3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com
Yes, Atomic Books has a bar and we love that. It works both ways. Sometimes we come in and get loosened up to spend a bit of money and then browse the books and the magazines. But at other times, we know what we want and we come in, buy it, and then sit down at the bar to read. But this isn’t why Atomic is the city’s best bookstore. It’s the curated selection of comics, magazines, zines, and, of course, books. And, though it is super hip, the staffers don’t act hip, sighing oh-so-knowingly over your subpar reading choices. Instead, they’ll probably chat you up about some other author whom you’ve never heard of but who is, somehow, obscurely, perhaps, connected with the one you just picked up.