The Owl Bar

★★★★☆
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  • 1 E Chase St

    Baltimore, MD 21202

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  • 410-347-0888

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Monday- Thursday 11:30am to 12:00am Friday & Saturday- 11:30am to 2:00am Sunday- 11:00am to 12:00am
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My tip is to STAY AWAY! The experience was just awful from first to last. In almost two hours, we were unable to ORDER entrees. The next day, I notified them on facebook, they just deleted the post and blocked me. They are awful and they

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★★★★★

My tip is to STAY AWAY! The experience was just awful from first to last. In almost two hours, we were unable to ORDER entrees. The next day, I notified them on facebook, they just deleted the post and blocked me. They are awful and they

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To person who did not like: This bar has been a fab place & a Balto gem for decades. Oct. 24 will be celebrating husband's 84 birthday & renewing memories of our courtship days @ The Owl Bar.

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★★★★★

To person who did not like: This bar has been a fab place & a Balto gem for decades. Oct. 24 will be celebrating husband's 84 birthday & renewing memories of our courtship days @ The Owl Bar.

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Perhaps the best venue in Baltimore in terms of ambiance. Definitely what I picture1920s speak easy to look like. But the service is poor. A couple Saturday's ago the joint was packed. We were seated pretty quickly at a table that

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★★★★★

Perhaps the best venue in Baltimore in terms of ambiance. Definitely what I picture1920s speak easy to look like. But the service is poor. A couple Saturday's ago the joint was packed. We were seated pretty quickly at a table that

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Went to the Owl Bar for teh first time last week. Had amazing Ham and Cheddar Panini and Crab Dip Pizza from the Brick Oven. Super cool old-school bar with atmosphere galore!

Being from FedHill it's not the kind of place I'd go to every weekend just because of it's location, but definitely plan on checking out their brunch and happy hour more often.

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★★★★☆

Went to the Owl Bar for teh first time last week. Had amazing Ham and Cheddar Panini and Crab Dip Pizza from the Brick Oven. Super cool old-school bar with atmosphere galore!

Being from FedHill it's not the kind of place I'd go to every weekend just because of it's location, but definitely plan on checking out their brunch and happy hour more often.

Pros: Great Brick Oven Pizza

Cons: Off the beaten path

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I've met friends here a couple times and sometimes it's fun, sometimes weird. You get the runoff of whatever staggers over from downtown so this can be entertaining, at least.

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★★★☆☆

I've met friends here a couple times and sometimes it's fun, sometimes weird. You get the runoff of whatever staggers over from downtown so this can be entertaining, at least.

Pros: Decent Drinks

Cons: not always a good experience, but it's a BAR

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First, I'd like to correct the fact that prohibition time does not equal art deco! These are two different things. That owl bar still have some of that prohibition aura. But that's all. Where did you hear that they had brick oven pizza in that era??

Although you might get lucky, depending on who they might have hired that week, and they go through a lot of chefs! Don't keep your hopes too high on the food. If you don't mind waiting, you will get your drink also. Too many inconsistencies here.

Staff doesn't care. Since apparently they might not even get their money worth either.

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★☆☆☆☆

First, I'd like to correct the fact that prohibition time does not equal art deco! These are two different things. That owl bar still have some of that prohibition aura. But that's all. Where did you hear that they had brick oven pizza in that era??

Although you might get lucky, depending on who they might have hired that week, and they go through a lot of chefs! Don't keep your hopes too high on the food. If you don't mind waiting, you will get your drink also. Too many inconsistencies here.

Staff doesn't care. Since apparently they might not even get their money worth either.

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★★★☆☆

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Pros: nice

Cons: nice

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Been to Owl Bar for drinks & appetizers & loved it. But, this was NOT a night for trying dinner: oversold crowd, inexperienced waitress, & kitchen chaos. Had a 7PM reservation & left at 11:10PM! Waited so long for food, at 8:50PM we begged for bread & ANY part of our order that was ready. Thus: salad followed by 1 appetizer, then entrees delivered along with more appetizers, several wrong orders, etc. Our sweet & clueless waitress was a hostess learning to be server. We had to teach her how to uncork the wine! She even tried to charge us for the wrong orders. Food was very good, though there were limited selections on the Valentine's menu. Steaks=perfect; salad=fresh; fried & raw oysters=fresh & delicious; mussels=stone cold & tasteless; clams casino=dry & cold. WE RECOMMEND DRINKS & APPETIZERS HERE ONLY!

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★★☆☆☆

Been to Owl Bar for drinks & appetizers & loved it. But, this was NOT a night for trying dinner: oversold crowd, inexperienced waitress, & kitchen chaos. Had a 7PM reservation & left at 11:10PM! Waited so long for food, at 8:50PM we begged for bread & ANY part of our order that was ready. Thus: salad followed by 1 appetizer, then entrees delivered along with more appetizers, several wrong orders, etc. Our sweet & clueless waitress was a hostess learning to be server. We had to teach her how to uncork the wine! She even tried to charge us for the wrong orders. Food was very good, though there were limited selections on the Valentine's menu. Steaks=perfect; salad=fresh; fried & raw oysters=fresh & delicious; mussels=stone cold & tasteless; clams casino=dry & cold. WE RECOMMEND DRINKS & APPETIZERS HERE ONLY!

