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Best Bars To Rent Out For A Large Party

The time has come, you are throwing a surprise birthday party for your best friend or an anniversary dinner for your parents and you find yourself asking, “what’s the largest bar around here”? Whether you’re going to have a large sit down dinner or just drinks and appetizers you need enough space so everyone feels comfortable. Here are our suggestions for bars to rent out for large parties and group outings.

02/02/2012

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Best Spots For A Mid-Week Date

If you are like me, usually I’m completely stumped when it comes to spots for mid-week dates. I can clearly remember the places that didn’t go so well for mid-week, apparently. But after some consideration I decided to turn to dating pros for suggestions: married friends. It turns out it pays to ask the experts. From fine dining to casual coffee, here are the top three picks for mid- week dates in Baltimore City.

01/26/2012

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The Best Bars For Dining And Drinking This New Year’s Eve

Interested in starting out your New Year’s Eve with a fine meal, and cozying up until midnight with drinks without having to bar hop in the cold? Here are three spots in Baltimore to spend your whole evening, from early dining to drink specials that last until the New Year begins.

12/22/2011

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Citizen Scene Spotter: Baltimore’s Best Bars For The Winter Months

Even with all its southern eccentricity, Baltimore freezes like any other northern town in the winter months. That’s when it’s time to congregate inside, in local pubs and brewhouses, and leave summer’s stoops and patios until the warmer months return.

12/15/2011

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Thanksgiving Eve: Best Bars For The Whole Family

‘Tis the night before Thanksgiving, and it falls to you to find a bar where every member of your family can comfortably tie one on without disagreement. But on the drinkiest day of the year, where is there a quiet, all-welcoming watering hole where everybody from your stuffy aunt- in-laws to your art school cousins can get along? Below are our top picks for Baltimore’s best Thanksgiving Eve bars. These not-too-divey, not-too-snobby spots offer plenty of elbowroom and big tables, keep the noise level low enough for conversation, and are sure to offer a little something for everyone. This may be the one time all season when you really succeed in pleasing everyone at once.

11/17/2011

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Best Jukebox Bars In Baltimore

Where have all the good jukeboxes gone? Sometimes there is nothing better than putting a few dollars into a jukebox and hearing your favorite songs. Here are our picks for the best jukeboxes in Baltimore for your night of dollar DJing old school style.

10/13/2011

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‘Strong Like Bull’ Brings Laughter To Local Opera

In Joshua Bornfield’s newest opera, Strong Like Bull, two warring parties compete for political power, and are confounded—through hijinks and trickery—by a third. It’s a classic plot, but Bornfield’s wit and keen sense of the absurd put this time-tested structure to work for a more bristling, ornamental humor–one that isn’t afraid to skewer the inanities of modern political life while poking fun at opera itself.

08/29/2011

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Baltimore’s Top Small Opera Houses

The Baltimore Opera House may have closed its doors in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped Baltimore’s composers and performers from creating and performing noteworthy new productions.

08/18/2011

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Expecting The Unexpected With Baltimore’s Out Of Your Head Collective

Every Tuesday night, musicians and audience members gather at the Windup Space on North to experience a little-known gem of the improvised music world. For seasoned audiences and newcomers alike, the Tuesday concerts have become a haven for the unexpected.

08/04/2011

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