Where is the best nightlife in Annapolis?

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Hayley Bosch

If you’re looking to have a wild night at the clubs, Annapolis is not the place to do it. Rather, this small town is home to great low-key pubs and bars. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you head to downtown Annapolis — affectionately known by Annapolitans as DTA — where just about every restaurant doubles as a bar and fills with Navy midshipmen come nightfall.
At the base of Main Street, surrounding City Dock, you’ll find several Forbes Travel Guide favorites. Make your way to McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar for its very own craft beer, Aviator Lager. College kids abound, thanks to themed nights like “Tiki Tuesday” and “Big Beer Night” Wednesdays. Find an older crowd in the front room of McGarveys and next door at Middleton Tavern.
The Sly Fox Pub sits at the top of Main Street along Church Circle. It’s great in the summer when the patio is open and it offers weekly specials and live entertainment Thursday through Saturday. Another lively place is West Street, which is just a few blocks away from Main Street. Rams Head Tavern is known for its craft beer and its small concert venue, while Tsunami serves up eclectic sushi and sophisticated cocktails.

Across the bridge in Eastport, you’ll find crowds of sailors at most bars around town, which include The Rockfish restaurant and Boatyard Bar & Grill.

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