Meet the Venue

Get to know some of the hotspots of Baltimore's nightlife.

August 23, 2007

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Pickles Pub

This downtown pub, a longtime spot for pregaming, recently expanded into the old knife-sharpening building next door. That means beer pong, a bigger dining area and more room for partying.

August 16, 2007

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The Greene Turtle, Towson

The classic Maryland sports bar staple with a little Towson twist: The food and furnishings remain the same, but the nightlife can be slightly younger than you'd find at the franchise's other area installments.

August 9, 2007

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The Wharf Rat Pub & Restaurant

Step into this Fells Point pub, and you're instantly hit with a sense of history. Its vintage appeal is undeniable.

August 2, 2007

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Dego Dames

Decorated with murals, this bar is a warm and friendly watering hole in Little Italy.

July 26, 2007

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July 19, 2007

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The Crease

July 12, 2007

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Kisling's Tavern and Grill

Known for its meaty buffalo wings and fairly cheap beer, Kisling's is a pretension-free watering hole.

July 5, 2007


The Greene Turtle

It's hard to miss the original Greene Turtle. Driving down Ocean City's Coastal Highway, it's the bar with the giant green turtle decorations. But if you're from Maryland, the Turtle's reputation as a party spot precedes it.

June 28, 2007


DAR Constitution Hall

This National Historic Landmark, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, is a beautiful indoor space for a concert.

June 14, 2007

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Nissan Pavilion

This large outdoor venue features pavilion and lawn seating.

June 7, 2007

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Pier Six Pavilion

Soak in gorgeous views of the Inner Harbor while enjoying concerts from some of the top names in the industry.

May 24, 2007

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In some ways, this quintessential Baltimore watering hole is a magnet for quirky decorations and unpretentious regulars.

May 17, 2007

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Duda's Tavern

The difference between Duda's and the average corner bar is a great menu, more beers on tap and better service. Plus, the place is kept clean.

May 10, 2007

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Creative Alliance at the Patterson

Creative Alliance works to promote Baltimore as a center of artistic output. Housed in the Patterson Theatre, the organization hosts a multipurpose arts center.

May 3, 2007

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Three Kings of Egypt

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April 26, 2007

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Captain Larry's

With nautical murals and a crazy history, this corner bar in Federal Hill is a solid destination - regardless of whether you live in the neighborhood.

April 19, 2007

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Playbook Sports Bar and Grill

This Dundalk bar rivals ESPN Zone in terms of total sports coverage all the time.

April 12, 2007

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Appearances are definitely deceiving at Turner's. The bar, which sits on Cross Street near the Thirsty Dog Pub and the 8x10, looks kind of like a dive on the outside. With its gray Formstone facade and a small window, it could be a dumpy narrow corner bar. But it's actually two stories with plenty of elbow room, a friendly staff and young, laid-back patrons.

April 5, 2007

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Club Mate

Upscale and decidedly cosmopolitan, Club Mate has the atmosophere of a swanky Washington club in the heart of Brooklyn.

March 29, 2007

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DuClaw Brewing Company

This local chain opened its first location in Bel Air in 1996. It has since developed a reputation as a go-to spot for better-than-average food and beer.

March 22, 2007

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Muir's Tavern

This corner bar is a slice of old-school South Baltimore.

March 15, 2007

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Della Rose's Avenue Tavern

This bar was a Belair Road staple for decades and moved to White Marsh a few years back.

March 8, 2007

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Club Choices

Despite its fancy facade, Club Choices is nowhere near those suit-and-tie-relax-and-cocktail clubs. Instead, its smoky and dimly lit interior creates an atmosphere that will make "shaking-off" to Baltimore club music seem second nature.

March 1, 2007

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Pharaoh's Rock N' Blues Bar

Pharaoh's offers hole-in-the-wall comfort for an evening of casual lounging and solid rock 'n' roll and blues.

February 22, 2007

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The Paradox

The Paradox, known simply as the Dox to those who frequent the storage-place-turned-club, provides a heart-pounding all-nighter experience.

February 15, 2007

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Austin Grill

This Tex-Mex restaurant in Canton has colorful decor and live music regularly.

February 8, 2007

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The Wine Market

Though a little pricey, this wine bar and restaurant has great atmosphere and a solid wine list.

