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Frazier's on the Avenue

Address:919 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

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By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/11/2009

Any Hampden-bound drinker has found his or her way into this neighborhood standard/force of gravity. At least, that's how it feels when you walk in. Frazier's is a comfortable mix of new-school Hampden hipness and old-school Hampden blue collar-ness. Between the two distinct sides--one pool-hall style, the other "living room"--the place is huge, though a certain dim, classic-pub coziness means it generally doesn't feel like you're at war for a beverage or table, which is nice. There's a well-maintained (looking) pool table that's rarely not in use/without a line, and regulars tell us the food here is worthy, but we usually don't come here for the food. Service is functional, if not what you'd call friendly, and the bar has an early happy hour (weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.) that can turn devastating with $1.50 drafts and $2.50 rail cocktails. Save the horrifically bad-smelling men's room, Frazier's has all the right elements of a comfy, regular meet-up.

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