There are many reasons Fell’s Point is a destination when it comes to a night out drinking. The main thing is that when you tire of one bar, you simply walk out one bar’s door and enter another bar’s door. But not only does Fell’s Point have a lot of bars, it has a lot of old bars with tons of character. No strip malls here, just historical buildings where bars are their current residents.
With so many to hit, let’s narrow it down so that you can see just the best of the really old, cool bars that have managed to stay current despite their old bones, or as current as they choose to be…
The Horse You Came In On – wonderful and old, with live music and popcorn, a trip to Fell’s Point is not complete until you belly-up to the bar here and have a cold one. It’s dark, dank and the perfect place to hide from suburbia.
Leadbetter’s – feel nostalgic the moment you enter and realize why this bar claims to be the best dive bar in Baltimore. Nothing fancy ever but good, old fashioned drinking going on here. Again, it’s dark and brooding in here. Yep, it feels like a dive.
John Steven – over the last few years, the owners have actually improved the exterior façade of this bar and gentrified it a bit with additions above and adjacent, but the original old bar in the entry room is as its been for decades.
One Eyed Mikes – while the name of the location has changed several times – Seafarer, Benders and now OEM, the bar feels like it’s always been there. Grand old bar with companion piece holding all the top shelf liquor, it’s so massive and impressive.
Henninger’s – this wonderful place will be on several of my lists. The bar is tucked off the main drag of Fell’s Point but is so worth the cab ride or jaunt up there. Ambience is its middle name, with old photos all over the place and memorabilia on display that will take you a few cocktails just to soak it all in.
Peter’s Inn – again, this will appear on lots of my lists, but the bar in this place is old and a perfect escape from any day that’s on your last nerve.
The Wharf Rat – off the beaten path but still close to it all, this bar is a must visit too. With their own line of beer, make sure to check that out while you enjoy the history here.
Cat’s Eye Pub – live music and a sprawling bar, Cat’s Eye feels like it’s been in Fell’s Point forever and it has. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the variety of bands that grace its stage but Saturday and Sunday afternoons are the best time to duck in here for music and drinks.
Dead End Saloon – it lives up to its name as it’s tucked away and if you didn’t know about it, you’d probably never just stumble in here. Once you arrive, grab a stool and enjoy.
The Waterfront Hotel – again, this place appears on many list of favorites but it’s for good reason that it does. The really old bar has been a focal point of many films and of course, most notably, was the hangout bar for the cast of Homicide, Life in the Streets.
Visit any or all of these and enjoy the fact that you’re probably in one of the bars that shipbuilders, tug captains and stevedores have enjoyed for centuries.