Best New Bar: Paulie Gee’s

3535 Chestnut Ave., (410) 647-1048, pauliegee.com/hampden

Opened a little over a year ago, the bar behind the restaurant is a great retreat from the busyness of Hampden’s 36th Street. Wood paneling and old trophies line the walls, giving the space a homey feel like somebody’s club basement, but with cocktails. The bar has live music most nights and is far less crowded than the restaurant up front. The cocktail menu is extensive and the beer list is stocked with local brews. We found respite from the crowded Hampdenfest here—though the restaurant is a little fancy for our tastes, the back bar is right on.

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