I accidentally walked up "the block" as the locals call it, and I knew where I was as soon as the first doorman approached me about free cover and discount dances.... I actually went in a couple of these spots, and as a bachelor I would recommend only Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, the others are a bit seedy and overpriced....
Dress Code: They expect casual, but the better you dress, the more $ they will think you have, and you'll have to fight the girls off of you... so this could be a good thing, or a bad thing, budget depending...
Power Plant Live is a couple of blocks back from the Power Plant Building, just look into downtown and you can't miss the neon signs... it is home of many franchised clubs such as the BAR (Baltimore), Have a Nice Day Cafe and Howl at the Moon piano bar.... if you've been to these before in other cities (Charlotte, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale) you'll know just what to expect... all types of drinking, dancing, and fun!!! There is a mechanical bull at the BAR Baltimore, and all of these places can be entered by buying a "1Pass" for only $10! There is also an Improv in this facility for those who want to laugh the night away...the restaurants here are awesome as well.....
Dress Code: Dress Code is casual.... you will get drunk, and you will sweat on the dance floor.... not an upscale scene at all if you are going there for the bars, but still very fun! Check out the website below for more details
This whole area is geared to attract and entertain day or night. Lots of security roaming around to keep you safe. They have live entertainment just about everywhere from the outdoors areas to all the restaurants, pubs, or nightclubs. So wonder around and enjoy!
Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
100 Light Street, 12th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
This area has a little everything here. Plenty of places to choose from to eat, drink, dance, laugh, or to just kick back to enjoy the music.
Dress Code: Mostly casual, but seeing some of folks in the Inner Harbor were dressed to the hilt.
My favorite place to enjoy great locally-brewed beer, friendly people and hearty cuisine before heading off to the Ravens or Orioles game is the Wharf Rat Pub, right on Pratt Street. THe brew their own brands of beers, dubbed Olivers, all of which are really good (I like the oatmeal stout -- and it must be healthy with oatmeal in it, so I always have at least two). Obviously, it can be crowded on game nights, but that's part of the fun.
If you are interested in eating, the food is good -- though I'd recommend showing up well before game time. My favorite dish is the ultimate in Maryland food: Chicken Chesepeake, made with Eastern Shore poultry and covered with crab meat from the bay. Yum!
Dress Code: On game night, I recommend Ravens' or Orioles' garb if you have it, though if you're going to a Monday Night game in December, just wear anything that's warm. Unlike many towns, Baltimore is very tolerant of opposing colors, so you can often see people wearing the visiting team's shirts -- even if they're Yankee or Steeler fans!
This is a great place to come for fun, and dancing. It has a spring break on the mexican border feel to it all year round. Two Dance floors, 3 bars. Friday is ladies night $5usd for ladies and free drinks all night and $10usd for men (sorry guys you still have to buy drinks). Saturday is $10 cover for every one and Sunday is Latin night (Mostly Latin music all night with some English favorites as well). Contests, Bardances (from the hot male bartenders), Pictures posted on web. If your down town and looking for some fun this is the place to be!
There is a parking garage for a flat rate of $12 at night. So take that cost into account for the night.
Dress Code: Jeans ok but Can Not be too Baggy or loose fitting. Come looking nice but you dont need a suit! Ladies~ anything goes from heels to sneakers but look good!
Best place in town for Billiards with 16 tables. This gem of a haunt has a complete billiard halls, bar and restaurant in a classic setting, fashioned after the era of Edgar Allan Poe. Reasonable priced drinks and great service! Cigars available and there is often team trivia with the winners receiving gift certificates to Edgar's.
Dress Code: Casual
I believe that the ESPN Zone in Baltimore was the first of its kind when it opened in the Inner Harbor about 10 years ago. Now there are many ESPN Zones around the country, but the Baltimore location still holds its own. Basically, the ESPN Zone is a big arcade of sports themed video games that sells beer, plus a big big big screen showing a premier sporting event. Other TVs around the bar will be showing that event or other games of interest. The most recent evening we were there, the Redskin's-Bucs playoff game was on, surrounded by college basketball and NHL games.
The thing that makes ESPN Zone unique is that its games are more than just video games. You can throw footballs to receivers, hit pitches from Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson or try to shoot a puck past a moving goalie. You actually work up a sweat between beers (though not too much of one, don't worry)!
If you're downtown and you like sports, you definitely should check this place out. With all the TVs, it's a good place to catch the NCAA basketball tournament or the World Cup.
The Havana is this amazing place that is a Latin dance club. If you like Latin, you will love this place. It is a hot spot for the trendy yuppy. There is a dance floor that is surrounded by large cozy couches and chairs where you can lounge and enjoy your drinks between dances. (However, usually club members have first dibs on the seating). There is a cigar room that you can enjoy a cigar if you like. If you want to stay low key, just play some pool and check out what is going on around the place from that vantage.
Dress Code: Dressy, dress to impress is best. No jeans.
This is hands down the best tango place in baltimore. The owners are from Argentina and are warm and friendly. The ambiance is incredible. The historic building has been renovated, formerly the City Lights Museum.
The food here is expensive but really some of the best in the city.
