Summer is upon us, and the longer days and warmer temperatures bring with them a need to get out of the house with friends and have fun. Whether you are a college student with limited funds or the current state of the economy has you living on a tighter budget, the last thing you want to spend your hard earned money on is a cover charge at the door of the club or bar. Swing by one of the following Baltimore area bars where you will be able to happily walk right in without shelling out any cash at the door.

Photo Credit:

Eden’s Lounge
15 W Eager St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 244-0405

Eden’s Lounge is one of the few dance clubs left in Baltimore City that does not charge a cover before 10 p.m. This is not, however, due to its lack of popularity or quality. While you are at this Baltimore hot spot you can enjoy even more savings with two-for-one specials during happy hour at either of Eden’s two sizeable bars. On Friday and Saturday nights, experience the latest in hit dance music. Bonus: Once your night is complete, it won’t be necessary to hike endless blocks to your car because Eden’s Lounge also offers parking nearby.

Photo Credit:

Main Street Tower
29 South Main St.
Bel Air, Md. 21014
(410) 838-8007

Sometimes you just want to venture a little ways out of the downtown Baltimore area to experience a fun and wallet-friendly night out. The Main Street Tower in Bel Air is the perfect place to go on a warm summer night to enjoy cold, inexpensive drinks and hot live music. The Tower’s rooftop deck bar turns into a colorfully lit, high energy dance floor when the sun goes down, hosted by the hottest local DJs and bands. The drink specials are unbeatable and there is never a cover charge. Serious savers can follow The Tower’s Nightlife Blog for updates on live entertainment and drink specials or check out their current event calendar to see what’s coming up.

Photo Credit:

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

Mother’s Grille is, without a doubt, one of Federal Hill’s most popular hot spots. This bar/dance club combo has a bit of something for everyone. The expansive space offers dining, pool tables, darts and plenty of room for dancing. Mother’s also has great drinks at affordable prices, all without charging its patrons at the door. This is a great spot to enjoy trendy music from local DJs in a fantastic atmosphere without breaking the bank.

Related: Baltimore Girls’ Night Out

Photo Credit:

Looney’s Pub Bel Air
312 South Main St.
Bel Air, Md. 21014
(410) 803-7080

While all of the legendary Looney’s Pub locations are great places to go for a night out, the Bel Air venue is known to be the best of the four to head to if you are seeking a night of carefree dancing and high energy. Looney’s offers great drink specials every day and superb live entertainment every Thursday through Sunday. From the Wednesday Ladies’ Nights to the “All Day Happy Hours” on Sundays, you may want to make this a regular spot. Check out the website for all of Looney’s specials and events for extra savings.

Photo Credit:

Hightopps Backstage Grille
2306 York Road
Timonium, Md. 21093
(410) 560-7101

Hightopps Backstage Grille has been the go-to night out bar in the Timonium area for many years. Known as one of the best retro bars in Baltimore, Hightopps has live entertainment daily and the best drink specials in the area, so there is no room for boredom here. Multiple areas of the bar offer dining, a patio lounge area, dance floor and even a sandy beach with wooden furniture and an area to kick off your flip flops and play a game of beanbag toss. Take a trip to the website for more information about specials and live music.

Related: Best Live Latin Music In Baltimore

Jenna Clark has been a freelance writer for two years and a blogger for four years. Her current blog gives advice to women about how to look fashionable on a budget. Jenna currently lives in Bel Air with her husband, Brandon, and their two dogs. Her work can be found at