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February 1, 2008

Fab Five Friday

Thanks again for all your winter bar suggestions.

Since things got out of hand last week, let me make it clear: Brewer's Art, Max's Taphouse and the Dog Pub are retired from these lists because they've been mentioned so many times before.

Here it is: my list of the five best winter bars.

1. The Wharf Rat, 801 S. Ann St.

The massive fireplace, the fresh-brewed ales on tap made it an easy No. 1.  

2. Bertha's (pictured), 734 S. Broadway

Three words: hot buttered rum. 

3. Dizzy Issie's, 300 W. 30th St. 

A fireplace isn't the only cozy aspect of this comfortable neighborhood bar. 

4. Mum's, 1132 S. Hanover St.

Ask them for a shot of Evil. Trust me. It will warm you right up. 

5. One World Cafe, 100 W. University Parkway 

Hot drinks are key, and One World has plenty of them. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:48 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


Good list.

Since it is raining today, I may stop off at Alexanders after work.

What? how can you say that Max's isn't a good winter bar?!?!!?

Totally agreeing with Dizzy Issie's

Sam, I think Brewer's Art is a pretty good winter bar. Maybe that should make the list next time.

i can't believe the BEATLES aren't on this list. they ARE this list.


Wow. As shown by some of the oblivious comments above, this truly isn't the city that reads.

Anyway, the Annabel Lee in Canton/Highlandtown/Patterson Park is quite lovely and cozy. Even if the fireplace doesn't seem operational.

Refresh my memory, what are the names of the five Beatles?

Janna - it's called sarcasm or giving Sam a little "[excrement]". Maybe Baltimore is turning into the city with no sense of humor.....

Baltimore is the city that reads. Now that is a city with a sense of humor.

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