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Best Bartender

Russell De Ocampo, the Windup Space

12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855,

What’s the mark of a great bartender? Is it some schmuck that went to “bartending school” and can flip that thing around the other thing like a trained seal? Is it the bartender that can throw down a half dozen drink orders at a time? (That does help, sure.) Nah, it’s the bartender that takes the time to learn your name, talk to you for a bit, make you feel like you’re in a social gathering spot rather than a business. Honestly, there’s probably a dozen regular drinkers at the Windup Space when it’s in bar—and not venue or art opening—mode, but you probably won’t find a much more loyal crew. And, yeah, Russell (formerly of Dougherty’s fame) can make you something pretty fancy if you’re not a dick about it.

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