Room for Cocktails

Room for Cocktails

The Elk Room is a newcomer on Baltimore’s craft cocktail scene. It joins a growing list (think Bookmaker’s, Rye, The Bluebird Cocktail Room, etc.) of establishments dedicated to serious mixology.

Situated behind a non-descript door at the rear of a courtyard that it shares with its big brother, Tagliata Italian chophouse, its interiors are dark, refined, and lush.

Duck through the heavy velvet draperies and you’ll find yourself in a smallish, dimly lit barroom. The walls behind the bar are stocked with a breathtaking variety of alcoholic elixirs, all residing under the watchful eyes of a mounted, stuffed…you guessed it…elk.

A handsome leather-bound menu lists the house cocktail specialties as well as a short menu of cheese plates, charcuterie, fondue and sliders.

My choices for cocktails included two classics: a vodka martini…

…and a perfect sazerac. But you really can’t go wrong with anything the bartender here prepares for you.

A step up in the rear opens onto another room that houses some low tables with seating, and a space where small musical combos frequently perform. And if you head down the short hallway, you’ll find a pair of closed elevator doors.
This is the entrance to the private cigar lounge, housed in a large space in back. Members touch a sensor panel and the doors roll back, revealing a small chamber lined with mahogany cigar lockers. Beyond that, the private club offers seating areas, private alcoves, gaming tables, a billiards table and another bar to its members, who pay a fee of $1,900 per year for private access and the privilege of smoking to their hearts’ content. {The Elk Room, 1010 Fleet Street, Downtown}

Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.