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February 3, 2009

What are Baltimore's best hot drinks?

Since it's snowing outside, I thought I'd pose the question: What are your favorite hot drinks around town?

I've written about Bertha's (734 S. Broadway) hot buttered rum before, and that always is the first to come to my mind. And though I've never asked, I'll bet One World Cafe (100 W. University Parkway) would slip a little rum in their hot apple cider on request. And Amie recently had a coffee spiked with Bailey's Irish Cream at Lux (10 S. Calvert St.).

Got any other favorite hot drinks to help you warm up in winter time?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:54 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


During a recent visit, Owl Bar had a great menu of hot beverages but none of the cider required to make them.

Heh, why am I not surprised ...

That coffee with Bailey's sounds good, but it's pretty simple to make or request. I'd like to find an unpretentious place that makes a good irish coffee with both the whiskey and bailey's. Or someplace that makes a hot toddy -- I'm not sure exactly what's in it, but it was pretty good.

I can see it now - asking for a hot toddy in Southside Saloon. hah!

My previous visits to One World left me kind of meh, and friends who used to frequent the place had poor things to say about the service.

That said, I have to back up Sam's hypothesis—I went a few weeks ago on a Saturday night and got attentive service and a really delicious hot cider.

While I like my irish coffees with jameson and bailey's, the BEST irish coffee in the city is at James Joyce, made by bartender Colin. He brought me behind the bar and taught me how to do it the right way. Fresh whipped cream, instant coffee, Jameson. When it's made this way, you don't miss the bailey's at ALL! Rocket to Venus had some tasty hot drinks as well. I like to make hot chocolate with GM when I'm making my own drinks at home on cold nights.

The problem with One World Cafe's service seems to be they have 1 less person working the restaurant than they really need.

My wife and I enjoy One World and have figured out a solution to this problem: sit at the bar. You get VERY attentive service from great bartenders.

Captians Coconut Brownie is pretty amazing. It's just what it sounds like, Hot Chocolate, Captian Morgan & Coconut Rum. You can add a little whipped cream if in the mood...

Chocolatea, just a block away from One World, has INCREDIBLE hot bev's. Cocoa made with REAL CHOCOLATE, really good high-grade coffee and an amazing tea selection, this place is the best kept secret of Charles Village. No booze, but house-made dumplings (in a delectable dipping sauce) more than make up for it.

Back in the day when Giles Cook had 8x10, we used to do a special when it snowed. We stoked up the fire (remember when there was a fireplace?) and made hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. Mmmmm I miss those days. Yea, it was a dive, but a fun, affordable dive & we had the BEST customers!

gerberdais, what are these house-made dumplings at Chocolatea? Sweet dumplings, like zeppole? Or shumai?

I have a pumpkin pie shot the other day at Bad Decisions. It was warm bc they lit it on fire before I drank it. Does that count? (Didn't think so...)

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