Feel like crawling? Head to Dundalk, Fort Avenue

Midnight Sun

February 26, 2010

Harford Road might be the must-do bar crawl of the moment, but there are plenty of other solid bar crawls in the area.

The Dundalk bar crawl

From blue-collar holdouts to revamped watering holes, Dundalk is a gold mine for bar enthusiasts. Granted, you have to drive, and it might take a while to get the lay of the land, but the Dundalk bar crawl is a guaranteed good time.

Be sure to stop by Hops Inn (7002 Railway Ave., Dundalk) for an incredibly cheap shot of Johnny Walker Blue. Howard's Deli and Pub (7312 Holabird Ave., Dundalk), also known as the Sports Mecca, has one of the largest drink selections around. And the Hard Yacht Cafe, nestled at the end of curvy Cove Road, is a summertime staple.

The Fort Avenue bar crawl

About 20 bars are packed into this two-mile strip, which cuts through Federal Hill South, Riverside and Locust Point. That's about one bar every tenth of a mile. It's nearly impossible to hit every spot along the way in one night, many have tried.

Sure hits are Muir's Tavern (36 E. Fort Ave.), a bar and package goods store that has been in the same family for generations. (Once, when I asked for a six-pack of Yuengling, the bartender said, "We don't sell imports.") You can't go wrong at the Idle Hour (201 E. Fort Ave.), which always has a small but stellar selection of beer, wine and liquor. And on Friday and Saturday nights, Captain Larry's (601 E. Fort Ave.) bustles with neighborhood residents and bar crawlers alike.

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