Whether you’re a recent college graduate or already established at a corporation, networking is integral to both finding a job and thriving in the position you’ve secured. Many bars in Charm City can be great places to rub elbows with big names in business — both locally and nationally — and many also play host to special events for networking and socializing. These are the cream of the city’s crop, so start here.

Of Love and Regret
1038 S. Conkling St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 327-0760

Of Love and Regret has become a staple of Canton thanks to its unique brews, innovative cocktails and delectable cuisine. The intimate quarters buzz with a cacophony of jazz and conversations, making it the perfect place to meet, greet and talk business without the stiffness of a corporate environment. Though there isn’t a menu item — drinks or otherwise — that guests don’t love, the Stillwater beers are most recommended due to their eclectic flavors and sparse existence elsewhere in Baltimore. Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ founder Brian Strumke and Jack’s Bistro’s co-owner/chef Ted Stelzenmuller masterminded the bar, which offers the added bonus of following up your visit with a complimentary chocolate macaroni and cheese from Jack’s Bistro by submitting your receipt from Of Love and Regret.

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Max’s Taphouse
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 675-6297

Max’s Taphouse has been revered as one of the best beer bars both locally and nationally, and with good reason. Located in the heart of historic Fells Point, Max’s features the most extensive beer list you’ll find in Baltimore with 140 rotating drafts, five casks and a whopping 1,200 bottled beers both local and imported. Along with its renowned beer list, Max’s Taphouse manages to uphold a clean and stylish environment along with a tasty selection of pub fare. Although the popularity of Max’s keeps up a steady flow of patrons throughout the week and weekend, the atmosphere remains comfortable and business friendly.

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Mad River
1110 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21264
(410) 727-2333

Mad River offers a number of draws for college alumni, the corporate crowd and everyone in between. For starters, the ever-changing drink specials and happy hours make a night at this bar both fun and affordable. Secondly, college alum may keep up with their alma mater’s sports team or any other college team with 15 HD flat screens as well as TVs in individual booths. Mad River also features Put Your Boss Behind the Bar, a corporate happy hour in which your boss guest bartends while drink specials are given to the rest of the company. Any tips given to your boss go toward the tab for the rest of the night.

Eden’s Lounge
15 W. Eager St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 244-0405
www.edenslounge.comDrenched in lavender hues, Eden’s Lounge straddles the line between smooth jazz and upbeat dance club and pulls it off superbly. Ethiopian-inspired dishes, aromatic wines and cocktails, plus a plethora of happy hours throughout the week make this a can’t-miss spot in Mount Vernon. For those looking to network, Eden’s Lounge offers happy hours on Wednesday and Friday evenings specifically geared toward networking, after-work specials and celebrations. Eden’s Lounge also hosts a Women of Power Happy Hour every Thursday to recognize women who are doing great things in the community and business and for women looking to network and socialize.

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Havana Club Baltimore
600 Water St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 468-0022

Located directly above the reputable Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Havana Club Baltimore has been known to play host for a diverse range of networking events as well as private parties and wedding receptions. The décor is beautiful and upscale but the atmosphere remains inclusive. Seating for social and business events is comprised of leather sofas and chairs juxtaposed for comfortable conversation over one of the club’s many wines or cocktails. A friendly and accommodating staff along with exuberant salsa dancing and music make this club a gem regardless of the occasion.

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Tracy Dye has always had an affinity toward writing and the arts. A fan of exploring all the hidden gems in Baltimore outside of her work and studies, Dye is thrilled for the opportunity to bring residents all the latest on nightlife and music in the area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.