3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com
Rarely does a bar top resonate. Their purpose is almost entirely utilitarian, and while some surfaces may be handsomer or sturdier than others, it’s not often we give the bar top a second thought. At the bar in the back of Atomic Books, the place where you rest your drink is also a source of visual immersion. The entire surface is covered with the illustrations by Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”), who drew a comic that is also the inspiration for the bar’s name. You’d be forgiven for sipping on your drink slowly, lost in Clowes’ work.