By: Christian Kinney
Located in Brewers Hill, Of Love and Regret is a must for connoisseurs of wine and appreciators of rare and obscure alcohol. The bar carries an extensive selection of wine bottles that can be had by the glass. Wine is poured without removing the cork by injecting argon gas via syringe into the bottle, thereby preserving the remaining wine. The bar stocks bottles from tumultuous Crimea to orange wine- a style not commonly seen (note: not made with oranges). Bar operator and living alcohol encyclopedia Ryan Travers takes care in picking alcohol to offer at the establishment, often traveling to foreign countries to sample candidates. One such unique liquor is Salmiakki, a bittersweet Finnish liquor flavored with ammonium chloride giving it a salty finish.
Corner Charcuterie Bar is a small bar and restaurant located in Hampden. The gastropub has a variety of contemporary American eats. The eccentricity of the constantly changing menu keeps dining here fresh and fun. One particular dish that comes to mind is the steamed bug sambal. An assortment of steamed bugs arrived on my plate ranging from beetles to worms to maggots- a truly unique experience! Other notable dishes include their ostrich tartare, grilled bone marrow, and escargot mac and cheese. A fun dish for two off of their aptly named “Silent Lovers” menu is the whole roasted pigs head (“when you eat, you don’t speak”). Indulge in a cocktail while you’re there too with ingredients like fleur de sel, fresh squeezed yuzu, and mastiha, there’s something for everyone.
At a Glance:
Lost City Diner: awarded Baltimore’s best milkshake. Try the Monte Cristo sandwich, a triple decker sandwich coated in corn flakes and deep fried in this retro sci-fi diner.
Venice Tavern: a community dive bar where all pints of beer are $3, including microbrews and high ABV beers. Bring cash and food with you.
Barfly: for those who love whiskey there is no substitute. Over 400 different whiskeys are sold here; enjoy darts and board games in the back.
Gunther and Co: a relatively new restaurant. Order the steak tartare with one of their several cocktails that are served on draft. Interestingly and initially distressing, the bathroom is a single unisex room with private stalls inside. The modern glass, stainless steel, and exposed brick make this restaurant feel industrial yet refined.
Brew House No. 16: occupying what used to be a fire station is now beer brewing vessels. Try a house made beer or go for brunch with $8 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Joung Kak: two words: Korean BBQ. Joung Kak stays open until 4 am every day of the week. Bring a group of friends to enjoy some KBBQ cooked at your table.