Open in March, the cannon hall is not the easiest place to find. Located at Fells Point inside the Old Recreation Pier, a 103 year old historic building converted to a new 128 rooms Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel – The unassuming bolt hole is tucked away towards the back of the cavernous building. You might miss his doors if he were notnot for the host who stands guard during peak hours.
The new whiskey bar is no bigger than a two-car garage with less than two dozen seats, an intimate corner for connoisseurs and conversations. But the hushed hiding place is already talking about him.
Designed by Patrick Sutton under the loose leadership of the hotel investor (Kevin Plank, billionaire CEO of Under Armor, headquartered across the harbor), the lounge is named after 18th century cannons that were discovered and dredged from the pier during construction.
A cannon is now stuck in the sand under a glass floor at the entrance to the bar. The bar details are equally exquisite, nodding to its patron spirit, the whiskey: the ceiling is curved with white oak planks and steel straps mimicking the interior of a whiskey barrel, and the backlit The onyx bar shines with a warm light in hues of whiskey. A handful of rounded black leather armchairs gather around marble tops.
Behind the bar, a haloed upper shelf presents a organized List of 40 handcrafted and small-batch American rye, bourbons and whiskeys, including a bottle of Garrison Brothers of Texas and a very rare bottle of Hirsch Reserve 16 years. Special attention is also paid to Sagamore Spirit’s rye, made with natural spring water from the neighboring region Sagamore Farm — the distillery and farm are owned by Kevin Plank. (pendryhotels.com)