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Best Local Drinking Institution

Mount Royal Tavern

1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 669-6686

Posted 9/21/2005

Other Baltimore bars might be better places to take the relatives or out-of-town friends to show off our fair city, but few places scream the drinky side of Mobtown living quite like the smoky, smelly, hasnít-changed-since-we-can-remember Mount Royal Tavern. Everything about the place feels trapped in some much sillier parallel universe. The faux Sistine Chapel ceiling is a riot, and about as elements-damaged as the one in Vatican City. The bathrooms are their own ongoing bacteria-through-the-ages experiment. The service is consistently gruff at worst and absurd at best. The rotating art exhibits run from MICA undergrad self-important to disarmingly engaging. The clientele runs from self-absorbed artists to veteran barflies, and rare is the Tavern visit that doesnít result in running into somebody you know. If youíre planning on staying a while, make sure to bring cashóthe Tavern doesnít take credit cards, and the closest ATM is a good stroll away. But donít worry, you wonít need much. A $20 and some change is almost all you need to make your Tavern time count.

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All Awards for Mount Royal Tavern:

Best New Bar Smell, 9/17/2008

Best Menís Restroom Condom Machine, 9/22/2004

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