The charming, waterfront neighborhood is lined with restaurants and pubs making it a great destination for a fun night out. Read ahead for our guide to the best dive and boutique bars in Canton, Baltimore.
Fork & Wrench
The boutique dive bar and gastropub is a chic beauty in Canton. Fork & Wrench international wine list features around 17 brands here by the bottle. A house favorite is the Brass Tack made with Pikesville rye. Perfect for a date night, Fork & Wrench’s drinks are sophisticated standouts, and it’s one of the best bars for a gin cocktail. Try getting one with a hint of lavender.
This part-gastropub, part-restaurant, part-bottle shop has as amazing selection of Stillwater draughts. And for those looking for a more creative selection, try their shots, barrel drinks or cocktails. There are fun mixes like A Café in Sicily, which is mixed with iced coffee and bacon bourbon. The servers are passionate about the drinks and food, and it’s considered one of the best bars in the city, with over 20 draughts on tap. Beer lovers will rejoice with their selection of imported crafts, Belgians, ciders and lambics.
Named after Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, Annabel Leeboasts a bevy of bottled and tap beers, as well as Poe-themed cocktails. The intimate bar has an appropriate gothic décor, with Poe’s quotes on the wall. The haunt offers a New American menu with an extensive wine and beer list as well. Affordable, yet still romantic and impressive enough for a date night, Annabel Lee’s drinks have many loyal patrons dining here again and again.
Host of the city’s best karaoke night, Walt’s Inn in Canton has a friendly crowd and the strongest Jell-O shots you might ever try. The bar is a lively extension of Baltimore’s young crowd and you’ll be sure to spend very little. Come to this bar if you like loud spaces with music and if you want to sink your sorrows away in a classic, debauched drinking den – you’re guaranteed a good time at Walt’s.
The Cardinal Tavern is a cozy bar with exposed brick and a rustic feel. Inspired by a Southern Americana cooking, the cocktail bar doesn’t disappoint with its food or its drinks – with some of the best coffee cocktails in Canton. Cardinal Tavern also features flavorful crushes that are mixed with international vodkas and all-American bourbons and ryes. Be sure to try their bourbon drinks, as they have a respect and focus for the liquor in their cocktails.
Popular Mahaffey’s Pub is a fixture of Baltimore nightlife. Join their 100 beer club for free to get special offers and discounts when you reach milestones after trying designated numbers of beers. The happy hour special consists of three 10 ounce brews for $6, which is a perfect excuse to try one of their many micro brews or craft ales. They also always have a cask ale on tap, and their extensive beer menu is complemented by a well-executed American menu and great fried pickles.
Pub, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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The Southern-influenced gastro pub, featuring over 70 moonshines and an extensive cocktail menu, pays tribute to the spirit of the original Appalachian distillers. Connoisseurs will appreciate the subtleness of the cocktails. During happy hour, patrons can look forward to the $3 domestic bottles and $4 drafts with $1.50 Natty Boh cans. The blackberry on acid is a crowd pleaser that packs a punch.
Bar, Bistro, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, French, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Gitan Bistro Cru is a trendy wine bar with Mediterranean tapas and small plates. An assortment of both crafty and classic cocktails dominates the list. Their beer choices are basic craft and drafts, and the wine list offers a decent selection, with single variety reds and blends. A unique twist is that Gitan Bistro’s cuisine also has Lebanese and French influences on the menu, which mixes up the tastes a bit.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Thai, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Located on the edge of Canton, Ale Mary’s happy hour offers $1 off all Stellas, draft beers, wine and liquor drinks every day throughout the week. Their fresh fruit crushes are popular for weekday brunches and come in a variety of flavors, including creamsicle, grapefruit, orange and mango, among others. The bar will make you stay awhile with its neighborhood feel, and satisfy your tastebuds with the crabby tots and a tap beer.
Bar, Pub, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer
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One of the best bars in Canton, Bartenders features a solid beer and whiskey selection. Daily specials are a highlight, and on Thursday nights, you can get $2 domestic beers and $5 wings. Also order one of the pizzas that get rave reviews from patrons. In the craziness that Canton can describe the atmosphere of the neighborhood, Bartenders is a nice place to just relax.