In one corner is Thirsty Dog Pub, which offers the best non-Resurrection beers in Baltimore for the price of 2/$3, and great pizzas and salads for under ten bucks. Unfortunately, it's down in Federal Hill, which besides being a bit too frat boy for me with poor parking, is just plain far. A $12 cab ride turns into a $20 cab ride just by going to the other side of the water.
In another corner is a new place, as yet undecided, which also offers good beer and drink and food at a good price, and can also accomondate a group of 15 or so people.
I thought Arcos, the Latin restaurant/bar at Broadway and Pratt, might be the place. I've never been there, but I stopped by on the way home from the restaurant today to check it out. Seems like it could work. However, they seem to only have three beers on tap and I haven't been in the mood for margaritas since that crazy night out at Gecko's a month and a half ago. Plus, the menu just looks a little bit iffy, and not very vegetarian friendly. Normally I wouldn't care and don't even mention it, but it is my birthday.
Later, I thought about Kiss Cafe, so we could sit outside, but they don't have beers on tap.
I'm considering DuClaw, but, eh, the food was just sort of standard bar fare, nothing special, and beer prices are a little expensive because it's right on Thames. Great outside atmosphere, though, and it might be nice and uncrowded on a Tuesday.
I'd like to consider places in Midtown, like Midtown Yacht Club, but that place isn't grabbing me right now (especially since the guy I used to frequent the place frequently with, Ryan, is out of town) and it's so dark and dingy.
Hmmmm. What a quandary. Suggestions welcome. What great place in Baltimore am I missing?
A few rules:
1. It must be able to accomondate 15 or so people.
2. I'm not into crabs. I could write a whole post about how they're way too much work for what you get, and all the carcasses left on the table are nasty, but I won't. Plus, I just had to go out for crabs on Thursday - luckily I ate beforehand.
3. The more central for north Baltimore, the better.
4. I'd love somwhere where I could sit outside.
5. Need cheap. I still haven't had a paycheck in two months.
Maybe Thirsty Dog is what I should do. I happen to remember two years ago, on my birthday, it was closed for some reason, so I've never actually spent a birthday there. But it's so expected coming from me. I don't like to be predictable, and I like new places.
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