America's Best Cities for Singles
No. 18 Baltimore
Readers consistently give the Maryland city props for its sports-team spirit and its bravado; Baltimore ranks highly for both dives and nightclubs—like Power Plant Live, the bar-filled complex along the Inner Harbor—and kooky locals. For an elegantly quirky bar night, go to Federal Hill’s supper-club-style Bookmakers Cocktail Club, where the bar welcomes drop-in diners and offers craft cocktails like the Blood and Sand (Pig’s Nose blended scotch, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, fresh orange). If you want to flirt with Ravens or Oriole fans, go to Mother’s Federal Hill Grille (which features a Ravens-friendly Purple Patio), the beloved sports bar offering good local crab cakes as well as 20 kinds of wings (including the General Tso’s–like “Jet Li”).