Cocktails/Wine Bars in Baltimore, MD
One of the best spots in Baltimore to grab a glass (or bottle) of wine. Have fun tasting and talking with the staff about what you are looking for in a wine, you might get lucky and talk to the owners who are extremely nice and very knowledgeable about wines and their pairings. While the food menu is basically non existent you can bring in food from some of the neighboring restaurants and enjoy them with a glass of wine. You will find yourself coming back the day before your dinner party to pick up the perfect bottle of wine. And the best part is that you can enjoy the water views in the winter because they provide blankets to keep you nice and cozy during the winter months.
A popular stop during Restaurant Week you can get a great meal with amazing wine pairings. Get a four course meal or just grab the mac and cheese (it's amazing) or the lamb burger, you won't be disappointed and the portions are generous. And live a little by letting the amazing waitstaff choose your wine pairings. The modern decor is surprisingly relaxing and makes this a great spot to unwind or grab a late brunch on the weekends. Parking can be a little tight in the neighborhood, but they have a private lot which saves you a ton of time driving around.
If you love Italian food you will love the Enoteca wine room, featuring some of the best wines from Italy paired with fresh Italian meats and cheeses. In addition to the flavor overload you will experience the rustic feel will leave you feeling as if you have traveled to a different time. While a huge wine offering is great, there is something nicely refreshing to sample wines from Italy alone. You won't have to worry about parking in this Market East neighborhood as they have a private valet. And one of the best treats is waiting for you in the bathroom, the carved stone sinks will leave you wanting to wash your hands throughout the night!
Stop in for a quick bite to eat or just for a couple cocktails with friends. While street parking can be tough to come by in this part of town there is valet parking at Pazo. Choose between a table and the lounge like setting around the bar, both are comfortable and set the mood for a great night. They have a great wine list and make a wonderful Cosmo, but order at least one small plate. They have a great variety of tapas that change regularly and are made with fresh seasonal ingredients, but if you get nothing else just snack on the bread basket. They have a sunflower seed cracker bread that is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
This lounge and restaurant in the Mount Vernon section of the neighborhood has a great Asian themed decor and is a nice spot to grab a quick drink with a friend. It turns into a nice lounge at night with live music and an outdoor patio. The drinks are a little on the pricey side but you are also paying for the atmosphere, nice couches in the lounge area or hit the dance floor for a couple songs. Street parking can be a little tight in this neighborhood but there are several lots across the street and well within walking distance.