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Best Dive Bar

The Friendly Harford House

7509 Harford Road, (410) 444-6712

The Friendly Harford House is one of those bars people drive by and wonder what it’s like inside. And they’ve had plenty of opportunity—the place is over 100 years old. What they should do is go in. It’s the quintessential dive bar: just dark enough without being too dark, just loud enough without being too loud. The imitation-wood Formica bar imitates the imitation-wood paneling on the walls. Peanut shells crunch underfoot, and the Orioles or Ravens always seem to be on the TVs. Astoundingly cheap draft beer comes in 9-, 16- or 22-ounce glasses, served by women named Stubbie, Trish, and Germaine—together they’ve logged half a century behind the bar. “The customers give us shit and we give it right back,” says Stubbie. “We’re just like a family.”

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