I was excited to learn that Baltimore Magazine released their anticipated “Best Bars” issue for the month of December.  I was even more excited to attend the issue launch party last week at Bookmakers Cocktail Club (31 East Cross Street) in Federal Hill, Baltimore.


I’ve visited Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club once before and I remember leaving and thinking it was a really cool bar.  Low lighting, chandeliers, fancy wallpaper and banquets along the wall.  The drinks were phenomenal, they only serve true craft cocktails.  For this recent event, Baltimore Magazine was gracious enough to provide party-goers with complimentary hor d’oeuvres and one drink ticket.  The ticket was good for a beer, wine, or a craft cocktail.   I opted for the punch, one of two cocktails created by Ryan Sparks, Baltimore Magazine’s 2015 “Best Bartender” winner.    The hor d’oeuvres selection included fried frog legs with a whiskey mustard glaze.


I also took a photo with the cover model himself Doug Atwell of Rye in Fells Point.

Left to Right: Mack, Doug, Me.

If you don’t have the magazine, head to newsstands and pick up your December copy today.  I did my tally and I’ve been to 11 bars on the list… womp womp, but there were a few that caught my attention that I would love to visit in 2016.

What are your favorites from the list?