German Accent

Opened last spring on a stretch of Cross Street, Crossbar is the brainchild of local restaurateur Brian McComas (owner of Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill and Cockeysville).

The big, open space was created from joining four older properties together, all under a three-story glass atrium roof.

Communal tables encourage socializing, as does a ping pong table and four separate bar areas, one of which resides in the old Turner’s spot at the end of the complex, and two more on an upstairs level that overlooks the main room.

As you might expect, much of the bar program focuses on beers, particularly imports. It’s a vast selection, but you can still always opt for a Natty Boh, if you prefer. On the menu, you’ll find items such as sausages, Bavarian soft pretzels and sour beef & dumplings.

The crowd is a mix, but seems to be particularly popular with the 20-something set. If you’re not necessarily into the louder, social scene in the main room, tuck into the sideroom bar for a quieter, more intimate experience.

But when the weather is nice – and the big windows are open onto the street outside – it’s a perfect place to enjoy a pint in the neighborhood. {Crossbar der Biergarten, 13 E. Cross Street, Federal Hill}

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About 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.

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