February 1, 2007

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The Red Star

Baltimore lore has it that in years past, Fells Point pubs that doubled as brothels advertised their wares by drawing a red star outside the building -- hence the name of this bar.

January 25, 2007

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Dead End Saloon

This unpretentious Fells Point pub straddles Fell and Wolfe streets.

January 18, 2007

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Chesapeake Wine Co.

It's rare to come across a well-stocked wine, beer and liquor store with a bar and seating area. The Chesapeake Wine Co.'s friendly, well-schooled staff can help you find the right bottle or pour you a glass while you browse.

January 11, 2007

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Capital City Brewing Company

With a number of great beers brewed in-house, this bar is one of the better Inner Harbor drinking destinations.

January 4, 2007

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Tiber River Tavern

Larger than it looks from the outside, the Tiber River Tavern covers all the bases. It has an upscale pub dining and bar atmosphere and a sports bar with a pool table and video games.

December 28, 2006

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Swallow at the Hollow

Though right around the corner from Belvedere Square, Swallow at the Hollow is the anti-trendy young professional bar.

December 21, 2006

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Kiss Cafe

Though Kiss Cafe is also a restaurant, a good chunk of its regulars use the cafe for its lounging space. They log onto the free wireless Internet while sipping coffee, tea or alcohol and snacking.

December 14, 2006

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Formerly known as Tea-ology, this warm, inviting Fells Point tea house opened about a year ago.

December 7, 2006

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Frazier's on the Avenue

In the heart of Hampden, Frazier's on the Avenue is the quirky neighborhood's hottest nightspot. With live music, karaoke and weekday happy-hour specials, Frazier's gives you a reason to look forward to the work week.

November 30, 2006

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Sly Fox Pub

Within walking distance of Ravens Stadium, the Sly Fox Pub is a boldly pro-Redskins and Hokies bar. It opened last year in the corner space that formerly housed the French restaurant Soigne.

November 23, 2006

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November 16, 2006

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As one of Washington's premier nightclubs, Love offers an extended version of nightclub style and sophistication. At Love, you can party with visiting and local celebrities and sip exotic drinks while you dance the night away.

November 9, 2006

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Fort Charles Pub

On its Web site, the pub bills itself as "Sobo's best bar, as voted by those who know." We went there last Sunday, and while we're not convinced of its dominance, this pub is a laid-back place to have a few beers.

November 2, 2006

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Porters Pub

Porters is far enough from the main Cross Street bar district that it doesn't get a whole lot of foot traffic, but this Federal Hill bar is packed pretty much all weekend long.

October 26, 2006

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Carlos O'Charlie's

Carlos O'Charlie's, a huge new bar and restaurant, opened in Highlandtown this summer. It consists of a long, wide main floor with a bar along one side and an equal-sized downstairs lounge.

October 19, 2006

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Ale Mary's

Ale Mary's has fun with religion, but it doesn't make fun of it. That's how this Fells Point pub can pull off its tongue-in-cheek religious puns. Though the bar is only a year and a half old, it's found a solid neighborhood niche.

October 12, 2006

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With four levels of lofts, XS is a chic coffee bar by day, an innovative sushi bar in the evening and a DJ lounge at night. Whether eating breakfast or dinner, sipping a cosmo at the bar or sharing the chocolate lasagna on the couches of the fourth-floor lounge, XS guarantees a relaxed evening of decadence.

October 5, 2006

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Cosmopolitan Bar and Grill

This brightly colored bar in Canton Square serves up about 70 different martinis. Downstairs is a bar with a small dining area and upstairs is a dance floor and second bar.

September 28, 2006

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The True Vine

Until about four months ago, this record and CD store on the Avenue in Hampden let pretty much any local and regional musician play inside. Now, stacks of records and musical equipment take up most of the performance space, but the True Vine does occasionally still host select live acts during after-hours events.

September 21, 2006

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Tio Pepe

Known for its upscale Spanish cuisine, the Mount Vernon restaurant has become a weekend haven for young aficionados of some of the city's best sangria and Tio's intimate atmosphere.

September 14, 2006

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With some of the city's best martinis and plenty of elaborate decor, Ixia's late-night scene is steadily growing.

