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Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions

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Of Love & Regret Pub & ProvisionsOf Love & Regret Pub & Provisions
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Of Love & Regret Pub & ProvisionsOf Love & Regret Pub & Provisions

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1028 S Conkling St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-5218
United States

(410) 327-0760 | map

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Added by John_M on 06-06-2012

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Reviews by slander:
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Sights on SAVOR, and looking for lunch en route. Thinkin’ maybe the new Strumke place. So easy on/easy off the highway, it ought to be an I-95 rest area. Like, right there, located just across the street from the Natty Bo building; you can see the one eyed Pringles guy logo as you come rolling up...

On a street corner not far from where I hope my car still is; enter off the side, let your eyes adjust and step down. Plopped in at the bar and looking up, thought “Thems is the people from the Lion’s Pride” (headline read ‘Ryan & Leigh escape from Maine’). I am pretty goddamn happy for them. They ran a great show up there, so I fig’ we’re off to a good start.

Long corner space, with marbled tile floorings, brick inner walls, grayish painted outer walls, drop silver pressed tin looking ceiling tiles with sunken spots, spinny fans in a row, black ducts, drop mason jar bulb lightings and a few bulbed lanterns.

A rounded “L” bar across the far wall; pieced slat wood topped, newly varnished, having held only 9 days of elbows on it, with a wide lip, grain bags looking base and a foot box. Seating for 20 on narrow wood stools. Barback is a counter like the bar; 23 taps; a row of non-descript wood handles on a jagged wide wood beam base to the left, with a blackboard on hinged door piece above. Slight booze tiered to the right, and Gin & Rummings jarred, with a large ornate glass piece mounted above. Apparently, it was the headboard from Lord Baltimore’s bed and some of the panels got a-broke from him getting, you know, busy (a crazy lie, piggybacked). And a single shelf with 7 house bottles in between. Glassware of all sizes & shapes shelved below the length of the bar. Flatscreens on both ends, and a framed wood Stillwater logo piece under chicken wire down past the bar.

Small fitted log & wood hostess stand, and behind it, just shy of a dozen shorty tables, some pushed together for larger parties. A blackboard wall listing tap selections sits above, and the kitchen behind there to the rear. At the other end of the room, 8 shorty small tables to a nook, and adjacent to the bar, a pair of ancient wood bench hightop tables; one vertical and the other loooong horizontal seating 15. Framed vertical windowings inlayed; their sills with plants & pieces, jarred candles and the like.

Hey, corner staircase. I went upstairs to the 2nd floor. It’s a somewhat loungey open room with a marble topped bar of a shape I could not easily ascertain. Barrels & benchings up front. a few tables like the ones downstairs, a large logo Stillwater piece, and a fireplace, too. Cool clusterings of drop jar lamps in the center of the room, I like. And then, even though it was closed off, I went up to the 3rd floor (‘cause I do that kind of shit). It was all shady bagged up with another bar and painted sky inlayed pieces. Under construction, but a vision, yes (at the time of my notes, they’d only been open for 9 days so I’m sure this space was of low priority just then).

So, 23 taps, nearly half of them are either Stillwater proper (Cellar Door, Stateside Saison, Existent, Premium, Beer Table - Table Beer, Kopstootje, As Follows), or collabs (Our Side w/Mikkeller, Channel Crossing V5 w/Oliver’s, Holland Oats w/Emelisse, Debutante w/Brewer’s Art). The remainder is a mix of craft (Brewer’s Art Sublimation, Dog Brewing Wild Cherry Porter, Firestone Walker Union Jack), imports (Evil Twin Epilogue & Freudian Slip, The Perfect Crime American Blonde & European Blonde, Aecht Schlenkerla Festbier, Hopfenstark Loulou Porter), a pair of wines (Gotham Project Cote Du Rhone & Pinot Grigio), and the house Stillwater Cold Brewed Iced Coffee. I drank the Stillwater Cellar Door, Debutante, & Beer Table - Table Beer, all were excellent, especially that last one I was happy to see on tap.

