3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com
Atomic Books has often won "Best Book Store." We thought they pranked us when they said, on April 1, that they were opening a bar. But sure enough, the backroom of the best-stocked bookshop in town, which used to be Celebrated Summer (now next door), is now a bar. You can buy, say, a copy of Justin Sirois' So Say the Waiters, and while away the afternoon over a can of Union craft beer-hoping a Taker might slip in, or that John Waters might stop by to collect his mail (every local bar claims he hangs there, but this is the only one that can claim he gets his mail there). Books and beer is a lifelong dream realized for us. Thanks, y'all.