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The Hon Bar

Address:1002 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/4/2009

Despite the kitsch-fest at the restaurant next door at Café Hon (and its own over the top window displays), the Hon Bar has a distinct air of respectability. The décor of tastefully faux-finished walls, deco-ish light fixtures, and a copper-topped wood bar screams adult and so does the clientele. Everyone there seems to be a professional, or at least a grad student, or a professional grad student. On the recent Thursday night we stepped into the Hampden corner bar, live jazz added to the mature atmosphere--though the jazz was a bit loud for the small space. We were pleasantly surprised to see Brewer's Art's Resurrection on tap. We ordered two. Each one cost $5 rather than the $4.50 Brewer's charges, but the Hon Bar serves its Resurrections in a frosted pint glass instead of a goblet, which probably provides more than 50 cents worth of additional beer. The Hon Bar may not be a see-and-be-seen kind of place, but it is a relaxed yet refined spot for a drink and good conversation with a friend. And unless you venture to the restaurant next door, there is nary a fake-hon or dayglo beehive in sight.

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