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June 18, 2009

What are Baltimore's best sunset-watching bars?

sunsetElizabeth Large has a great post about the best restaurants and bars at the beach for sunset-watching.

Her commenters are tossing out suggestions for sunset-watching, but they haven't come up with many in Baltimore.

Do you think that's because there aren't many (or any?) good places to watch the sunset here?

I wracked my brain for a while and few came to mind.

Nick's Fish House, maybe? What about the deck of the Mount Washington Tavern? I've been to the tavern a couple times, but never up on the deck ...

I'm trying to think here: It would have to be a bar that either faced west or had a roof deck where you could chill and look west. I don't even think the 13th Floor at the Belvedere has windows on its west side.

Ooo you know what? I'll bet Bourbon Street's roof deck has a decent view of the sunset. And I'll bet, since the sun is setting later these days, the mega club is open in time to catch it. And you know what, the patio on the third (or is it the fourth?) floor of The Nest might have a solid view, too.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:33 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Once you get past all the parking lots and chain-link fencing, I'll bet Little Havana has a good view.

Bay Cafe? I'm not sure that it's directly West, but the water views add a lot to it's charm. One of my favorite summer places, especially if I can't make it to the beach.

I like Woody's. The sunset lights up the bay and Tide Point.

L.P. Steamers?

Woody's is/was a great bar, but I was charged something like $8 or $9 for a small Captain and Coke. What a rip-off. Looks like the manager running the place is aiming for the tourist instead of locals (he did come from Phillips, which explains a lot).

How about Bay Cafe? Right on the water and offers a nice view of the horizon.

I've never actually checked, but wouldn't the elevated perch of the 13th Floor bar at The Belvedere be a distinct possibility? It's probably the highest such bar vantage point "downtown".......

Seems like your question has gotten a lot of speculation in response, instead of people who can vouch for the best location. I guess nobody's paying attention to the sunset at happy hour!

my vote is for nick's fish house

although their prices are a bit ridiculous last time i checked.

Woody's in fells point

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