Washington, D.C. is a short commuter train ride from Baltimore, perfect for a day trip to see the events of Inauguration Day in person. But in D.C., there are high costs and boisterous crowds to contend with, which are enough to keep many people in town. If your office isn’t airing President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, check out one of these five locations to get your Inauguration Day fix.


200 International Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 576-5800

LAMILL COFFEE, a cafe situated along the water in Harbor East, will offer a coffee and cupcake pairing on Inauguration Day. Four Seasons pastry chef, Chris Ford, will create USA-themed cupcakes available Jan. 21. The paired coffee will be Americano, a drip coffee with espresso and water. The cafe’s seating area with couches allow for easy viewing of the high-definition flat-screen televisions to watch the inauguration.

Reginald F. Lewis

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(443) 263-1800

In 2013, the presidential inauguration and the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coincide. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will air the inauguration during its celebration of King. The celebration will include musical performances, craft activities, discussions, storytelling and museum highlight tours. The event is $5 and begins at 12 p.m. After the event, view the museum’s special exhibition, “Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Brian Collier.”

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The Greene Turtle
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 528-8606

At Baltimore’s newest Greene Turtle restaurant at McHenry Row, it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who wants to watch the inauguration. With small, individual televisions in each booth, you can control the channel. There’s really nothing better to order while watching the president’s inauguration speech than the Greene Turtle’s all-American burger topped with bacon and American cheese and served with fries. Follow it up with a classic root beer float.

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Kona Grill
1 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 244-8994

While sushi and sashimi don’t exactly reflect traditional American fare, Kona Grill near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers a great space to view the presidential inauguration. The lounge and bar boast two televisions each and plenty of seating. If you’re celebrating with a large group, 20 or more people may receive the group rate. Kona’s outdoor patio offers an alternative, temperature-controlled seating area.

(credit: citycafebaltimore.com)

(credit: citycafebaltimore.com)

City Cafe
1001 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-4252

City Cafe offers an excellent viewing locale for those in the heart of Baltimore’s business and cultural district. Cozy up with local favorite, Zeke’s coffee, and settle in to watch the inauguration on the cafe side of the restaurant. Use the free Wi-Fi to text, tweet and post about the inaugural events. Stop in at City Cafe a few times in advance and check in on Facebook. On the third check in, you’ll receive 10 percent off of your purchase.

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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 Examiner.com.