This article was originally published by Jason Reynolds on September 27, 2017 on West Port BB
After a big day sightseeing in Baltimore, Maryland, a cheeky cocktail, a glass of wine, or a thirst-quenching ale is what the doctor ordered. For superb beverages served in a vibrant atmosphere, the following four Baltimore bars can’t be beat.
Bookmakers: Elegant Cocktail Bar
Cocktail lovers will be in heaven at Bookmakers. Most of the names will be foreign to you, but put your trust in the bar’s beverage director Ryan Sparks. His signature concoctions such as Lush Livin’, Death Eater, and Hunka Hunka Love are like nothing you’ve tasted before.
Sipping on a cocktail while watching a live band is a wonderful way to spend an evening, but for a real night out, arrive early enough for dinner. Choose from among several small plates to share. Bookmakers is in historic Federal Hill, so if you don’t want to worry about driving, you’re best staying at one of the hotels in South Baltimore.
Alewife: Beer Galore at Gastropub
If you love beer, you’ll love Alewife. This charming gastropub proudly serves 40 tap craft beers and plenty more bottled varieties. The ales are the perfect partner for Alewife’s hearty dishes which include bitterballen and duck fat wings. Alewife is a few blocks from Lexington Market, so any of the hotels near the popular Baltimore marketplace will put you within walking distance of this lively bar.
Gameday Firehouse: Friendly Sports Bar for a Good Cause
As you may expect by its name, Gameday Firehouse is a short walk from the Baltimore Ravens home stadium. Stay at comfortable accommodations near M&T Bank Stadium for easy access to the venue and a few drinks after the big game. You can find places to stay near the B&O Railroad Museum that are a little farther away, but the distance is still easily walkable.
As a sports bar, Gameday Firehouse has a rowdy atmosphere the locals love. The bar opens four hours before every Ravens home game for a massive tailgating party. Enjoy Orange Crush stands, the Bloody Mary Bar, and Bud for only $2. The bar also opens at 5 p.m. every Friday when the Orioles are in town. Proceeds from drinks here benefit the Baltimore Firefighters Widows & Orphans Fund.
Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar: Celeb Chef’s Casino Bar
After a big win at the tables, there’s no better choice than Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar, conveniently located inside the Horseshoe Casino. The brainchild of celebrity chef Guy Fieri, this restaurant and bar marries classic American cuisine with diverse beverage options.
The wine list celebrates the best of California. You’ll also find satisfying craft beers, signature cocktails, and nitrogen frozen shots. Enjoy half-off drinks during happy hours between 5 and 7 p.m. every weekday and on Thursday nights from 10 p.m. until midnight. Guest accommodations near Horseshoe Casino are the perfect choice for travelers keen on visiting this lively bar.
When you’re on vacation, while away the hours with a cold alcoholic beverage and some new friends. You’ll find these experiences and more at the above Baltimore bars.