I drink alone
Well, only sometimes. But this post on Dining@Large got me thinking about drinking alone.
What bars do you hit up when you want to drink alone?
There's a perception that people who drink alone are alcoholics or just plain pathetic, and I think that's bogus. I read once that even actor Ralph Fiennes likes to drink alone. So there!
Heck, I can think of a few reasons why I like to drink alone from time to time -- and not just because I can't sucker somebody into joining me for a nightlife column ...
First off, there are plenty of places with welcoming regulars and chatty bartenders, if you feel like talking to somebody. And tons of bars have live music you can sit and watch.
But I also like sitting at the end of a bar by myself. It helps me brainstorm, or just relax. And the best bartenders can sense when you want to be alone, and leave you with your drink.
Some of the places I like to hit up when I'm by myself are Bad Decisions in Fells Point, Idle Hour in Federal Hill, One World Cafe by Hopkins, the Laughing Pint, Joe Squared and the Windup Space, among others. These are just the first few that came to mind.
You got a few for me?
(Photo of the Knotty Pine, another place I think would be welcoming to solo drinkers, by Sun photographer Algerina Perna)