The Baltimore culinary scene is known for more than just great crabs and seafood. Residents and visitors alike have many options for great rum bars with eclectic cuisines to match the exotic cocktail lists. Consider any of the following spots when your taste buds are craving this famous Latin American spirit.

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Joe Squared
30 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 962-5566

133 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 545-0444

Hours: Sun to Mon 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Tues to Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Joe Squared is a notable local hangout making headlines with great food and excellent drinks. Voted “Best Pizza in Maryland” by Food Network and featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Joe Squared serves up a varied menu based on customer-chosen favorites and house specials. The rum list is one of the most extensive in Baltimore; rums from all over the Caribbean, such as English Harbor and Viscaya VXOP, are offered here. Grab dinner with your drink, like the Bacon and Clam Pizza with white sauce topped with mozzarella, romana and asiago cheeses. The restaurant offers dine-in, carryout and catering as well. Joe Squared is a must-stop for any rum aficionado.

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Woody’s Rum Bar
1700 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 563-6800

Hours: Fri 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Woody’s Rum Bar and Island Grill in Fells Point is not only an excellent choice for visiting friends and relatives, but one of the best city spots for day drinking. The extensive bar offers almost any rum drink you can think up, including specialized requests. With excellent views of the water, Woody’s is also a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sunset. Between its Caribbean-style dishes and specials, extensive rum list and specialty cocktails, it’s no surprise Woody’s Rum Bar draws in patrons from all over Baltimore.

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Howl At The Moon
22 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 783-5111

Hours: Wed to Thurs 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., Fri 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sat 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar is known for great drinks and great fun. The piano faceoffs are always entertaining; the staff works hard to make the crowd part of the whole entertainment experience. Try a Rum Runner in a souvenir cup or one of the other drinks or signature cocktails while enjoying the live entertainment. The beverage list here is huge, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, the experienced bartenders can usually accommodate an off-the-menu request. The restaurant is also available for private functions, large or small, and works with the area’s best caterers to provide exactly what you’re looking for.

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The Horse You Came In On Saloon
1626 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 327-8111

Hours: Mon to Fri 2 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Sat to Sun 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

The Horse You Came In On Saloon in the historic Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore is the oldest continually existing bar in the U.S.– it’s been open since 1775. It is also the only bar in Maryland open before, during and after the prohibition. The saloon offers great drink specials, and an extensive bar stocked with rums and whiskeys. The kitchen is open until 2 a.m. and features classic bar food like juicy burgers and mozzarella sticks. Stop by for Ladies’ Night on Wednesdays for $5 bottomless cups for the ladies and great specials for the guys.

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The Red Star Bar and Grill
906 South Wolfe St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 675-0212

Hours: Mon to Thurs 11:30 a.m. – Midnight, Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 10 a.m. – Midnight

The Red Star Bar and Grill on Wolfe Street in Baltimore’s Fells Point is a local favorite with a rich history. According to folklore, the Red Star gained its name from sailors docking at the legendary Baltimore port looking for a “warm meal and a cold ale.” The menu offers Baltimore favorites like crab dip and more adventurous items like Chicken Za’atar, a flavorful Mediterranean roasted chicken dish. Brunch is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Stop in and try a classic mojito or a Dark ‘N Stormy made with Goslings rum, lime and ginger beer. The Red Star Bar and Grill is open for lunch and dinner and available for private parties.

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Kristin Mason is a personal chef and food writer living in the sprawling Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area. She holds a degree in business and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Fla. in 2006. Kristin enjoys cooking for family and friends, traveling to try new foods and being in the great outdoors. Her work can be found at