During the course of conducting business, there are occasions that are best handled away from the corporate headquarters. A well-established alternative to doing business at the business has been to meet with customers or clients at a quiet, neighborhood tavern or bar. Business deals are often brokered and concluded over drinks. Baltimore offers many locations that are conducive and supportive of this facet of doing business.

Aida Bistro & Wine Bar
6741 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Md. 21046
(410) 953-0500

With a covered patio, the Aida Bistro & Wine Bar provides a quiet, seasonal alternative location for holding a business lunch meeting with clients. The Buddy Room, which seats up to 40 people, has a large TV with audio-visual connections for business presentations. It also features a private deck for outdoor meetings. Family owned and operated, the restaurant specializes in traditional Italian cuisine that features fresh-made pastas and farm-to-table, locally grown vegetables and other ingredients. In business for more than 11 years, the Howard County restaurant moved to its present facility in 2010. Dinner menu offerings include three-course prix fixe meals featuring wine and beer choices which change weekly.

1011 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 366-1163

With a menu that is recreated five times per year, the Alchemy on 36th Street is a contemporary American restaurant. Located in a more than 100-year-old building, the Hampden neighborhood restaurant’s upstairs dining area that overlooks the street provides a quiet, comfortable setting for business drinks. Its posh main dining room features custom leather seating within its interior brick walls. It has a private dining area that can accommodate up to 20 people for business get-togethers. Owners Michael and Debi “Bell” Matassa split duties with Michael as executive chef and Debi as sommelier and pastry chef. Brunch, lunch and dinner menus are available.

Blue Hill Tavern
938 S. Conkling St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(443) 388-9363

Featuring valet parking, the Blue Hill Tavern offers daily dinner specials. With happy hour specials for cocktails, wine, beer, flatbreads and appetizers, the tavern offers a private dining room with A/V hookups and a semi-private chef’s table to accommodate six to 10 people. It features an endless happy hour on Thursdays, and on Fridays and Saturdays, move to the rooftop patio for business drinks for happy hour prices from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches, soups and sides, all moderately priced. The expansive dinner menu features flatbread choices, appetizers, salads, soups and entrees, including pork, beef and seafood selections.

Brasserie Brightwell
206 N. Washington St.
Easton, Md. 21601
(410) 819-3838

Featuring French American fare, the Brasserie Brightwell of Easton is well known for its quiet atmosphere and excellent service. With a large selection of white, red and sparkling wines, a generous and varied draught beer list and seasonal rotating tap choices, the restaurant also features a raw bar. Lunch offerings include soups, entree salads, baguettes and burgers. In addition to its dinner menu, a happy hour and tavern menu is also available. It also features outdoor seating that is perfect for summer business drinks.

316 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 528-1222

For a cultural twist on a business meal, the Cazbar, located in Mount Vernon, is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant that features belly dancers. The restaurant caters business events in its private banquet rooms. It also has free WiFi services. Private belly dancing shows are available as well. Its beverage menu includes large selections of wines, beers and mixed drinks. Specializing in Turkish cuisines, menu favorites include adana and doner iskender and doner kebap. Founded in 2006, the restaurant features both lunch and dinner menus. In addition to its first floor dining area, there is also a second-floor lounge that is perfect for hosting a business meeting.

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