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May 24, 2011

Shamrock Inn named among America's 169 best bars

Congrats are due to the Shamrock Inn in Hamilton. In a just released list of the 169 best bars in the country, Esquire magazine has voted it 78th best.

The magazine comes out with the list every year, and this year, it focused on bars that are two years old or younger, the authors write in an introduction. 

Shamrock has been around for at least that long if not longer. A couple of years ago, Esquire's readers voted it, with Brewer's Art, to the same list.

At the time, John Waters praised it in an accompanying blurb.

In Esquire's most recent, traffic-baiting reader poll, Brewer's is still in the No. 2 spot.

The magazine's official cut did not include any other Maryland bars. But, there are a few regional bars that were included: Dead Presidents Pub & Eatery in Wilmington (#39), The Tune Inn in Washington (#40) and Helen Back Cafe (#41).

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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:00 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bar stories, Bars & Clubs


This list is pretty much a joke.. the first 35 or so are completely west coast biased, and then it goes from city to city.. (NOLA has like 5 in a row then they are done).. Never been to shamrock but i cant put any kind of real merit into this list

The Shamrock!?!? For Reals!?!?
It's a nice enough bar, but there is nothing noteworthy or remarkable about it. Standard beers {Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.)passable food, average rock and roll bands. It does have staying power though. Most of the regulars have been going there for twenty years or more.

I think I could come up with 169 better bars in Baltimore...and i don't think there is anything wrong with the Sharmrock it's just not one of the better bars in Baltimore or the country.

Beer selection is well above standard.

The list is in alphabetic order based upon the states.

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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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