We got there and it was very crowded. The bangbang shrimp and the crab dip pizza are just mouth watering!! At the Owl Bar, patrons did not speak of booze, bookies or illegal products … Brunch is pretty popular. We got our food and he walked away without taking our drink orders. These were out of town folks who wanted to go to a place that would be indicative of old Baltimore - not Harbor Place. I've only been to the Owl Bar once, but I had a pretty good experience. If you don't mind waiting, you will get your drink also.
This was an unpleasant surprise. We didn't even get a chance to order drinks. Today the Owls have been returned as permanent fixtures, overseeing their Owl Bar kingdom from a perch high above the grabbing hands of exuberant patrons. Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary bar. The order was mishandled appetizer arrived after the main course , and the food was mediocre, even for this kind of place. Thus: salad followed by 1 appetizer, then entrees delivered along with more appetizers, several wrong orders, etc.
Being from FedHill it's not the kind of place I'd go to every weekend just because of it's location, but definitely plan on checking out their brunch and happy hour more often. Not only is the bar amazing to look at but the food is out of this world! Most of the dining room was not served. We sat for 20 minutes without even a drink of water. It was a really disappointing experience and it was our friends birthday. We'll never go out for Valentine's Day again! I also shared the fried artichokes and beer-battered pickles with my dining companions, and we all agreed that they were scrumptious. Then the hotel fell on hard times in the early 1970s. One person wanted to send it back, but he couldn't since the waiter never returned before he left.
Neat little place for drinks and food with friends — I find xeaa's negative review a bit bewildering. In 1903, the Belvedere Hotel, with the Owl Bar as its most bewitching attraction, was built as Baltimore's first luxury hotel. Relax, have a drink and a bite to eat while taking in the surroundings. Super cool old-school bar with atmosphere galore! Does not live up to its history — First, I'd like to correct the fact that prohibition time does not equal art deco! When we got a table, the waiter took our order then left and didn't return until our for was ready. We don't need its content. We left an hour after ordering, having received no food, not even the salads, which require virtually no prep.
Then came the Blackened Shrimp and Grits - 6 good sized shrimp, pink, snappy and seared in classic Cajun seasoning, basking in the glory of a creamy, cheesy, smooth and gritty bowl of grits. They always know how to make a Manhattan and I can count on them to be right there when I need them. Two out of six people at our table didn't eat their food because it was not good. Cosmopolitan tasted bitter and very cheap. Order took a while to get to us. I'm sure there was a problem in the kitchen which would explain this, but someone should have told us that so that we did not waste our dinner hour waiting for nothing. In short, an enjoyable, ever so slightly upscale, but low-key and casual dining experience.
We should have mentioned that we had a deadline. Don't keep your hopes too high on the food. As illegal hidden stills popped up around the country the Owl Bar became Baltimore's go-to speakeasy for sinful spirits. What to Order: Try one of their signature cocktails, like the Owl Shandy or Bufala' Negra. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders mix an array of drinks at this amply-stocked bar. The cole slaw was served in a very small container that is usually used for tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. That's where the Owls came in.
Historical Bar with character — I was sent to the Belvedere Hotel for atmosphere and pizza. There was no room to stand anywhere comfortably. We were told the kitchen was rushed, but the waiter could not even dig up the manager to hear our anger. Convenient to either Meyerhoff or Lyric. I had not been there in several years. We nearly finished all 6 beignet-sized delights! The portions were small and overpriced.
Owl Bar used to be our favorite happy hour place :' but recently their happy hour drinks are more mixer, less strong and lower quality overall. Since apparently they might not even get their money worth either. The only place to wait for a table was in the hallway by the hostess stand. It is inside the Belvedere in the back left corner. With kings, presidents and other luminaries as past patrons, The Belvedere's landmark watering hole provides a history of good company. It's a fairly roomy place, and when I was there, it was only about half full, so we had our corner of the restaurant to ourselves.
A couple Saturday's ago the joint was packed. Though used for a while as student housing, it later closed altogether -- which meant, presumably, that the Owls had vanished for good, too. However, I did meet a friendly bartender that pointed out some other spots for me to visit in the same evening and poured a nice glass of K-One and tonic for me. How to know when it was safe to purchase? Brick-patterned walls, tables and dark wood and brass finishes create a warm setting for mingling young professionals and couples. Enjoy the stained glass above the bar and exposed brick! My guests plates looked similar. More friends trickled in over the course of the next hour.
They also used to have great happy hour food. The overall impression was that I have been served food and drinks in a restroom. I have been to the Owl many times in the past, but will not risk having another evening at the theater ruined by not being able to have a meal before hand. The Owls were placed atop the cash registers ostensibly as decor. Had amazing Ham and Cheddar Panini and Crab Dip Pizza from the Brick Oven. These are two different things. That owl bar still have some of that prohibition aura.