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Best Bars For Black Wednesday In Baltimore

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated and stressful holidays of the year. Between coordinating travel arrangements, cooking large amounts of food and scrubbing the house before guests arrive, it can be quite overwhelming to tackle that long to-do list. Take the pressure off, and take over the town during black Wednesday, a pre-Thanksgiving celebration full of tasty beers and premium cocktails. Slide into the city to experience some of the best bars for this pre-Thanksgiving bash.

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Cat's Eye Pub
1730 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-9866

Price: $5 cover charge

This Irish-pub atmosphere, loaded with its sounds of live blues and funk, will have you rocking out in no time. Located across the street from the Chesapeake Bay, Cat's Eye captures an alluring view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Not only will it fill your ears with dynamic, up-and-coming bands, it also offers 30 tap beers that will quench your thirst so delightfully, you won't even think twice about visiting another bar.

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Club Charles
1724 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 727-8815

Surrounded in its vivid, red walls and 1940s furniture, visiting Club Charles is reminiscent of a time-warped trip to another decade. The eclectic and trendy bar has become a well-known hang out spot in downtown Baltimore, especially with its appeal to hipsters and art fanatics. The artsy atmosphere is not only apparent in the building's decorum, but also permeates its distinctive cocktail selection. The unique blend of sophisticated champagnes and vodkas promise a great start to Thanksgiving's festivities.


Max's Tap House
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 675-6297

You can take one down, pass it around and Max's Tap House will still have more than 99 bottles of beer on the wall. With a menu of 140 drafts and 1,200 choices of bottled beers, this tap house continually makes a brew connoisseur of every guest. Standing strong in the heart of Fells Point, Max's Tap House lures both local Baltimoreans and tourists in its vivacious ambience of pool tables and 18 plasma TVs. The pub hosts its own trivia nights and $1 off drink specials every Monday through Friday.
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Ale Mary's
1939 Fleet St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-2044

Coined for its satirical, cathedral theme and not-so-cathedral-like ambiance, Ale Mary's is a local neighborhood bar that offers a splash of sophistication intertwined with its tavern feel. The bar's signature drink, Ale Mary's Heavenly Pale Ale, is a house brew that combines a hoppy bitterness with a creamy aftertaste. Not only does it offer a large array of house brews, it also features a wide variety of wines and cocktails made strong enough to stir up just enough buzz for a black Wednesday celebration. For a laid-back night with a few pints, Ale Mary's in Fells Point is the ideal bar to regroup with old friends.

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Johnny Rad's
2108 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(443) 759-6464

The punk rock and skateboard memorabilia gives this pizzeria and bar an edgy yet welcoming touch. With wheels substituted for doorknobs and skateboards plastered over the walls, you'll feel as if you were front and center at Charmcity's Skate Park. Not only is the playful environment captivating to its guests,  the low-priced beers make it feasible to accommodate large groups for as many rounds as the night requires.

Cherise Lesesne is a freelance writer covering all things Baltimore. Her work can be found on

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