The bars of Charm City are legendary, and weekends can be epic experiences if carefully orchestrated. For a fun night on the town, try the following venues and the recommended rum cocktails.
Woody’s Rum Bar And Island Grill
821 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21213
Woody’s is not an island-in-the-sky cocktail joint one might picture in a James Bond movie, but this hidden little gem tucked away on the top shelf offers a dynamite view of the Harbor, a laid-back atmosphere, a good selection of tacos and nachos and some surprisingly tasty rum cocktails. Try its signature Rum Punch, a blend of passion fruit and flavored rums. Or ease your troubles with the Pain Killer, consisting or Pusser’s Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juices, sprinkled with nutmeg. Woody’s manages to be both out of the way and laid back and have one of the best views available at a Fells Point bar.
Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille
1653 Marley Ave.
Glen Burnie, Md. 21060
Mutiny Pirate Bar sets an atmosphere that is not to be missed. Managing to somehow be a hole-in-the-wall with a deck and have the sinister dark feel of a pirate bar, with the relaxing feel of an island grille, Mutiny ties it all together in a way that is intimate and enjoyable. Be sure to sample the Mutiny Mojito when you swing in, and enjoy its blend of Don Q White Rum, sugar cane syrup, fresh lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. And before you swing out, swig down an Orange Rum Crush with house-infused Orange Rum, Triple Sec and orange juice.
615 President St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Rated among Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Restaurants” in 2011, Talara is owned and operated by a South American staff, who together are successfully infusing Baltimore City with a “Nuevo Latin” feel. A unique cultural experience, Talara mixes South Beach Art Deco with authentic South American food and drinks. Once you’ve discovered how it serves its fish in Meso-America, get down to the business of drinking with its full line of mojitos. Be sure to give the Brazilian National Drink – the caipirinha – a try. It’s made from fermented sugar cane and crushed lime, so it may well be the best hard lime-aid you’ve ever tasted.
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133 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
The draw of Joe Squared is, of course, the coal-fired, oven-baked pizza. As its name is intended to indicate, the pizza here is of the square variety. Much praised for its tastiness, Joe Squared will also let enterprising patrons design their own pizzas; made to order. Joe Squared has two locations in Baltimore: at the Power Plant Live and also at West North Ave. Each location has a breathtaking rum menu organized by the nations from which the rum originates and each location also has a creative variety of delicious rum cocktails. Try the hard-hitting and fruity “Rum Runner,” or lose yourself in the signature Baltimore Punch. Whether or not you round your evening out with a pizza, make sure you square-off with one of Joe’s many rums.
B&O American Brasserie
2 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
When your Chief Mixologist is getting your bar into lists like “Best of Baltimore” in Baltimore’s City Paper and Baltimore Magazine, it’s clear he is doing something right. B&O’s own award-winning Brendan Dorr has done his restaurant proud in the drink-mixing department, getting it praised in all manners of local publications, as well as plenty of personal accolades to boot. When you visit, you will want to slurp down one of his Chesapeake Punch drinks, flowing with Maker’s Mark, Appleton Rum, Cointreau, orange, lime, simple syrup and angostura.
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.