Best Places To Eat Before The Show In Baltimore

September 25, 2013 6:00 AM

A great night at a concert or seeing a musical starts as all great nights should—with a delicious dinner. Baltimore’s musical venues are near plenty of restaurants, offering a plethora of pre-show options. Whether you want to keep it low key or go all out, there’s a place to get your fix. Check out these five restaurants in Baltimore near music and theater venues that are perfect for that pre-show pit stop.


The Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-6925

The Brewer’s Art is just a short quarter-mile walk up Charles Street to the Lyric Opera House, making it a great place to stop for pre-show food. Named the best bar in the United States by Esquire Magazine, Brewer’s Art is also one of the best places in Baltimore to grab a drink. Known for its home brews, including Resurrection and Ozzy Ales, Brewer’s Art also serves up some delicious fare, like its famed rosemary French fries.

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Sotto Sopra
405 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 625-0534

Sotto Sopra has been an anchor on Charles Street in Baltimore’s Cultural District since 1996. It has hosted countless pre-show dinners for those headed to the Lyric, the Hippodrome and other shows in downtown Baltimore. Chef Riccardo Bosio serves up authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine in a beautiful 19th-century building. Sotto Sopra also brings the show to its guests, hosting opera nights in the restaurant. It whips up a delicious prix-fixe menu for diners to enjoy as the opera is literally performed in front of them.

(credit: Alexander D. Mitchell)

(credit: Alexander D. Mitchell)

Alewife Baltimore
21 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 545-5112

Boasting 40-plus beers from around the world on any given day, Alewife is the perfect place to grab a drink before (and especially after) a show. Located directly across from the Hippodrome, Alewife caters to the show crowds all week. Alewife has earned numerous accolades, including “Best Downtown Bar,” “Best Beer Selection” and one of the top restaurants in the city. Diners can enjoy unique dishes like wild boar sliders, its famed smoke burger and the occasional snakehead.

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1307 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 468-0002

XS is a great pre-show option in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood, edging Station North, because it offers such variety. Its four floors offer everything from coffee to sushi, plus delicious cocktails to start (or end) the night. Start early with breakfast and coffee and work through the day until happy hour with sushi and cocktail deals. XS only accepts reservations for parties of six or more, so smaller groups may face a wait.



The Abbey Burger Bistro
1041 Marshall Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(443) 453-9698

While much of Baltimore’s theater shows are hosted in Mt. Vernon, catching a concert in Federal Hill’s 8×10 is a great way to enjoy live music. Before the show, grab a bite at one of several restaurants that line Cross, Charles and Light streets. For excellent atmosphere and delicious burgers, stop at Abbey Burger Bistro. Housed in the old McHenry Theater, Abbey Burger Bistro allows patrons to go through a checklist to choose all options for a burger, including kangaroo and wild boar. Toppings include truffle oil, fried egg and peanut butter.

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for

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