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April 25, 2008

Fab Five Friday

With warmer weather finally here, we can take advantage of all the bars with ouside seating.

Here are my five favorite places for outdoor swilling.

1. Woody's Rum Bar and Island Grill, 821 S. Broadway

It can be tricky to find this third-story deck the first time, but once you do, you won't want to leave. It has the best view of the Fells Point waterfront and $2 Coronas from 5 p.m. 'till close Thursdays. 

2. Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway

With or without the steel ship, and as Greg S said, the fenced in back patio has a "prison-by-the-harbor feel." But the mojitos are some of the city's best, and there is no better summer drink than an ice cold, minty mojito.

3. Nick's Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive 

Yes, the crowd here can get a little frat-tastic on Friday and Saturday nights, but the live music is usually good and the wooden deck is pretty big. It's usually one big throwdown, and I like that.

4. MEX, Power Plant Live

MEX has the biggest wooden deck downtown, and some pretty solid drink specials too.

5. Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St.

A taste of Ocean City right here in Baltimore! Seriously though, the Cafe is a mecca for the college and post-college crowd. And it does have one of the best outdoor drinking/carousing areas in town, as well as decent deals on rum drinks.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:26 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


Canton Dockside has great water and city-scape views.

I also like One-Eyed Mike's patio. It's cozy.

Pickled Parrot is kinda outdoors with its circus tent patio.

Woot! The first to comment!

You forgot to mention girls dancing on the bar at Mex. My favorite part.

Heh, sorry ecommerce. Close but no cigar. I just didn't approve nestee's comment right away.

Great list Sam. Now if you could only broaden your horizons. Ha!

Do any of these places have a dress code other than casual?. Like casual Friday at work apparel

GDA, As far as I know, none of these places have dress codes. Hawaiian shirts and flip flops are encouraged, even.

I haven't been to Woody's since last fall, but back then it was $2 Coronas all the time...They've scaled back to Thursday's only?? Damn recession!

Yup, looks like they've changed a lot of their specials around. They now advertise $3 Coronas all the time.


Dionysus: In Mount Vernon it’s where I like to grab a drink after work. On a sunny day sit converse with the other patrons. Great people from staff to patrons. Cheers.

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