Pros: Ambiance, cocktails with appetizers, pizza

Cons: Oversold for Valentine's, inexperienced server, chaos

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This is probably the best bar in Baltimore. Not only is the bar amazing to look at but the food is out of this world! The bangbang shrimp and the crab dip pizza are just mouth watering!! The staff is so nice, including Holly, Ryan and Matt who are the best bartenders!! Also they always have great drink specials and a great late night happy hour!!

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★★★★★

This is probably the best bar in Baltimore. Not only is the bar amazing to look at but the food is out of this world! The bangbang shrimp and the crab dip pizza are just mouth watering!! The staff is so nice, including Holly, Ryan and Matt who are the best bartenders!! Also they always have great drink specials and a great late night happy hour!!

Pros: great food and friendly staff

Cons: sometimes crowded so its hard to get a table

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I was sent to the Belvedere Hotel for atmosphere and pizza. I ordered the thin sliced pizza and must mention that the flavor was average even though the claim was the best in town! However, I did meet a friendly bartender that pointed out some other spots for me to visit in the same evening and poured a nice glass of K-One and tonic for me.

The crowd was not that great since it was a tuesday evening, but the bar itself stood on its own as part of the history in downtown Baltimore. i would recommend a visit and drink...perhaps a way to end or start an evening.

Enjoy the stained glass above the bar and exposed brick!

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★★★★☆

I was sent to the Belvedere Hotel for atmosphere and pizza. I ordered the thin sliced pizza and must mention that the flavor was average even though the claim was the best in town! However, I did meet a friendly bartender that pointed out some other spots for me to visit in the same evening and poured a nice glass of K-One and tonic for me.

The crowd was not that great since it was a tuesday evening, but the bar itself stood on its own as part of the history in downtown Baltimore. i would recommend a visit and drink...perhaps a way to end or start an evening.

Enjoy the stained glass above the bar and exposed brick!

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Hyping the pizza as the best in town.

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First time I went to this bar was during their happy hour. Let's just say that I will definitely not be returning. A few friends and I were there for 20 minutes. More friends trickled in over the course of the next hour. Fifteen minutes before happy hour was over, our waitress told us that she could no longer give us the happy hour specials because our group "kept growing" and that we "kept adding new people"; this was apparently, manager's orders. I've been to enough happy hours to know that lots of people does not mean that happy hour stops. Additionally, isn't there some level of mingling involved with happy hours? I've never heard such a ridiculous comment from a manager or from a waitress. It did not help that our group was racially diverse- Asian, Indian, White.

If you have more than 5 people in your group, with any sort of diversity, I would highly recommend taking your buisness elsewhere. If the Owl bar wants to advertise happy hour, it should at least have the capacity to 1.) accomodate large groups 2.) honestly hold happy hours until stated end of happy hours for all patrons, regardless of group size, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

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★☆☆☆☆

First time I went to this bar was during their happy hour. Let's just say that I will definitely not be returning. A few friends and I were there for 20 minutes. More friends trickled in over the course of the next hour. Fifteen minutes before happy hour was over, our waitress told us that she could no longer give us the happy hour specials because our group "kept growing" and that we "kept adding new people"; this was apparently, manager's orders. I've been to enough happy hours to know that lots of people does not mean that happy hour stops. Additionally, isn't there some level of mingling involved with happy hours? I've never heard such a ridiculous comment from a manager or from a waitress. It did not help that our group was racially diverse- Asian, Indian, White.

If you have more than 5 people in your group, with any sort of diversity, I would highly recommend taking your buisness elsewhere. If the Owl bar wants to advertise happy hour, it should at least have the capacity to 1.) accomodate large groups 2.) honestly hold happy hours until stated end of happy hours for all patrons, regardless of group size, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Pros: historical

Cons: horrible happy hour, no capacity for big groups, rude service, poor management, preferential treatment to certain race groups

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I find xeaa's negative review a bit bewildering. I've only been to the Owl Bar once, but I had a pretty good experience. It's a little pricey, yes, but not exorbitantly so; there are plenty of items under ten dollars. The food is quite tasty, and the menu is creative enough to offer a few pleasant surprises - but not so creative that it becomes foodie-pretentious.

I had the Vegetable Tower - "asparagus, Chevre cheese, roasted red peppers, artichokes, and spinach between layers of phyllo" - and I thought it was delicious. I also shared the fried artichokes and beer-battered pickles with my dining companions, and we all agreed that they were scrumptious. (Incidentally, I'm a vegetarian, and though the menu isn't exactly overflowing with meatless dishes, there are enough to give you some options.)

