The Atlas Bar: A hidden gem in Charles Village
With all the Preakness action going on last week, I didn't have time to mention the nightlife column in Friday's Live! section.
It was about the Atlas Bar, a cool but comically hidden watering hole in lower Charles Village. Run by Angela Devoti, it's one of my favorite new artsy dive bars. (Here's a link to the column.)
Devoti's got her own term for the spot: A "high dive." Heh.
I've been to the Atlas Bar twice, and it hasn't let me down. Great vibe, great drinks, great hideout. How do you get there? Lemme tell ya ...
The bar itself is in a side room of the Charles
Street Carryout, which isn't on Charles Street. It's near the corner of 25th and St. Paul streets. When you walk in, veer off to the left, and you'll walk through a doorway to the Atlas Bar.
Angela was telling me that during the blizzard, thieves broke into the carryout, ate some cake, discovered the bar, drank some tequila and nabbed the big flat screen at the end of the bar. She used to keep it on the Turner Classic Movie channel with the volume all the way down.
Losing the TV made the place cooler, I tried to tell her, but she seemed fixed on getting a replacement.
Angela scored this sweet mini-claw game, which she's going to fill up with scraps of paper with bar specials on them so patrons can play. Awesome.
I wanted to be selfish and keep the Atlas Bar to myself. But a place this cool needs to be shared.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)