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December 14, 2007

Fab Five Friday

We were blessed with a bunch of new watering holes in 2007.

Sure, a few bars closed -- especially in Fells Point -- but a number sprung up to take their place.

Here are the best new bars and clubs of 2007:

1. The Lo-Fi Social Club (pictured)

Owner Neil Freebairn didn't fit into any of the city's music scenes, so, with the Lo-Fi, he made a club where everyone feels welcome.  

2. Mosaic Lounge

General manager LG Concannon and the rest of Mosaic's planners turned a hot seasonal lounge into one of the city's best year-round dance clubs.

3. McCracken's on Key

A lot of new bars are semi-expensive. Not so at McCracken's. Here, you can play pool and shoot darts for free, and domestic bottles are $1.75.

4. Don't Know Tavern

I love sinking into the plush leather sofa and chairs near the front of Don't Know. Sometimes I head to the back of the bar for some air hockey, shuffleboard and pool, too. 

5. Illusions Magic Bar

This super swanky lounge has classic decor and nightly magic shows.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:21 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


Speaking of Don't Know, can someone tell them to fix/replace their shuffleboard table? Thing is a POS.

Don't Know is a nice bar, but it is in some serious need of good drink specials.

yes, let's give props to the boston sports bar b/c god knows there just aren't enough boston fans around these parts...


only heard of one of these bars.....

it would have been a better story if the addresses were given as well.

dang dude. Do you EVER leave Federal Hill?

Yeah, just let me know where the Yankee and Steelers bars are and I'll know about all the bars in Baltimore I don't want to go.

rick, hit the links for each venue and it takes you to their web page. addy's there.


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