Sunday, October 7 is the 169th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, and Baltimore is where he died and was buried. Many Charm City natives celebrate his death with some readings of “The Raven” or watching for the new “Poe Toaster” (originally, an anonymous person who brought three red roses and a bottle of cognac to Poe’s grave for 60 years). I, on the other hand, have a different recommendation. Stop by the Annabel Lee Tavern in Canton for a delicious meal and a decadent Poe-themed mixed drink.

Even before a patron walks into the Annabel Lee Tavern, the ominous nature of Poe’s writing also seeps from the bar to the door.

Annabel Lee Tavern Door

And upon opening the door, a patron’s eyes will immediately be drawn to the mantel on the far side of the bar.

Inside Annabel Lee Tavern

In addition to featuring an Edgar Allan Poe Drink list of martinis and cocktails inspired by the life and writings of the poet, Annabel Lee Tavern serves upscale pub food such as Duck Fat Fries, “Resurrection Mac n Cheese” and Grilled Mahi Mahi alongside classics such as Nachos and a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich.

And while you eat, be warry of the ravens watching. You might just imagine them whispering “nevermore.” 

Raven on a light