Brewer's Art leads Esquire's list of America's Best Bars
Right now, Esquire is doing some kind of online contest where you can vote for the best bar in the country.
And as of this morning, Brewer's Art (1106 N. Charles St., pictured) is in the lead. Check it out.
I called Brewer's Art's co-owner Volker Stewart for comment, and he was dumbstruck by the news.
"I don't even know what to say," he said. "It's bizarre."
The only other bar on the list from Maryland is, oddly, enough, the Shamrock Inn (6044 Harford Road). And even odder -- the blurb about it appears to be written by John Waters.
He writes: "It's hard to find a corner bar in Baltimore that hasn't been affected by real estate porn, but the Shamrock is still untouched by tapas menus and deejays."
Hmm ... I don't know about that, John. I'd say this city still has a fair number of old-school corner bars ...
In the meantime, Stewart is relishing his bar's new status
"I always like to say these things are rigged, but we don't have the kind of money it would take to rig Esquire," he said with a laugh.
"I'm sure we'll be displaced. But cake for a day is good."
(Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum)