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Best Bar for Tourists

Club Charles

1724 N. Charles St., (410) 727-8815,

Posted 9/16/2009

We can hear the outrage already: "What, they don't even have crabs! Or Pikesville Rye! Or Natty Boh!" "I'm not walking from my Inner Harbor hotel all the way up there!" "Is that neighborhood even safe?" Well, we're kidding about the last one--kinda, we still hear goofballs freaking out about Station North--but, yeah, we are saying this is Baltimore's best bar for tourists. Why? It's an institution for starters. It's been on the block since 1951 (though it was called the Wigwam Restaurant for the first 30 or so years). Add to it a location that's far realer than the prefab touristiness of the Inner Harbor and close to the heart of Baltimore's arts and music communities, and you're getting there. Add to it that this is one of Baltimore's handful of "John Waters bars," multiply by the fact that Dan Deacon is probably Baltimore's new John Waters and he definitely hangs here, and it's worth checking out, even if you're just passing through.

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Other Awards for Best Bar for Tourists:

Dead End Saloon, 9/19/2007

All Awards for Club Charles:

Best Place for One Drink Too Many, 9/20/2006

Best Bar, Mount Vernon, 9/13/2000

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