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Best Bars in Baltimore

When it comes to owls, they are not all created equal. And Baltimore understands that. Some wish to drink a $12 cocktail while having stimulating conversation, while some others have a preference to dance away under the neon lights to whatever the music the DJ may be spinning. Some prefer watching a big game on Monday night, while a few others may want to attend a gallery opening. Some people are wine snobs, other folks are music snobs. However, deep down, we seem to always have space for the neighborhood local bars that line Baltimore’s city corners. So, here we go with the rundown on where Baltimoreans and visitors alike hang out at night, no matter what their late-night preference may be.

The Drinkery

205 W Read St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 225-3100

The Drinkery is a friendly little neighborhood dive bar with good local flavor and strong, cheap drinks. The bartenders are easy to talk with, along with the many fun characters that are regulars at the amazing Drinkery spot. You will sing all night with Karaoke. Patrons just LOVE this come-as-you-are-hole-in-the-wall-dive bar.

Leadbetters Tavern

1639 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 675-4794

Leadbetters Tavern is known as the “best dive bar in Baltimore”. With its live music and fantastic bartenders, this place makes for a heck of a good time! They were recently named by the City Paper to be the “COLDEST Beer in all of Fells Point!” They offer free WiFi, bar games, chess, pool and cigarettes and an excellent menu as well as a take-out menu. You will love the live music, so come on down!

The Brewer’s Art

1106 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 547-9310

At the Brewer’s Art you have a choice of atmosphere: Upstairs is artsy and classy and much quieter than downstairs. Downstairs is dive-like and dark whereas the upstairs is more upscale. The beer is known to have a really good head on it. The rosemary garlic fries are addictive and super delicious, you must try them!

Mount Royal Tavern

1204 W Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 669-6686

Mount Royal Tavern has local art on the walls. They have attentive bartenders, great prices and diverse a crowd: Young, old, white, black, professors, students, white collar, blue collar, you name it, such an assortment of people all gathered under one roof. The drinks are strong and the prices are cheap. You have feeling that no one is trying very hard to impress: from bums to hipsters, DC commuters to artists, you see it all at the Mount Royal, and nobody seems to care what you look like or what you’re wearing.

The Wharf Rat Fells Point

801 S Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 276-8304

The Wharf Rat, the affectionate term from the 18th century for seafarers, privateers and pirates, is the inspiration for this pub in Fells Point, operated and owned by the Oliver family. One of just a couple of authentic period pubs still in Baltimore’s seaport and a favorite port of call for adventurers and sailors from around the globe, this pub captures the heart of the glorious days of iron men and wooden ships. If you plan to chart a course for old Baltimore, come in and enjoy a pint or more and delicious foods such as our authentic English battered fish and chips. You will be greeted with warm welcome and offered a safe harbor.




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