Best D.C. Bar
Published: September 21, 2011
930 N. Charles St., (410) 547-0149, 930redmaple.com
Red Maple is still doing its swank bar thing right there in the middle of Mount Vernon, and after all these years it still looks pretty sweet, with its low seating, darkish tight-grained wood, right angles, and ever-changing mood lighting. Yep, it’s as if you stepped in from Dupont Circle or something, with clientele and prices to match. But a) you don’t have to drive to and, more importantly, back from D.C., and b) Baltimore bar crowds, no matter what the social stripe, are almost always nicer.