Let's talk mugs for a minute
I'd like to take a minute and talk about mugs, gang.
You might not agree with me, but I'm gonna put it out there: Glassware can make or break your bar experience.
If you get a chipped glass, it's over. If you get a mug, it's on!
Mugs up the ante -- especially when you're not expecting them. There is no better way to drink a cold beer than in a big, frosty mug. The giant glasses at Don't Know/No Idea come in second. But mugs still dominate the glassware family.
Think about it. When you walk into a new bar, the first things you notice are the decor and the crowd. Both those things are important. So is the service. But the glassware is huge ...
When I talk about certain bars -- like Down the Hatch -- one of the first things I mention is how they serve beer in frozen mugs. Mmm.
Recently, some friends and I dropped by the new Banners in Locust Point. I'll write more about that place later. I do want to mention this, though: Banners serves beer in mugs. Big mugs. Mugs that you can clink against other mugs. Mugs that you can slam down on the bar with manly might. Manly mugs.
I can only think of a few other places off the top of my head that have mugs: Down the Hatch is one. Muggsy's Mug House (the owners felt so strongly about mugs they named their place after it) is one.
What are some others?
(Photo by Shankman)