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Best Bar, Downtown

Midway Bar

421 E. Baltimore St., (410) 727-5054,

The only place to grab a drink on the Block without having to gawk at naked flesh offers a different kind of original character. Like many beloved local dive bars, the Midway feels like it hasn’t changed in years, maybe decades, and that attitude perfectly suits the place. A long bar runs down one side of the room with restrooms in the back (you have to get buzzed in if you need to use it), and the clientele runs from men and women you assume work shifts down in this stretch of the 400 block of East Baltimore Street to people who feel right at home in a dive bar surrounded by strip clubs. The prices are more than reasonable—and downright cheap compared to traditional Block establishments—and the ambiance 100 percent genuine and irony free. Cheers.

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