Bookmakers Cocktail Club

4.5
300 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are cocktail and whiskey bar with an eclectic mix of American and Asian inspired food. We feature a extensive cocktail list that changes seasonally as well as a collection of over 600 bottles including over 450 different whiskeys! Our Bartenders are here to help you find the perfect cocktail or neat pour and are always excited for a challenge.
Our old fashioned has always been known as of the best in the city, and our newly redesigned features 5 different variations if you want to branch out. Popular dishes include The 50/50 burger with a house blend of dry aged beef and brisket, as well as the Pho King Rolls, which combine pack all the punch of pho in an egg roll wrapper.
Check out or menu for a variety of daily specials such as 1/2 Whiskey Wedneday and all day happy hour on Sundays.
Live Music 9-1 every Saturday.
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IP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom and sister here for Mother's Day, the restaurant was empty for the most part-we were the lone table. Our person was Jessica, she was the host, the server, and the bartender. She was lovely and queen of the up sell. All of her suggestions were spot on and delicious. She was very friendly but not invasive. Jessica was also very knowledgeable about the cocktails. We are definitely going back- it was good vibes and good food.

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E
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took a coworker out on a weeknight. Staff took care of us and had fun along with us too

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J
Savannah
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pleasure of dining here this past Saturday. Our server, Sawyer was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and especially the whiskey selections. He guided us with ease and our entire experience was wonderful. The food is incredible and overall this was one of the best places we’ve been to in some time.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Cocktails were top notch. Really nice live music. Highly suggest this place. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed ourselves.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was ok. Service was good albeit slow. Like the ambiance.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is small but the food is all delicious. We ordered a few things to share and they were all very good. The food came fast. The chairs are comfortable. The staff is very accommodating. And of course the drinks are creative and tasty

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very limited menu but great place for drinks.

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C
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Probably not the ideal layout for a restaurant. A few tables for two and several large (community?) tables. Sitting at the bar is an option. There was a private party upstairs, so I have no idea how the layout is up there.
I highly recommend the food. The charred octopus was flavorful and perfectly charred. The main ingredient of the Banh Mi sandwich was the pork belly, which was well charred and flavorful, also.

The main negative I have is that the cocktails took a lo-o-ng time before they came to the table. This wasn't just our table. It was the same thing for the table next to us. There was one bartender, but it wasn't too busy. I'm not sure if the group upstairs affected the bar service downstairs. The food service was good. Again, the waiter has to help out upstairs.

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LA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night!

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely unbelievable. Our server was a highlight of the night. The upstairs lounge was extremely special. Cocktails made to perfection!

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j
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Upon arrival, even though we had a reservation, we were told to sit at a hightop community table and there were other tables available. Could not discern why they sat others at those 4 tops and not us, when we asked for them. When we asked again, they did offer us a table in the back which was clearing. That table was great! The bartenders and waiters were incredibly thoughtful, attentive and helpful. The food was great and the drinks were great. The noise level was fine till the band came and that was very loud and it was good that it was the tail end of the meal, because while the music sounded good, we wanted to talk. It was a great experience, I would recommend finding out what table you are reserving and also checking to see when bands are coming in so you can plan.

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KG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Bookmakers has been on our list to try for months now. The atmosphere was perfect, very warm and cozy on a cold winter night. The food and cocktails that we ordered were very good overall and were a decent value compared to other restaurants we considered. However, we felt very rushed from the beginning to end of the meal. The appetizers we ordered came out before our drinks and as soon as we finished the appetizers, our entrees were served right away. I could understand if the restaurant was crowded and they needed the table for other guests, but this was clearly not the case. Instead, we felt so hurried that we decided not to order another cocktail, which we definitely would have done if we had been served at a more leisurely pace. At the end of the meal, when we ordered a dessert with coffee, we were told that they did not have hot coffee, only cold brew that could be heated up. Needless to say, we decided against ordering dessert and decided to go elsewhere. Overall, our dining experience lasted 45 minutes for drinks, appetizers, and entrees. For what we paid for the meal, we were very disappointed that we were not given the time to enjoy it.

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T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was exceptional. From the unique dishes to the craft cocktails to the live music. New favorite bar. Will return often.

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m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff, food, and drinks were amazing. I will be visiting again.

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an overall great experience. Food was very good and the cocktails were excellent! Definitely be back.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was much darker than the inline pics, and almost empty fir a Fri night. The bar got a little busier as the night went on. Sadly about 1 hour in, a loudmouth plopped down next to us at the bar and we couldn’t hear each other talk after that, eventually causing us to just leave.
There were 2 bartenders. One was incredibly condescending, for example when asked about the bourbons in our drinks. Each question about the 6 different drinks and the bourbon flight was answered with, “it’s a house secret.?!?! Not awesome fir a cocktail bar that markets itself as creative and for the more knowledgable cocktail enthusiast. The other bartender was pretty oblivious to everything - gave wrong info about the food on the menu, and generally came off as ditzy.
The hostess was snoozing or texting the entire time we were there which I guess is understandable given the lack of patrons. Food was ok. Nothing special.

