On The Town

New Remington bar takes patrons to another era

W.C. Harlan is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

By Jess Mayhugh | February 13, 2013, 11:00 am

-Courtesy of Foursquare
On The Town

New Remington bar takes patrons to another era

W.C. Harlan is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

By Jess Mayhugh | February 13, 2013, 11:00 am


-Courtesy of Foursquare


W.C. Harlan—located in the old Kitty Kat Bar space on West 23rd Street in Remington—has only been open for two-and-a-half weeks. But I was hearing so much buzz about the place, from industry insiders and casual drinkers alike, that I wanted to check it out.

The space itself is well transformed from the divey Kitty Kat. The layout and bar are the same, but new wallpaper and reclaimed furniture (like an upright piano next to the bar) are new additions. The entire place is lit with candles and dim chandeliers, Billie Holiday plays on the stereo, and the owner walks around in a vintage floral dress. After a few drinks, you feel like you might actually be in the 1940s.

W.C. Harlan is a cocktail bar, to be sure, and the drinks are top-notch. We had an exteremely well-crafted Old Fashioned with James E. Pepper 1776 Rye, a cinnamon cherry, and the usual sugar cube and Angostura bitters. They also had a cocktail du jour that was on the sweeter side: gin, Belle Paire, crème de cacao, and lemon. The bar only has two rotating taps (light and dark beer), but an impressive bottle list that focuses on European imports like Bitburger and Schneider Weisse.

We were also pleased with the reasonable prices ($6.50 for an outstanding cocktail, $3.50 for a 16-ounce beer), all the more reason to sit back, relax, and enjoy our new favorite haven in the city.




Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like


In Good Taste

Food Truck Owners’ Case Challenging 300-Foot Rule Heads to Trial

Mobile vendors continue their fight to overturn the city’s controversial proximity law.

On The Town

The Best Bars to Celebrate National Rum Day

Whether you’re into mojitos or Mai Tais, sample the spirit at these local spots.

In Good Taste

Iron Rooster Continues Expansion with New Location at McHenry Row

Owner dishes about the Locust Point digs, and a new ice cream spinoff in Canton.

Best of Baltimore

Best of Baltimore 2017

Our annual celebration of all things awesome in the Baltimore region.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Nailed It
These nail polish shades help us transition from summer days at the pool to wooded hikes of fall.

Here Comes The Sun
We visit Nancy Young’s library-turned-school-turned-home.

Land of Pleasant Eating
Beef up your summer with these food-driven festivals across the state.

Up and Running
Charm City Run opens its eighth location in Fells Point.

My Top Ten with Jonathan Hicks
The chef de cuisine at Cosima shares his favorite things.