What's the best neighborhood bar in Federal Hill?
Now, let's tackle Federal Hill.
What is the best neighborhood bar in Federal Hill? And why?
The "why" is crucial.
Oh, and by the way, I've come up with a name for this little series: the Midnight Sun Commenters' Choice Awards. I might even make awards for the winning bars, and give them out at the next Shindig.
To jog everyone's memories, this is what I mean by neighborhood bar ...
First, the place has to have a crew of regulars -- but it can't be exclusive or cliquish. Newcomers must feel welcome. It can't be a wild and crazy party zone. MEX in Power Plant Live is not a neighborhood bar.
Coziness is also a factor. Neighborhood bars have to be warm and inviting -- not cold.
A really good neighborhood bar doesn't necessarily have to have good beers on tap, or a big wine or martini list. Heck, I've been in good neighborhood bars that don't have any beers on tap.
I'm defining Federal Hill as everything south of the Science Center to the Hanover Street bridge, west to the stadiums and east to Lawrence Street.
Now, outside of the crazy party zones in the Cross Street Corridor, there are quite a few great neighborhood bars in Federal Hill. Mum's, the Tavern on Key, Captain Larry's, etc.
But my vote goes for the Idle Hour (201 E. Fort Ave.). I love the vibe there. The art work on the walls is always good, the DJs are top-notch and the drinks are quite nice indeed. So is the service, for that matter.
What's your pick, and why?
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