September 7, 2006

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The Owl Bar

With plenty of stained glass, a high ceiling and well-dressed staff of waiters, the Owl Bar has an elegant, timeless feel. It's in the Belvedere Hotel, on the ground floor off the lobby.

August 31, 2006

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Bottle & Cork

This coastal Delaware concert venue and bar was established 70 years ago and today remains one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in notoriously wild Dewey Beach. Loud, crazy and well-liquored, the Bottle & Cork embodies the Dewey reputation. Good for a night of drinking and meeting people in bars; not so great for actually listening to a concert.

August 24, 2006

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Santa Fe Cafe

August 17, 2006

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August 10, 2006

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The Birchmere

August 3, 2006

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The James Joyce Pub

July 27, 2006

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Drifter's Raw Bar and Grill

July 20, 2006

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July 13, 2006

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Rum Shack

With leafy trees, running water and other island decor, this hangout on top of the Lodge Bar in Power Plant Live is an escape from the crush of bar- and club-goers below.

July 6, 2006

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A subtle exterior and a fresh interior give this small sports pub the feel of new sneakers that haven't quite been broken in but just might become an old favorite. Bartenders offers unique pizzas, seafood, TVs, a well-stocked bar and food or drink specials five days a week. Although the air conditioning keeps the place a little too frigid, the warmth and friendly attitude of the bartenders make up the difference.

June 29, 2006

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Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Drive a bit west of Washington, and have a picnic on the lawn while enjoying live music.

June 22, 2006

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The Spy Club

Tucked away on the second and third floors over the Midtown Yacht Club, the Spy Club has a "secret" entrance through a bookcase-disguised door, which is usually (disappointingly) propped open.

June 15, 2006


The Black Cat

You can have dinner, drinks and a show -- without ever leaving The Black Cat in Washington.

June 1, 2006



With a bull skull on one wall and an "It's all good in the hood" sticker on the wine cabinet, Mum's is quite possibly Federal Hill's most charming bar.

May 25, 2006

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The Lodge Bar

The Lodge Bar looks just like it sounds: Wood beams and planks coat the walls and stuffed animals are perched and hung throughout.

May 18, 2006


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May 11, 2006

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Single Fin's

There's nothing fancy about Single Fin's, which is just fine. Why shell out an extra couple bucks per beer just to pay for decor? This bar has a stuffed deer head on one wall and two framed Ravens jerseys on the other.

May 4, 2006

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The Horse You Came In On

Fells Point is notorious for providing a plethora of party spots for every night of the week. The Horse You Came In On Saloon is no exception. This bar has a great atmosphere for kicking back and chilling out with good friends and great tunes.

April 27, 2006

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Stone Cellar

Located under Ellicott City's Blue Point Grille, the Stone Cellar is an unlikely live music hideaway. Even though there's casual dining upstairs, the stone-walled basement pumps up the volume and rocks way past midnight.

April 20, 2006

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Iguana Cantina

Iguana Cantina (and its celebrated weekly College and Ladies Nights) is a lively place to party. Now two years old, this Inner Harbor hot spot has assumed privileged status on the city's nightlife circuit among wild local co-eds.

April 6, 2006

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Grand Central

A fixture on the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) nightclub scene, this surprisingly large entertainment complex has a high-tech industrial dance floor, video bar, pub and leather club serviced by six bars.

March 30, 2006

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The State Theatre

This movie theater turned upscale live music hall hosts live music about five nights a week and holds about 800.

March 16, 2006

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Sky Lounge Tango Tapas

Situated in a charming alley off Federal Hill's Cross Street strip, this lounge features Spanish-inspired tapas, homemade sangria and creative cocktails in its plush downstairs seating area. If the urge to let loose hits you a few drinks later, head upstairs to do your thing on a clear, springy Plexiglas dance floor.

March 9, 2006

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Phoenix Emporium

Situated on the corner of historic Old Ellicott City's Main Street and Maryland Avenue, the quaint Phoenix Emporium welcomes patrons of all ages for lunch and dinner. Good food and a local favorite feel make for a great midday pitstop or late-night hangout.

March 2, 2006

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Mad River Bar & Grille

February 23, 2006

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The Full Moon Saloon

Though the Full Moon Saloon's patrons might seem a little gruff and intimidating, they're really easygoing and know volumes about blues history and musicians.