And a bottled list broken out by somethings; smooth & dark, light & fresh, sweet & sour, 2 dozen or so in all. 2/3 of them are collectively the Stillwater bottle collection and Evil Twin offerings, and the remainder are imports (Orval, Rochefort 8 & 10, Hanssens Oude Kriek, Lindemans Cuvee Rene, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru, LoverBeer BeerBera, Birrificio Del Ducato Chimera).

In the lunching hour, we peruse the menu (soup, salads, apps, burgers, & sandwiches). We both started with the tomato soup with pulled pork. It did not suck. Saw some good looking burgerings, but opted for the crab cake club, as did Ed, ‘cause I did, and he wants to me when he grows up. It was awesome, just perfect, served with phat phries.

I felt the place to be what I have to come to know as reasonably priced. Most drafts fall in the $7-$8 range, and bottlewise, (lovely) Orval goes for a big $9, and the beers to carry out run on average $3 less in general. I scapped a few Beer Table - Table Beers bottles to go, Orval petite she be. Enthusiastic folks who know what they’re doing. Cool house, with low key tunes. Good crowd, beer is excellent, food is absolutely yes. I like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boone757
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of CraigTravor
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This is one of my go-to places in Baltimore. Every week I am in town, I come here once. They have around 20 taps with some of their own stuff, some collab stuff, and some random breweries that are awesome as well. The bartenders treat you well and will help walk you through the drink menu, the beer menu, and the food menu. If you're a wino, they have the gas corking system that allows you to have one glass without buying the whole bottle.

For the beer, they allow half pours, which is nice when you are wanting to try a lot of their offerings. In addition, if you talk with the barstaff, they have an outstanding cellar with killer beers and vintages. Yes things carry a price, but you have to expect that when you're drinking a rare 2008 brew.

It baffles my mind when people see a place that is high quality and then bitch about the price. I realize some restaurants underprice their food, but I have no problem paying a little extra for food that is done this well.

get the Pork Shank.

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Photo of Brian29
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Don't really know what's going on here. If you type "Stillwater Artisanal" into Google maps, it will send you here. But Stillwater is a gypsy brewer and so, by definition, doesn't have a full-on brewpub. So this is kind of like one of the Mikkeller and Friends locations, I guess.

The place is right across the street from the old National Bohemian campus, in the basement of a very old and bricky building that oozes charm. The decor is original if not entirely distinctive, the lights are warm and low, and the vibe in general is hip but welcoming.

They had about a dozen taps and a dozen bottles and a vast majority were either made by Stillwater or a Stillwater collaboration. They had a couple of other rare-ish beers from regional breweries and 4-5 ciders on tap, along with a large array of good, weird whiskeys and liquors. If you're a fan of old timey apertifs, you're in luck.

And if you're a fan of beer, you're in luck. Stillwater suffers from the same problem that drags down the scores of Mikkeler beers: the quality if somewhat inconsistent, yes, but also the prices of the beers is very high, and so often they'll sit on shelves for months or even years, and then when some sucker (me) comes along and shills out 4 bucks for a 12 ounce can, he gets kind of pissed because it's past its prime. Also, finally, while Mikkeller and Stillwater are both inventive, neither chases after the preferred style-of-the-moment of the American beer scene.

But here, inside a nice bar, the prices aren't as obscene as they are in a grocery (still kind of pricey for what are essentially house beers, though). And you're more or less guaranteed freshness, along with a friendly and knowledgeable description of what each beer is going for. The beer selection is vast and inventive and so if you have enough money you'll walk away very satisfied.

And that's really the only rub I got against the place: the price. I know it's a different area and going for a different vibe and an entirely different business model, but compare it to the Three Floyds Pub, where you still get a 20 ounce pour of most house beers for 6 bucks or less. Here, 10-12 ounce pours run from 7-10 bucks.

OFAR is a fancier thing for fancier people, and while it's well executed in that regard, it's still not *quite* my thing, even though I enjoyed myself very much. It's nice, is what I'm getting at, but its location and pricing put it out of most people's reach.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I lived in Baltimore for a bit and loved it, and it is always amazing to go back and witness all the new bars and restaurants and general beautification of the city. Of Love and Regret is one of them.

