My first landing spot was The Wharf Rat in Fells Point, and it didn't disappoint. This late sixteenth-century pub immediately reminded me of some of the eclectic pubs I visited while in Oxford and London recently.In other words, late 1500s. Meaning that some Spaniards came up from St. Augustine, Florida and beat the Pilgrims and Virginians to the waterfront, I guess.
And I thought the old claims about The Horse You Came In On dating from "1775" were preposterous.
(For the record, Bill Oliver told me a while back that the earliest that they have been able to document his Ann Street location being a bar was in the 1861-63 time frame, when two houses were combined into a live-above bar for the benefit of a widow. Potentially, that could still makes it the oldest functioning bar location in Fells Point, if not the city.)