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Michael Byrne

Harbor Way Inn

Address:737 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 

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By Michael Byrne | Posted 2/18/2009

737 W. Pratt St.

The stadium area has lots of nice bars and pubs, but many of them are remodels with the same paved-over vibe of the stadiums themselves and, grubby or not, they're all sports bars. At the corner of MLK and Pratt Street, effectively guarding the entrance to the tiny Ridgely's Delight neighborhood, sits the Harbor Way Inn (né Vito's), a surprisingly spacious bar where a beer guarantees a history lesson. Nowadays, it's a quieter, generally overlooked place--a recent evening found us in the company of ourselves, a trio of med students (briefly), and owner Vito, an elderly gentleman with bifocals, a knit cap, a lingering Lithuanian accent, and a story or one-liner for every knick-knack behind the bar (horse skull smoking a butt, a row of animal figurines, a commemorative plaque from some old Navy regulars). The space is dark and cozy with wood paneling, one seriously long bar, and a small room in back with what looks like a well-maintained pool table. And that table is about as into sports as the Harbor Way gets--the owner likes to say to sports fans, "Did the Colts beat the Orioles?" You can get your usual domestic brews (no drafts) or cocktails here, but you're either a fool or in recovery if you skip the imported Lithuanian beers. Tasty, strong, and served in plus-sized bottles, they're a steal at $4.

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