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Entertainment & Nightlife in Baltimore


Baltimore offers endless entertainment options, from live music and museums to stage, screen and sports events.

Baltimore's after-dark hot spots cover an area from Canton to Federal Hill. In general, Baltimore is a laid-back town that likes to linger over a beer and listen to music in a cozy setting rather than go clubbing until all hours of the morning. Many consider simply dining out the evening activity of choice.

Fells Point draws the college crowd, and Canton and downtown attract young professionals. On warm summer nights, especially after Orioles night games, the Harborplace promenade fills with strollers and people-watchers. Most places close around 2 am.

Places to Unwind

Performing Arts

The city's classical-music scene is led by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which makes its home at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. A number of smaller ensembles perform ambitious programs in intimate settings including the Baltimore Chamber Music Orchestra. Regular programs featuring students and guest artists are hosted by the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Also, don't miss the acclaimed Morgan State University Choir. If you don't mind travelling outside of Baltimore to see world-acclaimed performers of folk, jazz, classical, blues and pop, visit the Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

Operagoers can see the Baltimore Opera Company at the 2,500-seat Lyric Opera House. Baltimore is also known for its half-dozen or so intimate experimental theatres, including the Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street; Arena Players, 801 McCulloh Street; and the Vagabond Players, the oldest continuously operating little theatre in the country, 806 South Broadway. The Baltimore Theater Alliance is a great resource that lists more than 40 current productions in and around town.


Film buffs will relish Baltimore’s landmark theatres: The Charles Theater and the Senator Theater. The former has been a fixture of the city’s cinema scene since 1939; the latter has been named one of the top four theaters in the country.

Clubs & Live Music

Live music on a smaller scale is easy to find in bars and restaurants around town, or on summer nights by the Harbor. For classic rock-n-roll, the most famous room around is Fletcher's, in the historic waterfront neighbourhood of Fells Point. This outdoor club plays booming music and attracts a mostly college-age crowd. If Fletcher's is too crowded, or you don't like the music, just walk through Fells Point until you find what you want; it's there somewhere, in one of the many bars along the cobblestones. At Bertha's, in the heart of Fells Point, you’re likely to find a live jazz or folk band playing. There's also plenty of Irish music performed at other restaurants in the neighbourhood, if you want something lively but not as loud.

Bars & Pubs

Baltimore has two distinct bar scenes: sports bars, and the Fells Point scene, which includes some bars that have music. Sports fans can stroll into any of a dozen bars near Camden Yards for lively game conversation, but try Downtown Sports Exchange (DSX), 200 West Pratt Street; Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Boulevard; or Orioles Bar in the Sheraton Inner Harbor.

Fells Point, a combination of pubs in historic rowhouses and hip clubs in old industrial buildings, is a focal point of Baltimore's nightlife and a favourite among the college students and young professionals. But the bar scene has expanded, and Federal Hill's narrow streets have a number of great spots for a beer and some music. O'Donnell Square in Canton is ringed with nightspots. Once you park, you can walk from place to place.

Power Plant Live packs in young singles, especially on weekend nights. Its combination of restaurants and bars includes some old-timers, including Ruth's Chris Steak House; Havana Club, a cigar bar; and Maryland Art Place, a gallery featuring local artists. Newcomers include the Improv, a comedy club; Babalu, a Cuban grill with salsa music; Howl at the Moon, a rock-and-roll piano bar; Have a Nice Day Café, a '70s-style disco; McFadden's Irish pub; and Mondo Bondo, an Italian bistro. Power Plant Live is up the street from the power plant, north of Lombard Street at Marketplace.





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