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One East Chase St.,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Though theories around the number 13 vary across cultures, one thing almost all of them have in common is that 13 is one unlucky number. There’s that whole thing about there being 13 people at JC’s last dinner. Then, as anyone who’s obsessed with Dan Brown (which should be, like, everyone) knows, many of the Knights Templar’s experienced a terrible fate on Friday the 13th. So after all of this, why would anyone want to visit a bar called 13th Floor? Maybe because it’s amazing and capable of calming even the most extreme Triskaidekaphobe (try to say that one 13 times, fast).
This weekend, head over to the historic Belvedere hotel. Get off at the 13th floor… and face your fears in style. Though the Belvedere has been around since 1903, 13th Floor doesn’t have that stuffy, old-time, high class feeling many historic venues have. With updated renovations, the steely yet plush décor of this bar, pays tribute to Baltimore’s steel history while letting you enjoy a new age comfort.
Adding to the scene, the floor to ceiling windows provide some of the most epic views of your great Charm City. Though, if you’re afraid of heights, maybe stay clear of the windows; no need go overboard on facing all your fears without a single drink; we’re not masochists here. For the acrophobes (those afraid of heights) out there, take a seat at the bar and grab an original cocktail such as the Fitzgerald. For $13 you can enjoy one of the best drinks Baltimore has to offer— Woodford Reserve bourbon, Combier Rouge cherry liqueur, Cinzano Sweet vermouth and Peychaud’s bitters. By the second or third you might even venture over for look at the view.
Continue to feel like a classy VIP guest, as you enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz musicians such as Pianist Tommy Joy and vocalist Darden Purcell. The music, ambiance, drinks and fare (which combine American cuisine with hints of international flavors) are sure to take your mind off all of your fears.
And even if they don’t, I have a feeling you won’t need to worry about your luck much longer, since after all, fear is nature’s number one aphrodisiac.
By Amanda Blum