For as long as I can remember, the Best of Baltimore has been my favorite issue of this magazine. I thought this year I would compile my own little list of Balti-more Bachelorette-approved "Bests" for my readers. (Just to be clear, these are only my opinions!)
Best Place to Go on a Dinner Date: Ciao Bella in Little Italy. Everything you could want on a date: a perfect atmosphere, fair prices, great wine, and amazing Italian food.
Best Place to Leave Your Mark: Luckies Liquors. With every surface being a chalkboard, it's your chance to become a graffiti artist. Write funny things about your friends, draw caricatures of each other, or write a flirty message to a guy or girl you have your eye on in the place.
Best Cocktail Creation: Vodka and Crystal Light. This is my favorite drink and you can have it anywhere. I buy the Crystal Light packets and keep them in my purse. Then, when I get to a bar, I order a vodka and water, then put half a packet in and mix it up. There is no sugar, only five calories in a whole packet (that's two drinks!), and, with all the water you are drinking, you don't get a hangover! Try it!
Best Excuse When You Have Cellulite on the Beach: "It's not cellulite, I was just sitting on a weird chair before I got here." LOL.
Best Event to Drink a Lot and Still Feel Classy: Wine in the Woods. I never miss this event held each May in Columbia. You can tell people you spent the day "wine-tasting," when, in reality, it's just like bar-hopping through the woods! Just remember the classy effect wears off when you start drinking straight from the bottle.
Best Shots: Orange Whips from Elliott's Pour House. These little puppies are both delicious and dangerously addictive. Served like a bomb, they taste just like a creamsicle.
Best Bathroom to Freshen Up In: PBR. The back bathroom by the DJ not only has Victoria's Secret scents, but Listerine, Smarties, and Blow Pops!
Best Eye-Candy Bartender: Mark Whipple from Bourbon Street. From the first day I saw him, I nicknamed him "Hot Guy," and when you see him you will see why. He's much more fun to look at than just a bunch of liquor bottles. Plus, he's a twin!
Best Pickup Line to Use on Men: "You're hot." Ladies, trust me, you don't need gourmet worms to catch a trout. Just drop the two-word bait as you walk by him, add some alluring eye contact, and see if he bites.
Best Party to Meet People: The Best of Baltimore Party! Held this year on Aug. 18th at the Hippodrome, the Best-of party is the perfect place to run into people you know, and meet new ones. I never miss it! Food, drinks, music, and great people. (Shameless plug, I know.)
Well, there you have it. My own little list of Bests for the year of 2011. Try them out and tell me what you think on my Baltimore Bachelorette Facebook page. And thank you for all your support thus far. All of YOU are truly the BEST!