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Bookmakers was nice. A big drawback was they overbooked with reservations so we had to sit at the bar. I was a little annoyed because it was NYE but we decided to stay anyway, because there probably weren’t any other restaurants with space. I also thought the menu would have more selections, like on Yelp. But the food was good!

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NR
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails, I'm not a big whiskey drinker and I absolutely loved this spot. Great for dates and I definitely will be coming back!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came celebrate our 6 month anniversary. We loved the atmosphere and drinks were great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for drinks

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came to Bookmakers to celebrate my birthday with friends. This is my second time at Bookmakers and it is just like I remembered from my visit over two years ago... Great Drinks, Good Food and Wonderful Service. Our server recommended some great drinks (Langosta, Typhoon, Ivy League Dropout, Old Fashioned and Cross Street) and I enjoy every single drink. My favorite drink of the night was the Typhoon. Our table split a few of the small plates (Avocado Toast, Crab Dip, Tex Mex Rolls, Bar Wings, Deviled Eggs and Fried Cauliflower) and the one that stood out the most to me was the Tex-Mex Rolls. For dinner I got the Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Veggies(Zucchini), my only complaint about the dish was the steak was very under seasoned but luckily my server went in the kitchen and put together an amazing sauce for me to dip my steak in and that saved the dish. Overall I enjoyed my night at Bookmakers and will be back soon.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktail list and bourbon selection is extensive. Our server Michelle was amazing, gave us alot of good suggestions on both cocktails and food. The upstairs area if opened is very nice, has a very "speakeasy" setting.

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience from start to finish in one word...PHENOMENAL!!! The drinks were fantastic - every food item we ordered seemed to top the next. The menu items ranged from familiar favorites like amazing crab cakes or steak with mashed potatoes to fantastically unusual pesto zucchini noodles with grilled chicken and fried sriracha cauliflower. Just when we thought we couldn't be happier - along came their amazing pies. The atmosphere was so fun with comfortable seating and a gorgeous bar. Then to top everything off was our check - we just couldn't believe that with all our cocktails, entrees, appetizers and desserts (along with after dinner drinks) our bill was under $250.00 for a party of six (tip included). Don't miss this gem if you want a fun, delicious, affordable and memorable night out on the town near Inner Harbor.

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BP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was a great restaurant but the service was waitress was horrible. She did not want to wait on us and it was apparent.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Live music is a great idea, but in such a small space, the volume was way too high. I was forced to scream just to be heard by my date.
Service was also slow due to apparent understaffing.

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p
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. We will be back. The food was fantastic and the service was great.

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L
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dark, dank and delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks & service were amazing.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Food was pretty good except the crab dip, it was brown and tasted burnt. Other then that it was very nice.

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KM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dan, the owner-cocktail master, is super-friendly and a master at the creative quaff. I have visited this little place twice and have had a lovely and memorable experience both times.

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k
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday at Bookmakers Cocktail Club with a group of friends and we had an amazing time! The cocktails were creative and delicious, and the comfort food was the perfect complement. Dan and Maria were extremely friendly and accommodating, and I can’t wait to enjoy another meal in the near future.

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OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the bar tender was phenomenal! Best cocktails I've had.

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KL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were awesome! There was a very good drink menu. The band was excellent - we really enjoyed ourselves that night.

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MV
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall Bookmakers won us over on their drinks, they were the shining star here.
The food was average but we didn't think it was worth the price tag for just being ok.
Even though the drinks average around $12, they were well worth the cost as they were well put together and contained different and exciting ingredients.

Would go back for happy hour at the bar.

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LM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food and service. Only minus was the noise level of the band. They were extremely talented, but too loud for the venue size.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with how the staff of Bookmakers made our dinner extra special. I had reserved a table using Open Table and requested that my boyfriend and I each have a glass of their Prosecco dropped by our table upon seating since this was a surprise celebration dinner I was taking my boyfriend to. They handled this special request seamlessly and he felt extra special! We opted to order several of their plates and share everything like a tapas meal. Their selections were unique and delicious! Thank you once again to Open Table and Bookmakers. We will definitely be back!

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FJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This place is super cute, however their bar selection is practically nothing, and ironically it’s a “ cocktail” Bar. They didn’t even have the ingredients to make a old fashioned.

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LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the look of this bar. The cocktails and bartenders were great. We also had burgers in their very nice upstairs space, and they were delicious. We were about to leave, but then a jazz group (Jazzfluenza) was setting up, so we stayed and really enjoyed their performance.

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S
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding evening at one of our favorite Baltimore spots. Outstanding food, and BEST Bar in city!

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