The Owl Bar
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
The old speakeasy in Baltimore's coolest destination still has its place.
They have a good selection of beers, including some local brews from High Seas.
just a few TVs, but they really are not a sports bar
love the historic notes, still feels like a speakeasy
not the best price for mussels in town, but they were fresh and tasty.
Staff was knowledgeable and attentive, plus a great memory of locals and the attention to new comers that makes a great bartender.
The wood fire oven creates an aroma that just feels welcoming and warm.
All kinds of legends live in these walls, a cant miss if you are interested in some myth and history.
12-13-2011 03:28:49 | More by moreyeel
3.49/5 rDev -13.2%
Located in the Belvedere Hotel which is basically across the street from the Brewer's Art. I was told by some friends to check this place out because of the cool interior, not necessarily the beers. The room is dark and somewhat cool on a hot day. Huge ceilings with all brick walls are decorated with some stained glass windows. A pizza oven is to the left of the bar which seats about 12. Some stuffed animal heads grace the walls.
There were thirteen beers on draft and about 10 macros in bottles. Not a lot to choose from as there was a few Lancaster beers on draft, Troegenator, Balto Marzhon, and DFH 60 Min. Rest are typical bar selections of Guiness, Stella, and a bunch of macros.
Service was prompt and friendly. Prices seemed a bit high but it is a hotel bar. I did not try any food here.
This is a place to check out for the atmosphere, but beer wise stay at the Brewer's Art if in the area.
07-14-2010 23:25:57 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev -8%
This is a place in the Belvedere Hotel, which was close to the Brewer's Art, where we had dinner, so we decided to stop in for some after dinner drinks.
Definitely not a beer bar, but with all the pictures on the wall, the history, and the story, I'm glad we went. Super high ceilings and old school decor. A wooden pizza oven to the back with a chef cranking out pizzas. And a pretty stocked bar, though it seems more like a place for liquor than beer, though I did see that they had two Owl Beers, a Pale Ale and Lager. Some stuff from Lancaster and other micro places.
I could certainly drink a few at the bar because of the decor and everything, but I'm not sure how often I'd go because it did seem a bit pricey overall.
That said, I'd stop again for a drink in passing. It's certainly a spectacle for the eyes.
11-23-2009 20:54:56 | More by asabreed
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
This place is set in one of the coolest buildings in Baltimore- the old Belvedere Hotel... and the history behind the bar itself is what makes it so cool.
It used to be a speakeasy... set-up in an old cafeteria-style layout. During prohibition, locals could stop in for a nip, and there would always be a lookout for the feds...
If a lookout spotted feds on their way, they would signal the bartender, who would throw a switch and light-up the electric eyes on two taxadermied owls above the bar. This was the signal for everyone to hide their hooch.
In present day these two stuffed owls are still perched over the bar, and their eyes occasionally flash.
This bar is cooler than cool for that story alone. It helps that they have a decent beer list.
07-27-2009 23:18:51 | More by jgasparine
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
Pretty cool little place with some history behind it in this converted hotel.
During Prohibition days it used to be a speakeasy and the owls overlooking the bar would I believe flash their eyes when a raid was coming. Now they just blink red endlessly and amusingly.
Two rows of tap heads at opposite ends of the lengthy bar, some basics like Stella and Sam Adams to go with rotating craft offerings. They had two house offerings, "Owl Pale" and Owl something else. Troegs Troegenator (which was out). Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. Couple others. Not a bad list, but not great either.
Some nice booth seating areas but otherwise the dining area is shoulder to shoulder tables, have fun listening to your neighbors!
There's a brick oven for house-made pizzas and the menu looked great, I'm still itching to try the Bang Bang Shrimp which I fell in love with when I used to live near a BoneFish Grill which specializes in that dish.
Went with some nachos and Old Bay chicken wings, they fried the wings which was a nice touch, tasted delicious.
Tremendous happy hour, got out of there with my guest and two large appetizers and four beers for $18. Nice.
I understand why their taps are how they are, I wish they had a little more to offer, but they also have to play to all audiences so I can respect what they do offer. Nice little stop just down the road from Brewer's Art, definitely recommended but more for a casual stop than serious pursuit of beer.
08-15-2008 17:24:12 | More by USCTrojanBrian
3.96/5 rDev -1.5%
Located in the old Belvedere hotel, just around the corner from Brewer's Art. This is an old, stylish hotel that just exudes charm and atmosphere. The hotel is over a 100 years old, as is the bar I've been told. The place is so tacky it's wonderful, with old animal heads adorning the walls and a couple of owls overlooking the bar. As you walk in from the back, there is a scattering of tables and chairs in the dimly lit, high ceiling room. There is a long bar up front, with lots of leather and marble. It's the sort of place you could see Bogey or the rat pack hanging out, drinking maritinis.
Well, once you get by the incredible atmosphere, the rest of one's visit is pretty ordinary. They have a slightly above average draft list, with the usual Guiness, Bass, etc. Last time I was there they also had on the hop hog and milk stout from Lancaster, which was a pleasant surprise. Service here is actully pretty good, or at least it was the times I've sat at the bar. Haven't tried the food, but it looked pretty good, based on what I saw on the menu and people eating at their tables. The bar has a gorgeous old wood buring oven, and I'm told they still do pizzas in it. One of these days I have to try it out. :-)
12-25-2007 01:19:40 | More by John_M
The Owl Bar in Baltimore, MD
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.