I couldn't really lure her to a bar that doesn't serve any food. :)

                        I'm set for F, G and H as well, but if anyone has any "I" ideas, please let me know.

                        1. re: pomme de terre

                          Illusions (it's a "magic" bar, never been there before)

                            1. re: pomme de terre

                              Idle Hour is a good one. Oh but your friend needs food! Ixia is delicious, and fancy. If BYO is an option you could head to Iggie's Pizza? casual, great pies and you get to choose how to stock your bar!

                              1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                                I've been to Ixia and Illusions before (both fun!) but Idle Hour sounds like a good option. I have a buddy who lives in that neighborhood. I was also considering iBar in Lower Charles Village/Station North/Made-Up Gentrification Name.

                                I am a big fan of Iggie's, and pretty much all BYOB places.

                                The pregnant friend isn't my ONLY drinking buddy, just the go-to girl in Canton. The Fed Hill friend is so very not pregnant and happy to have a drink or two.

                                1. re: KAZ

                                  I was thinking Henninger's Tavern.

                                  1. re: pomme de terre

                                    Not a bad choice, but do you need an additional reason to go to Henniger's? The place is great on its own merit. If this trip through the alphabet is designed to expose you to places you may not go to otherwise, may I humbly suggest the Haven. A jazz bar in northeast, no food, bad recent publicity (to put it mildly) but still a Baltimore institution. The chicken box in the neighboring Sonny's Subs could make a nice double dip.

                                    1. re: KAZ

                                      KAZ, do you mean the New Haven Lounge?


                                      If so, I'll keep it in mind for N!

                                      1. re: pomme de terre

                                        That's the one. Colloquially just called "the Haven" but it could work for N as well. Have fun.

                                        1. re: KAZ

                                          Just FYI...for a real "Haven" bar try the Haven Place on Haven street. It's a strip bar(and a dive at that) but it fits the bill. Why not step out of the comfort zone?

                                          1. re: kimmer1850

                                            That would definitely be out of my comfort zone, I'll say that! I've never been anywhere on the Block. How dive-y is it? Would a woman be hassled for showing up on her own?

                                            1. re: pomme de terre

                                              I missed your comment in April. STAY AWAY FROM THE "BLOCK!"

                                              Many years ago, when the Block was more substantial, a girlfriend and I ventured onto the Block. We were in our late teens, but appeared to be much older. No issues with being carded. We simply weren't allowed to even go into any of the bars unescorted by a male. I suppose they thought we would interfere with their in-house gals. FoiGras

                            2. So Did You Try Elliott's Pour house?

                              Elliott's Pour House
                              Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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                              1. re: jaskah117

                                jaskah117--I think that pomme de terre and group are into "K" bars. They may even by now be looking towards the "L's." FoiGras