Far from downtown is the 30-year-old Mount Washington Tavern, which opens up its roof bar during the summer. Called Sky Bar, it's a breezy, casual destination that will save its neighbors a trip to the harbor or even Ocean City. Decorated like the set in "Golden Girls," the bar is painted in SpongeBob yellow and cluttered with wicker chairs and potted plants. I would not have been surprised to see Blanche and Dorothy among the crowd there on the Saturday night I went. Patrons were on the mature side of the ledger, with a few people in their 30s sitting by the counter watching an Orioles game. The Sky Bar has the great benefit of sharing beer menus with the tavern. (I won't render a verdict on its food based on the Caesar salad I had, which was so garlicky it could have killed off the cast of "Twilight.") It offers over 100 beers by the bottle, at least 20 crafts -- including regional beers Dogfish Head, Heavy Seas and Fordham -- as well as more than 25 imports. Prices are between $2.95 and $11. The wine menu is also extensive: 10 whites, nine reds and three dessert wines by the bottle. Service was excellent. Though there was only one bartender, who also doubled as a waitress, she was quick and attentive. As quiet, and well decorated as it is, Sky Bar seems to be ideal for the crowd that enjoys Sarasota, Fla., "NCIS," and the music of Michael Buble. This might sound like a dig, but it isn't. All bars have their place, and sometimes the mood calls for a quiet, preppy bar with an open roof and good beer. For those in Fells Point, who want an outdoor island bar, there's Woody's. And of course, for those who want to kick back with a Corona by the side of a pool overlooking Harborview Marina, there's the Tiki Barge.
Gabe Dinsmoor, Baltimore Sun
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