Baltimore's 100 best bars: A preview of our upcoming bar guide

September 21, 2011

It's almost here: The Sun's guide to the 100 best bars in the Baltimore area.

Though the final list and the rankings won't be published until later this Fall, here are 80 bars and clubs you can count on being included on our Going Out Guide.

Idle Hour, Mt. Royal Tavern, Max's are among them. There are even some new bars, like Red House Tavern and Frisco Tap House in the mix.

This year's list is different from the much-discussed round-up we published last year. For starters, there are 100 bars and clubs in all, twice as many as last year. Also: Instead of ranking the top 50 bars, we've arranged them into eight categories - like best club to go dancing, and best after work happy hour.

And, the list's been expanded to  include the areas surrounding Baltimore, so that there are bars included from as far away as Gaithersburg and Annapolis.

The 80 clubs and bars below fall into one of eight categories on the bar guide. Twenty others will show up on the list of critic's and readers' picks.

We won't be revealing the categories, the rankings, or the critic's and readers' picks until later this Fall, but we wanted to give you a primer to hear your thoughts.

What categories would you assign to some of these bars?



Baltimore's best:

The 8X10



Bad Decisions

Baltimore Taphouse

The Bay Cafe

Birds of a Feather

Bourbon Street


The Brewer's Art

Cancun Cantina

Cat’s Eye Pub

Charles Village Tavern

Club Hippo

Dead Freddie’s


Down the Hatch


Eden’s Lounge

Elliott's Pour House

Explorers Lounge

Frisco Tap House

The Get Down

Golden West Cafe

Grand Cru

Growlers in Gaithersburg

The Hill

Holy Frijoles

Howl at the Moon

Idle hour

J. Patrick’s

James Joyce Tavern

Jiggs in Pigtown

Joe Squared

Judge’s Bench


Kona Grill

The Laughing Pint


Liam Flynn’s Ale House

Lithuanian Hall

Luckie’s Tavern

Mad River




Marquee Lounge


Metro Gallery


Mick O’Shea’s

Midtown Yacht Club

The Midway




Mt Washington Tavern

Mt. Royal Tavern


One-Eyed Mike’s

The Ottobar

The Paradox


Pickles Pub

The Place

Pop's Tavern

Ra Sushi


Rams Head Live and Rams Head on Stage

Red Maple

Rocket to Venus


Ropewalk Tavern

Sean Bolan

The Sidebar

Tiki Barge


Victoria Gastro Pub

Vino Rosina

The Windup Space

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