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August 17, 2007

Fab Five Friday

Here is my list of the five bars you can use to impress your snobby hipster friends from Washington:

1. The Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St.

The best of both worlds: the upstairs parlor where your friends can mingle with other hipster friends and argue about the similarities between Interpol and Joy Division, and the dungeon-like downstairs lounge where you can all drink delicious beer together.

2. The Dog Pub, 20 E. Cross St.

Formerly the Thirsty Dog, this is a place where you can wow your friends with two glass mugs of microbrew for $3.50 and tasty, cheap personal pizzas. It's got the classic Baltimore look, too -- long and narrow with plenty of wood and brick.

3. Ixia, 518 N. Charles St.

Go here if you want to say, 'Look! Baltimore has hip/classy/semi-pretentious restaurant/bars with fancy martinis too! And here, you don't even have to pay a ridiculous $10 cover like you would back in Washington!"

4. The 13th Floor, The Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St. (pictured)

Just as Patchen said in his comment, the view is something your D.C. compadres will never get back home. Grab a drink, wow em, and head somewhere else -- the 13th Floor should be a stop on a bar tour, not a destination. 

5. Leadbetter's, 1639 Thames St.

If your friends are the let's-drink-Natty Boh-because-it's-cool type, take them here. Do it on a Friday or Saturday night when a few bikers are in there and the guy who looks like Dee Snider is serving drinks. That's how you get your Baltimore on.

(Karl Merton Ferron/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:34 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


Ha! The guy at Leadbetters that looks like Dee Snider is Fons,the manager. He's a blast! Just make sure you call him "sir" for faster service!

Great list. I grew up in Baltimore, but now live/work in DC. But I still come up to Baltimore to go out because DC is much too snobby. The stereotype is true. Give me Federal Hill over Georgetown any day of the week!

I would serve them up a steady dose of:

J. Patricks
Mick Oshea'
Little Havana
Cross Street
Nacho Mamas

hmmmm. i'm still biased toward adams morgan.

the only thing adams morgan has thats better than baltimore is their amazing jumbo slice.

Jumbo slice rocks my world.

Jumbo slice is disgusting and shows how little you know about DC. Go to Amsterdam Falaffel.

Also as for the view from 13th floor, which I love and is amazing, please don't say you can't get a view like that in DC. Try the roof of Hotel Washington from which you can see much of DC including the White House.

Sure not quite the Legg Mason building but impressive nonetheless wouldn't you say.

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