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amandaudoff Nov 23, 2009 09:20 PM

I went to the Gibson in DC this weekend and LOVED it. I've also been to PDT and Flatiron Lounge in NYC, which were great. Is there anything similar in Baltimore? I'd love to have a place for a mid-week cocktail.

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    hon RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 05:09 AM

    Probably the closest would be Red Maple on Charles Street

    http://www.930redmaple.com/

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      shorty40cdm RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 05:15 AM

      I'm not sure if it's the same type of vibe but the Gin Mill in Canton has some really good cocktails. I had an excellent Sidecar there and also enjoyed a martini made with lavender.

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        hon RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 05:19 AM

        this looks promising

        http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertain...

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          KAZ RE: hon Nov 24, 2009 05:33 AM

          I've been to the B&O and you are right, its promising. Its still new enough that it hasn't developed a following, so I'll reserve final judgment until the atmosphere is determined.

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          lawhound RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 10:50 AM

          Nothing quite like the ones you mention in DC, but Grand Cru in Belvedere Square has excellent classic coktails (eg Sazerac) and Woodberry Kitchen also has some with modern twists.

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            hon RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 11:05 AM

            Henninger's Tavern makes excellent cocktails: manhattans, martinis, old fashioneds, etc.
            You could also check out Pur Lounge, Pazo, the bar at Charleston or Cinghiale.

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              mcattrone RE: foodtrooper Nov 24, 2009 02:40 PM

              I've been to The Gibson as well. In Baltimore you are not going to find anything close to The Gibson in regards to Drinks + Atmosphere. You can find good drinks at particular restaurants in Baltimore - but not really any true cocktail bars. Closest cities besides DC with that option are Philly, NYC, Boston.

              Woodberry Kitchen, Grand Cru, Salt, Wine Market, Charleston and Chingale mix a fine cocktail. Otherwise, I think that is is pretty hit and miss. One of the things I think Baltimore really needs. I just don't know if it will survive.

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              FoiGras RE: amandaudoff Nov 24, 2009 04:08 PM

              The December issue of "Baltimore Magazine" will answer your question in spades. It details every venue to partake of the cocktail hour and then some. FoiGras

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                maddogg280 RE: amandaudoff Nov 25, 2009 05:20 AM

                Have you tried the 13th floor of the Belvedere hotel? I've never been to Gibson, but the 13th floor has a great view and often live music performances that are fantastic.

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                  hon RE: maddogg280 Nov 25, 2009 06:01 AM

                  The Owl Bar for that matter in the Belvedere is great for cocktails. Also, the upstairs bar at The Brewers Art. And theres always The Club Charles up the street.

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                    hon RE: hon Nov 25, 2009 07:35 AM

                    and another, The Explorers Lounge in The Harbor Court Hotel makes great drinks!
                    http://www.harborcourt.com/restaurant...

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                      hon RE: hon Nov 25, 2009 10:31 AM

                      ALSO, 13.5% Wine Bar in Hampden has a full bar and cocktail list:
                      http://13.5winebar.com/menu/cocktail-...

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                      John Francis RE: hon Mar 28, 2013 01:20 PM

                      You beat me to it about the Owl Bar, which also serves better than average food - friends and I used to have dinner there before going to the Baltimore Symphony concerts nearby. Special atmosphere too.

                  2. ChristinaMason RE: amandaudoff Mar 27, 2013 03:03 PM

                    Can anyone provide an update on the cocktail scene in Baltimore? I'm heading there this weekend and would love to know which places you currently recommend. I've had good drinks at The Idle Hour and Bad Decisions, and I'd love to try someplace new with well-made craft cocktails.

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                      hon RE: ChristinaMason Mar 27, 2013 06:48 PM

                      Rye
                      WC Harlan
                      Birroteca
                      The Food Market
                      Ouzo Bay

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                        stellabay RE: ChristinaMason Mar 27, 2013 08:47 PM

                        Don't bother with Birroteca or The Food Market for cocktails. Check out their menus online and you'll see why. Nothing interesting and I've actually sent cocktails back at both places for being far too sweet to consume.

                        For cocktail bars:

                        Rye
                        WC Harlan
                        Bad Decisions

                        Restaurants with good cocktails:

                        Hersh's Pizza & Drinks - highly recommend for dining and a fairly short walk from Idle Hour. Bluegrass is also in that neighborhood and while the food is inconsistent, the cocktails are normally good.

                        Woodberry Kitchen - only beverage program in town nominated for a Beard Award. 13.5% Wine Bar is nearby and their cocktails are normally pretty decent.

                        B & O (though would not recommend for dining)

                        Wit & Wisdom

                        Fleet Street Kitchen

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                          ChristinaMason RE: stellabay Mar 28, 2013 07:50 AM

                          This is great info, thank you!

                          Any tips on how to find W.C. Harlan?? ETA: Is it here? http://www.yelp.com/biz/kitty-kat-bar...

                          I went to Rye once, and it was mobbed. I think a bachelorette party was there taking shots. Not my ideal scene, but maybe worth another shot.

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                            hon RE: ChristinaMason Mar 28, 2013 01:12 PM

                            Yes, it was where the Kitty Kat Bar used to be.
                            I have had perfectly good cocktails at The Food Market and Birroteca, guess it's just a matter of taste.

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                              guenevere51 RE: ChristinaMason Mar 31, 2013 05:06 PM

                              Do give Rye another chance when it's less busy. The cocktails are really spectacular, and the vibe was warm and mellow when we went. I'm surprised that a bachelorette party would show up there.

                              Haven't had a cocktail there, but definitely +1 to the food at Hersh's. Outstanding food and service, and no televisions, which is a plus for me.

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                                ChristinaMason RE: guenevere51 Mar 31, 2013 05:40 PM

                                Hersh's is great; I wish we'd gone there this time. I didn't make it back to Rye, but we did go to WC Harlan and had a nice cocktail there---gin, violet liqueur, lemon juice, and an Italian amaro I hadn't heard of, garnished with a smacked sage leaf. It was tasty. Not sure I'm really won over by the "scene" or the over-the-top "speakeasy" soundtrack there, but the drink itself was good.

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