Baltimore Bars: The Life Of The City

Bars are a big part of the Baltimore identity. The Irish pubs and other stop-offs for working class Baltimoreans helped shape the culture of the city's after-work life. Today, the city is home to a diverse collection of bars, more cosmopolitan and reflective of Baltimore's many cultures, classes, and interests of its drinking population. Irish bars, pubs, hotel bars, club bars and everything in between dot our list of 10 Best bars in Baltimore. Just like the wines, spirits, and liquors that fill their shelves, out of this group of bars, there's something for everyone. 

Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Baltimore for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like The Brewer's Art to busy places like Mt. Washington Tavern that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Mt Vernon area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Mt Vernon
The Owl Bar


Located on the first floor of the Historic Belvedere in downtown Baltimore, the Owl Bar offers a distinct nightlife setting that will take you back in time. Offering a full menu and long bar, its decor of dark wood and leather seats channels...  Read More

Mt Vernon
Mick O'Shea's


When it comes to Irish culture, ambiance, food and drinks, it doesn't get any better than Baltimore's Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub. Settle down at the bar for a smooth Guinness Stout or Magner's Irish Cider. If you have an empty stomach, consider a...  Read More

Max's on Broadway


An outstanding draft selection that includes both imported and domestic brews – that is Max's main attraction. The congenial atmosphere, enhanced by TVs, billiards and a dart room, adds to the appeal of this charming Fells Point storefront....  Read More

Roland Park
Grand Cru


Offering both a retail shop and wine bar, this casual-yet-stylish spot boasts up to 300 labels. Tantalizing bites include house-baked pretzels with shallot-tarragon drawn butter and a fresh olive assortment. Tartes flambées (thin pastry crust...  Read More

The Gin Mill


This down-to-earth neighborhood joint draws a loyal following from the 25+ crowd. Patrons down pints of Guinness, watch sports or shoot pool while jukebox tunes play in the background. In addition to the spacious main room, the upstairs space...  Read More

DuClaw Brewing Company


This popular brew pub has established quite a presence in the Baltimore area. Signature brews carry names such as Venom Pale Ale, Bad Moon Porter, Ravenwood, Kangaroo Love, Misfit Red, and Bare Ass Blond Ale. Tempting grub like potstickers,...  Read More



Located in a 19th century building downtown, this British-themed pub draws locals for a pint of ale and coverage of the latest sports. The menu offers hearty fare such fish and chips and shepherd's pie, as well as thick sandwiches. Try a wharf...  Read More

Mt Vernon


Offering everything hip in the world of dining, this open, multi-level cafe and bar features sushi, gelato, all-day breakfast, paninis, wraps and more. The chrome bar, surrounded with stools and additional high-top tables, is perfect for...  Read More

Mt. Washington Tavern


This classic neighborhood restaurant houses a dining room and several bars. A raw bar and tempting steak, pasta and seafood dishes highlight the dinner menu; meanwhile, brunch features blueberry pancakes, breakfast frittata and a variety of...  Read More

The Brewer's Art


This bar is for real beer-lovers – not the crazy college type who favors quantity over quality, but the real beer connoisseur who likes to savor the color, flavor, and froth of each glass. The Belgian homebrews created here are crisp and...  Read More


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