City That Drinks
A Guide to Drinking at Artscape
Published: July 18, 2012
Drinking at Artscape can be dangerous. Both the heat and crowds can be crushing—which is why drinking at Artscape can also be necessary. You can get the vendors’ $12 raspberry colada smoothie and drink it walking around in the sun, but your best bet is to take a break and sneak into a nearby watering hole to cool down with a cold one.
The Station North Roadhouse is going to be the best temporary bar in town. Designed and built by Morgan State University’s Architectural and Environmental Design program in the lot across the street from Tapas Teatro, Roadhouse will be serving cold drinks while DJs spin hot vinyl, so there may even be some boogie to go with your booze.
While you’re up toward the Station North end of the festival, you can check out some of the other options. Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave.) is opening at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday and Sunday for all you early imbibers, and Friday’s happy hour offers $1 off rail, draft, and wine from 4-8 P.M. On Saturday at high noon, they’ll be joined by Hampden’s brand-new Union Craft Brewery, who will be bringing cask ale.
And if you really want to drink away the evening in the kind of glorious darkness that only a dive bar can provide, there is always the venerable Club Charles (1724 N. Charles St.).
At the other end of Artscape, Mount Royal Tavern (1204 W. Mount Royal Ave.) is the obvious choice. Their drinks are always cold and cheap, so tie the kids to a light post, and slip on in. But watch out, they pour their liquor drinks strong. Have more than a couple and you may never find those kids again.
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