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December 29, 2010

Baltimore ranked last in list of America's drunkest cities

The Daily Beast, the listicle website that also sometimes runs articles, has ranked the drunkest cities in America.

Coming in at No. 1 is Milwaukee. Philadelphia is ranked at 20. Because this is a list you can trust, Las Vegas is ranked at 38.

And Baltimore? Baltimore is ranked at 37. This, in a list of 40. Not to sound petulant, but: as if.

What happened Daily Beast, haven't you heard of Baltimore's endless New Year's Eve? We're the only city in the whole darn state of Maryland where bars can stay open for 40 consecutive hours starting 10 a.m. December 31.

At first, I thought the list had been written by Richard Florida, one of America’s top 10 hack statisticians, and the man responsible for "Best Christmas Cities for Kids" and "Best Cities for trick-or-treating." But, no, his fingerprints are nowhere near this steaming traffic-bait.

But maybe the high placement on the list just means Baltimore can hold its liquor. 

Still, next time you put one of these together guys, take a tour of Charm City first. I'll take Tina to Rodos - Fells Point's frat house - myself.

(Update: Richard Florida did come with a sesonal listicle, and it's the "Best Cities to be single on New Year's." Baltimore-Towson is No. 4 on the best cities for single men.)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:24 PM | | Comments (16)
Categories: News


If a list goes to 40, then 37 is not last. Journalists are very lacking in mathematical ability, no?


Since when is 37 last or 40? When you want people to click on! Last is way more intersting than #37 of 40!

"America’s top 10 hack statisticians"

oh the irony

hahaha, you nerds are upset over an insignificant issue.


You either FAIL and headlines or math

The Daily Beast isn't the only media outlet with an incredibly bad addiction to useless lists. Forbes magazine is also a major offender.

I demand a recount.

Please remember, folks:

This list is NOT a personal challenge or aspiration. The residents of Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, the stadium neighborhoods, etc. and drivers throughout the region will thank you to keep that low ranking.

"steaming traffic-bait" THATS WHAT YOU SHOULD RENAME THIS BLOG!"

LOL! So true so true!

Only 37 out of 40??? I'm so ashamed...

god ADM shut up

But I'm not on your lawn............

"Steaming Traffic Bait" I love it - I'll start on a new header graphic ASAP

I would of never thought Milwaukee was the drunkest city in the United States; especially over Las Vegas.

Apparently you never heard the old joke - In Milwaukee the sinks have hot, cold, and Miller.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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