Best New Bar: Flavor

15 E. Centre St., (443) 563-2279,

Mount Vernon sees lots of bars open and then close again, and lately it’s the queer bars that have been doing the closing. Finally, a new one opened, and it’s a good one. Flavor is more than just a bar, though. It’s a restaurant with tasty small bites, an excellent Sunday brunch, and a happy hour that lasts until 7 p.m. and includes baked brie, one of our favorites. At night, the upstairs lounge welcomes queer folks of all ages, races, and genders to sidle up to the bar, sing a karaoke song or 12, and dance to the stylings of a local DJ. The gayborhood might be on its way out, but Flavor’s going to slow that roll.

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