February 16, 2006

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Idle Hour

This tiny but cozy corner bar is among a growing number of recently refurbished watering holes along Fort Avenue. Owners Brendan Finnerty and Randal Etheridge plan to add a smoke-free space upstairs by early next year.

February 9, 2006

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The Waterfront Hotel

Go to this Fells Point restaurant, bar and lounge for food, drinks, loud live music and relaxation. If you're barhopping, this could be your first or last stop, depending on what you want.

February 2, 2006

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The Recher Theatre

Since 1999, the Recher Theatre has brought local and national bands to downtown Towson. With a capacity of 700, it's big enough to host renown acts in a fairly small space. The result is an intimate, if sometimes jam-packed, setting.

January 26, 2006

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Cat's Eye Pub

The Cat's Eye Pub is one of the bastion bars holding their own amid an ever-changing Fells Point. No yuppie hangout can truly capture or reproduce the feel of a place like this.

January 19, 2006

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9:30 Club

The East Coast needs more 9:30 Clubs. The Washington live music staple has incredible sound and barely a bad spot to stand and watch. Heavyweight promotion machine I.M.P. books acts like James Brown in the place, which has a 1,200 capacity.

January 12, 2006

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One of the Fells Point Olde Guard bars, it's easy to imagine what Leadbetter's looked like 100 years back (probably not much different).

January 5, 2006


Midtown Yacht Club

Nowhere near the water, this Mount Vernon tavern lives up to its name only in ornamentation: Wooden ships and fish hang on its walls and ceiling.

December 29, 2005


The 13th Floor

This club and lounge occupies the Belvedere's top floor in Mount Vernon. Large windows line two walls and offer a stunning view of the city.

December 22, 2005


WestSide Cafe

When owner Rod Deacey opened the WestSide Cafe in May, Frederick got a new laid-back watering hole and acoustic performance space.

December 15, 2005



Copra is one sharp restaurant and bar. Its use of wood, metal and stone creates a chic dining and lounging atmosphere.

December 8, 2005


Thirsty Dog Pub

This is a great last stop on the way back from bar-hopping in Federal Hill. The beer's cheap and fresh-brewed and the pizza mollifies gnawing late-night cravings.

December 1, 2005


An Die Musik

Though it has been hosting shows for only about a year, An Die Musik lures a wide array of nationally and internationally touring classical and jazz artists. There's a record store and lounge downstairs and a small concert space upstairs.

November 17, 2005


The Sidebar Tavern

The Sidebar truly is an anomaly. Because of its location, doctors, lawyers and the City Hall crowd drink there after work, but the joint also brings in locally and nationally touring punk and hardcore acts at night.

November 10, 2005


Brewer's Art

Brewer's Art is one of the city's best places to plunk down and eat or lounge and drink, or both.

November 3, 2005


5 Seasons

Don't judge the 5 Seasons from its strip mall setting. Tucked into the back corner of a plaza on Guilford Avenue, the restaurant/club offers Ethiopian cuisine by day and samples of the city's underground culture by night.

October 27, 2005


Rams Head Live

The youngest sibling of the Rams Head clan, Rams Head Live opened in December 2004. The concert hall has harbored a wide range of acts, including B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Edwin McCain and Hootie & The Blowfish.

October 20, 2005


Seidel's Bowling Center

Every second and fourth Friday of the month through December, Roots Cafe throws concerts on the middle two lanes of Seidel's. The remaining 12 lanes are open for prime duckpin action.

October 13, 2005


The Ottobar

You can smell The Ottobar's cocktail of sweat, smoke and beer down the block. Though it's been on Howard Street only for about four years, from the inside you would swear it's still 1981.

October 6, 2005



Fletcher's has two faces: a pool bar and lounge downstairs with flat-screen TVs and an upstairs concert hall that holds about 150. The place has three bars total -- two downstairs and one upstairs.

September 29, 2005


Eight by Ten Club

Formerly the Funk Box, the club is still in transition. Business owner Tim Walther hopes the new band schedule will skew more indie, inching away from its one time lineup of mostly jam bands.

September 22, 2005



With its bare cement floors and blue-painted brick entranceway, Sonar thankfully doesn't try to be more than a warehouse venue. Instead of filling the place with neon lights and turning it into a manufactured clubland, owner Lonnie Fisher added a few comfy leather couches and let the place speak for itself.

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