Where can you go where everyone knows your name? Good question, perhaps these local dive bars will give you reason to return. — Lance Duvall

The Laughing Pint

3531 Gough Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

The “nicest little bar in Baltimore” may easily well be the best dive bar in Baltimore. With a friendly atmosphere, the appealing corner bar is inviting to everyone who enters through The Laughing Pint doors. There are specials every night, and Happy Hour Monday through Friday. The Laughing Pint invites friends who smoke, with an accessible outdoor, heated smoking area. The kitchen serves all-fresh items and prepares the food in-house. Come out Monday and Saturday nights for Ping Pong at the Pint.

Mount Royal Tavern

1204 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

Across the street from the Maryland Institute College of Art sits the Mount Royal Tavern. With a mix of college students and older locals, everyone goes about their evening at the bar. The Tavern is a character of its own, with a gruff look and neighborhood feel. Beer is cheap and you can easily spend the evening sitting a barstool. With 10 beers on tap, Mount Royal Tavern is the ideal neighborhood “watering hole.”

Idle Hour

201 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

For the 20 and 30-year-old crowd, Idle Hour is the ideal dive bar. The crowd is mature for their age, and the selection of music makes for great conversation. Weekends can get crowded and it is not the best place to bring a large group, but that is what qualifies Idle Hour as a quality dive bar. You can get lost in your evening listening to the DJ and enjoying good beers. Every Monday night is open turntable night where you can bring your favorite vinyl and share with everyone at the bar.

Kisling’s Tavern

2100 Fleet St
Canton, MD 21231

Come for the food but stay for the atmosphere at Kisling’s Tavern in Canton, Md. Known for their wings, Kisling’s is a two-floor pub and its warm atmosphere is another reason for its local popularity. There is private party space upstairs that can hold 75 people complete with pool tables and television sets. The tavern is decorated with neighborhood photographs and local memorabilia along the wooden booths. Enjoy Kisling’s tasty bar food while enjoying time with friends.

The Club Charles

1724 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The 1940s, Art Deco style of The Club Charles will have you thinking that you have stepped back into time. With plenty of mural and period furnishings, Club Charles’ retro feel is prime dive bar of the Charm City. Filmmaker John Waters is a frequent customer and celebrities Nicholas Cage, Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. have been special guests. The Club Charles is surrounded by urban theater nightlife with night clubs on the same block. Locals and out-of –towners will enjoy themselves amongst the chrome and neon décor of The Club Charles.