What makes Baltimore's nightlife scene so special?
All day, I've been exchanging Twitter messages with a Baltimore nightlife pessimist.
This pessimist doesn't believe Baltimore's bar and club scene has anything -- besides an excellent local music community -- that you couldn't get in other cities.
But Baltimore is cheap, I wrote, and though Baltimore doesn't have many high-end lounges, it has plenty of charming, quirky corner bars.
Corner bars are in every city, the pessimist shot back. This irritated me, but also got me thinking. What, after all, is so special about Baltimore's bar scene? ...
I think it's not just one thing, it's many things. I love how, when you go out looking for an adventure in this city, you usually find one. Does that happen in other cities? Probably, but I don't how regularly.
I haven't lived in many cities, and I haven't drank in enough bars nationwide to make any broad generalizations. But I will say this: There are some awesomely bizarre (and genuinely awesome) bars in Baltimore. And the strangers you meet and friends you make here can be incredibly colorful.
Does any of this make sense? Am I on the right track here? Or is Baltimore's bar scene just like everywhere else?
(Baltimore Sun archive photo)