There is plenty of parking and the location of the club is easy to find and in a safe area of the city. There is no cover for Saturday and Sunday!
Here is the weekly schedule:
Tuesday ~ "3"
Open Tables | DJ Competition
$3: Drafts, Domestics, Rails, Martinis ALL NIGHT LON21+ // Relaxed dress // $3 cover // 9pm - 2am
Wednesday ~ Rhumba | Swing | Tango | Cha-Cha | Fox Trot
Beginning January 5th, Ballroom style dancing21+ // Relaxed dress // no cover // 7pm - close
Thursday ~ Smooth Jazz, coming soon!
Beginning January 27th, WSMJ 104.3 Presents..
Grady Nichols "Sophistication" 21+ // Relaxed dress // free show // 6pm - 9pm
Friday ~ House // Breaks // Hip-Hop Ladies Night / 21+ // $10 cover, LADIES FREE // Relaxed dress // 9pm - 2am
LADIES DRINK FOR FREE ALL NIGHT!!*
Saturday ~ "Sexxy Salsa" Salsa // Merengue // Bachata // Latin Dance Mix BALTIMORE'S BEST LATIN NIGHT!! w/ DJs Benny & Will "Casique" Gonzales 21+ // $10 cover, Ladies Free // Dress to impress // 9pm - 2am
Sunday ~ "Tea Time Tango" Argentine Tango Dance Lessons // Milonga // Practica w/ instructors: Pablo & Anne Sophie
Tuesday-Thursday : 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday : 5pm-11pm
Sunday : 5pm-9pm
Dress Code: Dress well on weekends. This is an upscale restaurant and club and people look really nice here.
Maybe you didn't know it, but Baltimore has long been an inspiration to musicians of all kinds. In fact, Francis Scott Key penned the words to our national anthem here long ago! As for Downtown Baltimore, well, that's just a mix of old and new. Lucky for us, we're right in the dynamic middle of it all. The Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore is located between the world-renowned Baltimore National Aquarium and Fell's Point, within easy walking distance of the Baltimore Convention Center, Camden Yards, and Raven's Stadium. Our historic building dates back to the site of the first Civil War battle. To commemorate yet another kind of battle— the ongoing battle of the bands— a strapping 68-foot neon guitar now adorns one of our towering smokestacks. You'll know right away where to find us- that thing can be seen from six miles away! Great décor doesn't stop there- inside our cafe you'll see a 1960 teal Cadillac hovering over the custom-designed bar, which is shaped like a Les Paul complete with inlaid handle. A montage of musical instruments is also incorporated into our stained glass wall that's so very Salvador Dali. If it's classic Maryland seafood you want, don't go overboard! We've got you covered on that front, too. There's always a catch of the day at our Maryland cafe, plus lots of other choices for dedicated carnivores or happy herbivores galore.
Dress Code: Hours:
Sun - Thurs 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri & Sat 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Sun - Thurs 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri & Sat 11:00AM - 12:00AM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Half price specials included!
Bar Area Only!
Must be 21
For the best salsa dancing in Baltimore you must go to Club One on Wednesdays. Here a young profesional crowd come together to dance, socialize and have fun. It is a laid back and comfortable atmosphere in a really nice club.
Doors are open at 7:00 PM and the salsa class is from 7:30 - 9:00PM
OPEN DANCING WITH DJ TRUCO: 9:00pm - 12:00am
COVER: $5 Before 7:45pm/$7 After
Dress Code: NO SPORTSWEAR, NO BASEBALL CAPS, NO TENNIS SHOES, NO SHORTS, NO TANK TOPS (for men), AND NO JEANS.
Now remember, this is in a diferent location than the Power Plant, which houses ESPN Zone and Barnes and Noble. The POWER PLANT LIVE is located off the Harbor on Market Place.
At the Power Plant Live, you'll find cool restaurants and clubs filled with great looking people. In the warm months the outdoor bar is open so you can enjoy a cold brew while listening to an outdoor band.
If you'd like to check out all the clubs and want to avoid paying several cover charges, purchase the One Pass, which is basically a $10 wristband that gets you into any of the clubs for one low price. (Many of the clubs average around $5 to $7 as a cover charge, so it really is a good deal if you are going club-hopping). Just ask for the One Pass at the entrance to one of the clubs and they'll hook you up!
Oh, and by the way, you'll often find awesome live entertainment on their outdoor stage (weather permitting). Check out the website and make it a point to visit this fantastic venue!
Dress Code: Casual, but if you are planning on going into one of the clubs, obviously you should dress to impress.
Most of the action recently is happening around the Power Plant live. There are a plenty of clubs are bars to explore and have a good time. If the Power Plant doesn't offer enough options, you can always head towards Fells Point.
Most of the places inside the Power Plant Area are restaurants which will be changed into a club at 11pm. Some tables will be moved aside and there is the dancing spot until most of the time 2-3am.
What I dont really like is that the time is too short, while in Washington you can stay in a club until dawn, this kind of thing is not for Baltimore.
Dress Code: Dress Well. To avoid some problems.
For those who are not 21 yet, let me suggest you to get inside the restaurant before 9 or before the security stands up in the entrance door.