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. 65: Mad River Bar and Grille( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun photo / December 4, 2003 )
Yes, it gets so crowded that you can end up sipping your drink in the coat closet (we've seen it happen), but there's no denying Mad River's appeal: These are college kids (and recent graduates) looking to grind on a dance floor and possibly keep the party going after last call. We prefer the back room on the second floor, where the bar is more manageable and you're less likely to get your feet stepped on.
• Bar info: Mad River Bar and Grille, 1110 S. Charles St., 410-727-2333, madriverbaltimore.com