Kellys is a fun little local bar with karaoke where the whole vt gang went one night.
After having gone bowling and drinking all evening before that people were very happy to grab the microphone and sing along.
Even if i was a bit hammerd in the end i remember enough to say that kellys is a fun place where tourists normally don't come in droves.
We were certainly an exception.
Dress Code: I can't imagine they have any.
While Baltimore may not be Seattle or Boston when it comes to turning out rock bands, this area has produced a few names that might be recognizable: Kix, Child's Play, SR-71, Joan Jett and a few others. Many of these acts used to play at Hammerjacks, defunct club located where the new stadiums not sit. The loss of Hammerjacks is lamented by many who loved to see good rock bands (and women dance on bartops).
It's still possible to find good music around Baltimore though. THe Charm City Devils seem poised to break into the big time, for example. Additionally, a friend of mine is the lead singer for a cover band called Stiff Richard, which plays classics like AC/DC and Aerosmith as well as new rock by Jet, Kid Rock and Velvet Revolver. Their signature song is a rocking version of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" If you want a good night out, I recommend catching these guys while you're in Baltimore. For their schedule, check http://www.stiffrichardrock.com
The place where they have the best crowds is Cancun Cantina, just south of BWI Airport on MD176 just east of Telegraph Road. Check them out there around Halloween and you'll never forget it!
we all went to the latin palace one night and i thought that was a very good choice for a mixed group like ours.
the music was very good in my opinion and very latin indeed.
the bar had a good selection of beer and especially cocktails.
the caipirinha is recommended.
it's both suitable for dancing and for hanging out in the bar while having a chat.
Dress Code: they let us all in, so i guess the dress code is not too serious.
What a great pub! So great I went three times in one day :) This is a good sized pub with a great, diverse crowd. The food is fantastic and the pull a fine pint of Guinness. The pub also has music on the weekends and a small dart room out back.
Dress Code: casual
There are two Wharf Rat locations. The original is in Fells Point, but we went to the one near Camden Yards after watching a baseball game. They brew their own beer here and I can only vouch for the Irish Red, but it was delicious. The food was great too. I had the crab cake entree, which was huge and delicious with big chunks of fresh, flavorful crab meat.
Dress Code: At the Camden Yards location there are separate bar and restaurant areas and great oudoor seating, but come as you are no matter where you choose to sit.
After duckpin bowling at Patterson Bowl, we walked across the street to Kelly's, a karaoke bar. Ellen was afraid that the VTers would be a little shy (HAHAHAHA) so she got the ball rolling with a little Nancy Sinatra and then you couldn't STOP the VTers from grabbing the microphone! I will never think of "New York, New York" the same way again thanks to Chet (yooperprof)
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I spared the VTers the sound of my voice, think Cameron Diaz in "My Best Friend's Wedding" ;-)
I didn't stay here long, but the owner was nice and let us in for free. Very nice inside. They have dance lessons and the bartender gave us some free appetizers. Don't let the tacky neon sign fool you, the interior is quite nice.
Dress Code: hmm, If I were going here, I'd dress semi nice.
Outside of the bar hubs on Fells Point, the Harbor, Canton, etc. is northeast Baltimore. It's not really known as a hub of anything, but it does have the fabulous Holiday House.
The Holiday House is a biker bar. No two ways about that. Everyone there smoke. Everyone. Cheap beer is on tap. It's a Budweiser in a can and a shot kind of place. There are a lot of regulars, and a sign that they must have their bar tabs paid in full on Fridays....or else....
Live music is played Friday and Saturday.
While people are nice(ish), they are not especially chatty. The regular line that I've used (with varying degrees of success in biker bars), "Wow, I bet you like ZZ Top!" doesn't actually have the desired effect there.
And, parts of John Waters' latest film Dirty Shame, was set here. Fame, however, has not seemd to spoil the place.
Dress Code: You can't really go wrong with leater, or a wallet on a chain. A tee-shirt with a Harley dealership works, too. Failing that, a nice Carhart jacket, or a baseball cap works. People there are also fond of bandanas on their heads.
If you're female (like I am), you could do worse then to perm and bleach your hair. And, of course, don't forget your liquid eyeliner...plenty of that, too!
This is the art school, The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) hangout. It's also the hangout for blue collar folks, heroin addicts, and assorted other misfits.
Although I didn't go to MICA, I spent a good deal of my late teens to 20s there, art student wannabe, I guess. It was never called the Mt. Royal Tavern, always, always simply, The Tavern.
In all honesty, I haven't been there in years...although I know the beer is cheap...and sold by the pitcher. The juke box is probably still rocking, with everyone from Frank Sinatra to ? and the Mysterians, to Patsy Cline to Elvis Costello...to whatever is hot (but not trendy) now.
And, probably about 90 percent of the people who hang there smoke (cigarettes). And, they probably still smoke really heavily. If that sort of thing bothers you, then you should definitely stay away.
It's also a friendly place...and, years ago, some art student painted an amazing replica of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling. It's amazing.
Dress Code: Art student affectation complete with thrift store clothing probably works best. Not bathing for a ffew days could also add to your appeal.
Seriously, if there was one place where anything goes...this is it.
An Die Musik started life as an indpendent record shop, specializing in classical, jazz, and "world" music. (whatever THAT one actually means...)
In any event, it's a laid back place, with enthusiastic and helpful staff, and fellow patrons that really know their stuff.
In addition to the store, in the last year or two, they opened up a venue on the second floor, An Die Musik Live, which features anything from local jazz musicans to local classical musicians, to international baroque quintents, to very well known musicans in the jazz world.
The upstairs is basically a smallish room, with great wing-backed chairs for seating.. and, a jazz musican friend of mine said that the sound there was just about the best anywhere he's ever played...(well, then again, he mostly plays in bars....)
It's worth checking to schedule if you want to hear live music...and, it's a part of the local music scene is Baltimore that's worthy of support.
Dress Code: anything is acceptable...the crowd ranges from the nearby Peabody School of Music students to urban sophisticates (such that they are in Baltimore).
If you're looking for something a bit more artsy, off the beaten path thing to do, and support the local arts while doing it, you should check out the listings at the Creative Alliance.
In a renovated deco theater, The Patterson, the creative alliances has art exhibitions, live music, theater and other "lively arts," and film screenings. They also are the force behind the fun and creative Fluid Movement, that stages incredibly funny, sweet, and clever "water ballets," in the Patterson Park pool...just a few blocks away. They also have a "great lantern" parade during Halloween, with activities to go along with it.
Since I live in one of the "Patterson Park" neighborhoods, I can vouch for how much fun they've made the southeast section of town...and how glad I am that they're around!
Dress Code: come as you are...or want to be!
In the counties south of Baltimore, the sound of an April night is the trill of mating frogs and toads. In our back yard, you can count on the first mating calls to puncture the silence on 6 April -- it has happened on that date for the last three years. For the next few weeks, it's a frog orgy! This culminates in gobs of frog eggs in our pond and ultimately thousands of tadpoles swimming for their lives.
So if your Baltimore nightlife experience doesn't end up with you finding that special someone, listen for the frogs and enjoy the sounds of someone who has hooked up!
Kelly's is a neighborhood dive with a great crowd (even w/o Vt'ers, it seemed like a fun group) Karoke is the thing here and it is quite a sight.
Dress Code: casual
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