There’s something calming about being on the water, sipping a cool drink on a hot day, letting the breeze pass by while you pretend to be on vacation/contemplate stealing some rich guy’s boat. Thankfully, Maryland has a robust coastline, and therefore, plenty of prime waterfront bars.
From tiny Tiki shacks with boat slips to picturesque decks with sunset views, here are the 17 best spots for a boozy Maryland mini-vacation.
Nick’s Fish House has one of the best views in Baltimore, with its multilevel decks overlooking the Patapsco River and Hanover Street Bridge. Plus, it just got a major facelift when the owners of the Starboard in Dewey Beach, DE, purchased it in the winter. Expect live bands every night and a serious seafood menu including broiled crab cakes, flash-fried calamari, and chipotle-lime mussels. The drink selection includes four different crush varieties (Maryland’s signature drink of crushed ice, flavored vodka, and fresh-squeezed fruit), and strong Dogfish Head beer.
You might think you’re pulling into someone’s private marina, but beyond the dirt road is the oasis of Hard Yacht Cafe. This Dundalk Tiki bar is located right on Bear Creek, a location that locals affectionately refer to as the “Redneck Riviera.” Whether you’re driving or boating in, you can expect a live soundtrack of steel drums or country musicians, depending on the day. Munch on Caribbean favorites like conch fritters, fried shrimp, and fish tacos as you watch the boat traffic and waterfowl on the creek.