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Fells Point, just east of the Inner Harbor; Federal Hill, due south; and Canton, due east, have hosts of bars, restaurants, and clubs that draw a rowdy, largely collegiate crowd. If you're seeking quieter surroundings, head for the upscale comforts of downtown or Mount Vernon clubs and watering holes.

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  • 1. 13th Floor

    Mount Vernon | Bars/Pubs

    At the top of The Belvedere, the 13th Floor offers a great view, a long martini list, and live jazz. For a while it had been trapped in the...Read More

  • 2. Bond Street Social

    Fells Point | Bars/Pubs

    The patio at the waterside Bond Street Social is a great spot for an early-evening pint or weekend brunch: The Bloody Mary bar is especially...Read More

  • 3. Cat's Eye Pub

    Fells Point | Live Music

    For some of the city's best and most authentic live blues, rock, bluegrass, soul and rockabilly, head to the Cat's Eye Pub, which hosts live...Read More

  • 4. Club Charles

    Station North Arts District | Bars/Pubs

    With its stylized art deco surroundings, the funky Club Charles is a favorite hangout for an artsy crowd, moviegoers coming from the Charles...Read More

  • 5. Club Hippo

    Mount Vernon | Bars/Pubs

    Baltimore's longest-reigning gay bar, Club Hippo's motto is "everyone is welcome." It's true—the vibe is quite unpretentious—and that's why...Read More

  • 6. Explorer's Lounge

    Inner Harbor | Bars/Pubs

    The well-heeled gather at the Harbor Court Hotel in the Explorer's Lounge, where there are antique elephant-tusk lamps and faux leopard-skin...Read More

  • 7. Grand Central

    Mount Vernon | Bars/Pubs

    This gay hot spot just might have the best dance floor in Baltimore. It features a fog machine, intelligent lighting, and video screens that...Read More

  • 8. Horse You Came In On

    Fells Point | Bars/Pubs

    Ominously known as one of the last places Edgar Allan Poe was seen alive (he was not sober), it's been said that Poe's spirit can still be felt...Read More

  • 9. Horseshoe Casino


    Operated by Caesar’s Entertainment, Maryland’s newest casino opened with great fanfare in August 2014. It features 122,000 square feet of gaming...Read More

  • 10. Idle Hour

    Federal Hill | Bars/Pubs

    Ever tried Chartreuse? Its signature acid-green color comes from its more than 130 plants and herbs that macerate in alcohol for eight hours...Read More

  • 11. Maryland Live!


    Just 12 miles south of downtown on Interstate 95, Maryland Live! is a $500 million gaming and entertainment complex. It's open 24/7 and has...Read More

  • 12. Max's Taphouse

    Fells Point | Bars/Pubs

    The enormous bar at Max's Taphouse is heaven for beer lovers—it boasts an artillery range of taps, with more than 140 draft brews and about...Read More

  • 13. Ottobar

    Charles Village | Live Music

    Ottobar is the city's venue for live alternative music—and bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, and the White Stripes...Read More

  • 14. Pickles Pub

    Inner Harbor | Bars/Pubs

    Pickles Pub overflows with Orioles and Ravens fans whenever there's a home game. It's the quintessential Baltimore sports bar for over 25 years...Read More

  • 15. Pub Dog

    Federal Hill | Bars/Pubs

    For better or worse, Federal Hill is known for its frat-house vibe. But with its exposed brick interior, old wood floors and vintage photos...Read More

  • 16. Rams Head Live

    Inner Harbor | Live Music

    Rams Head Live showcases national and international musicians, as well as local talent. It's part of the Power Plant Live! complex, just steps...Read More

  • 17. Red Maple

    Mount Vernon | Bars/Pubs

    Check the events lineup before heading to Red Maple: One night could feature belly dancers, another a DJ or International beats, and yet another...Read More

  • 18. Rye

    Fells Point | Bars/Pubs

    The handcrafted cocktail tradition is alive and well at Rye. Its menu features over a dozen small-batch American rye whiskeys, as well as scotch...Read More

  • 19. The 8x10 Club

    Federal Hill | Live Music

    The 8x10 Club is one of the city's premier spots for live music, from rock and reggae, to jazz, blues, and soul. The spring-loaded dance floor...Read More

  • 20. The Brewer's Art

    Mount Vernon | Bars/Pubs

    Housed in a turn-of-the-century brownstone that belonged to an investment banker, the Brewer's Art has a well deserved reputation for great...Read More

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