With so many coffees and beers brewing in Baltimore, night owls and early birds alike will be able to find their new favorite drink. Whether you want to explore the city by day or by night, check out these places that are creating a buzz with their unique flavors and local ingredients.
Spro, located on the Avenue in Hampden offers beans roasted in house and coffee gear available for purchase, which owner Jay Caragay and his staff will happily help you navigate. Grab a croissant or other baked goodies from local bakery Patisserie Poupon, or homemade cakes by Jay's mom, plus your usual espresso drinks, pour overs and iced coffee brewed in huge drip towers.
Artifact Coffee, from the mind of James Beard award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, is located in a historic mill in the Woodberry neighborhood, near Hampden. Sourcing all ingredients from local producers, the focus here is on the highest quality coffee and organic, sustainable food offerings, bringing the farm-to-table mission to the world of coffee. Don’t miss the Spike-iatto, a macchiato and shot of espresso named for chef Gjerde.
Coffee shop by morning, Korean hot spot for lunch and dinner; Dooby's, in the heart of Mount Vernon, offers perfectly poured lattes, pastries made in-house and a relaxed city vibe. The Korean-inspired menu includes the popular pork buns, ramen and rice bowls. You can also get your Dooby's fix at the Baltimore Farmers Market on Sunday mornings under the Jones Falls Expressway, April-December.
3 Bean Coffee, located in historic Federal Hill with views of the Inner Harbor, is a craft coffee shop serving quality and sustainable coffee. Ask about their specialty drinks or pour-over coffee, and they'll have something perfect for you. Lauded not only for their amazing drinks and service, 3 Bean has ambiance as memorable as the coffee.
Stopping by Peace & A Cup of Joe with its "relaxing, home away from home atmosphere" is a must if you're near the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This peaceful café prides itself on serving the best coffee from around the world, making food with fresh and local ingredients and being the place to go to connect with people.
Bird in Hand, a collaboration between Artifact Coffee and The Ivy Bookshop, is a café-bookshop in Charles Village that offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy thoughtful food and drink from Artifact Coffee, while exploring The Ivy Bookshop's carefully curated collection.
Breweries & Pubs
Union Craft Brewing offers a variety of brews that pay homage to Baltimore’s past including Anthem Golden Ale, Duckpin Pale Ale and Balt Altbier, plus a variety of seasonal ales and small-batch brews. In June 2018, the brewery relocated and opened a new 50,500-square-foot facility and taproom at its commercial project, the Union Collective, in Hampden. Visiting Union Craft Brewing is a must for beer lovers.
Consistently on the list of nationally recognized beer bars and brew pubs, The Brewer's Art features beers brewed in its beautiful Mount Vernon townhome. Choose from two unique experiences – a dark, intimate downstairs bar or the upstairs dining room overlooking historic Charles Street. Be sure to order a Resurrection, a brown Abbey Ale, Beazly (a Belgian beer which at 7.25% abv is deceptively light and fresh) or a Birdhouse Pale Ale.
Save time for a visit to the nearby Heavy Seas Brewery in Halethrope, MD. They offer free brewery tours and a calendar of beer-related events throughout the year. Sample favorites like Loose Cannon, Small Craft Warning and Peg Leg.
If you're looking for an easy way to try all the great beer Baltimore has to offer, look no further than City Brew Tours, which offer daily brewery tours to Baltimore's top breweries, brewpubs and beer bars. The five-hour tours include tastings of up to 15 different craft beers, a beer pairing lunch or dinner, VIP visits to 3-4 breweries and round-trip transportation from downtown Baltimore.
Visit the first Guinness brewery on American soil since 1954 and experience the perfect blend of "local Maryland flavor and Irish hospitality." Just down the road from BWI Airport, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House allows visitors to take tours of the facility, taste experimental beers or Irish classics in the taproom and learn about the history of Guinness.
Pub Dog in historic Federal Hill has a great selection of beers brewed in-house – from light and refreshing to rich and full-bodied. Try their rotating seasonal beers, original drafts or "mixed breeds." These premium beers are served two at a time and won't hurt your wallet. And, don't miss out on their hand-crafted pizzas!
The Owl Bar, located in Baltimore’s landmark Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, was once an infamous speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Over a century later, the gastropub features 20 craft beers on tap, hand-crafted cocktails, comfort food and great ambiance.