« Marlbrau | Main | What do we have to look forward to? »

May 21, 2009

Sweet, glorious cocktails

Guest blogger Dan Volin has some tasty sounding cocktail suggestions for us. Dig his, and feel free to add your own:

Look, we all saw that Brewer’s Art was named the best bar in the country by Esquire – deservedly so, I might add, it’s a heck of a place – but sometimes I just don’t feel like a pint of Resurrection, you know?

Sometimes I just want to kick back, sip a cocktail and pretend I’m in Mad Men or something. When I feel like that, there are a few places in Baltimore where you’ll find me ...

golden west cafe baltimoreGolden West Café (pictured), in Hampden, known more for its Southwestern-inspired slow food (and I mean slooooooow), has a smoke-free bar in back. Their beer selection is great and rotates frequently, but their cocktails are where it’s at. My favorite is the Trolley Car, made with Captain Morgan, Cointreau, sweet and sour, rimmed with cinnamon sugar and fresh lemon. But then again, I’m a sucker for almost anything with cinnamon sugar.

Captain Larry's, down in South Baltimore, has their famous Dark and Stormy. The Dark and Stormy is made from Barritt's ginger beer and Gosling's Black Seal rum. I like this drink a lot; however, I’m a bigger fan of its impossible-to-find-in-Baltimore cousin the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer and lime, served in a copper mug). You find that drink in Baltimore; you’ve made a new friend in me.

If you imbibe as much as I do, you’re going to have a few hangovers. And if you, like me, think the hair of the dog that bit you is the best way to get over them, I’ve got some good news.

Miss Shirley's, with locations off of Cold Spring Lane and in the Inner Harbor, has some seriously thick, seriously great Bloody Marys. Made with citrus vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce and spices garnished with a celery stalk, green tomato slices, lime, pickled okra, jalapeño and hot cherry peppers, with optional fresh jumbo lump crab meat and Old Bay for three dollars more, this is one serious eye-opener for a bleary-eyed Sunday morning.

(Sun archive photo)

Follow Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Wow, all of those actually sound pretty good. I've had the Dark and Stormy, but have never heard of the Moscow Mule. I'll have to look up the recipe and make one tonight!

The garnishes on that Bloody Mary sound amazing.

This sure is the week for publicity for Golden West. It's been beaten to a bloody pulp over at Dining@Large, yet is still standing. It's nice to hear about the bar. In about 130 comments nobody mentioned the bar or their cocktails.

For interesting and great-tasting margaritas, you can't beat Blue Agave in Federal Hill.

Ah, the Dark and Stormy! The unlikely combo of two things I don't like, rum and ginger beer, into a drink that I do. The heat of the ginger undercuts the sweetness of the rum, and the carbonation gives the whole thing a lift. Thumbs up! Will have to give the Captain Larry's incarnation a try.

And regarding Golden West, I generally don't think the restaurant is worth it, but I've gotten less surly treatment in the bar. Or maybe I was just drunk and didn't notice the surliness. Eh, same difference.

I'm pretty sure you can score a Moscow Mule at The Gin Mill. I'm not sure about the copper mug though.

A smoke free bar in the back? I thought all bars were smoke free.

Enogh already, this is terrible! Where is Sam?

...these are the cocktail spots in baltimore? Golden West?! What about Jack's Bistro, Blue Grass Tavern, or Clementine? How about a deeper dive into a cocktail specific Post Prohibition?

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "h" in the field below:
About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected