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Nightlife Winners 2009

Best Lesbian Bar

Sappho's

Google "Baltimore Lesbian Bar" and you may get thousands of results, including one listing in Washington, D.C., a story on the murder outside Coconuts, and Gallagher's, a past favorite that closed a bunch of years ago, but you'll find only a couple places that actually fit the criteria. Calling Sappho's the best lesbian bar may, then, seem an honor poorly won, but after this year's devastating fir ... [MORE]

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Best Karaoke
The Bloody Bucket (aka the Clipper Mill Inn)
Elsewhere in Baltimore, it's a bustling late summer Saturday night. At 11 p.m., it's prime time and ...

Best Dance Club
Paradox
No one can compete with the mighty Paradox. Megaclubs open in the city like seasons change, but find...

Best New Dance Night
No Rule
Cullen Stalin's newest endeavor with Scottie B might turn out to be the next Tax Lo. The idea starte...

Best Dance Party
Deep Sugar
Another contender for best party in Baltimore would have to be a mighty one indeed. Ultra Naté'...

Best DJ In A Club
Jason Willett
There are just so many DJs in Baltimore that keeping all of the names straight is tough, especially ...

Best Latin Night
Saturdays at the 13th Floor
¡Oyé! You say you miss dancing to live Latin music like you did back in the day? Head over...

Best Non-Music Bar Act
Wham City lecture series
There are lots of things one can imagine doing at a bar, but listening to an art student lecture on ...

Best Comedy Night
Bar Bacon Fun Time Comedy
The first time Jimmy "Valentine" Meyer put on his Bar Bacon Fun Time Comedy show, it was kind of a r...

Best Nerd's Night Out
Ignite Baltimore
Baltimore is rife with idealistic squinters--those who see a touch of Park Slope in Butcher's Hill o...

Best Master of Ceremonies for Life in Baltimore
Landis McCord, dba Landis Expandis
We've been big fans of Landis since the first time we saw him at the 8x10 bringing the funk, the pun...

Best Drinking Blog
Beer In Baltimore
No matter how much you love beer, we promise you it's not as much as this guy. For the past year and...

Best Bartender
Tiffany Houchins
She's been at Rocket to Venus for a couple of years now, but Tiffany's passed us more drinks over mo...

Best New Bar
Hamilton Tavern
This charming new bar and eatery in Hamilton reminds us of the Pacific Northwest, with its lovely wo...

Best Neighborhood Bar
Borderline Bar and Grill
Used to be that we never gave Borderline Bar and Grill its due--it's located in an out-of-the-way lo...

Best Dive Bar
Sooner's Tavern
The best dive bars are places that go to great lengths to provide sufficiently suspicious service an...

Best Bar for Smoking
Mt. Washington Tavern
With four distinct watering holes, this Mount Washington, palm-tree-loving, seafood-and-sauces mains...

Best First-Date Bar
The Brewer's Art
Question: Is a better first-date bar brutally loud or comfortably quiet? How 'bout both? The dim dow...

Best Drunken Hook-Up Bar
Ropewalk tavern
Federal Hill in general seems to be one big liquor-as-lubricant fest most weekend nights, but Ropewa...

Best Federal Hill Hideout
Idle Hour
If Federal Hill's bar scene seems a little, well, obnoxious to you, be comforted that there are inde...

Best Strip Joint
Ritz Cabaret
We can't speak for the ladies, but we've been around the block a time or two, and we always roll bac...

Best Sports Bar
Pickles pub
It's hard to imagine even the hardest-of-core sports fan that wants to sit in a room with a TV in fr...

Best Bar Pool Table
Harbor Way Inn
There's a shortage of good bars for playing pool in this town. People will cite the Ottobar, Fletche...

Best Bar for Tourists
Club Charles
We can hear the outrage already: "What, they don't even have crabs! Or Pikesville Rye! Or Natty Boh!...

Best Outdoor Bar
Bourbon Street
Over the past year or so, commuters taking I-83 into the city may have noticed the odd sight of palm...

Best Upscale Bar
Havana Club
This handsome, sprawling cigar club is all soft leather and dark wood, with flat screens, antique po...

Best Nightlife Nightlight
The soothing, comforting, and mesmerizing glowy-thing behind the bar at Robert Oliver Seafood Restaurant
From the street at night, it's plainly visible through the glass walls of the lounge at Robert Olive...

Best Place for a Quiet Drink
Birds of a Feather
Please note that this distinction isn't to imply that this cozy Fells Point destination is frequentl...

Best Gay Bar
Guerilla Gay Bar Baltimore
That's right, just like a flash mob, the "gays" could swoop in and take over your favorite bar for a...

Best Lesbian Bar
Sappho's
Google "Baltimore Lesbian Bar" and you may get thousands of results, including one listing in Washin...

Best Off-the-Record Lesbian Event
Pride block party tailgating
A well-loved tradition, the lesbian tailgate at the Pride block party is an oasis in a desert of dra...

Best Bar Trend
The Demise of the Martini Menu
While it's certainly nice to have many, many different ways in which to get oneself totally banged u...

Best Cocktail Menu
Shorty's Martini Bar and Lounge
Only in Baltimore could you get a "French Pimp," "Nazi Bastard," and "Knocked Up Shirley Temple" in ...

Best Specialty Drink
Orange Snapper
The orange snapper reportedly was brought to Baltimore by a guy named Turnbull, a habitué of Pe...

Best Cocktail Name
Motherfucker
On a recent visit to LuX, we spotted a lovely young lady beside us at the bar retrieving a small pla...

Best Wine Bar
V-No
V-No in Fells Point offers all the things we look for in a wine bar. It stocks a thoughtful, tasty a...

Best Local Winery
Black Ankle Vineyards
In the gently rolling hills of Carroll County, Black Ankle Vineyards is setting new standards for Ma...

Best Beer Selection
Max's TapHouse
Who are we kidding? "Best" means "most" in this category. Max's has an almost overwhelming selection...

Best Local Bottled Beer
Resurrection
Bright and strong, abbey-style Resurrection has long been a favorite wisely served in a goblet at ho...

Best Local Draft Beer
Clipper City MärzHon
A smooth caramel colored Octoberfest beer, both hoppy and grainy with a slight sweetness and a full ...

Best Bar Grub
Kisling's Tavern
Right where the boozy destinations of Canton and Fells Point collide sits the warm corner pub Kislin...

Best Happy Hour
3 for $4 at the Wharf Rat
There's something magical about escaping a hot ass day by walking in to a place crammed with old nau...

Best Economy-Related Bar Deal
$5 Happy Hour At Pazo
Pazo is gorgeous, one of those places where you walk in and think to yourself, Holy crap, I'm gonna ...

Best Buck
Tub o' Fun
Not that there's anything inherently wrong with microbrews, but frankly we're glad to see the return...

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