Baltimore Dive Bar Guide

East Coast Blend

East Coast cities are typically friendly environments for dive bars, the history of the region lending itself well to the kind of timeless, don’t-touch-anything-on-the-walls vibe that makes for a great place to grab a beer. Baltimore builds on that recipe with a set of dive bars that certainly feel like timeless East Coast institutions, but with some other elements like its more southern location and an appreciate for all things nautical.

And sometimes that confluence of factors produces something completely unique, as is the case with Baltimore dive bar Mt. Royal Tavern, a dive bar that not only refuses to spell out ‘Mount’ in most instances of its name but also carries one of the great dive bar nicknames of all time, Dirt Church. The moniker comes from the wallpaper scene that lines the ceiling recreating the Sistine Chapel, a theme that extends into other parts of the space and is a must-see Baltimore dive bar attraction.

With a patchwork of neighborhoods surrounding an urban core, Baltimore is flush with dive bar options that blend seamlessly into the areas around them. South Baltimore’s Mums is a good example, carved into a series of rowhomes like a shoebox slotted into a shelf. The black tile façade gives way to a snug space the perfect size for its neighborhood. Similarly, Butts and Betty’s brings the same type of vibe in Upper Fells Point, the only indication a business even exists the small door and opaque glass blocks wedged into the corner of an otherwise nondescript building.

Unique dive bars are all about finding distinct combinations of local elements that blend into something that couldn’t exist anywhere else. Baltimore’s spin on the classic East Coast, neighborhood dive bar adds those elements, creating things as distinct as a dive bar recreating the Sistine Chapel, because why not?

Baltimore Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Charles Village

Ottobar

2549 N Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21218
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Downtown

The Sidebar Tavern

218 E Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Fells Point

1919

1919 Fleet St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Fells Point

Butt's & Betty's Tavern

2200 Gough St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Fells Point

Cat's Eye Pub

1730 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Hampden

Griffith's Tavern

3631 Hickory Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Highlandtown

Venice Tavern

339 S Conkling St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Midtown

Mount Royal Tavern

1204 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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O'Donnell Heights

Angle Inn

5805 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Riverside

Idle Hour

201 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
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O'Donnell Heights

Angle Inn

5805 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Sharp Leadenhall

Mums

1132 S Hanover St
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Station North

Club Charles

1724 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Other Dive Bar Options

3 Miles House

2701 Miles Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Duda's Tavern

1600 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Garden Bar

4811 Erdman Ave
Baltimore, MD 21205
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JP's Bar

528 S Bouldin St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Mary's Tavern

2057 Gough St
Baltimore, MD 21231
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Morsberger's Tavern

713 Frederick Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228
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Muir's Tavern

36 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
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O'Donnell's Pub & Grill

531 S Potomac St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Shamrock Inn

6044 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214
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The Drinkery

205 W Read St
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Walt's Inn

3201 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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