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Best Places To Grab A Drink At BWI Airport

December 7, 2013 6:00 AM

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Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has a number of bars and cafes, but with variety comes uncertainty. When you’re looking to relax, it’s inconvenient to have to do research, but it’s a risk to simply sit down at the first bar you see, only to end up with mediocre service or low-quality drinks. Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you. Here is a list of good quality bars from every section of the airport for excellent beverages wherever you go.

Sam Adams Brewhouse
Main Terminal by D
(410) 859-4044
www.creativefoodgroup.com

Topping the list is the Sam Adams Brewhouse. Unlike most of the bars on this list, Sam Adams is located outside of the terminals, making it accessible to all. This fact sets Adams apart because of the convenience. With airport security on the rise, it’s nice to still have a place where you can relax and have a drink or two without having to go through the hassle of security.

This brewpub serves the full line of the popular Boston lager for which the restaurant was named, not to mention a fairly robust wine menu. Not only are there plenty of Sam Adams beers always on tap, but it also has a number of other popular favorites in the beer world.

Sam Adams is a cozy pub with intimate booths and high-backed stools at the bar. If you choose to take advantage of the menu, the food is designed to complement the beer, including a variety of pub favorites such as the thick, hearty cheese fries.

Related: Best Airport Bars In Baltimore

Vino Volo Wine Bar
Concourse A
(410) 691-2215
www.vinovolo.com

If you savor the taste of a fine wine, Vino Volo is a great stop. Dceater.com attests that this cozy little corner of concourse A is “Not bad at all for an airport wine bar,” and Google Reviews gives it 4.4 out of 5 stars. The location includes indoor seating arranged to feel like an airport lounge, which includes comfy chairs and electrical outlets.

Vino Volo offers various “flights” of wine tastings. Flights range in price from $10-$27. Try the flavorful and inexpensive “World Values Wine Flight” which gives you a taste of the Garnacha from Spain, the Bordeaux Blend from Argentina and especially the Carmenere from Chile, which tastes like a mixture of cassis and green pepper. All of the wine is complemented by its menu, which includes such options as cheese plates, almonds and olives, smoked salmon rolls, braised pork tacos and Tuscan chicken sandwiches.

Photo Credit: Thegreeneturtle.com

(Photo Credit: Thegreeneturtle.com)

The Greene Turtle
Concourse D
(410) 691-9802
www.thegreeneturtle.com

A staple familiar with people from the Maryland/DC/Virginia areas, The Greene Turtle is a rapidly expanding chain, and for good reason. This is a classic sports bar with classic sports bar fare that’s quite delicious. Come for its wide selection of beverages, complete with icy coasters built into the bar. Stay for the array of televisions, each playing a variety of sports programming. Try the Yuengling on tap; a golden-amber beer with a nutty aroma and some mild hints of hazelnut and roasted malts.

Bin #222 Wine Bar & Eatery
Concourse E
(410) 859-4044
www.bwiairport.com

Concourse E is short and short on options. Fortunately, there is Bin #222. Serving some light food, salads, sandwiches and dessert, Bin #222 is still mainly what it says: a wine bar first and eatery second. An airy venue, the bar features a wide-open window view of the concourse. The wine menu is fairly modest in comparison to Vino Volo, but it still has enough to satisfy in comfort as you wait in concourse E.<

Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.

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