There’s a reason Baltimore is called "Charm City." There’s no need to seek out “good service” because everyone’s default is set to not-a-jerk. And around every bend is a cool corner bar staffed by bartenders with impressive facial hair, mixing stiff drinks at even more impressive prices. Oh, and the bar grub’s got game, too. For all these reasons and more, here are 15 spots worth traveling for:
With "kitchen" in its name, it’s no surprise that the cocktails at this Hampden mainstay lean a little on the culinary-side. Woodberry Kitchen is infusing bourbon with granola; stirring in pork-fat maple; thickening things with yogurt whey; and spicing things up with fish-pepper-infused tequila. "The Appalachian" is especially intriguing, with its triple-smoke apples, bourbon barrel sorghum, oven ash (!), Few rye, and 1757 brandy. WK is also a good place for local mead- and cider-junkies. Pair just about any of the above elixirs with fresh Chesapeake oysters or a flatbread for a nice little evening at the king of coziness.