Super cool place, tight and smart. Packed on a Saturday night but they have a second floor that is a lot emptier and nicer. Plus they have a little bottle shop up there too!

Let me tell you about the food- small and pricey plates but so incredibly good. Not your average bacon-wrapped dates, perfect Icelandic cod fritters (with the fluffiest batter ever), cheese balls… bar food, elevated. So good.

I had a Freigest Gose Atlantis (with seaweed) ) and a Stillwater/O.L.A.R. Cuvee 1 (golden ale aged in red wine barrel with wild yeast and pineapple).

The 27 taps are all rare and beautiful, including meads like the Mankana Coffee mead I had (from South Africa). 12 Stillwater handles, 5 Freigeist, 3 Monarchy and some ciders.

Knowlegeable service, cozy atmosphere, world-class joint.

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Photo of Boxerjay
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of mig100
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of socon67
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped here from brunch while in Baltimore for the weekend. Place is a perfect blend of hipster, artistic, and craft centric. Music plays softly to allow good conversation. They have a chalkboard and menu listing 20 taps of Stillwater selections with a couple guest taps. The staff was no only very attentive; they know their beer and made suggestions. The pours were all in appropriate glassware. I went with a stout that was a collab with a Spanish brewery, as well as a Jester King\Stillwater saison. Both were outstanding. To eat, my wife and I picked the Venetian Eggs Benedict. The menu is eclectic, though really good. Can't imagine someone not enjoying a meal here. Afterward we checked out the shop upstairs and I got some bottles for the trip home.

Might be one of the best places I've ever gone for a beer. Perfect to bring a non-beer lover as the food and other drink options looked solid. For craft drinkers, this represented the artistic side of the industry. A tad pricey but well worth it for the experience.

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Photo of Resuin
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of jackperdue
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in after viewing Brewmore Baltimore where the brewer for Stillwater Brewing and owner of OLRPP was highlighted. I've know some of his beers for years and finally had the opportunity to stop in. The outside is nondescript but as soon as you walk in you know its a great beer bar. The beers were awesome and the selection was a combination of Stillwater beers and some guest taps — all great. I didn't have any food but from what I could see and from conversations with others there, everything is done first class. Definitely due another stop (ok, many more). Yup, if I lived within walking distance I would have a great problem.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of markgugs
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JArt
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visited Love and Regret for the first time while on a business trip and ended up there nearly every evening. I absolutely love this place! The bartenders are friendly and super knowledgeable about beer. The place is really relaxed, and the quality of beer is amazing.

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Photo of ConradKenney
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The bartenders are both very passionate about the beer and the food. And they should be, as everything here is fantastic. My wife and I go here about 2-3 times a month for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The brunch menu is fantastic. The menu is limited, so you know everything on it will be incredible. A few things on the menu will change now and then. Weekly burger special and steak & eggs special. Typically have 15-17 Stillwater beers and another 10 or so guest beers. Small "bottle shop" area on 2nd floor.

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Photo of Devman171
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev -7.2%

The people behind this place have put forth some effort. I'll agree that it's expensive, so I don't get there as often as some other beer spots. Burgers are still a decent value as they are epic with adventurous toppings. Beer taps are half Stillwater, half quality guest beers. No crap here. The bartender was really into his craft and educational when things were quiet. Recommended, for sure.

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Photo of Klebe
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Food exceptional quality for bar style. Beer selection will bring out the adventurer in you I promise. Location is on the small side, as most places in the area tend to be. Get there early and enjoy what the creators behind Stillwater have dreamed up for your tasting pleasure.

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Photo of DougA
5/5  rDev +16%

I highly recommend Of Love & Regret. The beer, food and service are top notch. A nice mix of Stillwater's beers and a wide variety of other beers, ciders, mead and cocktails. The vibe is fun but relaxed. Exactly the opposite of begging for a beer in a plastic cup at a loud and crazy Max's. The bartenders know their stuff (but don't flaunt it), clearly have a passion for the business, and take the time to talk with you about what you're experiencing. It's not the cheapest place in Baltimore nor the easiest to get to but it's the one place I would not want to miss when going downtown and the experience is well worth the effort.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Makea
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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