**This post was originally written by me for The Fab Empire, check out The Fab Empire for all things Fabulous in Baltimore, DC, New York and Boston **

The Fab Empire had the privilege of attending Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore 2012” Super Party at the Hippodrome Theatre (12 N Eutaw Street). For those that are not familiar with this event, it combines gourmet tastings from Baltimore’s “Best Restaurants” and multiple bar sampling the best cocktails that Baltimore has to offer.

This year there were a total of six bars scattered throughout the building – Vodka Bar, Gin Bar, Tequila Bar, a General Bar, and two beer/wine bars. Each bar included signature cocktails made with the newest liquors such as Prairie Vodka, Milagro Tequila, and Bulldog Gin.  Of course we sampled them all and my favorite was the Pineapple Cinnamon Margarita, it sounds not so appealing, but the flavors mixed well together.

Over 30 restaurants were in attendance and cooked up their favorite and most popular dishes; restaurants such as City Café, Blue Hill Tavern, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, and Talara – just to name a few.  We nibbled on Sushi, Pulled Pork, Mini Cheeseburgers, and much, much more.

There were also dessert options and one of our favorite’s of the night was definitely the “Baltimore Custard” of chocolate moose and peanut butter served by Wit & Wisdom Tavern at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The main ballroom played the sounds of DJ Kopec and live music from the Rollerblades- a 90’s cover band.  There was also a photo booth, caricature artists, and a swanky Perona Italy Lounge area. Covergirl Cosmetics were also on hand consulting with the ladies and giving away lipstick, eyeshadows, and mascara. This year’s event was presented by LivingSocial and benefits The Family Tree child abuse charity.  Living Social and Baltimore Magazine’s partnership proved to be a great one because just like last year the festivities did not disappoint.