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Best bars to visit if you’re in Baltimore to see the Nationals play the Orioles

This is Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the stadium where your favorite team used to play before that team was the Washington Nationals. (Rob Carr/GETTY IMAGES)

Baltimore has many great bars for both pre- and post-game, and during yesterday’s Got Plans? chat, the topic of Charm City’s new and notable watering holes came up, from a chatter making the trip:


I’m heading up to Charm City on Saturday for the Nats game, but I’d like to spend a few hours in the afternoon visiting some of Baltimore’s finest watering holes. Fritz, I read your review of Of Love and Regret but was wondering if you knew of any other must-try places?


Baltimore’s finest watering holes, eh? There are a lot of places that I love in [Ch]arm City. On the good beer tip (since you’ve mentioned Of Love and Regret), Max’s in Fells is like Baltimore’s own little Brickskeller/ChurchKey, but way more laidback. Fantastic selection. The brewpubs to hit are the Brewer’s Art (home of Ozzy and Resurrection, two of the East Coast’s finest Belgian-style beers) and the Pratt Street Alehouse, home of the Oliver Breweries. (Oliver makes the British-style cask ales you see at Meridian Pint, ChurchKey, Pizzeria Paradiso, etc.)

For just low-key beer-and-a-shot bars, I like Mount Royal Tavern, Mum’s and ... this other corner bar I went to before Of Love and Regret the other week. Couple blocks north, up near Bank Street. Blanking. Sorry. [Ed. note: He meant The Laughing Pint — though it’s closed Sunday]

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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