hether you’re planning a bachelorette or bachelor party, a birthday celebration or college reunion, your time in Baltimore is sure to include at least one epic night out and we’re here to help you plan it. Blend your own whiskey. Visit a selfie museum. Have dinner in the roaring ‘20s. Dance under the stars. No matter what you choose from this guide, you can be sure of one thing: it’ll be a night to remember.
Best Hotels for Nightlife in Baltimore
Baltimore’s downtown has long been a center of art and food, with attractions like the historic Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and the American Visionary Art Museum. It’s also home to some of the city’s most popular nightlife spots. Apart from being an Instagrammer’s dream with its beautiful interior spaces, Kimpton Hotel Monaco is in the perfect spot to enjoy downtown Baltimore’s nightlife. Entertainment hub Power Plant Live! is just a few blocks away, with bar-hopping neighborhoods like Fell’s Point and Federal Hill nearby. The Four Seasons Hotel is also ideally located for nightlife adventures, and its very own The Bygone is a great way to begin your evening with some cocktails overlooking the harbor.
Nightlife Things to Do
Whatever your mood on any given night, you will always find something in Baltimore to go with it. If you feel like dancing, head over to Mosaic Lounge and move to the beats of premier local and international DJs. Or take a ride to Pigtown’s Mobtown Ballroom to dance swing to live music and admire some amazing lindy hoppers. Or cruise down to the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center for some roller disco fun. If you’re looking for a true Charm City experience, take a tour of one of the local distilleries and breweries.
Old Line Spirits offers tours and tastings of their award-winning American Single Malt Whiskeys and Aged Caribbean Rums. You can also stay after your tour to enjoy their signature cocktails crafted from their fresh-from-the-barrel spirits. Baltimore Spirit Company offers expertly crafted cocktails and a Blend Your Own Whiskey Tour, where you can create your own custom-made bottle to take home. Sagamore Spirit Distillery also offers tours and tastings of their award-winning rye whiskey, while at Wet City Brewing you can enjoy their renowned ribeye cheesesteak sandwich while you sample from their impressive selection of handcrafted beers.
Other city highlights include a nightclub ride down the Patapsco River with City Cruises, Baltimore-themed escape rooms at Charm City Clue Room, capturing the perfect moment at Take a Shot Selfie Museum or a cooking class at Baltimore Chef Shop. Of course, if you’re in the mood to scream and shout with the locals, what better way than catching an Orioles or Ravens game with your friends.
Bars and Cocktails
Trendy speakeasies, beloved institutions, craft breweries… There’s no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying a nice drink or a cold beer in this town. But if we have to narrow it down, here are four of our favorite watering holes in Charm City:
- WC Harlan’s unassuming (and unadorned) entrance belies one of the most intriguing spots in the city. Once inside, you’ll be welcomed by an intimate, romantic space with a 1920’s French vibe and perfectly crafted cocktails.
- The Elk Room, named by Esquire as one of the best bars in America, is a cocktail lover’s paradise with a decidedly speakeasy feel, fantastic food with a French flair and occasional live music.
- Ropewalk Tavern resides on one of Federal Hill’s oldest streets and dates back to the days before prohibition. And while the space brings images of ancient shipbuilders talking shop and sipping on ales, the menu is definitely more modern, with a selection of over 150 beers and a constantly changing menu of daily tavern fare. Plus enjoy an array of arcade games while you imbibe.
- If you’ve always wanted to drink German beer out of a glass boot, then Crossbar is the place for you. The official supporters club of Bayern Munich sports a fine selection of German and world beers, which are perfectly complemented by a food menu where Maryland Crab dip lives happily next to German sausages.
Great Places for Dinner in Baltimore
Whether dinner begins your night or ends it, options in Baltimore are plentiful and diverse. Sure, you can’t visit Baltimore and not try blue crab and Berger cookies, but here are some other great choices for dining in Baltimore:
- Open until 2 a.m., with a selection of about 130 tequilas
and fresh, house-made salsas, Blue Agave is a go-to for locals looking for a nightcap or a late-night snack.
- Sitting atop Hotel Revival and overlooking the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, Topside offers 360º views of the city, a menu rooted in Baltimore’s seafood culture and specialty cocktails.
- Located in the eclectic, nightlife-rich Old Goucher neighborhood and open until 4 a.m., Jong Kak is best known for its real-deal, mesquite-fire Korean BBQ. The exterior is unassuming, but the prices are fair and the food tasty and fresh.
- With locations in Fell’s Point and Hampden, Ekiben is an Asian- fusion restaurant famous for hearty and tasty buns, particularly the Neighborhood Bird Sandwich, which seems to be universally adored.
- Barcocina offers an ever-changing menu of seasonal, Mexican-inspired cuisine. Large, airy, and with plenty of shareable options, it’s a great choice for larger parties.
- Specializing in crab cakes, steaks and fresh fish, but with an expansive menu that includes 20 flavors of wings and 20 types of burgers, Mother’s Grille is another great option for larger groups. Leave some space for their house-made Pop Pop’s Ice Cream.