5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Baltimore.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

Explorers Lounge

550 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202

An outstanding Scotch selection makes the Rob Roy the concoction of choice at this old-school establishment.


3301 Foster Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

Mirroring the vodka martini's popular resurgence, what's old is new again at this futuristic retro bar.

Liberatore's Ristorante

2933 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224

This Canton night spot mixes a mighty Manhattan (free of excess sweeteners) that will put whiskey drinkers in high spirits.

Chesapeake Wine Co

2400 Boston St Ste 112, Baltimore, MD 21224

Accustomed to fine-tuned palates, these bartenders devise drinks--like the Old Fashioned--with a subtle hand and a keen understanding.

Owl Bar

1 E Chase St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Martini-lovers: This Prohibition-era gin joint excels at the drink H.L. Mencken called "the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet."