Baltimore’s Station North Arts District is a richly historic neighborhood in a period of creative growth. Located in the heart of Baltimore, it's a grittier sister to the venerable Mt. Vernon and Mt. Royal arts districts (where the Peabody Conservatory and Maryland Institute College of Art are located.)
Charles Street has been Baltimore’s main commercial route for more than 100 years. North Avenue (U.S. Route 1) recently received worldwide attention as the epicenter of Baltimore’s 2015 riots. But this vibrant historic arts district is blossoming, thanks to an emerging trend: seekers of authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences. Theaters, museums and restaurants are staking out their places there.
Folks seeking something more than the carefully vetted tourist attractions at the Inner Harbor are drawn to the Station North Arts District. This neighborhood offers fresh, creative nightlife options that delight visitors and locals alike.
If it's fresh and creative nightlife you seek, look no further than The Windup Space.
The Windup Space is part bar, part art gallery and part performance venue, housed in a striking industrial space. On any given night of the week, you might enjoy a vintage jazz band, watch a cult classic movie or participate in a table tennis happy hour.
Early birds and night owls will both appreciate their broad schedule, starting at 5 pm and running until 1 am most nights of the week. With the wide variety of events, there really is something to appeal to every taste.
One popular event is the monthly Dr. Sketchy’s life drawing session, with semi-clad cabaret and burlesque performer models. Artists at every level (even stick figure drawers) are welcome to attend and draw the models – just bring your own sketch pad and pencils. (First-timers may appreciate the full bar within easy reach.)
Live music enthusiasts flock to the Windup Space to hear local bands of every type. Their musical genres span the spectrum, including house, funk, Fleetwood Mac tribute bands...even Romanian pagan metal!
Looking for something a little quieter? They also have art exhibition openings, discussions and board game nights.
The Windup Space is located just steps from the intersection of Charles and North. Charles Street is the main street that runs North-South through the City of Baltimore and even into Baltimore County. A new free Charm City Circulator route takes you steps away. It runs until midnight on weekends, until 8 pm on weekdays. Look for affordable, secure parking at the nearby Parking Panda.