Hotel Indigo, 24 W. Franklin St., (443) 961-3400, baltimoreindigohotel.com
We were sad to hear rumors that one of our go-to bars in Mount Vernon, Georges’, was going to change after the sale of the Wyndham Hotel. Though Georges’ remained open after the uncertainty, the managers of the new Hotel Indigo scooped up many of our favorite employees and plopped them down at Poets, the hotel’s new bar. It was a wise decision and some of the Georges’ crowd followed John Hartzell (Best Bartender in 2012) down the street to a space twice the size with plenty of new drinking options. Poets’ happy hour with $3 for all local drafts and $4 wine, combined with a full dinner menu and huge screens to catch the O’s game, has made the nightlife around the Washington Monument a little more lively.