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A Night Out In Baltimore’s Federal Hill

November 7, 2013 6:00 AM

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Bustling with shoppers and commuters by day, the neighborhood of Federal Hill becomes even livelier after the sun sets. A plethora of hot spots will entice you with good food, music, sports and even magic and belly dancing for a fun night out.

Mother’s Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 244-8686

Start your Federal Hill bar crawl at a local favorite with absolutely no cover charge. Here you can enjoy happy hour drink specials, like $5 margaritas and $3 Heinekens, as well as a wide variety of burgers and wings. Bring a group of friends for free trivia nights with cash prizes on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. or the occasional dance parties and “wing wars.” Mother’s is also known for its purple patio where you can grab breakfast, tailgate and listen to tunes from a disc jockey to get pumped up for the Ravens games. Feel free to hang out at either of the two bars and grille to watch the games from the 20 HD flat-screen televisions, and host your own party of up to 250 guests in the upstairs rooms.

Related: Best Places To Eat Before The Game In Baltimore

1061 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 576-9230

Established in 2000 by two brothers from Philadelphia, MaGerk’s is a laid-back venue where you can root for the Orioles, Ravens and even the Eagles while chowing down on a Philly cheesesteak. More than 10,000 songs are available on a digital jukebox, and a disc jockey hosts dancing upstairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Trivia nights on Mondays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. come with prizes, half-priced munchies and $2 domestic beers. You can also order from the varying menu, which includes soups, salads, sandwiches and even sushi. Reserve the upstairs or the patio for your next event, large or small.

Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge
1025 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-5811

Prepare for a different experience than what a typical bar or nightclub provides. This classy lounge features the comedy, magic and fun of Spencer Horseman who has performed in New York, Las Vegas, Hawaii, London and Tokyo, not to mention on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and various other television shows. The acts start every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. with special events like New Year’s Eve parties, Halloween costume contests and Valentine’s Day burlesque shows. Indulge in your favorite drink from an impressive selection at the bar and feel free to bring snacks.

Zeeba Lounge
916 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 539-7900

At the entrance to Federal Hill lies one of the best hookah bars in the city. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine is on the menu, including tapas, hummus, saffron-infused shrimp, exotic teas, Turkish coffee and baklava. Though non-alcoholic drinks are served, you can BYOB for a corkage fee. Along with seasonal hookah flavors, like apple cider and pumpkin pie, you will be entertained with live belly dancing performances Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. Remember to save by attending ladies’ and student nights.

Related: Best Hookah Bars In Baltimore

No Idea Tavern
1649 S. Hanover St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-4332

Now when friends ask where you were last night and you answer “no idea,” they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. This cozy, dog-friendly lounge offers free wireless Internet, ping pong, bingo and shuffleboard while you watch games from MLB, NHL, NFL and college football, and even matches from Liverpool. In addition to pizza, wings and burgers, enjoy all-you-can-drink specials and a wide range of wines.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at

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