A quaint village nestled within the city limits, Mount Washington has its share of Victorian charms to please the eye during the holiday season. But this is the very late 20th century, after all, and so there are buildings here like the Mt. Washington Tavern, which has been extensively modernized without totally losing sight of its antique origins.
This eternally popular restaurant-bar has already clocked 12 years within its 100-year-old building. For a barside sense of the old, consider all the Maryland-themed horse and nautical prints, a mural depicting the original clubhouse at Pimlico, or the globular chandeliers. For a sense of the new, consider the California-styled atrium loftily constructed at one end of the bar, or for that matter simply consider the ever-youthful clientele.
The tavern is a preppie haven in which many of the customers have long since turned 25 and yet miraculously continue to look and act the same. How else to explain all the hey-gang enthusiasm? The perfectly pressed white shirts that remain wrinkle-free at midnight? So much blond hair that shines just as the shampoo ads promise?