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May 27, 2008

The next Fab Five Friday

Now that I've gotten a taste of Dundalk courtesy of JMGiordano, I'd like to make this week's Fab Five Friday the five best bars in Dundalk.

We went to five alone Saturday night. Of the five, two or three were hits, and the other couple were misses.

But I want to hear from you guys.

What are the best places to go drinking in Dundalk? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:57 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


simple - jimmy's seafood on holabird ave.- they renovated recently and prices are still relatively cheap

Bill's and my friends drank there and the prices were affordable and the people were awesome. that place again is Bills Cafe on Holabird Ave.

HOLY CRAP do they serve 10 oz. Buds in dundalk!?!?!? Anywhere?! I must have them!

Does Costa's Inn count as a bar? They have karaoke + beer, which = retirees from Bethlehem Steele with hard-core Bawlmer accents reminscing about the Colts and singing frank Sinatra :-) For that reason alone ... if they qualify as a bar then they get my vote. And the crabs ain't too bad either, hon :-)

Howards Pub, no doubt.

To play pool, I would say The Seahorse.

I'm going to have to go with Dick's Dock Bar. I've had a good time there through many different establishment names.

On a separate topic, Sam, have you or could you consider doing a FFF on the best place that truly makes a "cocktail" in every sense of the word? I don't know if there are five places in Baltimore that could do that, but it seems that we have very few drinking establishments that take mixology and bartending to another level. I believe that you have said that Ixia might be one of them, but I haven't been there in about 18 months.

The reason that I ask is that I went a bar in Manhattan called Little Branch. It feels like a speakeasy, and in typical West Village fashion, has no name on the door, but once downstairs, the bartenders were true artists with their cocktails. I had a Pimms Cup to die for, followed by the best Old Fashioned that I've ever tasted.

The bartender that I talked to said that they get there three to four hours before their shift to do prep work and they liken themselves to chefs at fine dining establishments. Every drink takes 5 minutes or so to make, and you can definitely tell.

It got me thinking that there are no places like that here in Baltimore, or at least no place that I can think of.

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