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The grand opening of the 1st Baltimore Cocktail Week at R. House

Updated on April 26, 2017
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For several years, Baltimore has been an off-the-radar (and quickly becoming more renowned) destination for foodies and people seeking an authentically cool bar scene. This week, the city has begun the inaugural Baltimore Cocktail Week! It's not just about the drinking, either. The various styles found here are featured, so there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking for elegant and sophisticated, rockin' or even serene, Baltimore has always been a place where people from all walks of life have mingled to enjoy what the city has to offer. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!

The first night was at the new Remington neighborhood popular hangout, R. House. Created to be an incubator of exciting chef-driven concepts in a food court atmosphere, the bar is not quite centrally placed -- there's still plenty of family-friendly space -- but it's definitely an anchor. So, while cocktails, with their mandatory 3 + ingredients (otherwise, it would be just a "mixed drink"), can stand on their own, they're that much more fun when paired with food! Currently, R. House is exhibiting everything from vegan fare to Palestinian to Argentine cuisine.

So, 12 of Baltimore's premier bartenders faced off in a Spring Fling themed cocktail competition presented by Palm Bay International Spirits. Rodney "The Pie Man" Henry, founder of Dangerously Delicious Pies and contestant on Food Network Star, served as the lively MC. VIP event pass holders got to help serve as the audience panel. Of course, you can order any kind of drink your heart desires, but R. House specializes in mixology masterpieces incorporating exotic ingredients like Black Rose syrup, Chinese Five Spice bitters and even beet vinegar.

Windup Space is a cool, bare bones venue that hosts everything from local indie bands, game nights and Dr. Sketchy drawing classes. On Thursday, April 27, they'll be hosting the "My Bartender's in a Band" event to benefit Planned Parenthood. All the bands have bartenders!

Fun Hampden restaurant-bar Rocket to Venus is holding the Hendrick's Gin Cocktail Academy -- learn and DIY! The fee includes light fare and the gratuity.

Yogaworks Midtown is hosting a chill event with Solerno Blood Orange liqueur and Cavicchioli Prosecco as well as post-class lite fare. It's being billed as "restorative yoga and cocktails"!

Restaurant Pen and Quill, along with famed aperitif Campari, is creating Sunday brunch with cocktails for each course. The drinks are being named after beloved movies.

Those folks who purchase the All-Access Pass get to attend the Invite-Only closing party at Sticky Rice Baltimore Sunday April 30th, 2017.

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