Another overdue post where I don’t give places the review they deserve, but here goes.
The Fells Point area of Baltimore is loaded with bars and restaurants, many of which seem to cater to the “WOOO let’s get DRUNK!” crowd- but there are also some great places in the area. This list is by no means comprehensive, but I stand by it. I have three places I can count on for craft cocktails, two of which serve god food, and one just plain dive bar. Be aware that parking can be ugly in the area, so find a decent place to park and wander, don’t plan on moving your car. Or, of course, take a taxi and then you don’t face parking annoyances or risk that “walking around for hours to sober up” problem.
Probably best known is Bad Decisions, a fun place with an awesome name for a bar. They have a very good drinks menu and are happy to go off-menu to make great drinks. They serve a pub-style food menu, with some creativity. Oh, and they love bacon. It is a popular place, so be patient if it is packed. To recap: great drinks, bacon, and it’s called Bad Decisions.
I’ve mentioned Rye before, it is a very good craft cocktail bar. Rye doesn’t serve food, and doesn’t cater to the WOOO…DRUNK crowd, so it is often less crowded than other bars in the area. If it is quiet, the bartenders are often up for conversations about cocktails and the craft.
Fork and Wrench which bills itself as a “boutique dive bar”, has some cool industrial décor, a great bar program, and good food. It is too clean and fancy for a real dive bar, but it is too laid back and industrial to be overly “boutique”, but the food menu is serious. They strike a pretty good balance in my opinion.
Last, and some might say least, is 1919. Dive bar. Period. If you know and love dive bars, you’ll like 1919. If you don’t like dive bars you won’t like it. But if you don’t like dive bars I wonder why you’re reading this blog.
The two furthest points on this list are Rye and Fork and Wrench, a mere .6 miles apart. If you wander from one to the other and stop at Bad Decisions and/or 1919 (which are practically across the street from each other), the route jumps to a whopping 7/10ths of a mile.