The atmosphere is nice, too - just the right balance of classy and casual. I don't think I'd go just for the bar, but if you want a few drinks with a friendly dinner, it's perfect. It's a fairly roomy place, and when I was there, it was only about half full, so we had our corner of the restaurant to ourselves. The titular owls - which overlook the dining room from above the bar - date from the bar's days as a speakeasy, when their moveable eyes were used as a sort of code to warn that agents of the law were present.

In short, an enjoyable, ever so slightly upscale, but low-key and casual dining experience.

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★★★★☆

I find xeaa's negative review a bit bewildering. I've only been to the Owl Bar once, but I had a pretty good experience. It's a little pricey, yes, but not exorbitantly so; there are plenty of items under ten dollars. The food is quite tasty, and the menu is creative enough to offer a few pleasant surprises - but not so creative that it becomes foodie-pretentious.

I had the Vegetable Tower - "asparagus, Chevre cheese, roasted red peppers, artichokes, and spinach between layers of phyllo" - and I thought it was delicious. I also shared the fried artichokes and beer-battered pickles with my dining companions, and we all agreed that they were scrumptious. (Incidentally, I'm a vegetarian, and though the menu isn't exactly overflowing with meatless dishes, there are enough to give you some options.)

The atmosphere is nice, too - just the right balance of classy and casual. I don't think I'd go just for the bar, but if you want a few drinks with a friendly dinner, it's perfect. It's a fairly roomy place, and when I was there, it was only about half full, so we had our corner of the restaurant to ourselves. The titular owls - which overlook the dining room from above the bar - date from the bar's days as a speakeasy, when their moveable eyes were used as a sort of code to warn that agents of the law were present.

In short, an enjoyable, ever so slightly upscale, but low-key and casual dining experience.

Pros: Atmosphere, interesting menu

Cons: Service was a little slow

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Amazingly dissatisfying place. It smells in there as in the public restroom in a big railway station. There was even a smell of some kind of desinfectant (like the one used on homeless). The overall impression was that I have been served food and drinks in a restroom. Cosmopolitan tasted bitter and very cheap. Food was average. Total price paid for a salad, and appetizer, one glass of wine and one cocktail (+15% tip)- $62. Too much! Also, tables and chairs were sticky, as if they have never been wiped. Don't go there if you want to have a bite before the concert, unless you want the bad smell haunt you for the whole evening (and maybe some days to come).

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★☆☆☆☆

Amazingly dissatisfying place. It smells in there as in the public restroom in a big railway station. There was even a smell of some kind of desinfectant (like the one used on homeless). The overall impression was that I have been served food and drinks in a restroom. Cosmopolitan tasted bitter and very cheap. Food was average. Total price paid for a salad, and appetizer, one glass of wine and one cocktail (+15% tip)- $62. Too much! Also, tables and chairs were sticky, as if they have never been wiped. Don't go there if you want to have a bite before the concert, unless you want the bad smell haunt you for the whole evening (and maybe some days to come).

Cons: smelly like restroom, too expensive, bar not that good

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Located right off the back of the lobby in Baltimore's famous Belvedere Hotel, The Owl Bar exemplifies the spirit of the local neighborhood, Mount Vernon. Food selection ranges from brick oven pizzas to top-notch pastas and entrees. Drinks are always a good bet at the Owl Bar, as the tap selection is always changing, but always good. Atmosphere is best described as dark, but inviting. Beautiful stained glass pieces adorn the back bar wall, and add to the elegance. Frequented by locals and students from nearby universities, the clientele tend to raise volume levels as the night progresses, so if you're looking for a fine dining experience, be sure to come early and enjoy.

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★★★★☆

Located right off the back of the lobby in Baltimore's famous Belvedere Hotel, The Owl Bar exemplifies the spirit of the local neighborhood, Mount Vernon. Food selection ranges from brick oven pizzas to top-notch pastas and entrees. Drinks are always a good bet at the Owl Bar, as the tap selection is always changing, but always good. Atmosphere is best described as dark, but inviting. Beautiful stained glass pieces adorn the back bar wall, and add to the elegance. Frequented by locals and students from nearby universities, the clientele tend to raise volume levels as the night progresses, so if you're looking for a fine dining experience, be sure to come early and enjoy.

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In my 6+ years of bar hopping across 3 states, this is my favorite bar. The atmosphere is great, they have an extensive selection of good beers and full bar, and high quality food at reasonable prices. If you are ever in Baltimore City, you should check it out.

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In my 6+ years of bar hopping across 3 states, this is my favorite bar. The atmosphere is great, they have an extensive selection of good beers and full bar, and high quality food at reasonable prices. If you are ever in Baltimore City, you should check it out.

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The fabled owls still sit high atop the brass-railed bar in one of Baltimore's most famous watering holes. Supposedly, if you see their eyes blinking, you've imbibed more than enough. Order that yard of beer, and it's likely you'll live…

 

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