Baltimore's 100 best bars [Pictures]
Baltimore's nightlife scene is a reflection of its people -- extremely eccentric, but just as endearing. We put personality at a premium, and expect good value, too. So while we're happy to visit D.C. for the occasional swanky escape, given the choice, we'd take a cold Boh in a Baltimore bar nearly every time.
But which one? Ask 100 Baltimoreans their favorite bar and you'll likely receive just as many answers. That's because it's a diverse, forever-evolving community, susceptible to rising trends (craft cocktails, beer-snob hang-outs, sophisticated wine bars), but firmly committed to its long-standing haunts and dives. Last year, we broke the overall top bars list down into Top 10s (best places to go dancing, best places to meet singles, etc.). But this year, we stripped the signifiers and tackled the city's scene head-on. Raise a glass, and let the debates begin. --By Wesley Case
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No. 31: J. Patrick's Irish Pub( Sam Sessa, Baltimore Sun photo / October 12, 2011 )
We miss owner Joe Patrick Byrne, who passed away in July from cancer, but his Irish pub -- possibly the most authentic in the city -- lives on as a testament to Byrne's love of his heritage. It's the best place in the city to enjoy a tall pint and a spirited jam session of traditional Irish music.
• Bar info: J. Patrick's Irish Pub, 1371 Andre St., 410-244-8613