18 E. Cross St., (443) 438-4013, crossbarbaltimore.com
Four years after its conception by Federal Hill bar mogul Brian McComas, through two different liquor licenses and a trip to the state’s second-highest court, Crossbar finally opened for business this spring. Originally vehemently opposed by the neighborhood association’s majority, that majority became a rump party as the group’s president ascended to the City Council by appointment. The battle continued after the liquor board declared the license dead, as Crossbar appealed to one court and then the next, losing at the Court of Special Appeals. A newly-purchased liquor license capped the expensive effort.