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Details: Rye


DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
807 South Broadway
Blatimore, MA 21231

CASUAL - $$$$ - EAT -

Bar for cocktail-lovers + good food in trendy/touristy Fells Point neighborhood
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Provision: I have only been to Rye while visiting Baltimore, so I'm not a regular. That said, I'm pretty sure I would be if I lived there.

Rye started up in August 2011 with a self-proclaimed mission to serve great cocktails, and are clearly still oriented toward that. They have high-quality alcohol behind the bar, and the variety of liquors, liqueurs & etc. that I would hope for. They don't have the largest selection in terms of, for instance, lots of different gins or rums, but nobody would call it small. And they have a great bitters collection!

The bartenders I talked with know their stuff, and they appreciate customers who do. They have a changing cocktail menu, can mix cocktails at request, and were happy (at an off time) to talk about more obscure bottles or describe and let a curious drinker compare different types of celery bitters. They seem to enjoy what they are doing and are happy to share that.

For the food side of things, they have a high-quality locally-sourced attitude. I enjoyed what I had, but can't comment on it more broadly. The Baltimore Sun gave them a positive review earlier this year.

I personally liked the atmosphere. The long front room has a seasoned-wood bar with a row of small tables against the wall behind, and the back room has more seating. I'm not sure why they have their front windows covered with paper--frankly, I think it makes them look like they've gone out of business--but it does lead to lighting that fits the brick walls. There is some outside seating that looks onto the public square.

Note that their website does a good job of getting the right image across, but it lacks important information, including a sample menu or even their hours (5pm+). Fix that!

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