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Best Upscale Bar

Gordonís Bar and Lounge

1818 Maryland Ave.,

Posted 9/21/2005

We love divey holes in the wall, but sometimes we yearn for something a bit more civilized. Unfortunately, most of the upscale bars in Baltimore are either gimmicky or snobbish. Where can we find a bar where we can have a drink in a classy environment filled with grownups without having to deal with a lot of attitude? Gordonís. This midtown club, on a diagonal from the less-than-upscale Gallery One Bar, offers three levels with three very different moods without losing its overall sense of sophistication. The wood-paneled first-floor bar is a perfect spot for a quiet drink with a friend, while the dance floor on the second floor gives you plenty of room to move and a crowd that, unlike those at most clubs, doesnít seem into dry-humping strangers. The third-floor martini lounge is all about decadence, from the velvety sofas and lounge chairs, to the martini bar stocked with concoctions that taste like dessert but still pack an alcoholic punch. And because Gordonís is smoke-free, you wonít come back from your fancy night out smelling like Kools. Sure, Gordonís ainít cheapóa beer can run you $5 and a martini $8óbut sometimes itís worth paying a little more to drink in a beer-bong/Jell-O shot-free environment.

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Other Awards for Best Upscale Bar:

Havana Club, 9/16/2009

Jay's On Read Street, 9/17/2008

Ixia, 9/19/2007

Tusk Lounge, 9/20/2006

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