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Baltimore Magazine celebrated their 25th annual “Best of Baltimore” party  last Thursday at The Hippodrome Theatre (12 N. Eutaw St).  The theme of this year’s party was Speakeasy, which included lots of feathers and fringe.

It seems that everyone in Baltimore loves a themed party because about 80% of guests were dressed in their best 1920’s prohibition garb.  Over 35 restaurant vendors were in attendance and also participated in the festivities with a “Best-Dressed Booth” contest.

As in previous years, guests enjoyed specialty cocktails from numerous bar stations setup around the venue.  The Vodka bar featured cocktails made with Prairie Vodka, the Tequila bar featured Milagro brand tequila, and the shots bar featured Jägermeister . The tequila bar seemed to be the popular choice among guests as they kept the four bartenders busy all night mixing a variety specialty drinks made with Milagro Silver, Milagro Anejo, and Milagro Reposado.

Not to be outdone by the cocktails, the food vendors in attendance did not disappoint.  Some of Baltimore’s favorite restaurants such as, The Rusty Scupper, TenTen, Sobo, and Bond Street Social –  just to name a few,  cooked up their “best” dishes voted by the readers of Baltimore Magazine.

In the Covergirl VIP Lounge, guests enjoyed a live music from the Bumper Jacksons, catered food from The Oregon Grille, and portraits from caricature artist Laura MyersCovergirl cosmetics were also on-hand for mini makeup consultations as well as eye shadow and lipstick giveaways.

In the main ballroom guests enjoyed a photo booth fun, music by DJ Kopec, and aerial burlesque performances by Cirque Oya.

A portion of the proceeds were donated to The Family Tree, a local organization on a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.

For more information on who made the cut for “Baltimore’s Best” pick up a copy of Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Of” August issue on magazine stands now.