Annapolis is known as America’s Sailing Capital, and sailors are even better known to seek a drink or two after docking. Thus, it is no surprise that this historic maritime city has pubs dating back to America’s colonial past. If you’re in the mood for a pint after touring the Naval Academy, study the following is a list of Annapolis’ best bars and pubs as rated by TripAdvisor. All 6 venues received their prized Certificate of Excellence.
#6 Stan and Joe’s Saloon Restaurant
“Stan and Joe believe good service is not rocket science, neither is having a good time. They pride themselves on great food, great service, and a lively atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. From the West Street of Annapolis, keeping the local, free entertainment jumpin’ to the south side in Edgewater’s family affair – they keep people coming back.”
#5 Gordon Biersch
“Inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, the Gordon Biersch experience rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. This philosophy is most recognizable in our selection of authentic German lagers, each crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water. This same dedication extends to our kitchen, where our chefs create fresh dishes that perfectly balance comfort and excitement.”
#4 Castle Bay Irish Pub Restaurant
This is an authentic Irish pub built with the help of carpenters and artisans from Ireland. Visitors love its coziness and welcoming experience in historic Annapolis. For people who love Irish fare, friendly company, and a good value, Castle Bay is the best spot downtown.
#3 Red Red Wine Bar Restaurant
“Brian was a Washington, DC news anchor. Lisa spent years in television news and public relations. Together they’ve created Red Red Wine Bar. A life altering decision to be the change they want to see in the wine world, giving a voice to the wine disenfranchised. As storytellers by trade, Brian and Lisa firmly believe the more you know about someone the more likely you are to embrace them. That’s especially true with wine.”
#2 Davis Pub Restaurant
“In the 1920’s on the corner of 4th and Chester Ave, George Washington Davis opened a confections and general store. This turned into Davis’ Lounge by the 1940s for the local watermen in the neighborhood. In 1986, the corner building became Davis’ Pub as we know it today. True to its founder, Davis’ Pub has stayed a local, neighborhood joint with good, affordable food.”
#1 Dry 85 Restaurant
“A modern industrial take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The back alley garage where someone today would sneak a bourbon, beer or gourmet comfort food meal.” The Bourbon Review named Dry 85 “A Top Bourbon Bar in America.”
A B&B Near These Great Pubs
The best bars and pubs of Annapolis are nearby Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.