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Best Irish Whiskey Bar

The Life of Reilly

2031 E. Fairmount Ave., (410) 327-6425,

At this relatively obscure Butchers Hill gem, you may be tempted to order a properly poured Guinness—it’s one of the few places that gets it right every time—and enroll in the Guinness club (drink 100, get your name on a plaque), but then you would miss out on the fine selection of Irish whiskey they’ve culled at the Life of Reilly. “Culled” might not be the right word, because the folks at Life of Reilly have tried to get every Irish whiskey possible in stock: Connemara, Redbreast, Michael Collins, Powers, Tyrconnell, and more. The bartenders know their stuff and their tasting notes are on the whiskey list, so you can order based on your preferences for peaty, smoky, sweet, etc. Also: flights of three varieties for $12.

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