Prohibition was a sad time in American history, but it also brought about a design trend that continues to today: the speakeasy theme! Dry 85, so named in a nod to Prohibition, not because it doesn’t serve alcohol, is one such example. Open various hours every day of the week (they stay open until 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays), this moderately priced bar and grill is known for their innovative handmade cocktails and their elegant renditions of our favorite comfort foods, making it popular with the very thirsty and the extremely hungry!
Dry 85 in Annapolis is Located at 193 B Main Street
Tucked away between an Irish pub and a sushi café (We Marylanders take our eating very seriously!), the brick exterior is perfectly weathered, and the small tables outside offer the perfect place to people watch and enjoy a meal. Inside stained concrete floors, low lighting, and vibrantly colored walls combine to create a place of interest that offers a touch of 1920s inspiration. Wait staff that is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful add to the colorful atmosphere, making your visit to Dry 85 in Annapolis a pleasant and enjoyable one.
Not satisfied with only offering a pub style menu, the food at Dry 85 is an eclectic mix of burgers, sandwiches, and designer dishes you would expect to find at a bistro. From the elegant Pork Ossobuco cooked with a house-made apple butter demi-glaze and served in a cast iron skillet with scalloped potatoes to chicken and waffles, and of course, a crab cake sandwich, this unique establishment refuses to be pinned to one specific food type. Enjoy a hearty Brunch Burger made with ½ pound of ground chuck, fried egg, thick cut applewood bacon, cheddar cheese and a house-made maple coffee barbecue sauce or a filling salad created from warm skirt steak & quinoa; house-made fried goat cheese croutons, macerated grape tomatoes, and a roasted shallot vinaigrette give this unique dish a sophisticated flavor. A warm apple tart topped with salted caramel whiskey sauce offers the perfect finishing touch to your meal, as does their Dutch Chocolate Brownie. A Bacon Brunch menu celebrates everything bacon and an extensive beverage menu ensures that no one over the age of 21 will leave thirsty! Try a whiskey flight or a seasonal handmade cocktail; the Irish Campfire made with house-infused Graham Cracker Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey and Knob Creek Bourbon, St. George’s Coffee Liqueur, Amaro Averna and chocolate bitters is quite tasty!
Building Up Your Appetite on Main Street
The meals at Dry 85 are large ones, and if you typically have a smaller appetite, we have come up with a list of activities guaranteed to build up an appetite big enough to clear your plate—many are located within walking distance of this amazing restaurant. Start your day with a visit to one of the oldest churches in the nation. St. Anne’s Church, located just around the corner from Main Street at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, has been the place to ponder your religious questions since 1692, long before our nation claimed its independence. Another historical spot in the area, St. John’s College, located at 60 College Avenue, is one school you will not want to play hooky from. Set in a bucolic setting, this college is the oldest in Maryland and is the 3rd oldest in America. It opened its doors for building in 1696, just a few short years after St. Anne’s Church began offering services. Featuring brick pathways on the outside that lead visitors past red brick buildings, mature trees, and views of the Chesapeake Bay, if you listen closely during your tour, you may still be able to hear the whispers of our forefathers, many who may have sacrificed it all for our freedoms!
If you still haven’t had enough history while you are working up an appetite for your Dry 85 visit, the Annapolis Historic District is where you should head next! Take a self-guided tour, walking along cobblestone streets admiring the colorful beauty of homes that have been in place for at least a century (some may be a couple of centuries old or even older) or for those who enjoy discovering the history of the places they visit, the Heart of Annapolis tour is guided by experts who can teach you all the secrets our historic town has to tell!
It is a time-honored tradition to include at least a few hours of shopping expeditions on every vacation, and we can think of no better way to work up an appetite! Pick up some souvenirs at A.L. Goodies, the oldest gift shop in town; did you think we were done with historical activities? Featuring four floors of tchotchkes, souvenirs, and rich and creamy flavors of fudge, you will be thankful that you packed light for your vacation when you begin to lug all the goodies you find here back to your At Home Annapolis vacation escape!
When the Last Crumb Has Been Demolished
Finish that beverage, scrape the last of the salted caramel whiskey sauce from the plate, and square up your tab. Although we often hate to leave a place this nice, knowing you are heading back to your At Home Annapolis home away from home takes away a lot of the sting from this farewell! Reserve your stay with us today!