Nightlife & Music
Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated and stressful holidays of the year. Between coordinating travel arrangements, cooking large amounts of food and scrubbing the house before guests arrive, it can be quite overwhelming to tackle that long to-do list. Take the pressure off, and take over the town during black Wednesday, a pre-thanksgiving celebration full of tasty beers and premium cocktails. Slide into the city to experience some of the best bars for this pre-Thanksgiving bash.
When it comes to music, people prefer to listen to tunes that speak to the soul and evoke memories. If you long for the days before Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj, take a trip down memory lane with these local bands who keep your favorite musical artists and songs alive.
Halloween’s a double-edged sword: everyone gets to wear costumes and run amuck, but kids are everywhere. For a little adults-only action, the best Halloween parties in Baltimore promise all of the glitz and ghouls and none of the trick-or-treaters.
Few places can scare up a good time like Charm City. As Halloween creeps closer and closer, locals and visitors alike may enjoy a festive night at some local haunts that serve up great ghost stories with their suds. In a historic place like Baltimore, expect tales of wars, politics and heartaches gone by at the best haunted bars around.
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival originating in Germany that runs from late September to the first weekend is October … typically. Charm City prefers to take its time when it comes to celebrations involving a top-notch brew, and chooses to feature its largest Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 13. Other fine Baltimore establishments feature festive German beers throughout the month and participate in Baltimore Beer Week, in which patrons may sample authentic brews from all over the globe, win prizes and fill up on some schnitzel.
Embarking on a career in bartending can prove to be both fun and lucrative. Some bartenders in bustling Baltimore establishments walk out with hundreds of dollars in tips in one night. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills on cocktail concocting as a part-time hobby or full-time profession, the Maryland Bartending Academy these classes are a must.
Whether you’re a recent college graduate or already established at a corporation, networking is integral to both finding a job and thriving in the position you’ve secured. Many bars in Charm City can be great places to rub elbows with big names in business — both locally and nationally — and many also play host to special events for networking and socializing. These are the cream of the city’s crop, so start here.
It can be hard to unwind at Charm City’s local haunts when the clamor of sports fans is galvanized at every touchdown or fumble. Even some Ravens fans sometimes crave an escape from the commotion of Purple Pride for a relaxing drink and good conversation. For avoiding football raucous-— even when the Steelers are in town-— these bars prove to be swanky without being pretentious, chic without being exclusive, and deliver both impeccable beverages and ambiance.
They say the college years will be the best of your life—they fail to mention that these years can also be the most stressful. Class time and hours of studying can leave coeds in need of a reprieve but with little money for a night out. Luckily, students of Charm City have several opportunities for student discounts and designated college nights at bars near their universities.
A night out on the town doesn’t always have to include cocktails—and a subsequent hangover—thanks to the eclectic mix of Hookah Bars found right here in Charm City.
Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or don’t know the difference between a cue and an 8 ball, Charm City has a plethora of pool halls for both beginners and pros. From Parkville to Frederick, we’ve racked up five of the best bars and halls around Baltimore for every type of player.
From notably historic venues downtown in the Inner Harbor, to hidden gems in the counties, Baltimore has no shortage of fun and variety when it comes to the bar and restaurant scene. Juxtaposing many of the bars’ regular festivities are an array of drinking games to up the shenannigans.