Hottest Spots in Baltimore
By Tawanna Browne Smith
Family Travel Expert
Baltimore has a vibrant nightlife bustling with live performances, bars and pubs, night clubs, lounges, dance halls, comedy shows, and more. If you're interested in a thunder run, where you hop from bar to bar, and you'd rather do it all in a short walking distance, then one of your best bets would be to hit up the Power Plant where you'll find a collection of bars, live music, restaurants, and nightclubs. Fells Point is also a good choice for experiencing several evening activities in a compact area. If the weather is favorable and you're looking for something more laid back, romantic, and all-inclusive, take a cruise around the Inner Harbor on Spirit of Baltimore. It's a great way to experience this port city's night time charm without the hassle of driving. There's so much to choose from in Baltimore after dark; the hardest part of your evening adventure is figuring out what to do.
Located on South Calvert Street, LuX is an upscale nightclub with 2 floors offering bottle service and table purchases. Due to staffing restraints, the club's restaurant is only open during night club events. Its late night offerings at the bar of appetizers and a tapas menu provides partygoers a chance to refuel without leaving the club. (410-528-5110)
Located downtown on East Saratoga Street, Club One is an upscale nightclub with four levels. Each level represents one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The club houses 3 bars within its 22,000 square foot structure and changes its music style nightly, rotating between hip hop, reggae, and dance music. (410-230-0049)
8 Cat's Eye Pub
Located in Fells Point, Cat's Eye Pub is a mainstay and landmark for Baltimore and the Fells Point area. Bands usually play in this pub's tight quarters where no one seems to mind the crowd. Music genres that you can catch in the pub include blues, jazz, folk and whatever the cat ordered. (410-276-9866)
Doors down from Power Plant Live!, Mosaic offers a more sophisticated nightlife experience than its immediate neighbors. DJs are in rotation so you never know what to expect. Part lounge and part club, Mosaic accommodates private parties and offers guests and outdoor patio seating area that has become increasingly popular with patrons. (443-468-5308)
6 Red Maple
Located in Mt. Vernon, Red Maple is one of Baltimore's hottest lounges, offering unique cocktails and Asian-inspired tapas along with other menu items fit to be seen in a traditional restaurant environment. Guests can either enjoy lounge-style seating on the first floor of Red Maple or traditional table-seating on the second floor. After dinner make your way to the back of the club for either its indoor dance floor or catch a breath of fresh air on the outdoor patio. (410-547-0149)
5 Power Plant Live
Located just blocks from the Inner Harbor, Power Plant Live! is a collection of clubs, bars, and restaurants. The area is also home to Ram's Head Live! one of the biggest draws for the area. Power Plant Live! is never dull and attracts hundreds of tourists as well as residents on a weekly basis. (410-752-LIVE)
4 The 13th Floor
Located on the top floor of the Historic Belvedere, the 13th floor is part restaurant, part club. It offers great panaromic views of the city at night. The dark ambiance coupled with a small dance floor and seasonal menu makes the 13th floor and intimate choice for partygoers. (410-347-0888)
3 The Owl Bar
Located on the first floor of the Historic Belvedere in downtown Baltimore, the Owl Bar offers a distinct nightlife setting that will take you back in time. Offering a full menu and long bar, its decor of dark wood and leather seats channels images of bars from the 20s and 30s. Pictures of celebrity line the walls of the hallways leading into the doors of the bar. (410-347-0888)
2 Eden's Lounge
Located in Mt. Vernon, Eden's Lounge is only 10 minutes from the Inner Harbor. Besides music and atmosphere, Eden's Lounge offers Ethiopian tapas-style dishes. Floor cushions provide guests with an opportunity to lounge more informally and relax in Eden Lounge's laid back environment. (410-244-0405)
1 Havana Club
A quick walk from the Inner Harbor, Havana club sits atop Ruth's Chris Steak house in downtown Baltimore. This club is a more upscale option from its neighbors near the Power Plant Live! and is more suitable for an older crowd. Havana Club offers tapas, rich leather seating areas, a private section great for parties and an extensive cigar selection. (410-468-0022)
About Tawanna Browne Smith
Tawanna has had a wanderlust spirit since she was 13. A dozen or so addresses later, she now resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons. Tawanna is the founder and creator of Mom's Guide To Travel, a family travel blog. She's also a contributor to the Travel Channel. If she's not traveling somewhere out of state, she's either shopping or searching for the best crabcake or the best cupcake in the Baltimore-Washington area.
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