The skinny on local bars

The Venue

March 23, 2006|By JESSICA BRANDT

Charles Village Pub

This popular Charles Village hangout is a weeknight favorite among local college students, sports fans and residents. Dimly lit booths covered in vinyl tablecloths, dark, wood-paneled walls adorned with sports memorabilia and great but greasy bar food make it a true neighborhood pub.

Where --3107 St. Paul St.

Call --410-243-1611

Notable --The specials. Half-priced munchies during happy hour, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; rotating deals on domestics, drafts, and rail drinks Mondays through Thursdays; 50 cents off all beers until 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Vibe --Authentic (read: grungy and seedy -- but in a good way).

What to wear --Whatever you have on right now. There's no reason to dress up for a menu that features fritters, poppers and french fries.

Crowd --Incredibly eclectic. A fixed bunch of local regulars congregates nightly to sip longnecks and play video games in their designated section up front. Bookish, cigarette-smoking grad students exchange witty intellectual banter over pints and pub food in the dimly lit booths farther back, often joined by undergrad co-eds.

Music --As unpredictable as the crowd, tunes range from oldies to contemporary radio favorites.

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